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

By Southwester Staff

At left: Colorful boats seen from above; Courtesy of Ana Caceres (The Brand Guild)

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 28th year of the annual waterfront holiday tradition. Free public activities will be held from 6-9 p.m., including the lighting of The Wharf’s 40-foot tall Christmas tree; photographs with Santa Claus and the live musical performances on District Pier. The boat parade will kick off at 7 p.m., 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 can also get into the holiday spirit with a magical snowfall, painting signature holiday ornaments, balloon art, and enjoying s’mores at The Wharf’s roaring fire pit. Other fun activities include skating on the Wharf Ice Rink and sampling seasonal refreshments from our Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden. 

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This event is rain or shine. 


6:00–9:00 p.m. — Activities throughout The Wharf (Waterfront Beer and Wine Garden, s’mores, and music) 7:00 p.m. — Boats arrive in the Washington Channel 

8:00 p.m. — Fireworks Salute 

8:15–9:00 p.m. — Live music continues on District Pier Stage 

WHERE: Activities take place throughout The Wharf neighborhood along Wharf Street, District Pier and Transit Pier.

HOW: 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 event information can be found at, the District Wharf app available on Apple and Android devices or by calling 202-688-3590. 

All winter events are produced by Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, developers of The Wharf, along with The Wharf Community Association (WCA).

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