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Eastport Yacht Club

317 First St., Annapolis, MD 21403
(410) 267-9549

About Eastport Yacht Club

Every year magic happens on the waters of Annapolis Harbor. Boats illuminated with thousands of colored lights and crewed by jolly revelers suddenly appear in the cold wintry night for the annual Lights Parade. Families and friends gather at their favorite viewing spots along the waterfront to enjoy the yearly spectacle. Prime viewing areas include: Eastport, Spa Creek, City Dock and Naval Academy sea wall. Sponsored by the Eastport Yacht Club.

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Spa Creek and Annapolis Harbor

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade

December 8, 2018

The holiday light parade bursts upon the Annapolis waterfront with up to 40 boats of all shapes and sizes, power and sail, brightly decorated with thousands of lights and crewed by jolly shipmates. This festive maritime event is great fun for the entire family. Skippers participate for the fun of it, and circle the waterfront in two fleets: one circling in front of Eastport, the City Dock and the Naval Academy seawall, the other circling the length of Spa Creek, inside the bridge.              More than 50 volunteers work all year long to produce this event, a gift to the city of Annapolis from the Eastport Yacht Club.  Twenty to thirty thousand people line the waterfront each year to watch this glittering holiday parade. In 2016, Annapolis and the EYC Lights Parade received national attention! CBS TV highlighted past segments of the parade during the "CBS This Morning" Saturday show.  Additionally, The EYC Lights Parade has been nominated for the past two years to compete in a USA Today poll of "10 Best Holiday Parades". In 2016 the parade placed Number ONE !           People can take home memories of the Lights Parade by purchasing posters, and other commemorative items. These will be available through the Eastport Yacht Club, and several downtown locations. The event will occur rain or shine, with only high winds forcing a cancellation.