Each year, boaters decorate their boats and converge on the James River for a parade that marks the beginning of the holiday season. Boaters must register their boats prior to participating. Presented by the James River Advisory Council, this free event also features other entertainment at viewing sites.
Viewing sites include Libby Hill Park, Osborne Park and Boat Landing, Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Henricus Historical Park.
Richmond’s Libby Hill Park
Activities include a bon fire, free hamburgers, hot dogs, hot cocoa and cider while supplies last, courtesy of the Friends of the James River Park System.
Parade viewing time: 6-6:20 p.m.
Corner of 28th and East Franklin streets, Richmond
Henrico County’s Osborne Park and Boat Landing
Entertainment begins a 3 p.m. with a Big Toy Parade, sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans.
Entertainment and concessions will follow the Toy Parade, including VCU’s Notocords acapella group, Christmas-themed games, train rides, a DJ spinning holiday tunes, and photos with Santa! Concessions available for purchase.
Parade viewing time: 7-7:30 p.m.
9530 Osborne Turnpike, Henrico
Chesterfield County has two sites and shuttle service will be available from Heritage parking lot if necessary. It is located off Old Stage Road, by the stop sign and before the railroad tracks.
Dutch Gap Boat Landing
Entertainment begins: 5 p.m. Includes a face painter and food vendor.
Parade viewing time: 7:30-7:45 p.m.
441 Coxendale Road, Chesterfield
Henricus Historical Park
Entertainment begins: 6 p.m. Stay warm around the fire pit, and enjoy a band, face painter, food vendor … and Santa!
Parade viewing time: 7:45-8 p.m.
601 Coxendale Road, Chesterfield