Saturday, December 3, 2022

Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Sponsored by Amazon

Part of Alexandria’s Biggest Holiday Weekend

December 3, 2022
Parade starts at 5:30 p.m.
Dockside festivities start at 2 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria Waterfront

Old Town Alexandria’s historic waterfront will shine for the 22nd Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon as dozens of brightly lit boats cruise along one mile of the Potomac River shoreline. Enjoy dockside festivities in Waterfront Park including a pop-up beer garden from Port City Brewing Company, food, activities and more.

The parade is produced by Visit Alexandria in collaboration with the City of Alexandria, City Cruises Anchored by Hornblower and the Old Dominion Boat Club. Amazon is proud to sponsor the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights and partner on such a beloved community event.

Boaters: Register Now

Boaters may register here. Limited spots may fill up before the November 14 deadline. Questions? Contact [email protected].

2021 Winning Boats

Many thanks to the more than 50 boats who put on a spectacular show for the 21st Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights sponsored by Amazon. The judges had a very difficult task selecting only ten winners.

2021 Best of Alexandria Show sponsored by Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster BBQ:

Santé, Captain Daniel Ricks, “COEXIST”

2021 Best Powerboat:

Kairos, Captain Tipper Williams Bradford, “Santa & His Cast of Characters”

2021 Best Sailboat:

Dark Star, Captain Doug Savage, “The Island of Misfit Toys”

2021 Thinking Outside the Christmas Box:

Tuesday, Captain Joseph Landa, “Oompa Lumpa”

2021 Most Holiday Cheer:

Part of Five, Captain Alan Trombley, “Spooky Christmas”

2021 Best Spirit of America:

Aggie, Captain Tamara Collum, “NEW YEAR’S EVE COUNTDOWN PARTY”

2021 Most Spirited Crew:

D’Entanglement, Captain Dayon Harrison, “D’Entangled Christmas Wonderland”

2021 Best Theme:

Surprise, Captain Sarah Ollila, “X-mas Files”

2021 Hardiest Soul:

Miss Behavin, Captain Kirt Barbee, “Gilligan Island”

2021 Best Try:

Knot Tied Down, Captains Peter Furness & Rita Martin, “Jurassic Christmas”

Parade Details

Parade Start Time and Duration: The parade begins at the Alexandria City Marina at 5:30 p.m. and can be viewed in public parks along Alexandria’s waterfront. Plan to arrive early and allow plenty of time to get to your parade viewing site to ensure that you don’t miss the parade.

*Please note the duration of the parade can vary from 30 minutes to an hour based on total participants, cruising speeds and river conditions.

Parade Viewing Areas: The parade stretches for one mile along Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront. Please note there is limited visibility within the Alexandria City Marina (0 Cameron St.) while parks offer a more comfortable, less crowded viewing experience.

Getting Here

The parade is accessible via Metrorail (blue line), bus, Lyft, Uber, taxi, Capital Bikeshare and more. If on King Street, hop on the free King Street Trolley to the end of the line at Market Square and walk to viewing points along the waterfront.

Parking garages closest to the waterfront fill up in advance of the event, and street closures near the waterfront are often in effect based on the high volume of traffic.

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