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13 Dec 2013

Independence Seasport Museum holds 4th Annual Seaport Parade of Lights, Dec. 14

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December 13, 2013 Category: Local Posted by:

Event features Santa’s Workshop on the Water, Carolers and Festive Lighted Boats, plus Shane’s Confectionery Demonstrating the Art of Clear Toy Candy Making

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street will host the 4th annual Seaport Parade of Lights on Dec. 14 beginning at noon with a lighted boat parade along the Delaware River. The parade will feature both working vessels along with pleasure boats, all decorate with festive holiday lights and decorations.

The festivities begin at noon inside the Seaport Museum with a display of lighted model ships created by the Philadelphia Ship Model Society and gingerbread boat making activity inside the boat shop, which will be transformed into “Santa’s Workshop on the Water”.

At 3:00 p.m., carolers performing holiday favorites provide a soundtrack for the clear toy candy pouring demo by Shane’s Confectionery.

At 4:00 p.m., Santa will make an appearance before heading outside to lead the Parade from the deck of the Jupiter, a historic 1902 tugboat owned by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild.

The Parade of Lights will feature boats of all sizes decorated by twinkling lights. Seaport Museum visitors can view the parade from the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the river. Visitors will also hear information about each participating boat. There will be a competition for best decorated boat, decided by crowd reaction. All activities are included with regular Museum admission.

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 ship models. In addition, the Museum has a traditional wooden boat shop, the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library and a 530-seat 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 daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

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