It’s a yuletide tradition you won’t want to miss: Alexandria’s annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on the grand old Potomac River! Join us for Autograph Collection-caliber hospitality here in Old Town Alexandria and take advantage of our plush comforts and convenient location to the city’s waterfront where this much-loved nautical processional will be taking place on Saturday, December 1st.

The 2018 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights: Part of a Full Day’s Worth of Christmas Merriment

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights (which takes place the same evening as Washington, D.C.’s own version farther up the Potomac) is a nationally renowned event: Last year, USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards honored it among the top 10 holiday parades in the country. Come see why on a Morrison House getaway at the start of December!

The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights itself gets underway at 5:30 PM on Saturday, but there’s plenty of associated festivities extending the Christmas celebration. Beginning at 4 PM, a variety of family-friendly dockside activities will be offered, including DIY crafts, a Letter to Santa postcard pop-up, and a hot chocolate bar. The Torpedo Factory Art Center, meanwhile, will be opening its doors for holiday attractions from 2 to 8 PM a stone’s throw away at the Alexandria City Marina.

And all of this fun comes on the heels of another of Alexandria’s most significant holiday happenings: the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, which steps off at St. Asaph and Wolf at 11 AM and finishes at Market Square for a bagpipe concert.

The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Itself

At 5:30 PM, all eyes will be on the water as the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights begins: a lineup of handsome vessels magnificently dressed up for the season, their cheery lights reflecting on the Potomac’s glassy surface.

There’ll be plenty of awards for the most impressive displays, including Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Most Spirited Crew, Thinking Outside the Christmas Box, and Best of Show.

Attend the 2018 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights With a December Stay at Morrison House

We hope you’ll come join us here at Morrison House for elegant accommodations and warm-hearted hospitality on the occasion of the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights this December 1st. (And don’t forget the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade during the day!) We’d love for you to spend a little of your holiday season with us here in the heart of Old Town Alexandria!