St. Michaels held its first lighted boat parade Saturday. Photo: George Sass, CBMM volunteer photographer.

SLIDESHOW: Boat Parade, Free Maritime Lights Display in St. Michaels

File this one under “good things to come out of the pandemic.” St. Michaels held its first lighted boat parade over the weekend, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) has put maritime lights on display for folks to come and tour on its campus after dark.

Starting after the close of business at 4 p.m. each day, CBMM opens its outdoor campus free to the public so that people can enjoy the unique lights display. Included are two of the museum’s historic vessels, a handsomely-decorated Hooper Strait Lighthouse, and a “Hopeful” sign that’s part of a local campaign encouraging people to support the mid-Eastern Shore’s COVID-19 response.

On Saturday night, Christmas in St. Michaels held a lighted boat parade in lieu of their usual lineup of fundraising events that support local community nonprofits. Click the images below to see some of the best boat light displays (the heron and the farewell to 2020 stood out to us):

The “Hopeful” sign pictured in the final image above was provided by the Dock Street Foundation, in an effort to inspire residents to contribute to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Fund and bring food, shelter, and health services to Talbot County’s underserved communities.

CBMM’s free holiday lights show will be on display every evening through the New Year.

-Meg Walburn Viviano