A parade of festively decorated and lighted boats will circle the harbor for your festive enjoyment! Come join us starting at 4 pm for a special holiday-themed First Friday ArtWalk and walk to the waterfront at 7 pm to watch the lighted boat parade.

Skiffs, sailboats, and pontoon boats with lights galore and crews of costumed holiday characters circle the waterfront for a cheering audience watching from land with joyful holiday background music. On land at the Winter Wonderland of Mariners' Wharf, enjoy free glow sticks for kids and adults, a wandering Santa, the local Fire Department on site talking with kids and giving out fire safety coloring books, free cookies and hot cocoa. Downtown shops and restaurants stay open late and host guest artists and musicians.

Cheer on the crews of the beautiful boats from the Winter Wonderland of Mariners' Wharf Park!

The Lighted Boat Parade is a great partnership between the Pasquotank River Yacht Club, Elizabeth City Downtown, the City of Elizabeth City, and the U.S. Coast Guard.


Mariners' Wharf Park

200 South Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

(252) 335-5330

Updated November 6, 2020