COUNTDOWN: 4 days ’til Parade of Boats

‘Twas a night in December – the harbor aglow
With dozens of boats set to put on a show!
Their rigging and decks strung with lights to glitter
And people on shore poised for Facebook and Twitter!
And I and my wife with our kiddies in tow
Were awaiting the start of a wondrous light show,
When from the Maritime Center there arose a great roar
And I had to find out just what it was for. 

The Light Up the Night Parade Party was swinging
With the Rotary Club of Charleston hosting.
The Holiday Boat Parade they did cheer
As it began again for the 36th year.

Join us Dec. 9

Event:  Holiday Parade of Boats Light Up the Night Parade Party

Date:  Saturday, December 9, 5 p.m. to 8 pm.

Where:  Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, S.C.

Tickets:  $25 adults/$5 children in advance; $30 adults/$5 children at the door (buy your tickets today)

What: Barbecue, great food, sweet treats and more.  Festive caroling, Ho Ho Ho Hospitality Room for sponsors and VIP friends, “Win This Boat” raffle for a $100 donation to Rotary Club of Charleston Foundation

Who:  Rotary Club of Charleston and City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

Food and beverage

Public $25 ticket – The first level will include a catered dinner with cash bar and beverages; beverage tickets will be sold for alcoholic drinks

Sponsor/VIP Friends Ho Ho Ho Hospitality Room – Top Shelf Catering will be on 2nd floor with bar service included.


You can park nearby in the Aquarium Garage on Calhoun Street.

What do the proceeds support?

Donations to the Rotary Club of Charleston serve a great cause — helping local charities through the club’s foundation. Every year, dozens of local organizations apply for funding for non-operating grants to pay for short-term projects or one-time needs. Through the boat contest and Light Up the Night Parade Party, club leaders say they want to build the foundation’s funding so more groups can get help every year.

The Light Up The Night viewing party and accompanying boat raffle serve as the club’s annual fundraiser .  It uses the donations raised to fund community projects and grants. Beneficiaries range from educational institutions, to local housing nonprofits, to therapeutic services for the disabled. This annual event is Charleston’s opportunity to share some holiday cheer and simultaneously give back to the community we love.