December 5, 2015 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bellingham Yacht Club
2625 S Harbor Loop Dr
Bellingham, WA 98225
Tim Thompson

It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas Boat Parade!


The Lighted Boat Parade is an annual event sponsored by Bellingham Yacht Club in coordination with the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Each year boaters from all the area clubs decorate their boat to participate in the parade which follows a route from Squalicum Harbor to the Bellingham Cruise Terminal along Boulevard Park. A review boat hosting VIPs is anchored near Star Rock Buoy. Boats are judged using criteria such as originality, visual presence and Christmas spirit. Volunteer VIPs aboard the review boat act as judges and awards are given for several categories. After the parade, participants are invited to Bellingham Yacht Club for hot soup and/or chili and beverages, with award being presented on Saturday evening.


  • Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Bellingham Yacht Club, where instructions will be provided.
  • Boats away will be at 5:30 p.m. and rendezvous at the Ferry Terminal for the start around 6-ish (yes, “6-ish” is a nautical term.)

Boats will be judged by the review boat and the winner will be announced during the festivities that night. The following categories will be awarded:

  • Lighted Boat of the Year
  • Best of Parade
  • It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas theme award

Après Parade

Afterwards, come to the Bellingham Yacht Club to warm up with some homemade hot soup or Chili and Christmas Cheer as we all celebrate the holidays with friends, family, and lots of good conversation and some Holiday Songs!

What to Bring

Bring your favorite Soup or Chili to share. Appetizers and desserts provided. (Volunteers Needed – Contact Susan Hemplet shemplersd@yahoo.com).

For more info contact Tim Thompson at (360) 393-2394 or by email at fleetcaptain@byc.org