Who says that a certain jolly, red elf’s transport has to be a sleigh? Maybe it was really a boat? We bet he’s got a boat at least for the off-season. How else to sail to the Caribbean from the North Pole? It’s difficult to hide reindeer on a tropical island.
Below is a list of some holiday light shows on and/or near the water from across the US for those of us still sailing or missing it already. Happy holidays, from Globe!
East Coast, US
Plymouth, MA – Christmas in Historic Plymouth happens this Saturday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and it’s free. See the tree lighting, lights, and more.
Nantucket, MA – Annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll: Santa will arrive driving a Coast Guard vessel. (See, we bet he had a boat.) See carolers in period costume amongst other revelers, while strolling through Nantucket’s lights and craft fairs. The event is Dec. 5-7 and is also free.
Washington, DC – Someone was nice enough to put together an entire list of Lighted Boat Parades in and around the DC area. It’s ok to peek at this present before the holiday. Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights lists at least 7 different holiday boat parades in DC.
Annapolis, MD – Sandy Point State Park’s Lights on the Bay is a decade long tradition along the shore of Chesapeake Bay. Open from November 22 – January 1, 2015, the cost is $14 per car.
Florida – Check out South Florida Food & Wine’s magazine’s list of Holiday Light Shows and Boat Parades from all over Florida — from the Keys to Miami to Fort Lauderdale and more.
West Coast, US
Seattle/Tacoma, WA – Seattle/Tacoma Christmas Holiday Light Shows: From the Christmas Ship Festival to lights strung through Point Defiance and more check out this list of cruises, strolls, and drives.
Los Angeles, CA – Griffith Park Holiday Lights: Ok, so Griffith Park isn’t really on the water, but on a clear day you can see the water (sometimes). But, the holiday lights are back at the park after being missed for the last 5 years. In the past, they were the best light display in LA. Now the lights are strung in the zoo, rather than along one of the canyons, and will be up from Nov. 28 to Jan. 4, 2015.
Redondo Beach, CA – King Harbor Boat Parade: The parade route stretches from King Harbor Marina to the Redondo Beach Pier, continuing all along the waterfront from restaurants to break-walls and along the piers. It occurs next Saturday, Dec. 13th from 5:30 – 7 pm PT.
Newport Beach, CA – Newport Landing’s Christmas Boat Parade & Cruises: Reserve a cruise or try to catch a glimpse on your own. Cruises can be booked for dates Dec. 4 through Jan. 4.
Dana Point, CA – We found the following coastal holiday light display from a fellow blogger, sailor, and adventurer. The writer of BucketListPublications.org posted some great photos of her family’s trip to IlluminOcean in Dana Point, CA. Looks awesome! The light show which has become a yearly tradition in Dana Point goes on for 40 nights. This season it’s lighting up the coast from November 26 to January 4, 2015.
Too Many to List Them All
Apologies if we didn’t get to your town’s, state’s, or country’s awesome light or boat parade. Send us a photo of your favorite decked-out-with-lights boat to email@example.com and we’ll post a gallery online. Avid facebook fan? Post your photo and like our facebook page at www.facebook.com/GCSmarine. Be sure to let us know where the boat is (just city and state/province/country is fine) for posting.
If you can’t get to a parade yourself, these videos are the next best thing: (Or, learn how to make your own light show!)