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.

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! Happy holidays and see you on Dec. 12 for the 2020 Parade of Lights!

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
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

Parade of Lights History and Fact Sheet