22nd Annual James River Parade of Lights

The James River Parade of Lights, which is sponsored by the James River Advisory Council, is one of the region’s most cherished holiday events. On December 13, 2014 boaters beautifully decorated their vessels to sparkle the James River. Thank you to the boaters, sponsors, judges, volunteers, committee and the community for your participation in the 22nd Annual James River Parade of Lights! This event was a success because of regional community support and interest.

The following boaters were selected as winners:

Best Theme – Max Effort, Captain Joe Bryden
Most Original Display – Lil Blue, Captain Jim Butler
Best Appearance on Water – Seaesta, Captains Karen Anderson & Louis Hines
Best Overall in Parade – Jingle Buoys, Captain Bryan Lewis
Best in Novice Class – 50 Shades of Aqua, Captain Paul Mathews
Runner-up in Novice Class – Every Penny, Captain Terrance Milliman
Most Involved Marina – Richmond Yacht Basin

Thank you to the sponsors:

City of Richmond Parks and Recreation, City of Richmond Public Works, Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation, Henrico County Recreation and Parks, Comcast Communications, Richmond Yacht Basin, TowBoatU.S., The Boathouse Restaurant, Bruner and Associates, West Marine, James River Park System, Venture Richmond, Henricus Historical Park, Riverside Outfitters, Timmons, ROMEOs, Conch Republic, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Henrico County Police and Fire Departments, Chesterfield County Police, Fire and EMS, City of Richmond Police and Fire Departments, Chesterfield County Office of Public Affairs, Max Walraven, Parade Chairman

2014 Parade of Lights Final Results

Download the Parade of Lights History and Fact Sheet

Map - Parade of Lights

Directions and Viewing Sites

Download Printable Version of Directions and Viewing Sites

Chesterfield County – Henricus Historical Park (251 Henricus Park Road, Chester, VA 23836) or Dutch Gap Boat Landing (441 Coxendale Road, Chester, VA 23836)

A full lineup of entertainment will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Bluff. Viewing of the boat parade will begin approximately at 7:30 – 7:45 p.m. (Dutch Gap) & 7:45 – 8:00 p.m. (Henricus Historical Park) Refreshments will be made available by vendors. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Henrico County – Osborne Boat Landing (9530 Osborne Turnpike, Henrico, VA 23231)

The entertainment will begin at 4:00 p.m. This unforgettable evening culminates with the passing of the lighted boat parade between 7 – 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be made available by vendors. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight. Come early because parking is limited.

City of Richmond – Libby Hill (Corner of 28th and East Franklin Streets, Richmond, VA 23219) and Intermediate Terminal Dock (Dock and Water streets)

Join the countdown for the illumination of the Annual James River Parade of Lights at Libby Hill Park. Come early to enjoy entertainment while waiting for the grand illumination of the boats participating in the parade. Entertainment begins at 4:30 p.m. The dazzling illumination will occur and the parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be available…Bring your kids and neighbors.

Viewing only will be available at the Dock Street site at 6:00 p.m. Parking is limited. Please come early.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring a flashlight and binoculars. Come early because parking is limited.

Important information

Registration for boaters is now closed.

Trailerable boats and large vessels are encouraged to participate.

Slips are available at no charge for overnight, space is limited so reserve early!

After-celebration activities will be held immediately following the parade at Richmond Yacht Club. Awards will be presented and winners will be recognized at the celebration. Awards are given in several categories based on the judges' results. In addition, raffles prizes will be awarded to boater participants. All boaters along with their guests participating in the parade are welcome to attend the after-parade celebration at no cost.

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