Holiday Boat Parade
Enjoy a parade of brightly lit sailboats and powerboats at the 12th Annual Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Some 50 decorated vessels will sail from Washington to Alexandria, Va., to showcase their creativity and Christmas spirit while a panel of judges will award prizes in dozens of categories. The morning of the parade, families can enjoy a sightseeing tour at the Potomac Riverboat Company, historical tours and also enjoy shopping at the many designer boutiques in town.
The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights is at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with live performances and free photos with Santa for children and canines. The parade starts at 6 p.m. with viewing from the Alexandria City Marina. Go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com or call 703-746-3301.
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Ice skating tribute
The Caesars Tribute II: A Salute to the Ladies of the Ice pays tribute to skating icon Peggy Fleming. There will be a star-studded lineup of female skaters, including current world champion Miki Ando and past medalists and champions Sarah Hughes, Irina Slutskaya, Nancy Kerrigan, Tara Lipinski, Yuka Sato, Joannie Rochette, Sasha Cohen, Nicole Bobeck, Shizuka Arakawa, Liz Manley and more.
The Caesars Tribute II is Saturday, Dec. 3, at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Tickets are $39, $50, $79 and $149. Go to boardwalkhall.com or call 609-348-7000.
Gingerbread House Celebration
Gettysburg Festival's 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Celebration will feature a display of artistic, detailed holiday creations competing for a top prize of $500. Visitors can vote for their favorite to take home the "People's Choice" award. Many of the gingerbread houses will be available via a silent auction. The event also includes a holiday art market with exhibits and refreshments.
The Gingerbread House Celebration is 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to an opening night holiday reception on Thursday are $10. Go to gettysburgfestival.org or call 717-334-0853.
If you didn't get all your shopping done on Black Friday, Midnight Madness in St. Michaels is the perfect solution. Shops, boutiques, and galleries in the Eastern Shore resort town will stay open until midnight, offering wine and snacks to keep fashionistas on their feet and drawings and prizes to reward the weary — including a chance to win a Florida vacation.
Midnight Madness is 10 a.m.to noon Saturday. Go to stmichaelsmd.org or call 410-745-0411.
The Grand Illumination is the beginning of the Colonial Williamsburg holiday season, and the whole town will be lit up, from candles in the windows of homes to three fireworks displays within the historic area. Before the parade, visitors can enjoy a cappella musical groups, tavern fare and entertainment at three taverns.
The Grand Illumination starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Admission to the historic area is $10-$59.95. The parade is free. Go to colonialwilliamsburg.com or call 410-770-8000.