On Friday, December 8, cruise into the holiday spirit at the 29th annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade.
More than 20 boats are expected to participate in this free nautical light show taking place on the downtown Hampton waterfront. The lighted boat parade will take place on Friday evening, the same weekend as the Hampton Holly Days Parade “Holiday Lift Off: In Celebration of NASA’s 100th Anniversary in Hampton,” Hampton History Museum’s Holiday Market, and Selfie’s with Santa at the Hampton Carousel, all taking place
The event will kick-off with live music by Little Doors beginning at 6:00 p.m.
At 7:00 p.m., the parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River. Spectators wanting to hear the narration will want to find a cozy spot near the Hampton Maritime Center.
Those who don’t have a boat, but want to join the action, can board Hampton Roads Charters: The Ocean Eagle. Spectators interested in riding on The Ocean Eagle are encouraged to make reservations by calling 757/868-FISH (3474). A contribution of an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots is required.* Please note, as in year’s past, the Miss Hampton II will also participate, but is completely booked!*
The awards ceremony will take place at 8:30 p.m., followed by Bedtime Story with Santa at 8:45 p.m. in the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel lobby.
This year, each vessel that enters the lighted boat parade will have an opportunity to win a free dock slip during the 19th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival, June 1-3, 2018.