Independence Seaport Museum will host its 4th annual Seaport Parade of Lights, a lighted boat parade on the Delaware River at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013. The parade will feature tugboats and working vessels along with pleasure boats all decorated with festive, twinkling holiday lights and decorations.

Prior to the parade, visitors to the Seaport Museum can enjoy holiday-themed entertainment beginning at 3:00 p.m. Visitors can hear carolers performing songs of the season, enjoy complimentary refreshments (while supplies last) and see a special display, Silver & Sugar Ships, which features dozens of tiny silver ships from the Museum's collection and clear toy candy ships, provided by Shane's Confectionery.

Shane Confectionery will also be doing a demonstration of old-fashioned candy making, pouring clear toy candy from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Visitors can also enter to win a Shane’s gift certificate. At 4:00, Santa will be making an appearance, handing out candy canes inside the Museum before heading outside to lead the parade. All activities are included with regular Museum admission ($10.00 for children 2-11, $13.50 for adults 12+, free for children under 2).

The parade kicks off at 5:00 p.m., led by the Jupiter, a vintage 1902 tug maintained by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Museum visitors will get the best view of the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the Delaware River. The Seaport Parade of Lights will be a competition for best decorated boat and festive holiday rattles will be given to guests for them to vote on the best decorated vessels. The Museum will stay open late until after the parade is finished.

Boats wanting to participate in the parade can go to to fill out the online application, or contact Gina Pickton at

Independence Seaport Museum maintains one of the largest maritime collections in North America, combining more than 25,000 artifacts with hands-on exhibits and large-scale models. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has a boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a concert hall with sound stage quality acoustics. The Museum also includes two National Historic Landmark ships—the Spanish-American War Cruiser, Olympia, and the World War II Submarine Becuna. Located at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing Waterfront, the museum is open year round. Visit for more information.