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Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) Annual Parade of Lighted Ships December 2nd
December 2, 2023 at 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm PSTFree
Olympia Yacht Club’s (OYC) Annual 2023 Parade of Lighted Ships is Saturday December 2nd While the Parade of Lighted Ships gets underway at 6:00 PM spectators are urged to arrive prior to 6:00 at Olympia’s Port Plaza Park to ensure they have the opportunity to see all the decorated boats as they sail by. Starting at 5:15 PM, Santa & Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance at Port Plaza Park handing out candy canes and serving complimentary hot cocoa while supplies last. For best viewing, it’s recommended that you get to the Port Plaza Park, 701 NW Columbia St, Olympia and dock area before 6:00 PM.
The lighted ships sail from Percival Landing past Port Plaza Park north along the east side of Budd Inlet to Boston Harbor. Then, boats return to Olympia by 8:00 PM along the west side of Budd Inlet.
Best viewing as they sail north is from the Port area, the tip of the Port Peninsula by Anthony’s Hearthfire restaurant and KGY Radio, as well as along East Bay Drive north of Swantown Marina. On the return trip from Boston Harbor good vantage points include West Bay Drive, West Bay Marina and Tugboat Annie’s.