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Santa Arrives by Tugboat & The Lighted Boat Parade

Santa Arrives By Tugboat

Saturday, November 30, 2024 | 2:00 PM
Santa Claus is coming to town aboard Cross Sound Ferry's Tug Boat, the John Paul.  Bring your children to see Santa arrive and spend time by the Mystic River Park Christmas tree, telling Santa what they want for Christmas. There will be picture opportunities with Santa and Christmas themed items, Carolers and a few surprises!

Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 30, 2024 | 6:00 PM
Join us at Mystic River Park to Officially Light the Mystic Christmas Tree for this 2024 Christmas Season.
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Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, November 30, 2024 | 6:15 PM
Spectators and passersby line both sides of the Mystic River to watch as decorated boats pass by in the 21st Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Interested in showcasing your boat for the Lighted Boat Parade. Participation is open to the public and only requires a toy donation to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center which will be on site the day of.
Come and see as decorated vessels parade down the Mystic River just after 6PM and return to the Mystic River Park, where spectators and judges gather. Boats are judged on creativity and team spirit, with prizes offered in five categories: 'Most Charismatic Crew', 'Innovative Vessel', 'Best Dressed Vessel', 'Most Holiday Spirit' and 'Miss Mystic Vessel of Grandeur'.
Is your boat still in the water through the holiday season? Decorate your vessel and participate in the 2024 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. Email for registration and more details.

For Everyone's Safety, Please keep your smaller water crafts including paddleboards, kayaks and Jet Skis Home for this event.

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Thanks to Mystic Seaport Museum for their continued support and being a true community partner.  We would not be able to manage the water aspect of the Lighted Boat Parade with out the support of the Seaport.  

A special thank you to Adam Wronowski and his Company Thames Towboat Co., for transporting Santa on the Tugboat, Jean Paul.  

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Mystic Seaport Museum South Lot

50 CT-27


Mystic Museum of Art

15 1/2 Water St


Seaport Marine

2 Washington Street

PAID - $30 All Day


Mystic Parking, LLC

1 Pearl Street


Union Baptist Church

119 High St


Rossie Field

Rossie Pentway 


1/3 of a mile walk

If Parking in Residential Areas, Please Abide By All Posted Signs and Respect the Neighborhoods. Thank You!

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