Lake Norman’s Lighted Christmas Boat Parade!

by | Buzz Around the Lake, Community, Huntersville NC

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December 16, 2023. From 5:30 TO 7:30pm.

Join us for the 5th Annual Lake Norman Lighted Christmas Boat Parade with over 26 Boats this year that will be decorated to set off the holiday spirit. Below is the route the parade will take starting at Blythe Landing at 5:30. Come early and enjoy watching all the boats and get a good parking spot.

At 5:30 it will be dark enough to enjoy the Parade.

Starting at Blythe Landing and then going to Ramsey Creek. The Peninsula Yacht Club and Duke Energy Explorium!

New on the route this year is the Peninsula Yacht Club with a viewing spot there. The parade will end in the cove at the Duke Energy Explorium! Bring your entire family to enjoy the food trucks and Santa! It truly gets you into the Spirit of the Season.

There is no cost for this event!

All is asked is that you bring a new toy (unwrapped) or check for a child of Little Smiles- ages birth to 21. There will be boxes around for you to donate the toys that look like the one below.

Checks should be made out to Little Smiles and given to the people at the gates or mailed to: Little Smiles of North Carolina- 19825- B- North Cove Road, # 167-Cornelius, NC 28031

What is Little Smiles?

“Little Smiles” is a non-profit 501 © (3) organization. We are LOCAL-We are IMMEDIATE-We are HANDS-ON with and through the local nurses, social workers in the NC area- to determine the immediate needs for each child.

Little Smiles provides items such as:

  • Laptops- iPads – birthday parties- chemo parties- character visits- pizza nights- siblings activity bags.  We attempt to furnish whatever the nurses feel the kids need- to put a smile on a sweet little face.
  • At present- we are in Levine Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House-Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital- Hemby, Bloom- St. Jude- Hospice- Interim Home Healthcare- Pediatric Hands-on Therapy- and growing every year in the NC area.
  • We have partnered with the Marines and Toys for Tots program, not just at Christmas but all year round. 
  • We also partnered with Samaritan’s feet- to keep the physical therapy floor outfitted in ever size tennis shoe for boys and girls, so their therapy isn’t slowed down. 
  • We do our best to keep a storage unit full of toys for our nurses- polices offices- firefighters and in-home therapists to go and take anything their kids might need.
This is where the toys you give us will go. When the nurses visit, they take approximately over 100-250 toys a trip.

Captain Colin Furcht

The founder of The Lake Norman Lighted Christmas Boat Parade. If you have any questions, you can email Colin at: His past achievements include: Promotions Director at UPhonik/Rattle and Hum, Commissioner for the Town of Cornelius and Solutions Consultant at ResMed. Colin studied marketing at State University of New York at Old Westbury and currently lives in Cornelius, North Carolina. He is very active in the community.

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