Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Parade is Back: Carol Ships, Dec 5

Photo credit: Vince alongi | Flickr

Photo credit: Vince alongi | Flickr

Vancouver’s floating holiday parade is back, and you can climb aboard.

The Carol Ships Parade of Lights sets sail on Dec. 5 and continues through Dec. 23. The uniquely Vancouver event sees more than 50 boats festooned with colourful lights motor around the city after dark in a festive flotilla. Larger boats host holiday dinner and dancing cruises and smaller vessels get in on the action, too.

The event got its start more than 50 years ago with a single boat decorated with a few lights in Coal Harbour. Today, more than 30,000 passengers participate in the Carol Ships Parade of Lights throughout the month of December.

Public cruises, offered by several local companies, generally last from two to three hours on vessels that accommodate from a few dozen to a few hundred people. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Parade is Back: Carol Ships, Dec 5

Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Party Returns: Climb aboard the Carol Ships

Photo sourced from NorthVancouver.com

Photo sourced from NorthVancouver.com

It might just be the world’s only floating Christmas parade.

Each year, more than 50 boats and cruise ships festooned with strings of Christmas lights make their way through the waters around Vancouver.  For 23 straight nights in December, the brilliantly lit flotilla makes the rounds, part of the uniquely Vancouver tradition known as the Carol Ships Parade of Lights.

This year’s parade runs Dec. 6-Dec. 23.  And as gorgeous as the spectacle is to watch from shore (it’s visible from waterfront spots downtown most nights), it’s even more fun to be on board.

As part of the carol ships tradition, local cruise boats invite passengers aboard for a festive night of singing, dinner and dancing on the water.  Some 30,000 passengers take to the water each year for a night to remember.

Each local cruise line offers a slight variation on the same theme.   Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Floating Christmas Party Returns: Climb aboard the Carol Ships

Carol Ships Return to Vancouver: Holiday dinner cruises, Dec 1-23

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Carol ship season is upon us.

Every night from Dec. 1-Dec. 23, as part of one of Vancouver’s most eccentric holiday rituals, dozens of cruise ships decorated with brightly coloured lights will circle the waters around the city in a floating parade.

The Carol Ships Parade of Lights tradition began more than 50 years ago with a single boat decorated with Christmas lights in Coal Harbour.  This year, more than 50 boats – strung with hundreds of thousands of lights – will carry some 30,000 people during the month-long festival.

Multiple cruise lines offer carol ships packages, which generally include a holiday dinner on the high seas, accompanied by carolling, live entertainment and some quality time with Santa. Continue reading:
Carol Ships Return to Vancouver: Holiday dinner cruises, Dec 1-23

Holidays on the High Seas: The carol ships return

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It’s a holiday fantasia, staged on the high seas.   At dusk all throughout December, dozens of  ships sail out of Vancouver’s harbor.  Carrying thousands of passengers and decorated with hundreds of thousands of brightly colored lights,  the festive boats embark on a slow procession along the city’s shoreline.

Christmas carols echo from inside, glasses clink with toasts to the season and lavish meals are served:  all part of the cherished Vancouver tradition known as the Carol Ships Parade of Lights.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the parade, which depart nightly at approximately 7 p.m. through Dec. 23.  Continue reading:
Holidays on the High Seas: The carol ships return

The Carol Ships are Coming: Christmas Caroling by Sea in Vancouver

There’s a lot of great holiday fun going on in Vancouver.  But if there’s one tradition that deserves to be ranked right up there with New York’s Rockefeller Center and Germany’s Christmas markets, it has to be the Carol Ships Parade of Lights, which starts this Friday.

For the uninitiated, the carol ships are a flotilla of brightly colored boats that cruise around Vancouver’s coastline nightly during the month of December.  It’s kind of like an elaborate Christmas parade staged every night on the water.   There are two ways to enjoy the carol ships festivities: 1) As a spectator on land, watching the procession of brilliantly colored ships in the harbour; or 2) as a passenger aboard one of the many ships, feasting, dancing and caroling the night away.

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The Carol Ships are Coming: Christmas Caroling by Sea in Vancouver