Hampton, VA (Vocus) October 21, 2010
This December 4, cruise into some holiday cheer at the 22nd annual Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade. Over 30 boats are expected to participate in this free nautical light show taking place on the downtown Hampton, Virginia waterfront.
Beginning at 7:15 p.m., this highly anticipated parade of illuminated power and sail boats will be visible from anywhere along the Hampton River. However, spectators wanting to hear the narration will want to find a cozy spot near the Hampton Maritime Center (the former Cousteau Society building). Those who don’t have a boat but want to join the action can board the Miss Hampton II tour boat. Spectators interested in riding on the Miss Hampton II are encouraged to make reservations by calling 757/722-9102. The admission is an unwrapped toy that will be donated to Toys for Tots.
Captains who wish to enter their vessel in the parade are encouraged to contact the Hampton Public Piers at 757/727-1276. The estimated length of the LBP is 30-45 minutes. Free parking is available throughout the downtown area.
Partially bordered by the Hampton Roads harbor and Chesapeake Bay, Hampton, with the 344,000 sq. ft. Hampton Roads Convention Center, is located in the center of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Hampton is the site of America's first continuous English-speaking settlement and is home to such visitor attractions as the Virginia Air & Space Center and Riverside IMAX ® Theater, Hampton History Museum, harbor tours and cruises, Hampton University Museum, Fort Monroe, award-winning Hampton Coliseum, The American Theatre, among others.