December 4th, 2019
There are few events as unique as the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. The historic riverfront area will come to life with holiday spirit galore on December 7th after the sun goes down. For over 20 years this epic event has been kicking-off the holiday season for our community, and it’s even been named one of the top 10 best holiday parades by USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, quite a well-deserved honor!
Starting at 5:30 p.m. dozens of boats will cruise down the river, decked out in all the most festive holiday decor, competing for the title of best in show! You’ll see everything from festive holiday pirate sails, blow up Santa’s steering the boat, sleighs on bows and of course, stunning holiday lights galore. Check-out last year’s winners on the website for a preview of what you may find this year.
Best viewpoints for this mile-long parade are at Founders Park, Alexandria City Marina, Waterfront Park, Shipyard/ Harborside Park, and Ford’s Landing Park – you can find the addresses on the website. Scout out your ideal location and get ready to be wowed!