Do you have a particular way you like to get into the holiday spirit? In Beaufort, we celebrate the season at the annual Light Up the Night Beaufort Boat Parade in early December. This extravaganza showcases a magical display of beautifully decorated boats cruising down the Beaufort River. Whether you’re a local or visitor, these enchanting festivities are one of the best ways to welcome the most wonderful time of year with your special someone!
Once you’ve experienced the Beaufort Boat Parade, make some time to explore our coastal community. No matter what time of year you visit Beaufort, SC, request 24-hour access to our complimentary Online Vacation Guide. We carefully compiled this travel planner with directions, prices, and ratings to many area attractions, historical sites, and exceptional restaurants. As you scroll through our guide, discover the best places to stay and ways to unwind at The Cuthbert House Inn!
Why You Need to Go to the Beaufort Boat Parade
When you plan your holiday getaway with us at The Cuthbert House Inn, you’ll be a short 3-minute walk from the captivating Beaufort Boat Parade at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. Read our insights to discover how to enjoy Christmas in downtown Beaufort this year!
Where’s the Event
The Beaufort Boat Parade makes its way along Bay Street throughout the evening, and the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is the top place to see it. This riverfront park spans many acres and has many wonderful features such as views of the Beaufort River, palmetto trees, and ample green space. In addition, many annual events are held here, including the Water Festival, Taste of Beaufort, and the Shrimp Festival. Whatever reason you have for spending time at this park, you’ll feel closer to the nature of Beaufort!
Who’s Sponsoring the Event
The Beaufort Sail and Power Squadron co-host this seasonal festival with Main Street Beaufort, USA. This wonderful company remains one of the top boating clubs in our coastal community and offers sightseeing cruises to many locations around the South Carolina Lowcountry. Aside from the Beaufort Boat Parade, ask about enrolling in the biennial America’s Boating Course, which is designed to teach the basics of boating. Whether you are a member of the club or wish to try something new, you’re sure to have an incredible day on the water with one of the cruises!
Other Christmas Events in Beaufort
Main Street Beaufort, USA, presents all the other Yuletide celebrations including the Beaufort Boat Parade. A Night on the Town, another popular is a street festival that has occurred for over 30 years and marks the beginning of holiday shopping on the peninsula. The various stores in downtown remain open late and offer an eclectic selection of marvelous merchandise! After you’ve purchased your share of holiday gifts, join the festivities of the Tree Lighting Ceremony.
To conclude the weekend holiday celebration, Beaufort Christmas Parade makes its way down the scenic streets of downtown. The route begins at Rogers Street in Uptown, goes from Boundary to Carteret Street, down Bay Street, and concludes at Rogers. You’ll see lavish floats, decorated golf carts, personal cars, trucks, and various community groups in the parade. You’ll also the sounds of local marching bands make their way through the streets as well. You don’t want to miss out on this captivating extravaganza!
Embrace Holiday Cheer at The Cuthbert House Inn
Once you’ve experienced the Beaufort Boat Parade or any of the other Christmas events, treat yourself to a romantic getaway this season. Our bed and breakfast is situated on Bay Street and offers easy access to a number of area attractions such as restaurants, churches, plantations, and the John Mark Verdier House, a historic site. Before planning your getaway, we invite you to browse our stunning accommodations and reserve the ideal retreat for your next trip. We can’t wait to host you this year!