Olympia Yacht Club Parade of Lighted Ships


The Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) is pleased to announce the Parade of Lighted Ships will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2. OYC boats decorated for the holidays will travel from the club up through Budd Inlet to Boston Harbor Marina and back. The public is invited to watch the parade from Port Plaza, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy canes, coffee, and hot cocoa starting at 5:30 (while supplies last). 

This festive – and free! – Olympia tradition is a volunteer effort coordinated by OYC members and other participating boaters from South Sound marinas. 

WHO: Olympia Yacht Club
WHAT:  Parade of Lighted Ships 
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. Sharp
WHERE: Parade begins from OYC at Percival Landing and heads north past Port Plaza (701 Columbia St NW, Olympia) along the east side of Budd Inlet to Boston Harbor. Boats return to Olympia by 8 p.m. along the west side of Budd Inlet.
VIEWING:  Since many of the boats are decorated only on their starboard/right-hand side, the best viewing as they sail north is from the port area, the tip of the Port Peninsula by Anthony’s Hearthfire restaurant and KGY Radio, as well as anywhere along East Bay Drive north of Swantown Marina. On the return trip from Boston Harbor, good vantage points include West Bay Drive, West Bay Marina, and Tugboat Annie’s.  

Event Date
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Cost / donation


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