James River Parade of Lights

Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 9, 2023 – 5:00pm

Beautifully decorated vessels will sparkle down the James River beginning in the City of Richmond to Henrico County.

Viewing Sites:

  • City of Richmond – Intermediate Terminal
  • Henrico County – Osborne Park and Boat Landing


  • Boater Safety meeting – to be determined
  • Weather – Rain or Shine
  • After Parade Celebration (for boaters) – immediately following the parade at Osborne Park and Boat Landing

JRAC thanks you for your continued support and looks forward to seeing you at the 2023 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