Named the best American holiday parade by a USA Today poll last year, the 35th annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade (EYCLP) will color Annapolis on Saturday, December 9, 2017. EYCLP delivers a festival of lights to Annapolis Harbor every year. Its growth in popularity has made it one of the best attended holiday events in Maryland. The parade is family friendly, and people of all ages will enjoy the festivities.
Parade of Lights
Decorated by thousands of colored lights, a regatta of boats pass holiday revelers during a late fall night, creating a myriad of sparkling reflections on the water. The vessels are decorated with holiday themes and characters, and are manned by costumed crew members, contributing to the joyful atmosphere. About 40 boats comprising two squadrons maneuver two areas of Annapolis Harbor. The first cruises inside Spa Creek bordered by the bridge, and the second passes Eastport, the City Dock, and the U.S. Naval Academy seawall.
The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is one of Annapolis’ most cherished annual events. Since 1988, EYCLP has united thousands of Annapolitans every December. Organized by the Eastport Yacht Club, community volunteers spend long hours decorating the top viewing venues and parade vessels with complex lighting schemes. Commemorative art created by elementary students will decorate parade sites, and a committee will award prizes to the kids.
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek above the Spa Creek Bridge
Best Viewing Spots
- Annapolis City Dock
- Eastport Bridge
- Fawcett Boat Supplies parking lot on 110 Compromise St.
- Naval Academy
- Walkway in front of Annapolis City Marina
You and your loved ones should dress warmly and arrive early to reserve a prime viewing spot. Celebrate the parade and the holidays afterwards with a drink and meal at Annapolis restaurants and bars offering Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade discounts and specials.
Your Inn Near the Lights
The Spa Creek Bridge is about half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.