The District’s Holiday Boat Parade and Fireworks at The Wharf, DC


When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 6-9PM 

6-9PM - Activities throughout The Wharf (Waterfront Wine & Beer Garden, s’mores, hot chocolate, and music by Go Go Gadjet) 
7PM - Boats arrive in the Washington Channel 
8PM - Fireworks Salute 
8-10PM - Captain’s After Party (Private event, by invitation only) 

Hot Spot: The Wharf, Washington, DC

Deets: The District’s Holiday Boat Parade 

Join us for a magical night of boating and a dazzling fireworks finale at The Wharf.

The Wharf presents The District’s Holiday Boat Parade, a magical night of boating on the Potomac River, from Hains Point to the docks and piers of The Wharf. This is the 27 th year of this annual waterfront holiday tradition. Free public activities will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., including the lighting of The Wharf’s 40-foot tall Christmas tree; photographs with Santa Claus and the lively music of GO GO Gadjet performing on District Pier. The boat parade will kick off at 7 p.m. and highlighted by a stunning holiday fireworks parade finale at 8 p.m. The festive holiday boat parade will include up to 60 beautifully decorated boats. Attendees will also get into the holiday spirit with the guaranteed first snowfall of the season, crafting miniature holiday boats, painting signature holiday ornaments, sipping hot cocoa and making s’mores at The Wharf’s roaring fire pit. Other fun activities include decorating gingerbread cookies, skating on the Wharf Ice Rink and sampling seasonal refreshments at The Wharf’s Waterfront Winter Beer & Wine Garden. 

About The Wharf
The Wharf is Washington D.C.’s most exciting neighborhood. This remarkable mile-long neighborhood along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River reestablishes Washington, DC, as a true waterfront city and destination. Phase 1 opened in October 2017 with two million square feet of residences, offices, hotels, shops, restaurants, cultural uses, marinas, and public areas including waterfront parks, promenades, piers, and docks. When complete in 2022, this $2.5 billion, world-class, mixed-use waterfront neighborhood will feature more than 3.5 million square feet of development. The Wharf is easily accessible to the region by water taxi, Metro, WMATA and Southwest Neighborhood Shuttle buses, bicycle, foot, and car. Development is led by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, in conjunction with ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development and Triden Development. More information is available at Download the District Wharf app for a live news feed, information on events, interactive map, transportation updates and more. The app is available on Apple and Android devices.

Hint For The Average Socialite: This event is free and open to the public. For more information on The Wharf including how to get here or where to dine please go to, download The Wharf app or follow us on Facebook and @TheWharfDC on Instagram and Twitter. ADDITIONAL HOLIDAY EVENTS AT THE WHARF 11/20 - The Wharf’s Ice Skating Rink Opens on Transit Pier 12/2 - First Night of Hanukkah Celebration 12/22 - Christmas Caroling and Pictures with Santa Claus 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28 - Curling & Cocktails 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 - Broomball & Brews 1/12 - Fruit Cake Festival All winter events are produced by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, developers of The Wharf, along with The Wharf Community Association (WCA). Additional event information can be found at

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