Alexandria's Holiday Boat Parade

The Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is a favorite holiday celebration in both Old Town Alexandria and Washington, DC. Festively decorated pleasure boats light up the sky along the Potomac River and include 50 powerboats, sailboats and the District's fireboat, the John Glenn, spouting water 70 feet into the air. The brightly lit boats are creatively decorated as they compete in categories such as "Best in Show," "Best Thinking Outside the Christmas Box," and "Hardiest Souls."  From 4-6 there are activities on the docks in Old Town and at 5:00, the boat parade begins. Once the boats leave, we can find somewhere warm to hunker down for dinner/drinks.

After the parade we'll walk or carpool about 7 blocks up King Street to Las Tapas restaurant. They have tapas and a full menu. Please post in your RSVP if you plan to stick with us afterwards so we have a reasonably accurate number for the reservation. Please note that if you commit to the restaurant and don't show up, there will be serious repercussions. I am considering suspension from the group for a time frame to be determined, as these types of no-shows are particularly offensive on several levels. (As an aside: We mostly ignore/work around no-shows as a rule as it would be a full-time job to police, but we cannot be expecting restaurants to hold seats for us for a large number of people who don't show up. It is not only rude and makes us look really bad, but it costs the restaurant money. And just an FYI for everyone who isn't aware, our no-show rate for almost any ocassion is at least 50%, which is really a sorry state of affairs.)

http://www.lastapas.us/

Considering meeting places. The parks on S. Union may be the best idea.

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&q=union+street+park+alexandria&fb=1&gl=us&hq=union+street+park&hnear=0x89b64d3e93a4abf1:0xd7f52686dbc1012c,Alexandria,+VA&cid=0,0,7914298010431392106&ei=VAW1ULjyAYaZ0QGLuIDIAw&ved=0CIABEPwSMAA

Parking garages are here: http://alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/recreation/info/OldTownParkingMap.pdf

Taking the metro isn't a bad idea, especially if you are planning to go to the Masonic Temple festivities. Take the blue or yellow lines to King Street and you can take the trolley or buses down to the water. But they are going to be crowded. Parking near Las Tapas (see garages above) and walking down might be a good move. Then you won't have to walk back to your vehicle after dinner.

Join or login to comment.

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had never been and glad I went. It was a pretty day for it not sure Id do it again.

    December 3, 2012

  • Howard

    Great event & dinner afterwards! Thanks Gail!

    December 2, 2012

  • Alison

    I had a great time and enjoyed meeting some new people. Thank you, Gail. Have a wonderful holiday season everybody!

    December 2, 2012

  • Barbara

    I had a great time. Enjoyed the boats, it was a beautiful evening, and the Tapas was delicious. A wonderful event. Thank you Gail.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you all for such a welcoming and enjoyable evening . . . . I look forward to future meet-ups.

    December 2, 2012

  • Gail B.

    This was fun. The weather cooperated nicely. Great group showed up. Had over 50 at dinner and the restaurant set-up was perfect. Special thanks to Christina for the ring lights. They were awesome!! Hey, little things please little minds, as my grandfather used to say.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good times!

    December 2, 2012

  • Tom Coffman

    Gail, another great choice of activities. A nice way to jump-start the holiday season.

    December 2, 2012

  • Gloria

    Old Town really stepped up this year with some really fun boats. Thanks for organizing Gail.

    December 2, 2012

  • Kathy

    that was a lot of fun to listen to the music on the dock and watch the boat parade. thank you so much for organizing this Gail.

    December 2, 2012

  • James {JC}

    Great bag pipes and costumes

    December 2, 2012

  • Bob

    Fun time. Thanks Gail.

    December 2, 2012

  • Lisa D.

    Had a great time!

    December 1, 2012

  • Lisa D.

    We're here, looking for the gang!!

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I here :)

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I here :)

    December 1, 2012

  • Howard

    I look forward to joining you all later in the festivities for the boat show portion of this event at around 5:30PM so please post where you expect to be at that time. Thanks!

    December 1, 2012

  • LaVerne

    Due to the time change I'm unable to meet you guys at 3:00 but hopefully I will still recognize some of you there
    Have a great time.

    December 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to meeting others and I plan to join for dinner.

    November 30, 2012

    • Gail B.

      Guys, please put your comments regarding dinner as requested IN YOUR RSVP comment and not in the main comments so I have them all together and so everyone doesn't get an email every time someone signs up for dinner. Thanks.

      November 30, 2012

  • Kathy

    The parade goes north (towards DC) from the marina so it would be better if we met at founders park or north from that. Also, they updated that festivities would begin at 3 with santa arriving at 3:15 - thought I'd pass that along for those who will be there from the scottish parade if they wanted to go to the dock area earlier.

    November 30, 2012

    • Kathy

      I'm not sure how many people know that they changed the start time with santa arriving an hour earlier so it might not be that bad at 3:00. Great idea to move to the park after we gather and send posts where we are for those arriving later.

      November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to confirm, we are meeting at Union St south of the Torpedo factory or north at Founder's Park at 4PM?

    November 30, 2012

    • Gail B.

      We sould probably go South on Union. Founders Park is too well known, closer to the docks and will be mobbed.

      November 30, 2012

  • Gail B.

    I have posted updates in the main posting. PLEASE READ. We have reservations after the parade at Las Tapas-bless you Doug for the idea. We need to know who will be adjourning there afterwards. It's 7 blocks up King Street from the parade and you will likely have to hoof it up and back. Also planning a meeting place. Am considering a park 2-3 blocks south of the Torpedo Factory on Union Street. It'll be much less hectic there and easier to find us. Any other suggestions are welcome.

    November 27, 2012

    • John C

      Founder's Park 2 blocks north of the Torpedo Factory would be a good place to meet. It's large and a good place to watch the Boat Parade.

      November 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone carpooling over from Woodbridge?

    November 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      however Danette is new to the area so we would rather just take one of the 2 vehicles whichever we need for the amount of people we have

      November 28, 2012

    • Carole Tangney Sheehy

      Are y'all staying for dinner? If so, that sounds like a good idea. I think Annie's looking to carpool from Wdbg, too.

      November 28, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Wont be able to join the group til 6, coming in from NY. Can anyone provide a location to meet .

    November 27, 2012

    • Gail B.

      Those who will be arriving late will have to call me. I will send my # around the day before. But if you aren't getting there until 6 or after, you would do just as well to head to the restaurant if you want to catch us. Just make sure to include in your RSVP that you want to be there for dinner.

      November 27, 2012

  • Tom Coffman

    We could have another King Street Krawl after the boat show. Or at least a beer krawl!

    November 26, 2012

    • Annie

      Y'all are killing me! I have to behave a tiny bit !

      November 27, 2012

    • Gail B.

      Oh Annie. Don't be a party pooper.

      November 27, 2012

  • Doug Hartman

    Just FYI, opentable.com is showing these places in Alexandria as being able to take a reservation for twenty people at 6 pm on December 1st. They are all about six blocks from the waterfront.

    Las Tapas, 710 King St, Tapas

    Parsian Restaurant, 703 King St., Middle Eastern

    Trattoria Da Franco, 305 S. Washington St, Italian

    November 27, 2012

  • LaVerne

    Hi Everyone, Looking forward to the event. I'm not that familiar with Alexandria so can you please send me the address and where we are meeting? thanks.

    November 26, 2012

  • Colleen

    Finally, a meet up with this group that doesn't leave at 5 AM - is somewhere within a hour of where I live in Rockville AND that sounds like FUN. Now if I can just find the secret to finding the rest of the group. I'm rsvp'ed for the Scottish Walk earlier in the day too. I wear a purple ski jacket, so talk to every short 40 plus woman in a purple/white ski jacket!!!!

    1 · November 25, 2012

    • Gail B.

      Colleen sweetie. You will never have to get up at 5AM with me. You've just been looking at the wrong events!!! But I can't promise not having to drive an hour. I almost always plan on an hour commute for activities. It's worth it. For the Scottish walk, everyone will be on their own. But we will figure out a general location to meet for the boat parade and I'll send my phone number around so you can call me to find us.

      November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait for this! It will be my first meetup adventure. I am actually agoraphobic and it's hard for me to get outside of my routine, but between this and the Scottish Parade, I think I am ready. What a lovely plan!

    1 · November 17, 2012

  • Laurie

    Hey, Gail, this is a great idea and I'm glad you're organizing it. I think the Chart House will have primo real estate for viewing but the logistics with a group this size could prove difficult. But if you think there is a way we could reserve a spot.....

    Just FYI, I'm still dealing with the foot surgery stuff so standing anywhere for a long time will be hard, but if you can send out notifications when you change locations those of us who may not be able to make the whole event can catch up!

    November 14, 2012

    • Gail B.

      Nope, Chart House is booked up. Tried that. I think all the places along the water will have very limited availablity, particularly where a big group is concerned.

      November 15, 2012

People in this
Meetup are also in:

illustration

There are advantages and experiences you can only find by having your own face-to-face community.

Start your own Meetup Group and find your people.

Start a Meetup Group

Log in

Not registered with us yet?

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy