VIDEO: Lighted Boat Parades Bring Holiday Cheer in Bad Weather

It’s arguably the most “Chesapeake” holiday tradition we’ve got: lighted boat parade season.

Every year, up and down the Bay, boat owners voluntarily spend dozens of work hours installing elaborate lights displays from bow to stern, mast to waterline.

Then after all that work, sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they happily set out on a freezing cold, sometimes soaking wet, pitch-black cruise. And the spectators who stand outside in these nasty conditions love every minute of of it. ‘Tis the season!

Cheryl Costello takes Bay Bulletin to a handful of the many lighted boat parades on the Bay, with many yet to come. Keep scrolling for our full 2018 list.

Area Lighted Boat Parades

MARYLAND

Annapolis

Dec. 8, Annapolis harbor and Spa Creek, 

6–8 p.m. eastportyc.org

Baltimore

Dec. 1, Fells Point to the Inner Harbor, 

6 p.m. facebook.com/FellsPointYachtClub/

Middle River

Nov. 22, starts at Riverwatch Marina,

5 p.m. baltimoreboatingcenter.com

Pasadena

Dec. 1, starts at Broken Oar Bar & Grill,

5 p.m. facebook.com/Pasadena-Boat-Parade-192481234643387/

Potomac River

Dec. 1, Tall Timbers Marina, Tall Timbers, Md. talltimbersmarinasomd.com

Solomons

Dec. 8, Patuxent River, Solomons, Md. 

6:15 p.m. solomonsmaryland.com

Tilghman

Dec. 8, The Narrows, Tilghman, Md. 

phillipswharf.org

Wicomico River

Nov. 25, Downtown Salisbury Riverfront, 

6 p.m. wicomicoyachtclub.com

VIRGINIA

Alexandria

Dec. 1, Alexandria Marina, Alexandria, Va.,

5:30 p.m. visitalexandriava.com

Colonial Beach

Dec. 1, Potomac River, Colonial Beach, Va. 

6–8:30 p.m. thecyc.com

Hampton River

Dec. 7, Downtown Hampton waterfront. 

6–9 p.m. downtownhampton.com

Yorktown

Dec. 1  Yorktown, Va., 

7 p.m.yorkcounty.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C.

The Wharf

Dec. 1, The Wharf Marina, 

6 p.m. wharfdc.com

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