Santa Arrives by Tugboat & Holiday Lighted Boat Parade 11.28.20
2019 PARADE VESSEL AWARD WINNERS
Miss Mystic River of Grandeur: Tugboat John Paul • Most Innovative: Freedom Boat Club's Neptune
Most Charismatic: Mudheads' Eddie Maxwell • Best Dressed: Richard Dixon's Bantam
MAKE 2020 EXTRA SPECIAL!
Claim a limited spot on our Mystic community Christmas tree!
Celebrate a special event in your life or memorialize a loved one. We have a limited quantity of ornaments, so stop by our Welcome Center, email, or call us today for details.
From tomorrow through next Friday, November 29th, stop by the Mystic Chamber and purchase an ornament to personalize and hang on our Christmas tree located in Mystic River Park.
The tree will be lit November 30th at our Santa Arrives by Tugboat and Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, and ornaments will decorate the tree for years to come!
SANTA ARRIVES BY TUGBOAT
Mystic River Park | Saturday, November 28, 2020 | 2:00 PM
Santa Claus is coming to town and so is Mystic’s Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in Historic Downtown Mystic on November 28, 2020. 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. This event has become a beloved tradition in Mystic over the years-- don’t miss out on being part of the festivities by sponsoring our candy canes, parade & more!
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING
Mystic River Park | Saturday, November 28, 2020 | 6:00 PM
This annual tradition is one of our favorites. After an extensive search for the perfect Christmas tree, it is lit for the season at this event and will remain in Mystic River Park to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike throughout the holiday season.
HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
Mystic River Park | Saturday, November 28, 2020 | 6:15 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 6:20 pm 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.