The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

calendar icon Dec. 7, 2019
clock icon 6pm – 9pm
map marker icon Entire Site

Join us as we celebrate the holidays and watch beautifully decorated boats pass by The Wharf. Get into the spirit as you decorate ornaments, decorate cookies (courtesy of Praline baker) or warm up by our Camp Wharf fire pit while making a s’more. Go ice skating and sample winter drinks at our Stella Artois Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden. And bring the whole family to meet Santa at the lighted Christmas tree and make memories during this annual DC tradition.

6:00–9:00pm — Activities throughout The Wharf (Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden, s’mores, and music by Go Go Gadjet)
7:00pm — Boats arrive in the Washington Channel 
8:00pm — Fireworks Salute
8:15pm–9:00pm — Live music continues on District Pier Stage

*Actual start times may vary pending parade progress.


This event is free and open to the public. The parade will take place rain or shine!

Please consider leaving your car at home. Click here for a list of options for getting to The Wharf.

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given at DC’s Southwest Waterfront. But The Wharf offers more, including a wide selection of distinctive choices for food, drinks, and entertainment while you eat. Watch the chefs prepare your meal. Listen to live music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

Explore Restaurants

Browse the Shops

Whether you’re looking for something specific or simply like to spend a few hours in our unique collection of stores, chances are you’ll find just what you’re looking for at our shops at The Wharf. And, of course, you can always treat yourself to a delicious dessert—or celebrate your shopping finds with a drink at one of our restaurants.

Explore Retailers