2017 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Annual Christmas Event in Alexandria, VA

December 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Marina

2017 Winning Boats

Congratulations to the winning boats. A huge THANK YOU to every participant for making it such a spectacular parade!

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Best of Alexandria Show - State of Comfort - Captain Brian Johnson
Best of Alexandria Show - State of Comfort - Captain Brian Johnson
Best Powerboat - Stimlus Package - Captain Greg Drenter
Best Sailboat - Wisp - Captain Tim Fontana
Best Spirit of Harmony (New Category) - Nalani - Captain Daniel Ricks
Best Spirit of America - Beach House - Captain David Schneider
Thinking Outside the Christmas Box - Cyganka - Captain Daniel Parilla
Most Animated - iechyd da! - Captain Larry Chandler
Most Holiday Cheer - Anamchara - Captain Steve Preda
Most Spirited Crew - Letter of Marque - Captain Walter Weiss
Best Theme - Kairos - Captain Michael Bradford
Best Theme - Kairos - Captain Michael Bradford
Hardiest Soul - FLOTUS - Captain Kelsey Semrod
Hardiest Soul - FLOTUS - Captain Kelsey Semrod
Best Try - O'Sea Dee - Captain Wil Neubauer

Best of Alexandria Show - State of Comfort
Best Powerboat - Stimulus Package
Best Sailboat - Wisp*
Best Spirit of Harmony (New Category) - Nalani
Best Spirit of America - Beach House
Thinking Outside the Christmas Box - Cyganka
Most Animated - iechyd da!
Most Holiday Cheer - Anamchara
Most Spirited Crew - Letter of Marque
Best Theme - Kairos
Hardiest Soul - FLOTUS
Best Try - O'Sea Dee

*Corrected boat name. Boat was initially identified incorrectly.

At 5:30 p.m. on the day of the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, Alexandria's harbor shines as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront for the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as the parade announcer. Enjoy festivities out on the dock from 3 to 7 p.m. and inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2 to 9 p.m.

At 3 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive by fireboat at the Alexandria City Marina and then walk into the Torpedo Factory Art Center to greet children and families. From 4 to 7 p.m. at the marina, the Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes while new paper goods boutique Penny Post presents a postcard pop-up inviting visitors to write an old fashioned postcard to Santa or a loved one that will be mailed for free. Parade-goers are invited to step into the Torpedo Factory Art Center which will be open until 9 p.m. with its annual Holiday Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Shop for handmade artful gifts while exploring open studios and meeting artists. Kids can also scout for art with a building-wide scavenger hunt before and after taking photos with Santa. Special performances at the art center include appearances by the Alexandria Choral Society Pro Coro and the Silver 5 Brass Quintet.

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.

Schedule at the Alexandria Marina

2 to 6 p.m.    Torpedo Factory Art Center Holiday Festival
3 p.m.           Santa arrives at the marina by fireboat and walks into the Torpedo Factory
4 to 7 p.m.    Fresh FM Street Team presents music, games and prizes on the dock

4 to 7 p.m.    Penny Post postcard pop-up; free old fashioned postcards to Santa and loved ones
5:30 p.m.      Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
6 to 9 p.m.    Torpedo Factory Art Center open late

Boaters interested in participating in this year’s parade, register here.

Parade Viewing Areas

The parade will stretch for one mile from Founders Park at the north end to Ford’s Landing City Park at the south end, with the parade finishing near Wilson Bridge. The judging area is at the Alexandria City Marina but parade-goers may find wider views of the parade from other parks.

Founders Park, 351 North Union Street

Alexandria City Marina (Judging Area), 0 Cameron Street

Waterfront Park, 1A Prince Street

Shipyard/Harborside Park, 1 Wilkes Street

Ford’s Landing City Park, 99 Franklin Street

Getting Here

Alexandria is accessible via Metrorail, bus, Uber, Lyft, taxi, Capital Bikeshare and more. To come to the boat parade via Metrorail, take the yellow or blue line to the King St-Old Town station and ride the free King Street Trolley to the waterfront.

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