You Need to Attend the Beaufort Boat Parade This Year

Are you searching for a new and exciting way to get into the holiday spirit? Visit Beaufort and celebrate the holiday season at the annual Light Up the Night Beaufort Boat Parade. This extravaganza showcases a magical display of beautifully decorated boats cruising down the Beaufort River. Whether you’re a local or visitor, this enchanting event is one of the best ways to welcome the most wonderful time of year!

If you’re planning a trip to Beaufort, South Carolina,  and are curious about what locals believe the best restaurants, events, and attractions are, take a look at our complimentary Vacation Guide. No matter what time of year you visit our coastal community, you’re sure to fall in love with its southern charm. 

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All About the Beaufort Boat Parade

When you attend the Beaufort Boat Parade, you’ll gaze at holiday lights in a whole new way. Each December, several Beaufortonians show their holiday spirit and participate in the parade. Even more locals and visitors flock to the town to view the parade. Cash prizes are awarded for the most impressive boats, so the boaters really go all out. If there’s somewhere on a ship where lights can be affixed, they are.

Where’s the Event

Beaufort Boat Parade

The Beaufort Boat Parade starts at the Port Royal Landing Marina and makes its way along the Beaufort River. When it reaches Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, this is where the real show is. Boats pass along the park’s seawall and dish out Christmas cheer to the crowd. Between the strings of lights, uniquely lit up figurines, and costumed boaters, this is a sight to see. 

The Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park park spans many acres and has many beautiful features, such as views of the Intra-Coastal Waterway, palmetto trees, and ample green space. Also, many annual events are held here, including the Water Festival, Taste of Beaufort, and the Shrimp Festival. Whatever reason you have to spend time at this park, you’ll feel closer to the nature of Beaufort! When you plan your holiday getaway with us at The Cuthbert House Inn, you’ll be a short 3-minute walk from this picturesque riverfront park. 

More Christmas Events to Explore in Beaufort, SC

During the holiday season, there’s an array of other Yuletide celebrations happening in Beaufort. 

Beaufort Homes for the Holidays Tour

Historic Beaufort District

The Homes for the Holiday Tour is an annual event that takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving each year. Professional designers decorate seven historic mansions in the town with holiday splendor. This event is a rare opportunity to get a peek inside these beautiful, private homes. This year, the holiday decor of the Cuthbert House Inn is featured on the tour. Urban Nest will be adorning our inn with stunning Christmas decorations. Other participating homes will be within walking distance (2-5 blocks) from the Cuthbert House Inn. 

A Night on the Town

This popular street festival has occurred for over 30 years and marks the beginning of holiday shopping on the peninsula. Various downtown stores stay open late and offer an eclectic selection of marvelous merchandise! After you’ve purchased your share of holiday gifts, join the festivities at the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Beaufort Christmas Parade

The Beaufort Christmas Parade concludes the weekend holiday celebration. The route begins at Rogers Street in Uptown, goes from Boundary to Carteret Street, down Bay Street, and finishes at Rogers. You’ll see lavish floats, decorated golf carts, personal cars, trucks, and various community groups in the parade. You’ll also hear the sounds of local marching bands as they make their way through the streets. You don’t want to miss out on this captivating extravaganza!

front of cuthbert house inn

Embrace Holiday Cheer at The Cuthbert House Inn

When you travel to the Lowcountry to experience the Beaufort Boat Parade and other Christmas events, treat yourself to a romantic stay at the Cuthbert House Inn.  Our bed and breakfast is situated on Bay Street and offers easy access to many area attractions such as restaurants, churches, and historic mansions

We invite you to browse our stunning accommodations and reserve the ideal retreat for your next trip. Our Hideaway Room is tucked away on the east side of the house is an excellent mix of 19th-century charm and 21st-century amenities. The bathroom is stunning and includes a two-person marble rain head shower, spacious vanity space, and lots of light and windows. This sunny king room has views out towards the marsh from one side, and scenes of our beautiful courtyard and gardens from the other side. Check our availability and start planning your trip today. We can’t wait to host you this year!  

Experience the Holiday Magic in Beaufort