One of the highlights of the Christmas season in Lake Wylie is the annual “Lights on the Lake” boat parade. Launched from T-Bones on the Lake, the brightly lit boats sail towards the Buster Boyd Bridge, circle around in front of Riverpointe, and pass by the Lake Wylie boat landing. Most of the crowds gather along the shorelines of Lake Wylie near the boat landing, and cheer favorites as they sail by.
In the past couple of years, the event has grown, with “Christmas by the Lake” set up waterfront at the boat landing. Various businesses and churches offer free hot chocolate, campfires for roasting marshmallows, a live nativity scene, and live music.
Boat entries are judged based on creativity, theme, and showmanship. New participants are encouraged! Just sign up with the Lake Wylie Chamber to register your entry.
Tips for photographing the parade along the waterfront: use a tripod if possible. You’ll want to shoot with a high ISO, because you’ll need to shoot with a speed at least 1/125 of a second, as the boats are moving. Shoot without a flash.