2018 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

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

Boater Sign-up

Boaters are invited to register now for the 19th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, rated among the top 10 Best Holiday Parades 2017 by USA Today 10Best.com and celebrated as one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions. At sundown on the day of Alexandria’s Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, Old Town Alexandria's historic waterfront will shine with illuminated boats as they cruise the Potomac River. The parade begins on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. Boats will be decked to impress a panel of judges who will award prizes in a dozen categories, including Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box, and Hardiest Souls.

Get creative and start decorating as we’ll be awarding more than $3,000 in cash prizes plus hotel stays, restaurant certificates and more. Hurry and register below before Monday, November 19, 2018, as parade participation is limited to the first 60 boats. Each pre-registered parade boat will receive an Alexandria Holiday Commemorative Gift and a captain’s $100 thank-you gift card.

Come early, stay late. The Alexandria City Marina is offering complimentary slips on Friday and Saturday for all registered parade participants. We encourage boaters to come early to enjoy Alexandria’s holiday festivities and join the parade from Alexandria. To reserve your slip, please contact the Alexandria City Marina at (703) 746-5487 or city.marina@alexandriava.gov.

To ensure smooth sailing and a safe event, attendance is required at the Alexandria’s Captains’ & First Mates’ Parade Coordination Meeting on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 7 p.m. at the NEW location of the Old Dominion Boat Club, 200 Strand Street in Alexandria. The gift for each pre-registered boat--a $100 thank-you gift card and an Alexandria Holiday Commemorative Gift--will be distributed at the meeting. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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.

Holiday Boat Parade logo

Prize Categories

Best of Alexandria Show - $1000

Best Powerboat - $500

Best Sailboat - $500

Best Spirit of America - $250   

Thinking Outside the Christmas Box - $250

Most Animated - $100

Most Holiday Cheer - $100

Most Spirited Crew - $100

Best Theme - $100

Hardiest Soul - $75

Best Try - $75

Partners

Old Dominion Boat Club Alexandria City Governement Logo

Visit Alexandria logoPotomac Riverboat Company

Register at the form below. Deadline to register is Monday, November 19, 2018. But hurry! Space is limited. Questions? Contact AlexBoatParade@VisitAlexVA.com.

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

2017 Winning Boats

Congratulations to last year's winning boats. A huge THANK YOU to every participant for making it such a spectacular parade!

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.