Boat parade

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Boater Registration

Boaters are invited to register now  for the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions! 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.

Register Now

Register before the November 15, 2021 deadline. Parade participation is limited and fills fast! The captain of each pre-registered boat will receive a $100 thank you gift card at the Captains’ Meeting to help underwrite decorating costs.

Note: Participation in The District’s Holiday Boat Parade requires separate registration. Register here for The District’s parade.

Mandatory Captains' Meeting

To ensure smooth sailing and a safe event, attendance is required at the Alexandria Boat Parade Captains’ Meeting on Wednesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. At this meeting, you will receive critical information about this year’s parade assembly procedures and hear important safety information. Mix and mingle with your fellow boaters over beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Judging and Prizes

Prepare to impress a panel of judges who will award prizes in several categories. Get creative with your design as we’ll be awarding cash prizes plus hotel stays, restaurant certificates and more.

Complimentary Slips

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.

A Potomac River Holiday Tradition

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.

Questions?

Contact Alexandria's boat parade producer at AlexBoatParade@VisitAlexVA.com

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.

2019 Best of Alexandria Show: “Peace,” Anamchara, Captain Steve Preda
2019 Best of Alexandria Show: “Peace,” Anamchara, Captain Steve Preda
2019 Best Powerboat: “Carol of the Bells,” A Blast, Captain Steve Gwensberg
2019 Best Powerboat: “Carol of the Bells,” A Blast, Captain Steve Gwensberg
2019 Best Sailboat: “Under the Sea,” Tuesday, Captain Joe Landa
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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”

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