Seaport Parade of Lights

Independence Seaport Museum will host its 4th annual Seaport Parade of Lights, a holiday lighted boat parade on the Delaware River, on
Saturday, December 14, 2013. The parade will feature both working vessels along with pleasure boats, all decked out with festive twinkling lights and decorations.

The festivities begin inside the Museum at 11:00 a.m. Visitors can enjoy complimentary refreshments (while supplies last), hear carolers sing songs of the season and see a special display, Silver & Sugar Ships, which features dozens of tiny silver ships from the Museum's collection and clear toy candy ships, provided by Shane's Confectionery. 

Shane Confectionery will also be doing a demonstration of old-fashioned candy making, pouring clear toy candy from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Visitors can enter to win Shanes gift certificates (perfect for stocking stuffers, last minute gifts or to treat yourself). At 4:00, Santa will be making an appearance, handing out candy canes inside the Museum before heading outside to lead the parade. All activities are included with regular Museum admission

The parade kicks off at 5:00 pm, led by the Jupiter, a vintage 1902 tug maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River. The Seaport Parade of Lights will be a competition for best decorated boat.


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Take part in holiday ornament and gingerbread boat making activity inside Santa's Workshop on the Water. Gingerbread boats are $5 each while supplies last.

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. - See a lighted model ship display at the Ship Model Shack.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Hear carolers singing songs of the season.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Shane Confectionery candy demonstration.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Enjoy a pre-parade visit from Santa.

5:00 p.m. - Head outside for the Parade of Lights on the Delaware River.


If you or someone you know may want to participate, please fill out the application and send your photo(s) to Gina Pickton at gpickton@phillyseaport.org.

Special pricing available for groups of 10 or more! Contact Tina Yerkes at (215) 413-8626 or tyerkes@phillyseaport.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Contact Jacqui Flynn at (215) 413-8647 or jflynn@phillyseaport.org.