The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual Lights on the Lake Holiday Boat Parade saw hundreds come out to see the decked out bows and enjoy new land activities, including music and a live nativity, at Christmas by the Lake.
First-year boat parade participant Brian Fanis said his entry was a gift to his kids.
“The kids have always seen it, and they always wanted to do it,” he said. “It sounded like an awesome time.”
Church tents offering cookies and hot beverages lined the lawn at T-Bones on the Lake, as musicians from Christ the King in Steele Creek serenaded the crowd with Christmas songs. There also was a live nativity, and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
“It’s really fantastic,” said Doug McSpadden, who spearheaded Christmas by the Lake. “We’re so excited to see everybody come together from churches to boaters.”
The boaters lit up the night, including Brad Thomas’ Winter Wonderland-theme with about 20,000 lights synchronized to music that garnered the Most Festive prize.
First place went to Rob and Breanna Kinkopf for the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation themed boat.
Second place was awarded to the rubber ducky boat of Bubba and Tammy Whitesides, while third went to Chris Kropac for his frosty pontoon.