Santa Arrives by Tugboat & Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Festivities begin at 2 PM

Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Historic Downtown Mystic on November 24, 2018. Thousands gather at the Mystic River Park to watch Santa arrive at 2 pm on a 60’ tugboat, the John Paul, to open his ears to the wishes of children waiting anxiously in line to see him. After a brief break, festivities in the Park resume with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 pm.

Spectators then flood both sides of the Mystic River to see the decorated ships pass by. Entrance to participate in the 17th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade only requires a toy or coat donation to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center and it is open to the public. Decorated vessels parade down the Mystic River at 6:20pm and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. Boats are judged on creativity and team spirit, and prizes are offered for Most Charismatic Crew, Innovative Vessel, Best Dressed Vessel, Most Holiday Spirit and Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur.

These holiday events have become beloved traditions in Mystic over the years-- don’t miss out on being part of the festivities by sponsoring our candy canes, parade & more!

2017 Parade Boat Winners!

Best Dressed Vessel: Jerry Freidel, Kariann, 31 power Silverton, Elves Snowman

Innovative Vessel: Ian Poulton, Fish n' Chicks, 25' center console, Gingerbread House Christmas

Miss Mystic of Grandeur: Adam Wronowski, John Paul Tugboat, Holiday Lights

Most Charismatic Crew: Jodie Ferraro, Bonkaro, 19' Cuddy, Trolls Holiday

Most Holiday Spirit: Lynn Cripps, unnamed, 18' Grady White Center Console, Tropical Holiday

We're searching for the perfect holiday tree for Mystic River Park! Will you help?

Don't disappoint the children! We're in search of the perfect holiday tree for the Mystic River Park. It must be lush and symmetrical from all angles, between 25-30 feet in height, easily accessible from the road for removal, and in close proximity to Mystic. Mystic Shipyard will handle removal and transportation of the tree.

If you know someone who would like to donate a tree that fits the bill, snap a picture and forward to Help us out and we'll be sure to give you a BIG shout-out!

Special thank you to Jeff Marshall & the team at Mystic Shipyard for their hard work to find the perfect tree for Mystic every year!