2019 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:30 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”

Boater Registration - Now Closed

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

Parade spots are now full for the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. Rated among the top 10 Best Holiday Parades 2017 by USA Today 10Best.com and one of the reasons reasons Southern Living named Alexandria the Perfect Southern Town for a Hallmark Christmas Movie, Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine with illuminated boats as they cruise one mile of Potomac River shoreline during Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend.


To ensure smooth sailing and a safe event, attendance is required at the Alexandria Boat Parade Captains’ Meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at 7 p.m. Held at the Old Dominion Boat Club, 200 Strand Street in Alexandria, you will receive critical information about this year’s new parade assembly procedures, acquire the parade number to display on your vessel, and hear important safety information. Mix and mingle with your fellow boaters over beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.The captain of each pre-registered boat will receive a $100 thank you gift card at the Captains’ Meeting to help underwrite decorating costs.


Prepare to impress a panel of judges who will award prizes in ten categories. Get creative with your design as we’ll be awarding $3,000 in cash prizes plus hotel stays, restaurant certificates and more. Categories and cash prizes are as follows:

  • Best of Alexandria Show: $1,000
  • Best Powerboat: $500
  • Best Sailboat: $500
  • Thinking Outside the Christmas Box: $250
  • Most Holiday Cheer: $250
  • Best Spirit of America: $100
  • Most Spirited Crew: $100
  • Best Theme: $100
  • Hardiest Soul: $100
  • Best Try: $100


Come early, stay late. We encourage boaters to come early to enjoy Alexandria’s biggest holiday weekend and join the parade from Alexandria. The Alexandria City Marina is offering a limited number of complimentary slips on Friday and Saturday for registered parade participants. Please note the quantity of available slips is limited and may be dependent on the size of your vessel. Be sure to indicate your interest in a slip during the registration process so that Alexandria’s Dock Master may contact you to confirm slip availability. Best effort will be made to accommodate boater requests.


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 are encouraged to participate in both parades for a chance to win thousands more in prizes while dazzling crowds of parade-goers along both sides of the river. Register here for The District’s parade.


Contact Alexandria's boat parade producer at alexboatparade@visitalexva.com.

20th Anniversary Boat Parade Logo

Presenting Partners

Visit Alexandria Logo

Potomac Riverboat Company by Hornblower

Old Dominion Boat Club Alexandria City Governement Logo

Media Partner


VIP Reception Sponsor

Blackwall Hitch Logo

Commemorative Gift Sponsor

The Old Town Shop

Prize Sponsors

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

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