The 12th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights – in Alexandria, Virginia

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The 12th Annual Holiday Boat Parade Of Lights – In Alexandria, Virginia

A Sight That’s Absolutely Beautiful – All Will Enjoy

A Day You Don’t Want To Miss:

It’s that time of year again when the beloved holiday traditions with the 12th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Alexandria’s harbor will once again sparkle as 50 brightly lit powerboats and sailboats sail down the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., to Alexandria. Each boat will be donned with lights and a holiday décor…it’s a breath-taking sight every child and adult will never forget.

Date: December 3, 2011

Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Holiday Boat Parade Of Lights

Where: Alexandria City Marina, Cameron and N. Union Streets, Alexandria

Parade Throughout Old Town Alexandria: Parading Scottie dogs, bagpipers and 100 Scottish Clans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Alexandria Archaeology Museum: Will host ornament decorating for kids from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pre-Parade Festivities Begin At 4 p.m.: This will include musical performances and free photos with Santa Claus for kids and canines.

Arrival of Santa: He’ll arrive by boat at 4:15 p.m. at the Alexandria City Marina behind the Torpedo Factory Center.

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The parade will be lead by the Alexandria’s fireboat Vigilant and Washington, D.C.’s fireboat John Glenn.

The boats will be decorated to impress a panel of judges…there will be a panel of judges to award prizes to a dozen different categories, which will include Best in Show, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box and Hardiest Souls.

Believe me, the award’s last year went to fabulous winning designs which included a polar bear in lights, a church complete with stained glass windows and a steeple, a boat projecting Dr. Seuss’s classic cartoon movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and a Hawaiian-style Christmas,…this included a hula dancer in grass skirt and bikini top dancing on the bow of the boat.

The parade is the culmination of a day jam-packed with holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria. The Campagna Center Scottish Christmas walk starts the day with parading Scottie dogs, bagpipers, and 100 Scottish Clans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You’ll view lavishly decorate houses of the Campagna Center’s Holiday Designer Tour of Homes and other beautiful Christmas decorations. The Carlyle House will present “A Soldier’s Christmas,” where visitors can experience life in Alexandria aqt the tine of the American Revolution, with re-enactments and festive entertainment.

You don’t want to miss out on this wonderful day planned for visitors to Alexandria, Virginia…you’ll be so glad you took the time and effort to enjoy this well planned event. Come prepared to enjoy the day…packed the children up and plan for a great day with them.


Article in News & Messenger Serving Prince William, Manassas & Manassas Park, Virginia.

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