On Friday, December 9, cruise into the holiday spirit at the 28th 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.
For the second straight year, the lighted boat parade will take place on Friday evening, the same weekend as the Hampton Holly Days Parade “Operation North Pole” and the Hampton History Museum Holiday Market, both taking place Saturday, December 10.
The event will kick-off with live music by Full Spectrum, 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 the Miss Hampton II tour boat. Spectators interested in riding on the Miss Hampton II are encouraged to make reservations by calling 757/722-9102. A contribution of an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots is required.
The after party and awards ceremony will take place at 8:15 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 18th annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival, June 2-4, 2017.
28th Annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade | Friday, December 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Live Music by Full Spectrum
7:00 p.m. 28th annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade
8:15 p.m. After Party and Awards Ceremony
8:45 p.m. Bedtime with Santa in the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel Lobby