The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

calendar icon Dec. 4, 2021
clock icon 6pm – 9pm
map marker icon Entire Site

Join us on December 4, 2021 for the District's Holiday Boat Parade. 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 by our fire pit and visit our lighted 40ft Christmas Tree on District Pier. Go ice skating on Transit Pier and sample winter drinks at our Pacifico and Jack Daniel's Waterfront Beer, Wine, and Whiskey Garden. And bring your camera for pictures with Santa underneath The Wharf Christmas Tree!

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Event Schedule

6:00–9:00pm — Activities throughout The Wharf (Waterfront Beer, Wine, and Whiskey Garden, s’mores, live music by Go Go Gadjet, 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 Go Go Gadjet continues on the District Pier Stage. The bar will still be open!


There are many ways to get to The Wharf that are better than driving and parking. The parking garage at The Wharf will fill up before the event begins. Learn more about Getting to The Wharf, 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.

*Boater Registration is officially closed. Only registered boaters may participate in the parade.

Get Your Fill at The Wharf

Fresh seafood is a given on the 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 music. Or just people-watch while you savor the flavors of The Wharf.

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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.

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