Settle in for Lighted Boats

Lighted Boat Parade

Make Plans for Viewing Lighted Boat Parade

Festive boats will light up the harbor at 5 p.m. Dec. 14

If you haven’t already made your plans for watching the harbor’s lighted Christmas boats, there is still time to secure your viewing place.

The Gig Harbor Yacht Club’s annual Lighted Boat Parade takes place this Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. All area boaters are welcome to participate in this sparkling Christmas season tradition, says yacht club boat parade organizer John Sasser. The only requirements are a well-lit boat and a sense of holiday spirit, he adds.

“The Lighted Boat Parade is just a lot of fun,” he said in an email when registration started. “First, with all the LED options now available, the only limit on decorating your boat is your imagination. Then, the actual parade is a real thrill. 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.”

The parade begins at Arabella’s Marina around 5 p.m. Boats will circle the harbor a couple of times to give viewers plenty of opportunity to enjoy the illuminated vessels.

lighted boats

Photo taken from Skansie Brothers Park by Chance Busey, assistant marketing director at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

So, check with the harbor’s waterfront restaurants for a dinner reservation, or just bundle up and watch the boats from the public docks or Skansie Brothers Park. There will be plenty of bedecked boats moored along docks and marinas, too, adding to the splendor of the evening.

Also, there is still time to be part of the parade with your decorated boat, so contact Sasser at Let organizers know your name, boat name and length, power or sail and home port.

“You make two laps around the harbor with your fellow boaters, and it’s a blast,” said Sasser. “See you on the lighted water!”


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