2023 Lighted Boat Parade

2023 Lighted Boat Parade – December 2

We at Des Moines Yacht Club are looking forward to another year parading our Christmas spirit in our lighted boats up the coastline to Three Tree Point and then circling down to Redondo, then returning to Des Moines. If you want to participate with your boat, non-members are welcome to join us! Scroll down for the sign-up form! To view the lighted boats from shore, see the Parade Route section below. 

The Des Moines Lighted Boat Parade is an annual event organized and hosted by the Des Moines Yacht Club (DMYC) for all boaters in the area.

It’s been an annual event for over 20 years and enjoyed by both the boaters who like to decorate their boats and the spectators along the shoreline.

Parade Route will go north along the coastline to Three Tree Point and then turn out to head south back past the Marina along the coastline to Redondo. Following a sweep through the bay, there will be a north turn returning to the Marina. 
Estimated Duration: 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Approximate times at several viewing points are:
– South of the marina breakwater
and north of Saltwater state park  5:30pm – Assembly with 6pm Departure
– Normandy Park – Cove       6:25
– Three Tree Point                 6:30
– Marina Fishing Pier             7:00 – Pass by on way to Redondo
– Salt Water State Park         7:15
– Woodmont Beach               7:25
– Redondo Boardwalk           7:30
– Return Fishing Pier             8:00 – Conclusion

2024 Lighted Boat Registration

Please provide your contact information and boat information so we can enter you in the parade and contact you for the captains' meeting. We will email you with info about the captain's meetings, parade route, where and when we'll meet and how we'll communicate underway. Phone numbers will be used to text the parade cancellations or changes the day of the parade. Please also allow emails from DesMoinesYachtClub.com or regularly check your SPAM or JUNK folder for confirmation emails and the Captains' zoom information

This year, we'll tighten up our course a little bit by staying within the northbound shipping lanes. We will meet south of the DMYC clubhouse end of the breakwater and head north at 6pm. The judging area is the DMYC clubhouse.

Please enter the name or registration # of your boat
Enter LOA in feet rounded to the next whole number. Ex: 52.4, enter 53
If you are joining as a member of a yacht club or marina, please tell us which one

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