Parade of Lights Ceremony at Independence Seaport Museum

Seaport Parade of Lights at Independence Seaport Museum - McAllister

‘Boat Parade of Lights on the Delaware River’


All aboard for a festive light event on the Delaware River!

The Parade of Lights itself will take place on December 9 at 5:30 pm outside of the Independence Seaport Museum, which will be a magical joy for all to watch.

The Parade of Lights will feature both working vessels along with pleasure boats, all decked out with festive twinkling lights and decorations.

Prior to the parade, visitors can enjoy holiday festivities and entertainment inside the Seaport Museum from 11 am to 6 pm.

 Activities include:

• Take part in holiday ornament making and gingerbread boat making activities in Santa’s Workshop on the Water

• Musical performances by The Philly Pops

“Snowglobe Submarines” Cartesian Divers take place in their Citizen Science Lab. Make a take-home snowglobe submarine. 

• Take selfies with Santa before he heads out to lead the parade

At 5:30 pm, there goes Jupiter! - leading the lighted boat parade on the Delaware River at during Seaport Parade of Lights event. Jupiter is a 1902 vintage tug boat which is maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. 

Museum visitors wilget the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River. The Parade of Lights will be a competition for best decorated boat.

If you’d like your boat/yacht to participate in the parade, please contact Gina Pickton at

Special pricing available for groups of 10 or more. Contact Tina Yerkes at (215) 413-8622 or


Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA


December 09, 2017 |  Saturday


11:00 am – 6:00 pm  |  Boat parade begins at 5:30 pm


FREE to watch outside of museum  |  For all activities inside & view from 2nd floor balcony, cost of museum admission

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Photo courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum – McAllister

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