Lighted Boat Parades

 

MARYLAND

Annapolis
Dec. 10, Annapolis harbor and Spa Creek, 6-8 p.m.
410-267-8739
www.eastportyc.org

 

Baltimore
Dec. 3, Fells Point to the Inner Harbor, 6 p.m.
410-675-8900
www.fellspointmainstreet.org

 

Middle River
Nov. 26, starts at Riverwatch Marina 5 p.m.
410-686-3909

www.stansburyyachtbasin.com

 

Potomac River
Dec. 3, Tall Timbers Marina, Tall Timbers, Md.
301-994-1508
www.talltimbersmarinasomd.com

 

Solomons
Dec. 3, Patuxent River, Solomons, Md. 6:15 p.m.
410-326-2042
www.solomonsmaryland.com

 

Tilghman
Dec. 3, The Narrows, Tilghman, Md.
410-886-9200

 

Wicomico River
Nov. 26, Downtown Salisbury Riverfront, 6 p.m.
410-430-2282
www.wicomicoyachtclub.com

 

VIRGINIA

Alexandria
Dec. 3, Torpedo Factory to the Washington
Channel, Alexandria, Va., 5 p.m.,
703-838-5005
www.visitalexandriava.com

 

Colonial Beach
Dec. 3, Potomac River, Colonial Beach, Va.
804-224-7691
www.colonialbeach.org

 

Hampton River
Dec. 9, Downtown Hampton waterfront. 7:15 p.m.
757-727-1276
www.downtownhampton.com

 

Yorktown

Dec. 3  Yorktown, Va., 7 p.m., 

757-890-4970

www.yorkcounty.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Georgetown Dec. 3, Georgetown, 6 p.m. 

(continuation of the Alexandria parade). 



Nov. 27-Jan. 7 
Winterfest    
Chesapeake City's fifth month-long winter celebration includes holiday lights and displays along both sides of the C&D Canal, Santa arriving in the town's basin on Nov. 27, carolers, Santa's workshop, house tours, ice skating, holiday tours and carriage rides. 
Chesapeake City, Md. 
443-553-0071

Dec. 1-Dec. 31 
Colonial Christmas   
Enjoy the holiday traditions of the 17th and 18th centuries through interpretive programs, musical entertainment and guided tours at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Williamsburg, Va. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
757-253-4838

1-3 
Solomons Christmas Walk
Holiday festivities begin Thursday Dec. 1 with a holiday gala. On Friday the town holds a craft bazaar and that evening Santa will arrive by firetruck to help children light the tree at Solomon's Riverwalk Pavilion. Don't miss breakfast with Santa at Isaac's restaurant, Saturday morning, 8 a.m. sharp, and of course the lighted boat parade on Saturday evening. 
Solomons, Md. 
410-326-1950

Phoebus Annual Illumination 
This annual illumination party features music, carolers, vendors, refreshments and holiday fun. Shop with Phoebus merchants for special deals and enjoy special performances and a visit from Santa. Mallory St., Mellen St. and Hope St. Hampton, Va. 4-8 p.m. Tree lighting at 8 p.m. 
757-826-1862

2-3 
Christmas on the Beach    
Kick off the season beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. with Light Up the Town festivities, a parade at noon on Saturday, followed by Santa on the beach and other Christmas fun. 
North Beach, Md. 
301-855-6681 

2-4 
Yorktown Christmas    
The Fife and Drums Corps and tree lighting kick off this weekend of holiday fun that also includes a procession of lights and a Christmas market down Main Street, a lighted boat parade, caroling and cookies with Santa. Yorktown, Va. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m. Boat parade at 6 p.m. 
757-890-4970

3 
Cambridge Christmas Parade 
One of the largest community events on the Eastern Shore, this year's Rock and Roll themed parade will feature the lighting of the bushel basket Christmas tree. It will begin at Long Wharf and end at the 600 block of Race Street. Cambridge, Md. 6-8 p.m. 
443-521-1671


3 
Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting   
Tilghman, Md., folks light the community's giant crab pot Christmas Tree, then head off for a lighted boat parade and party. Tilghman, Md. 5-8 p.m. 
410-886-9200

3
Bird Carving Workshop   
Learn the basics of wood carving from instructor P.G. Ross, and take home your very own handcarved cardinal.
Barrier Islands Center, Machipongo, Va. 1-4 p.m. 
757-678-5550

3 
Gloucester Holiday Parade   
A traditional town parade followed by an afternoon of music, arts and crafts, kids' activities and a tree lighting. 
Main St. Center, Gloucester, Va. 3 p.m. 
804-693-2355

3 
Old Tyme Christmas    
Sleigh rides, a traditional holiday market, a holiday decoration contest, eggnog contest, family activities and a lighted boat parade in Baltimore's charming Fells Point neighborhood. 
Broadway Square, Baltimore. 
410-675-8900

7
Pearl Harbor Day    
Commemorate Pearl Harbor Day aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney, one of two surviving ships afloat present during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The memorial service will include an aerial wreath drop, and a 21-gun salute. U.S. Coast Guard cutter Taney, Baltimore. Noon. 
410-396-3453

8
Pearl Harbor Day Lecture    
Take in a presentation by USNA professor Dr. Craig Symonds on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The talk will cover the reasons why Japan chose to attack and how much the Americans knew or suspected. Symonds will present details of the attack from the point of view of both sides. Symonds is a Professor of History Emeritus and also the author or editor of 28 books. 
Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va. 7-9 p.m. 
757-596-2222

9-11 
Christmas in St. Michaels    
Historic home tours, local artwork and orgnaments, a Christmas parade, breakfast with Santa, a gingerbread house competition, a holiday bazaar and a celebration of choirs are just a few of the festivities throughout St. Michaels during its annual holiday weekend. 
St. Michaels, Md. 
410-745-0745

10 
Hampton Holiday Market    
Celebrate Small Business Saturday by supporting local farmers, artists and craftspeople. Find gifts, heritage foods, arts and crafts while enjoying demonstrations and entertainment. 
Hampton History Museum. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
757-727-1610

10 
Santa Swim  
Swim with the Santas in the Choptank River to raise money for Cambridge's Care & Share Fund family assistance program. Post swim party with hot food, music and prizes. 
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, Md. 10 a.m. 
410-901-4131

10 
A Family Plantation Christmas    
Horse-drawn carriage rides, crafts vendors, children's games, live music, caroling and a visit from St. Nick and Mrs. Claus. Also enjoy breakfast with Santa. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood, Md. 10 am.-4 p.m. Breakfast seatings at 7:45, 8:30, and 9:15 a.m. 
301-373-2280

10 
A Christmas Second Saturday     
Join the holiday-style second-Saturday fun on the streets of  Cambridge, Md., with art gallery shows and receptions, late shopping hours, carriage rides, music and fireside s'mores
Cambridge, Md. 5-9 p.m. 
443-477-0843

10 
Prince William Marina Lighting Ceremony    
Walk the docks at Prince William Marina to see how the creative slipholders have decorated their docks and boats for this annual celebration. The marina staff will also be taking donated non-perishable food, clothing and children's toys. 
Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, Va. 
800-772-3240

10 
Christmas on the Monitor    
A Holiday Dinner to benefit the U.S.S. Monitor Center, where they will party like it's 1862 to raise funds for the restoration of this important Civil War relic. Reenactors, live music, historically based menu, grog, dancing and cannon fire, and more grog. Mariners' Museum and Park, Newport News, Va. 6-9 p.m.  www.marinersmuseum.org
 
10-11 
Christmas Home Tour and Music Festival    
A boating Santa and his kayaking reindeer arrive in the wharf in Onancock to kick off this party, which continues with a music festival at Cokesbury Church, the town's traditional homes tour, and a parade. 
Santa arrives 
Sat. 11 a.m.; Homes Tour Sat. 1-5 p.m. 
Music festival 
Sat. 2-6 p.m.; Parade Sun. 5 p.m. Onancock, Va. 
757-787-7600 

10-11 
Candlelight Tour and Holiday Boutique    
Visit the historic homes and buildings of Havre de Grace, Md., during the town's annual candlelight tour, organized by the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. [see Talk of the Bay, page 21] Enjoy the boutique's fresh greens, crafts and fresh baked goods. Boutique Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-5 p.m. Tour Sat. 4-8 p.m. 
410-939-5780

10-11
Christmas on Cockrell Creek     
Tour Reedville's historic homes by land and boat during this annual holiday celebration. Visit the town's historic homes, the museum and the Walker House, all decked out for the season, and see Santa arrive on the buyboat Elva C. Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
804-453-6925

17 
Holiday Scrimshaw Workshop    
Master engraver Lynn Zelesnikar will teach you the timeless art of scrimshaw while providing an entertaining history lesson, as you try your hand at making a scrimshaw holiday ornament. 
Mariners' Museum, Newport News. Va. 9 a.m.-noon. 

24 
Santa Water-Ski    
Santa and his watersports loving reindeer and elves will grace the Potomac River with their stunts, all the while avoiding the Grinch on his Jet Ski. 
Old Town Alexandria, Va. 1 p.m. 
703-280-1788

January 1  
Polar Plunge    
Nothing welcomes the New Year better than braving icy waters with the North Beach Polar Bear Club members as they take their annual plunge into the frigid Bay. North Beach, Md. 1-3 p.m. 
301-855-6681