Olympia Yacht Club Presents: Parade of Lighted Ships

    Saturday, December 2, 2023

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Ideal Viewing - Olympia Port Plaza By Anthony's Restaurant, Olympia, WA, 98501
    Free Community Event

    The Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) is pleased to announce the Parade of Lighted Ships will take place Saturday, Dec. 2. OYC boats decorated for the holidays will travel from the club up through Budd Inlet to Boston Harbor Marina and back. The public is invited to watch the parade from Port Plaza, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy canes, coffee and hot cocoa at 5:30 (while supplies last).

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    WHO: Olympia Yacht Club

    WHAT:  Parade of Lighted Ships 

    WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Sharp 

    WHERE: Parade begins from OYC at Percival Landing and heads north past Port Plaza (701 Columbia St NW, Olympia) along the east side of Budd Inlet to Boston Harbor. Boats return to Olympia by 8 p.m. along the west side of Budd Inlet.


    VIEWING:  Since many of the boats are decorated only on their starboard/right-hand side, the best viewing as they sail north is from the port area, the tip of the Port Peninsula by Anthony’s Hearthfire restaurant  and KGY Radio, as well as anywhere along East Bay Drive north of Swantown Marina. 

    On the return trip from Boston Harbor good vantage points include West Bay Drive, West Bay Marina and Tugboat Annie’s.  

    This festive – and free! – Olympia tradition is a volunteer effort coordinated by OYC members and other participating boaters from South Sound marinas. 


    COME ONE COME ALL BOATERS!  While OYC sponsors the PARADE OF LIGHTED SHIPS, it’s open to any South Sound decorated boat. All South Sound boaters are welcome & encouraged to participate! Boaters who want to join the Parade should contact OYC's Fleet Captain Power - Mark Herinckx at, fc-power@theolympiyachtclub.com to get information and register for the event.

    Boaters should also plan to attend a Lighted Ship Captains' meeting at 5:30pm Friday December 1st at Olympia Yacht Club. The decorating theme for the parade is Magical Sleigh Ride on the sea and prizes will be awarded for the Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat, Best of Theme, and Grand Illusion (Judge’s Choice).

    Also check out the Olympia Yacht Club's website at http://theolympiayachtclub.com


    Ideal Viewing - Olympia Port Plaza By Anthony's Restaurant
    Port Plaza
    Olympia, WA

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