Parade of Lights

Saturday, December 8, 2018 

Save the date! This year's Parade of Lights is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Stay tuned for event programming and the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets will go on sale early October. 

'Tis the season to get festive with family! Parade of Lights returns - a favorite annual holiday event at Independence Seaport Museum. 

A parade of local working boats will be illuminated in holiday lights for all to see on the Delaware River at 5:30 p.m. The best spot to take in this unique sight is from the Museum's second floor terrace. Warm seasonal beverages and food will be available in our Holiday Hut. 

Santa's Workshop on the Water will be merry and bright with tons of activities and crafts. Hand-made ornaments and glistening sailboats make the perfect trimmings for your home tree. For an extra $5, construct and decorate a gingerbread boat. (limited availability - arrive early!) 

Santa himself and Jingle Jack will be spreading holiday cheer around the Museum throughout the day. Let insta-snow fall in our Citizen Science Lab! Discover the science of how (fake) snowflakes are formed. 

Our Small Craft Gallery will also be anchored with things to do. Make and take your own snow globe while admiring a dazzling display of Silver Ships, our micro metallic models of holiday vessels. 

Museum Members receive free admission but a registration for Parade of Lights is appreciated in advance. Please check your emails or contact our Membership Department at 215-413-8626 or to receive the special promotional code for advanced tickets. 

Want to volunteer at Parade of Lights? Contact Elisabeth Zafiris, Assistant Director of Public Programs at or 215-413-8621.