Oh, what fun we had!


Santa greeted this little boy after arriving at the party on a city fire boat.

Thank you to all of the festive party-goers and hundreds of attendees at the annual Light Up The Night Parade Party for the 2016 Charleston Parade of Boats.

banner_paradeofboats1_60There was lots of barbecue-eating, music-listening, and hand-rubbing as participants greeted Santa and Mrs. Claus and had fun watching more than 30 boats parade on the Cooper River in front of the Charleston Maritime Center.

In the days ahead, we’ll post information here on the raffle winner and how much the Rotary Club of Charleston raised for local charities.

In the meantime, thank you again to all for attending.  We look forward to you joining us next year on the second Saturday evening of December.  See you on Dec. 9, 2017!

Saturday is the big day!

banner_paradeofboats1_60The 35th annual Holiday Parade of Boats and the special Light Up the Night Parade Party is just around the corner, commencing at 5 p.m. Saturday with three hours of fun, food and frolic.

Join us.  More than 35 boats are scheduled to participate in this year’s Dec. 10 boat parade.  Ranging in length from 18 feet to 90 feet, they should be the longest parade in history parade in history.

The brightly-decorated boats will convene near the entrance to the Charleston harbor in the late afternoon and begin their promenade along the Mount Pleasant coastline around 5:15 p.m. Look for boats names like Dances With Waves, Miss Vixen, Polar Express, Knot Behavin’ and Sea Flea to name a few to arrive on the Charleston side of the harbor around 6:20 p.m..

One of the best viewing spots will be at the Light Up the Night Parade Party hosted by the Rotary Club of Charleston and the City of Charleston at the Charleston Maritime Center. Tickets for this festive, family-friendly event feature barbecue, sweet treats and young-at-heart, and jolly caroling. Santa will make a special appearance arriving by boat at 5:30 p.m.

You’ll hear music from the Bluestone Ramblers and see Rotarian and Mayor John Tecklenburg leading Christmas carols and having fun.  Join us for lots of holiday merriment!

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Look at what you could win!

How would you like to own a brand new 2017 186 Commander Sea Fox boat? The 18-foot center-console 186 Commander with a value of more than $38,000 is powered by a 115XB Yamaha motor and features an Infinity stereo system with Bluetooth radio as well as a Garmin Echo 50 series GPS, a Bimini top, two batteries, a Magic-tilt trailer and more.  (Winner will be responsible for sales tax, registration, titling and closing fee.) Read more

Enjoy our fun, new party video

A viewing party filled with the sounds of the season surrounded by captivating lights will be held at the Charleston Maritime Center 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016.

Boats adorned with colorful lights will promenade past the viewing docks while guests on shore fill the air with their favorite holiday carols and feast on the scrumptious tastes of the season. This family-friendly event is sure to become a holiday tradition for young and old from near and far. Read more

You can now buy tickets online!

It’s now as easy as 1-2-3 to purchase two kinds of tickets associated with the Parade of Boats:

PARTY:  Click here to buy tickets to our Dec. 10 viewing party.

WIN A BOAT:  Click here to purchase one or more $100 raffle tickets to win the 186 Commander Sea Fox boat.  For now, contact a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston.


If you have questions about the event or raffle, please contact Jeanne Jamme for more information or help.

Holiday Parade of Boats and viewing party set for Dec. 10, 2016


‘Tis the season to jingle and mingle on the harbor front! Join the Rotary Club of Charleston as we celebrate the holiday season with a viewing party of the Holiday Parade of Boats at the Maritime Center.  Enjoy savory foods, holiday tunes and the best vantage point for viewing boats decorated in lights, trees, music and more as they dance across the harbor. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Presented by the Rotary Club of CharlestonCity of Charleston and the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron, the 3rd annual Holiday Parade of Boats viewing party will be held at the Charleston Maritime Center on Saturday, December 10 with sounds of the holiday season and captivating holiday lights on boats that will promenade past the viewing docks.

  • Tickets are available in advance for $25 for adults; children 17 and under can attend for $5.
  • VIP Friends and Sponsor packages start at $250.

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Register your boat to be in the parade!

Here’s some surefire fun — participating in the 2016 Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats on the Cooper River, followed by a great party at the Charleston Maritime Center.

If you want your boat to be in the 2016 Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats, please download the form below and send it to the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs.  Details are provided in the form.

Download the form.

Questions?  Contact Ray Swagerty at 843.724.7414

Remember:  When you’ve finished with showing your boat during the parade, you should join us at the Light Up The Night event to celebrate the season!