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2023 Holiday Boat Parades

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

District Holiday Boat Parade

As the holiday season approaches, our remarkable properties become a hub of festive activity, including hosting some of the best Boat Parades you won’t want to miss. From the glittering lights of the Washington Channel at the Wharf Marina to the iconic Baltimore Lighted Boat Parade, our marinas offer front-row seats to these magical events. Join us in celebrating the season with family-friendly activities, dazzling lighted boat displays, and the spirit of all the holidays. Continue reading to learn more about some unforgettable holiday experiences at or near our remarkable properties.

Check out these holiday parades accessible from some of our locations:

Intracoastal Christmas Regatta

Saturday, November 25

Each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, locals flock to the waterfront to view this spectacular maritime parade. The flotilla starts at the Little River Inlet at 5 PM and travels south, arriving at Dock Holidays Marina at 7 PM. Gather your family and watch the parade as it passes various viewing areas along the waterway. There is no charge to watch the Intracoastal Christmas Regatta, but spectators are encourage to donate toys & more.

The District's Holiday Boat Parade

The Wharf Marina, Saturday, Dec 2

This free family-friendly event features over sixty beautifully decorated boats parading along up the Washington Channel, as well as fun landside holiday activities including ornament decorating, holiday karaoke, a signature music performance by the Royals, family photos with Santa, fireworks and so much more.

Baltimore Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 2

One of Baltimore's favorite Christmas traditions, a spectacular parade of over 50 boats decorated with sparkling lights, can be observed in the Inner Harbor and Fells Point. Find a spot at the Inner Harbor Promenade, choose a waterfront restaurant, or book a cruise to see the beautiful parade from the water. Learn more here:

Not a boat parade but a fun opportunity for a Christmas parade in Cambridge!

74th Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 2

Once hailed as the 'largest nighttime parade', the parade continues each year as a timeless tradition throughout the decades. The parade is hosted and brought to the community by a small group of community volunteers for their love of community and the Holiday Season. The parade is 100% donor-funded by local businesses, charities, and the community at large.

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade of Stock Island

The Perry Hotel & Marina, Friday, December 8

The parade starts at 5:30 p.m., with family-friendly activities on the lawn, a visit from Santa, the elves and even the Grinch! Enjoy live music, holiday treats, festive friends and of course the beautifully lit boats passing by the marina!

Eastport Yacht Club’s Light Parade

Saturday, December 9

It's a beloved Annapolis tradition! Every year on the second Saturday in December, magic happens on the water of the Annapolis Harbor—boats suddenly appear out of the cold winter night illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers!

Whether you choose to witness the sparkling boats lighting up the Inner Harbor or watch from afar at the illuminated boat parade in Key West, these events are sure to bring joy and festive spirit. Check the provided links to register your vessel or learn more about each event. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and join us in celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at some of these Holiday Boat Parades.

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