The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

When: December 2, 2023

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • 6:00 – 9:00 PM: Activities throughout The Wharf

  • 7:00 PM: Boats arrive in the Washington Channel

  • 8:00 PM: Fireworks finale

  • 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM: Live music by the Royals continues on the District Pier Stage.

What: Celebrate the holidays with this iconic DC event that features over sixty beautifully decorated boats parading along the Washington Channel. Get in the spirit with activities like ornament decorating, ice skating, holiday karaoke, photos with Santa and more. Warm up with winter drinks from the Corona Cheer Garden on District Pier or roast s’mores at the Camp Wharf fire pit and take in the sight of our towering 45-foot Christmas Tree. In addition to the parade, the District’s Holiday Boat Parade will offer activities for all ages including:

  • Decorate holiday ornaments and write a letter to Santa on Recreation Pier

  • Roast s’mores at Camp WAFF’s wood-burning fire pit

  • Visit the 45-foot nautical-inspired tree on District Pier

  • Enjoy live music from the Royals on the District Pier Stage, the Too Much Talent Band on the Transit Pier Floating stage or carolers throughout the neighborhood

  • Snap a picture with Santa at The Grove or holiday costume characters along Wharf Street

  • Sing holiday karaoke with your friends at the 7th Street Stage

  • “Salute” oversized toy soldiers in The Green

  • Sip on winter drinks at the Corona Cheer Garden

  • Glide over the ice on Transit Pier at The Wharf’s Ice Rink, DC’s only over-water ice skating rink

  • Visit the Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree and Bar and donate to Operation Ride Home while enjoying festive sips on Market Pier

  • Enjoy a dazzling fireworks finale over the Washington Channel

Where: District Pier (101 District Square SW)

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