It's a beloved Annapolis tradition: Every year on the second Saturday in December, magic happens on the water of the Annapolis Harbor—boats suddenly appear out of the cold winter night illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers.

Did you miss the parade? Want to see it again? Watch the video on Facebook!

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade on Facebook

Families and friends gather at their favorite viewing spots along the waterfront to see this yearly spectacle and to celebrate the holiday season together. The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is one of Annapolis’ signature events and we invite you to join us as a participant in the parade or as a spectator cheering on the decorated boats and their crews.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place: Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek above the Spa Creek Bridge
Ed Wells, Commodore
Eastport Yacht Club

Thanks to our participants, who come out and do an amazing job of transforming their watercraft (and docks and balconies) into holiday ornaments that light up our winter night. We recognize the work and planning that goes into a Lights Parade entry, and we appreciate the effort, as well as the willingness of crews to brave a very cold night.

Special thanks go to our sponsors and advertisers. You will see listings for them, which are linked to their websites, below on this page. These businesses and organizations are providing invaluable support towards making this event a reality.

(Artist Cindy Fletcher Holden, flanked by Chief Elf Babak Rajaee and EYC Commodore Ed Wells)

Check out the 2018 Lights Parade poster by local artist Cindy Fletcher Holden

Get your copy at EYC, or:
Maria's Picture Place, 45 Maryland Ave - posters ($20) / note cards (box of 10 for $20) or
Fawcetts Boat Supplies, 919 Bay Ridge Rd - note cards ($20) \ Long Sleeve T-shirts ($30)

See you next year: Saturday, December 14

Lights Parade Hotline: 1-844-INFOEYC (844-463-6392)
  • Parade Information
    • Saturday, December 8, 2018
      6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

      Wherever you go, be there before 6 p.m., when the darkened harbor suddenly bursts into light. It's an impressive moment!

      The Lights Parade will take place along the Annapolis Spa Creek waterfront, below and above the bridge. For information on access points, check out the Parade Map above.
      Dress Warmly: Comfort over style. It's amazing how cold it can get when you stand in one spot for a couple of hours. Remember, there will be two fleets changing positions every hour or so. Don't leave just because the boats seem to.
      Radio: WNAV Radio 1430 will be providing live coverage of the parade with roving reporters from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will report on the winners at 10 p.m. Winners also will be announced over marine radio Channel 72 at 10 p.m.

      Where to Watch the Parade

      • Eastport Bridge: If it's a warm or still night, this is the best vantage point. You can see the fleets both above and below the bridge and get a close-up look as they pass through the bridge. Note: The bridge will be closed to vehicles but open before the parade, at 6:45 and again at 7:45 p.m.
      • Naval Academy: The length of seawall bordering Spa Creek offers a long, unobstructed viewing area. Check ahead for Naval Academy security regulations that will be in effect.
      • City Dock: This is a perennial favorite spot for viewers where there is the choice of watching the boats collectively as they parade in the harbor or individually as they negotiate
      • Ego Alley: The Alley spot offers the closest possible look at the decorations as well as the chicken wire and PVC pipe that support them.
      • Harbor Queen: One fine vantage point at City Dock will be Watermark's Harbor Queen, moored at the end of the dock and conducting the "Queen of All Food Drives" during the parade. Bring a bag of non-perishable food, pet food items, or a cash donation ($10 recommended) and you'll be welcomed aboard. Beverages and snacks available for purchase and proceeds benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. For more information on public boat events EYC Lights Parade viewing, visit CruisesOnTheBay.com.
      • Other Spots: If you have friends with offices, homes, or boats along the harbor, this might be a nice time to renew acquaintances. Otherwise, the walkway in front of Annapolis City Marina in Eastport, or any of the streets that dead-end at the harbor or Spa Creek are good spots to view the parade.
        • Market, Shipwright & Revel Streets
        • Acton Cove
        • Southgate, Taney & Cheston Avenues
        • Lafayette Park
        • Monticello Avenue
        • Primrose Rd. (Truxton Park)
        • Burnside Street
        • Fourth Street
        • Third Street
        • Second Street
        • First Street

      A Note on Parking

      The parking site for this year’s parade will be the garage at Park Place, 100 Westgate Circle. There will be signs on Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue directing visitors to the garage. The Free City Shuttle will circulate every ten minutes from Park Place to downtown and from there back to Park Place until 2:30 AM. The Shuttle can be hailed anywhere along the route.

      Please note that the EYC Clubhouse will be open only to EYC members, their families, and invited/accompanied guests.

      You can watch the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade anywhere around the world on any mobile device or HD TV set. A live feed will be broadcast during the parade at the Annapolis Smokehouse

      Keep an eye on these pages as we continue to add updated news and announcements about the parade, and for the registered skippers.

      Did you miss the Parade? Want to watch it again? Find the video on Facebook!

      Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade on Facebook
  • Participants
    • Important Events

      • Lights Parade Decorating Seminar, Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm at the EYC Clubhouse
      • Lights Parade Artists' Reception, Friday, November 9, 2018, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the EYC Clubhouse
      • Registration Closes, Wednesday, December 5, 5 p.m.
      • Skippers' Meeting, Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the EYC Clubhouse. Skipper or their alternate MUST attend.
      • EASTPORT YACHT CLUB LIGHTS PARADE Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the water!
      • Awards Ceremony/Skippers' Brunch, Sunday, December 9, 2018, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the EYC Clubhouse
  • Registration
    • The 2018 parade will again feature a "club challenge." If a boat wishes to represent a club or organization, please provide the name of the organization in the Club Affiliation field on the registration form and we will judge your boat BOTH individually and also as a "club entry."

      Lights Parade Registration has CLOSED for 2018.

      Should you have any questions or concerns about the on-line registration please contact the Registration Elf

      Notable Dates

      Boat Decorating Seminar*, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 7:00 pm at the EYC Clubhouse
      Lights Parade Poster Unveiling, Friday, November 9, 2018, 6:00 pm at the EYC Clubhouse
      Registration Closed, Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:00 pm
      Skippers Meeting, Thursday, December 6, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the EYC Clubhouse. Skipper or their alternate MUST attend.
      THE PARADE, Saturday, December 8, 2018, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on the water!
      Skippers Brunch/Awards, Sunday, December 9, 2018, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the EYC Clubhouse

      Did you miss the decorating seminar, but would like a few tips? We have a presentation here for you:

      2015 Lights Parade Decorating Seminar
  • Sponsors & Advertisers
    • Many Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors, Supporters, and Advertisers. There is still time to join those who offer financial support to make the Lights Parade and Fireworks an annual success. Please express your interest in this Annapolis tradition that attracts thousands of spectators by emailing the Sponsorship Elves.


  • For EYC Members Only
    • Lights Parade is a members-only event at the clubhouse. In addition to immediate family, each member may bring no more than two accompanied guests ($10 each)*. Instead of our regular dinner service, a buffet supper will be available at $20/adults, $10/kids. Lunch will be available until 2 p.m. on Saturday; the clubhouse (and bar) will close at 3 p.m. and reopen at 5 p.m. for Lights Parade. The show glitters on the water between 6 and 8 p.m.

      See the Buffet Menu 

      Please remember that parking will be a challenge all over the Eastport Peninsula, and and make your transportation plans accordingly.

      Outfitters will be on hand between 6 and 8 p.m. for your holiday shopping convenience.

      Don't forget to bring something for the donation boxes in the lower lobby. You can find "wish lists" for the Annapolis Light House Shelter and SPCA of Anne Arundel County on their respective websites.

      PLEASE: The clubhouse will be very crowded. No strollers, playpens, or pets. Thank you.

      * If you are entertaining on your boat in the marina, please make sure to submit your guest list to the office by 4 p.m. Friday so your friends don't languish at the door while someone tries to find you to confirm they're invited to join you. Guests in the clubhouse must be accompanied by the host member during the evening; if they arrive before you do, they will be asked to wait for you at the door until you arrive.
      * Not a member yet? If you don't have an invitation to join a member-friend, there are plenty of other prime vantage points along the route. Want to get up-close and personal with the parading boats? Consider City Dock as each one will take at least one pirouette up into Ego Alley. The parade also will be broadcast over Livestream!
  • Contact EYC Lights Parade

Please call the Lights Parade Hotline at 1-844-INFOEYC (844-463-6392) for day-of updates & answers to frequently asked questions!

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