boats on the water lit up with christmas lights at night time

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

The 29th Annual Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront. In 2021, more than 35 boats participated in the boat parade. Free admission.

Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 3, at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store. Entry fee to participate.

All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla at the Beaufort Hotel.

Save the Date: Next year the event will be held on December 7, 2024.

Locals Recommend

“Plan to arrive early on the Beaufort waterfront to see this parade of lighted boats make their way down Taylor’s Creek.”

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Event Details

  • Date & Time: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 6:15 p.m. in Beaufort
  • Location: Beaufort waterfront & docks
  • Distance from Hotel: 7 miles (8-minute drive)