Poulsbo Yacht Club Lighted Ships Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Twenty-twenty-two will mark our 53rd Anniversary of the Poulsbo Yacht Club Lighted Ships Parade.  We provide the community another event to brighten their holiday.  This wonderful event that has become a holiday tradition on Liberty Bay and surrounding waterways.   
Along the route (see below) Santa called out greetings. Visit here again next year (tentatively December 10, 2022) to request your greeting for Santa to announce.
Our 2021 Ship's Awards:
Awarded to: Ship's Name: Awarded:
P/C Don Plantz &  Lois Watford Wanderlust Best Powerboat
Joseph  Charnes Aurora Best Sailboat
Bill Whiteley Legacy Best Theme
P/C Marianne &  P/C Tom Brooke Overexposure Most Festive
P/C Bill &  Vicki Whiteley Legacy Most Spirited
Jaci &  Dave Bryant Knot on Call Most Contemporary
Erik  Bentzen Husky Best Newcomer
Perlatti Chrisopher  Storyteller Best Newcomer
Mike & Michele Weisner
Chris & Niki Froines
 The 2021 Parade started just outside the PYC Marina at 5:00 pm.
  • 4:45  - Leave the dock 
  • 5:00 - Parade starts, fall in behind Rudolf & proceed to downtown Poulsbo.
  • 5:15  - Head south, following the west side of Liberty Bay,
  • 5:50 - Passing Keyport & Cross to Manzanita Bay and through Agate Pass on the east side
  • 7:35 - Suquamish dock then Return back down the west side of Agate Pass
  • 8:25 - Point Bolin & North to Lemolo and the east side of Liberty Bay
  • 9:15 – Parade ends
PYC members note: click here for more parade information
For up to date information call 
(360) 930-9129.    

Lighted Ships Parade History

December 14th of 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Poulsbo Yacht Club's Lighted Ships Parade. It started as a way to demonstrate the club's "community spirit" in 1969. The parade of "our beautifully decorated Christmas Ship was lead by Casey Kaesemeyer's  "Joanne K." That year the club's Ships "cruised for four evenings playing carols and delighting children with personal messages along the way" (as noted in the 1970 PYC Yearbook article titled "1969 Year in Review"). The early 1970's "fuel crisis almost caused the Christmas Ship Parade to be cancelled. After much debate, and many letters and telephone calls from the public, the event went ahead with only 5 boats" (as noted in the club's history by Jean Niemeier).