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57th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake
Saturday, December 8, 2018 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pmFree
Each holiday season since 1962, Bay Area boat owners have been gussying up their sailboats and power boats and joining in an entertaining and festive Christmas parade. It’s part sunset cruise, part art car parade, and part shoreline holiday magic.
These days, more than 100 sailboats and power boats participate in the parade itself and more than 100,000 spectators show up around the lake and the bay to take it all in.
Given the long route through Clear Lake, those 100,000 viewers aren’t all in one spot. Although at times it may seem like most of them are along the waterway in Kemah, including the Kemah Boardwalk and old historic Kemah, where the Christmas Boat Lane Parade turns around in Galveston Bay.
Christmas Boat Parade Route
The parade starts out at 6pm from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon, following the boat lane through Clear Lake and through the Clear Lake Channel where it exits out into Galveston Bay, before turning back around and heading home. I
It will take about 45 minutes for boats to travel from South Shore Harbour Marina to the Kemah Boardwalk. It’s not a race so expect the boats to float by at a slow, leisurely, and lazy pace.
Christmas Boat Lane Viewing Spots
The waterside restaurants on the Kemah Boardwalk and at The Point in Seabrook across the channel are popular spots to gather and watch the parade. If you’re vying for one of those tables or spots at the bar, you’d best arrive well before sunset. The start of the parade should reach Galveston Bay at approximately 6:45pm.
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