Annapolis Ranked Among Best Christmas Towns, Holiday Parades

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Travel + Leisure and USA Today honored Annapolis for its Christmas festivities. The city’s Spa Creek is pictured above. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Annapolis spreads holiday cheer and sings loud for all to hear.

Maryland's state capital was recently honored in two rankings applauding the city's festivities.

The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade drew special recognition. 

The annual event landed at No. 4 on USA Today's list of the "10 most festive and fun holiday parades across the US." The boat parade earned the honor on Dec. 8 after a public vote. The parade on Spa Creek came in right behind the No. 3 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

"The Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade takes place each year on the second Saturday of December," USA Today said. "Annapolis Harbor fills with boats illuminated by thousands of colorful lights as spectators gather along the waterfront to catch a glimpse of the festivities. Many docks and balconies are decorated as well, adding to the holiday fun."

Annapolis was also named one of the 25 Best Christmas Towns in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure on Sept. 22.

"This military town along the Chesapeake Bay does plenty of pomp, circumstance, and tailgating during the holiday season," Travel + Leisure wrote in its ranking. "Annapolis boasts a plethora of Christmas lights, notably strewn on boats and along the water's edge. On some Thursdays leading up to December 25, the adorable shops downtown stay open until midnight, making for a special shopping experience. Appropriately, the event is called Midnight Madness, and you can expect not just late-night deals but also treat giveaways and Christmas decorations galore."

Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County cheered the news.

"We did it again! Thank you Travel + Leisure for ranking us on your Best Christmas Towns List for 2023!" Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County said Oct. 3 on Facebook. "Make plans to Visit Annapolis and experience the holiday magic for yourself!"

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