Bribie boat parade to light up the night

People enjoy the parade from a few years ago
People enjoy the parade from a few years ago Contributed

BOATIES can get into the spirit of Christmas and deck out their vessels with decorations to enter the annual Pacific Harbour Lights Boat Parade on Saturday, December 19.

In previous years, the event has attracted more than 2000 Bribie Island residents and guests who gather in local homes and on the canal banks to watch the illuminated flotilla cruise by.

Pacific Harbour Residential Community Association president Jeff Wall said this event not only brought the Bribie Island community together but also helped create stronger ties within the wider community.

"There is something about Christmas lights, no matter how old you are, they have the ability to bring everyone together," Jeff said.

 "Thanks to our waterfront lifestyle here at Pacific Harbour we are able to offer a unique take on this with an entertaining nautical parade that lights up the canal."

Vessels with a Christmas makeover can go into the running to win the title of Best Creatively Decorated Boat.

Canal-side residents can turn their homes into festive wonderlands by decorating their houses, gardens and pontoons and host a Christmas party with family and friends to add to the festive atmosphere.

A prize will be available for best decorated home and garden facing the canal.

"This year we are expecting twice the festive magic as there will be double the excitement as two boat parades will cruise past each house instead of the usual one," Jeff said.

Each year the Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) helps Santa find his sea legs by providing its vessel VMR 3 for Santa to cruise the canal and hand out lollies to all the big and small kids waiting on pontoons and park banks.

VMR vice-commodore Annette Mengel said the organisation was excited to be returning for the sixth year to assist with all things nautical and ensure the parade ran smoothly.

"The Pacific Harbour Christmas Lights Boat Parade is such a unique event where everybody forgets the stresses of life and comes together as a community to celebrate the festive season," she said.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and watch the boat lighting extravaganza from prime vantage points such as the former Marina Markets, with available parking, all canal parks or the Eagles Landing Bridge.

"All boats are meeting near the marina at 7pm for a 7.10 start, so find your favourite to watch early so you don't miss it go by," Jeff said.

The Pacific Harbour Lights Boat Parade offers the whole family a free magical lightshow that will dazzle everyone.

Residents wishing to join the Christmas Lights Boat Parade should call Tracey on 0448 744 743 or email

Event Information
Day: Saturday December 19 2015
Time: Santa will be available from 2.30-6.30pm on the day, with the parade from 7pm.


Topics:  christmas pacific harbour

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