Poulsbo Yacht Club Lighted Ships Parade
Saturday, December 11, 2021 marks the 52nd Poulsbo Yacht Club Lighted Ships Parade.  This wonderful event that has become a holiday tradition within our community.   
Along the route (see below) Santa will call out greetings. To have Santa call out a greeting, send a text "Santa" to 360-297-8600 or filled out this form: click here. Be sure to get your email greetings to Santa by Friday, December 10th, in order to be included.
The Parade starts 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).