The District’s Holiday Boat Parade

calendar icon Dec. 3, 2022
clock icon 6pm – 9pm
map marker icon District Pier

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!

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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:

Due to the event, the free Southwest Shuttle (between The Wharf and the Metro) will operate late-night service until midnight on Saturday, December 3.

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.

Stay at The Wharf

Whether you’re traveling to Washington, DC for business or pleasure, the hotels at The Wharf offer a wide variety of choices for overnight stays, quick weekend getaways, or extended stays. Enjoy iconic views of the monuments and the waterfront right from your room, and  the District's best restaurants, entertainment, and museums within walking distance.

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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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