Thursday, December 1, 2022

Get Out! And See the Lighted Boat Parade at the Washington Wharf on Saturday, December 3 starting at 7pm

by Peggy Robin
So many choices of fun things to do this weekend! Tree lightings at City Ridge and Cathedral Commons. Tenley Winterfest, Many Winter Holiday Markets and Pop-up Markets and Tree Sales -- you can use the listserv's search box at to look up the announcements of many of these events that were posted on the Listserv in the last few days. But I'm not going to repeat them here. 
I'm going to use the Get Out! column to announce an event not in the neighborhood, but definitely worth a trip! It's the Santa-Xtravaganza of activities at the Wharf, including ornament decorating, face painting, ice skating at the Wharf's rink, roasting s'mores over a firepit and of course, photo snaps with Santa, and to top it all off, a fireworks display at 8 pm.
Here's the full schedule of events:

6pm – 9pm

Join us on December 3, 2022 for the 30th Anniversary of the District's Holiday Boat Parade 
presented by Washington Gas, a WGL Company. 

Celebrate the holidays with this iconic DC event that features over sixty beautifully decorated boats 
parading along the Washington Channel.

Get into the spirit with ornament decorating and face painting by Recreation Pier. 
Roast s'mores at the Camp Wharf fire pit and visit our lighted 45ft Christmas Tree. 
Skate at The Wharf Ice Rink on Transit Pier and sample winter drinks at our Pacifico Beer Garden. 
And bring your camera for pictures with Santa!

Event Schedule:
6:00–9:00pm — Activities throughout The Wharf (Waterfront Beer, Wine, and Whiskey Garden, 
s’mores, ornament decorating, live music by the Royals, and visits with Santa)
7:00pm — Boats arrive in the Washington Channel, Tommy McFLY emcees the parade
8:00pm — Fireworks Salute
8:15pm–9:00pm — Live music by the Royals continues on the District Pier Stage. The bar 
will still be open!  


The parking garage at The Wharf will fill up before the event begins. 

There are many ways to get to The Wharf that are better than driving and parking, including rideshare 

and taxis, the free Southwest Shuttle, Water Taxi, and Metro service updates. 

If you must drive, plan to park at one of the nearby parking garages:

Other Information: 

*This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required to view the parade 
or enjoy the live music and activities. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol.
*This event will take place rain or shine. Actual start times may vary pending parade progress.
*City Cruises is offering a special viewing experience of the District's Holiday Boat Parade 
on the Water Taxi. Enjoy exclusive access to the Water Taxi docked on Transit Pier with 
2 complimentary drink tickets for their concession stand, unlimited apple cider and hot totties, 
sweet treats, a great view of the parade & fireworks, and more. 

Learn more and purchase a ticket online.

For more information visit:

The Get Out! event of the week is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on 
All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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