2012 Lighted Boat Parade

Friday December 7th and Saturday, December 8th

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.

Interested participants need to register on Friday afternoon before 5:00 p.m. in order to be eligible for the awards.  Anyone with a boat equipped for night time operation is encouraged to enter their boat.  No fee required!

The parade runs both Friday and Saturday evenings, usually the first full weekend in December.  The best place for viewing is either from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal or Boulevard Park.

Check the following links for more information.