2019 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Annual Christmas Event in Alexandria, VA
December 7, 2019
Parade 5:30 p.m.
Dockside Festivities 2 to 8 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

Congrats to the 2019 Winning Boats!

Many thanks to all 60 boats who put on a spectacular show for Alexandria's 20th annual parade. The judges had a very difficult task selecting only ten winners.

20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on December 7, 2019
2019 Best of Alexandria Show: “Peace,” Anamchara, Captain Steve Preda
2019 Best Powerboat: “Carol of the Bells,” A Blast, Captain Steve Gwensberg
2019 Best Sailboat: “Under the Sea,” Tuesday, Captain Joe Landa
2019 Thinking Outside the Christmas Box: “Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights,” Letter of Marque, Captain Walter Weiss
2019 Most Holiday Cheer: “Christmas on the Potomac,” Kairos, Captain Tipper Williams Bradford
2019 Best Theme: “A World Series Christmas,” Escape Plan, Captain Timothy Smith
2019 Best Theme: “A World Series Christmas,” Escape Plan, Captain Timothy Smith
2019 Best Spirit of America: “Go for the Moon: Merry Astronautical Christmas,” Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage
2019 Most Spirited Crew: “Disco Christmas,” Moondance, Captain David Huebner
2019 Hardiest Soul: “Santa Goes Fishin' with Buddy the Elf,” Canoe See Me?, Captain Adam Cope
2019 Best Try: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” American Girl, Captain John Gaydos
  • Best of Alexandria Show: Anamchara, Captain Steve Preda, “Peace”
  • Best Powerboat: A Blast, Captain Steve Gwensberg, “Carol of the Bells”
  • Best Sailboat: Tuesday, Captain Joe Landa, “Under the Sea”
  • Thinking Outside the Christmas Box: Letter of Marque, Captain Walter Weiss, “Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights”
  • Most Holiday Cheer: Kairos, Captain Tipper Williams Bradford, “Christmas on the Potomac”
  • Best Spirit of America: Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “Go for the Moon: Merry Astronautical Christmas”
  • Most Spirited Crew: Moondance, Captain David Huebner, “Disco Christmas”
  • Best Theme: Escape Plan, Captain Timothy Smith, “A World Series Christmas”
  • Hardiest Soul: Canoe See Me?, Captain Adam Cope, “Santa Goes Fishin' with Buddy the Elf”
  • Best Try: American Girl, Captain John Gaydos, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine for the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities from 2 to 8 p.m. in Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company and holiday music and giveaways from 97.1 WASH-FM. Take part in hands-on activities including a Letters to Santa postcard station from paper goods boutique Penny Post, a holiday craft activity from AR Workshop Alexandria and a bookmark making station from Old Town Books. Enjoy savory meatballs from Pizzeria Paradiso and a hot chocolate bar from Dolci Gelati. On the Alexandria City Marina, Riverside Taco Company presents a Parade Day Patio Party with hot cider and bottomless bites included in admission. At 3:30 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina to take photos with children and families at the annual Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival.

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is part of a Potomac River holiday tradition with The District’s Holiday Boat Parade taking place at The Wharf in Washington, D.C. the same evening at 7 p.m.

Click here for this year's list of participating boats and their themes (PDF).

Event Schedule

  • 2 p.m.           Dockside festivities begin
  • 3:30 p.m.      Santa arrives by fireboat
  • 5:30 p.m.      Parade begins
  • 8 p.m.           Dockside festivities conclude

Dockside Festivities

All activities take place from 2 to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King Street, unless otherwise noted. View a PDF map of dockside activities and parade viewing areas.

Food & Beverage

All food and beverage is offered 2 to 8 p.m. at Waterfront Park, 1 King Street, unless otherwise noted.

Parade Details

Parade Start Time and Duration: The parade begins at the Alexandria City Marina at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed in public parks along Alexandria’s waterfront. Please note the duration of the parade can vary from 30 minutes to an hour based on total participants, cruising speeds and river conditions. Plan to arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to your parade viewing site to ensure that you don’t miss the parade.

Parade Viewing Areas: The parade stretches for one mile along Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront. Please note there is limited visibility within the Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.) while parks may offer a more comfortable, less crowded viewing experience.

View a PDF map of viewing areas which are also listed below.

20th Anniversary Boat Parade Logo

Presenting Partners

Visit Alexandria Logo

Potomac Riverboat Company by Hornblower

Old Dominion Boat ClubAlexandria City Governement Logo

Media Partner

Wash-FM

VIP Reception Sponsor

Blackwall Hitch Logo

Commemorative Gift Sponsor

The Old Town Shop

Getting Here

The parade is accessible via Metrorail (blue and yellow lines), bus, Lyft, Uber, taxi, Capital Bikeshare and more. Once on King Street, hop on the free King Street Trolley and head all the way to the waterfront.

Boater Registration

Registration for the 2019 parade is now closed. For assistance, please contact alexboatparade@visitalexva.com or call 703-652-5352. Registered boaters can find information here.
 

Prize Sponsors

Thank you to these generous businesses who donated prizes for this year’s winning boats.

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