Parade of Lights

Our annual Parade of Lights returns to the Delaware River on December 12 at 5:30 p.m. The lighted boat parade features our working port, with tugboats and other vessels decorated in lights. Before the parade, spend the day inside the Museum for holiday activities and entertainment. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River. 

-Visit Santa’s “Workshop on the Water” to make holiday ornaments and gingerbread boats.

-Take a selfie with Santa before he heads out to lead the parade.

-Enjoy live music from a local high school choir. 

-Stop by the Ship Model Shack to see a lighted model ship display. The Ship Model Shack is the home of the Philadelphia Ship Model Society, the oldest ship modeling society in America!

-Yo Ho Ho, Mates! Pose with Calico Jack, a greedy scrooge-like pirate, this holiday season. 

-Visit a Silver Ships display, a holiday tradition featuring dozens of tiny silver ships from the Museum's collection.

-Face painting by a local artist. 

All activities and entertainment are free with Museum admission, from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Express entry and free admission for members.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities or participating in the parade, contact Michele Blazer, Vice President of External Affairs, at mblazer@phillyseaport.org or 215-413-8658.                                             

Photo by Steve Weinik. 

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