Christmas Boats Set to Light Harbor

Lighted Boat Parade

Annual Lighted Boat Parade Will Sail

Finally, something positive and soothingly normal to look forward to: Gig Harbor’s annual Lighted Boat Parade will go on this holiday season as usual.

The festive boat event, organized each year by the Gig Harbor Yacht Club, is set to sail on Saturday, Dec. 12., from about 5-8 p.m. Parade organizer John Sasser from the yacht club joyfully announced that all systems are “go” for this beautiful harbor tradition.

All boaters are welcome to participate, he added, regardless of membership with the Gig Harbor Yacht Club.

“The Lighted Boat Parade is on!” he heralded in an email to club members and community participants. “Rumors of the cancellation were greatly exaggerated! We got the okay from the City of Gig Harbor to have the Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 12, 2020.”

Here is the rest of his message in his own jolly words:

“All boats are invited to an event where social distancing means, ‘Please keep one to two boat lengths between you and the boat in front of you.’ And with all the LED light options now available, the only limit on decorating your boat is your imagination. It’s cheap, easy and fun!”

Gig Harbor’s Lighted Boat Parade: Dec. 12

Lighted Boat Parade

“The actual parade is a real thrill,” Sasser continued. “You are out there on the water, with a fleet of other boats all lit up, and the houses and buildings along the water are all decorated with lights. You make two laps around the harbor in the middle of this incredible light show, and it’s a blast.”

So come on out, boaters, and help spread some Christmas cheer — needed this year more than ever. Join in the fun and be part of this dazzling holiday tradition on the waterfront.

Organizers ask that participants please sign up ahead of time to let them know they are coming. You can do that by dropping an email to Sasser and crew at Let him know your name, boat name and length, power or sail.

“Here is a shout-out to those who sailed last year,” says Sasser. “Let’s have an even longer list time!”

“See you on the lighted water.” — John Sasser

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