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Walk the Wilson Bridge to See Water-Skiing Santa at National Harbor

What's Christmas without a real water-skiing Santa?? Fortunately, we can watch Santa performing on skis with his reindeer and elves right here at National Harbor! It's become a Washington tradition. The show is FUN and it's FREE! 

Santa and his accompanying cast are talented and brave performers on the cold Potomac. They start precisely at 1:00 pm, so we need to be there early enough to be properly prepared.  It's not a long show due to cold water temperatures, but they go full speed the whole time.  We'll be there to applaud them and share the Christmas spirit!

You can preview the Water-Skiing Santa show by checking the video of past performances here:

http://www.waterskiingsanta.com

This event is custom-made for those of us seeking Good Cheer instead of commercial madness on Christmas Eve!  Our SHR group did it last year and had a great time!

We'll get lots of fresh air and expansive views crossing the Woodrow Wilson Bridge as we walk from Jones Point Park to National Harbor. Once there, we can visit McLoone's Pier House restaurant on the waterfront for some refreshments and food.  Then we'll enjoy seeing the famous Water-Skiing Santa show from the dock at National Harbor.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 













Meetup at Jones Point Park

The newly-renovated Jones Point Park in Old Town Alexandria is a jewel of smart urban planning.  It's spacious, clean, and scenic with nice restrooms, walking trails, and plenty of free parking.  It's located right under the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, with excellent views of National Harbor and the Maryland side of the river.

We'll meet in the parking area, and then walk over the bridge using a separate pedestrian lane that's safely protected from traffic.  On the way, there are several places to stop and admire unobstructed views of Washington and Alexandria. The distance to National Harbor is about 2 miles each way, and it's all paved. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

National Harbor and McLoones Pub

Our walking destination is National Harbor on the Maryland side. Once there, we'll stop at McLoone's Pub by the waterfront that has good views of National Harbor's dock area where Santa and his gang perform, as well as tasty food and drinks to keep us fortified. It's the perfect place to enjoy the show:

http://www.mcloonespierhousenh.com

The Return Walk

After watching the Santa show and checking out the decorations at National Harbor, we'll walk back over the Wilson Bridge to Jones Point Park. National Harbor at Christmas comes alive in the dark with its magnificent lights twinkling across the Potomac River.  If that's not enough, we can easily move a few blocks to the festivities in Old Town Alexandria.

 

 

 

 

 

 Final Details

This is an outdoor event that depends upon decent walking weather. Although we're tough enough to walk the Wilson Bridge in most weather and enjoy the Santa show (it goes rain, snow, or shine), we may need to make some adjustments depending upon conditions. I'll post an update and send out an email by 8:00 am if we need to make changes or cancel.  Call Jake at[masked] if you have questions or need to find us.

I hope to see you there!

 

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  • Neal

    I want to thank the group for being so cordial to my Mom at McLoone's, as well as not tattling on me and stuff.

    December 24, 2013

    • JACQUELINE A. G.

      Nice to meet you Neal. Your mom is sweet and I am sure that she deserves you! lol. Merry Xmas

      December 25, 2013

    • Neal

      It was good to meet you too. See you in the rally events !

      December 25, 2013

  • Jake

    We had a beautiful sunny and brisk day for our walk to National Harbor. It was cold and a longer walk than I estimated, but we made it to McLoones restaurant where we got excellent seats at the bar with a clear view of the Santa skiing show. Gloria went outside to see it live while the rest of us sat in the warm bar. It was a nice way to spend Christmas Eve afternoon.

    December 24, 2013

  • Gloria

    Woohoo! Waterskiing Santa made it into the best X-mas photos from around the world list.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/24/christmas-2013-photos_n_4498918.html

    December 24, 2013

    • Neal

      Dang Gloria, now I do wish I went outside with you ;-)

      1 · December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im here. Where arr we meeting

    December 24, 2013

  • kerry

    Hate to miss but there is just too much going on with everyone home! Merry Christmas to all!!!

    December 24, 2013

  • Jean

    I plan to go to this event tomorrow. I'd be happy to give someone from Baltimore a ride over if you can find a ride back to Baltimore. I'll be heading to Rockville for the evening. Jean

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to make it after all. I was really looking forward to walking across the bridge!

    December 23, 2013

  • JACQUELINE A. G.

    WOULD YOU IDENTIFY YOUR AUTO OR POST A MEETUP SIGN FOR QUICK IDENTIFICATION OF THE GROUP?

    December 23, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    You mentioned the lights after dark so I am assuming you will be partying too late as I am going to 5:00 Christmas Eve service with Mom and siblings in Balto. What time does the skiing Santa actually take place? I may meet up with you all for just the morning.

    December 23, 2013

    • Jake

      The Santa show should be over by 2 pm. We'll head back after looking around National Harbor, probably late afternoon before dusk.

      December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I like the carpooling idea. I am coming from Southern MD...if anyone wants to share?

    December 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does the disclosure mean if I fall out on the walk, you will just step over me....LOL! Yes I accept!

    December 20, 2013

  • Jean

    I'll be driving over from Baltimore -- looking for others interested in car pooling.

    December 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finals week for me.

    December 18, 2013

  • Peggy

    Anyone wish to carpool from Crofton/Gambrills/Annapolis area?

    December 8, 2013

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