2018 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Annual Christmas Event in Alexandria, VA

December 1, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
Alexandria Waterfront

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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 19th annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Rated among the top 10 Best Holiday Parades 2017 by USA Today 10Best.com, the boat parade is celebrated as one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions. D.C. media personality Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM will serve as the parade announcer. Enjoy festivities out on the dock and inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2 to 9 p.m.

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.

Boaters, Register to Participate!

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

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.

2017 Winners

Congratulations to last year.s winning boats.

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

 

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