The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a favorite holiday celebration in both Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC. Festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River including 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District's fireboat, the John Glenn spouting water 70 feet into the air. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in categories such as "Best in Show," "Best Thinking Outside the Christmas Box," and "Hardiest Souls." The parade is the culmination of a full weekend of holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria.
The best place to view the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is the from the docks of the Alexandria marina. Santa will arrive via boat to visit with children dockside at the gazebo and will be available for photos. Inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center, many artists will hold special holiday shows with gift items.
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Holiday Boat Parade Schedule:Saturday, December 7, 2013 - Held Rain (Snow) or Shine
- 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. - Festivities on the docks at the Alexandria Waterfront (music and entertainment)
- 4:15 p.m. - Santa arrives by boat - pictures with Santa for Kids and Canines
- 5:00 p.m. - Parade starts at the Alexandria Waterfront
- 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Parade at Washington Channel, Washington, DC.
Location and Transportation
The Alexandria Waterfront is located behind the Torpedo Factory Art Center, which runs north along Union Street, between King and Cameron Streets. See a map of Alexandria. The closest Metro stop is King Street station, which is about 10 blocks to the east of the waterfront. You can walk from there or take the free King Street Trolley. On-street parking and public parking lots are available within walking distance to the waterfront. Read more about parking in Old Town Alexandria.
- Washington DC - You can also watch the parade from the Southwest Waterfront, at 7th and Water Sts. The closest Metro stops are Waterfront and L’Enfant Plaza. See a map. . Events include a holiday snow fall, lighting of the SW Waterfront Christmas Tree, photos with Santa Claus, live holiday music, s’mores firepit, gingerbread cooking decoration and a water- filled salute to the 35th Anniversary of the DC Fireboat John Glenn’s service to the District of Columbia.