Past Meetup

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

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Jones Point Park

125 Jones Point Dr. · Alexandria, VA

How to find us

Meet in the parking area at Jones Point Park

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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:

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:

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!