James River Parade of Lights

The James River Parade of Lights, sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, is one of the region’s most cherished holiday events. Each year, on the second Saturday in Dec., boaters beautifully decorate their vessels and sparkle as they parade down the James River.

Parade of Lights History and Fact Sheet

2020 Parade of Lights is Canceled

Due to health precautions related to COVID-19, the James River Advisory Council has canceled the 2020 James River Parade of Lights originally scheduled to occur Dec. 12. The Parade of Lights has traditionally attracted large crowds to viewing sites along the river, and JRAC is prioritizing the safety of the community and its many partners throughout the region.

JRAC thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you at the 2021 James River Parade of Lights!

Let’s reminisce on the 2019 Parade of Lights.

Congratulations to the following 2019 Parade of Lights award recipients!

Best Theme – Joe Lawrence, WeeBee Idiots
Most Original Display – Greg Tuggle, Wee Willie
Best Appearance on Water – Bryan Lewis, Jingle Buoys
Best Overall in Parade – Bryan Lewis, Jingle Buoys
Best in Novice Class – Mitch Hannon, YESS
Runner-up in Novice Class – Chris and Olivia Hall, Joyce Bell
Most Engaged Marina – Richmond Yacht Basin

Check out this awesome video of the parade!

A very special thank you to the 2019 parade co-chairs, boaters and sponsors! 

Sponsors and Coordinators

  • The boaters
  • Locality Staff
  • City of Richmond Parks and Recreation
  • Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
  • Henrico County Recreation and Parks
  • TowBoat U.S.
  • Green Top
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels
  • Bruner and Associates
  • Dementi Milestone Publishing
  • Courtyard Marriott Short Pump
  • Friends of JRAC
  • Henricus Historical Park
  • James River Park System
  • Jeff Jones and Waterway Guide Media
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels
  • R.O.M.E.O.s
  • Venture Richmond
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Henrico County Police and Fire Departments
  • Chesterfield County Police, Fire and EMS
  • City of Richmond Police and Fire Departments
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Chesterfield County Communications & Media
  • Community Volunteers