Alexandria Boat Parade Photos

  • 01 of 07

    The Alexandria Boat Parade Celebrates the Season

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    ••• Photo © Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association

    The annual Holiday Boat Parade is a weekend of parades that begins in Alexandria, Virginia and ends at the Washington Channel in Washington DC. See the following photos of decorated boats and get in the spirit of the holidays. Note, the boats are decorated differently each year and this is a collection from various years.  At sundown, following the full day of events of the Scottish Christmas Walk parade, Alexandria's harbor lights up as more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River. This is a seasonal favorite event and one to be sure not to miss. 

    For information about attending this event, see Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Weekend.

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  • 02 of 07

    Christmas Boat Decorations: Alexandria Boat Parade

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    ••• Photo © R Kennedy for ACVA

    The Christmas Boat Parade is a wonderful holiday event held each year in Alexandria, Virginia. Boat owners go all out in decorating their boats to welcome the holiday season. Spectators watch the parade from the seaport in Old Town Alexandria and from the Southwest Waterfront in Washington DC. 

    The best place to watch and also the most crowded is in front of the Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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  • 03 of 07

    Christmas Trees on Deck: Alexandria Boat Parade Photos

    ••• Floating Christmas Trees. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc

    This boat participating in the Alexandria Christmas Boat Parade has a wonderful display of Christmas trees. The boat parade is the culmination of a full weekend of holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria. Be sure to dress warm as the waterfront areas can get quite chilly. 

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  • 04 of 07

    Boat with Antlers: Alexandria Boat Parade Photos

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    ••• Photo © R Kennedy for ACVA

    This boat in the Alexandria Christmas Boat Parade is festively decorated with holiday cheer. The small vessel boasts some antlers like a reindeer. A wide variety of boats are decorated for the seasonal event. 

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  • 05 of 07

    Sailboat in Lights: Alexandria Boat Parade Photos

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    ••• Sailboat in Lights. Photo © Rachel Cooper, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Many different types of boats are decorated for the holidays and participate in the Parade of Lights. Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade participants cruise along the Potomac River singing holiday tunes and celebrating the twelve days of Christmas. 

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  • 06 of 07

    Menorah: Alexandria Boat Parade Photos

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    ••• Menorah. Photo © Rachel Cooper

    The Hanukkah Menorah is on deck for the holidays. The Boat Parade is at the end of a full day of holiday events.  Alexandria's harbor lights up as more than 50 illuminated boats cruise the Potomac River.

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  • 07 of 07

    Dragon Lights: Alexandria Boat Parade Photos

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    ••• Dragon Lights. Photo © Rachel Cooper

    This is a fun and festive boat decorated for the holiday season with a dragon, a snowman and a penguin. 

    For more information about this event, see Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Weekend. The boat parade is the culmination of a full weekend of holiday festivities throughout Old Town Alexandria.

    For more holiday events, see a guide to the Best Christmas Light Displays in the Washington DC Area.

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