2017 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
At the Marina in Old Town Alexandria

2017 Winning Boats

Congratulations to the 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.

Join us for the 18th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights at the City Marina in Old Town Alexandria. At sundown on the day of Alexandria’s Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, experience one of the region’s most beloved holiday traditions. We need your help to make Alexandria's harbor shine as illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River at the historic waterfront. The parade begins on Saturday, December 2, 2017 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 over $10,000 in prizes and gifts, including hotel stays, restaurant certificates and more. Hurry and register below before November 17, 2017 as the parade participation is limited to first 60 boats. Each pre-registered parade boat will receive an Extraordinary 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.

All registered captains, please join us at Alexandria’s Captains’ & First Mates’ Parade Coordination Meeting on Wednesday, November 29 at 7pm at the Old Dominion Boat Club at One King Street in Alexandria.  To ensure smooth sailing and a safe event, the meeting is mandatory, however, each registered parade captain will receive a captain’s $100 thank-you gift card and an Extraordinary Alexandria Holiday Commemorative Gift.  Of course, beer and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Come and make history as this will be the final captains’ meeting at the historic boat club, before it moves to its new home. If you have not done so, please RSVP to AlexBoatParade@VisitAlexVA.com. Thank you.

Registration is currently closed.  Please contact AlexBoatParade@VisitAlexVA.com directly for further information.

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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


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Thank You, Sponsors!

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that donated prizes and gifts for this year’s boat parade:

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a collaboration with The Wharf which hosts the District’s Holiday Boat Parade the same evening. Boaters are encouraged to participate in both parades. The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is made possible by the City of Alexandria, Old Dominion Boat Club, Potomac Riverboat Company, and Visit Alexandria.