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James River Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 13

The 22nd Annual James River Parade of Lights will cruise the river Saturday evening, Dec. 13. Sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, the festive boat parade is one of the region’s most cherished holiday events. Boats decorated with thousands of lights gather below the fall line in Richmond, hold a grand illumination, and then set course downriver through Henrico and Chesterfield counties. The parade cruises for nearly a dozen miles to the Varina-Enon Bridge. Join JRAC at any of several official viewing locations, watch the parade, and take in additional entertainment at several of the viewing sites. 

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A common resource

The James River Advisory Council serves as a forum for the diverse interests along the James River in Central Virginia and communicates with public officials about issues and challenges facing the river and its resources. JRAC’s vision is to unite the community by supporting and promoting the James River as a common resource and preserving its health, beauty, heritage, economic vitality and recreational value.

JRAC is a regional council including representatives from eight jurisdictions, businesses and industry, civic organizations and individuals. By leading many discussions about the river, and planning and organizing regional events, programs and activities, the council sets the tone for positive and interactive relationships among many partners throughout the region.

George Bruner, Co-chair

Carson Tucker, Co-chair

Kimberly Conley, Executive Director

James River Days

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Stewards of the River

Award recipients honored!

James River Parade of Lights

Dec. 13

Join us for the boat parade!