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Lighted Boat Parade, Crab Pot Christmas, and So Much More!

Join us for the 6th Annual Lighted Boat Parade and Annual Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting!

Come and get your Holidays started the right way! Ilwaco has a full day planned to get you in the spirit of the holidays!

Saturday, December 1st, starts off with a Christmas Market located in the Time Enough Books building at the Port of Ilwaco, featuring Pacific Northwest Arts & Crafts vendors and is opened from 10am until 4pm. Queen La De Da’s Art Castle is offering Pirate Santa photos from 11-2 pm & 5-8. She will also host local carvers, Joshua Blewett & Sara Rusetta that will be doing some ice sculptures for display and sale.

The lighting of the “World’s Tallest Crab Pot Christmas Tree” will start at 5pm at the West End of the Port of Ilwaco. Everyone is welcomed. There will be “the World’s Shortest Fireworks Display,” refreshments and caroling led by renowned tenor Richard Ellis. The Lighted Boat Parade immediately follows. Judging is at 5pm and the Parade begins at 6pm sharp. All decorated boats are encouraged to attend, regardless of size or type. From dinghies to crabbers, little bitty to great big, they’re all welcomed. Starting at the Port of Ilwaco, the boats sail single file through the marina, out to Station Cape Disappointment and back. It’s a beautiful sight, not to be missed. On their return participants are invited to the Imperial Schooner for the awards presentation and goodies. The Tree and the activities surrounding it are brought to you by a joint effort of the Ilwaco Merchant’s Association, the Port of Ilwaco and the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Other port merchants also have holiday festivities and activities: Don Nisbett Art Gallery will be opening and showcasing his holiday themed original art and gift items. Including: cards, prints, ornaments and hand painted glassware. As usual, he will be serving his famous hot chocolate and cookies.

Time Enough Books usually has Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Peninsula Players presents a performance of Ho Ho Ho Holiday Humor at 7 PM at the River City Playhouse at Lake and Williams St., just east of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.