As the sun goes down, the Delaware River will shine on Saturday, Dec. 13 during the Independence Seaport Museum's (211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd.) 5th Annual Seaport Parade of Lights holiday festival.
Prior to the parade at 5 p.m., the nautical day begins at 11 a.m. and will get everybody into the holiday spirit with numerous family-friendly activities. Entry into the museum will get you access to tour the facility and get involved with these happenings being offered during the day:
Arts and Crafts: Homemade holiday crafts are always the best. Families can make seasonal ornaments and partake in gingerbread-boat-making activities in Santa's Workshop.
Iced: 'Tis the season for ice sculptures. Check out a hand-carved ice sculpture of the Olympia, an 1892 warship docked at Penn's Landing.
La la la: Enjoy songs of the season performed by the West Deptford High School Madrigal Choir.
Games : Get down in chocolate town with fun activities at Nesquik's Bunnyland with Quiky the mascot.
Light it up: Before the parade, get an early view of a lighted ship provided by the Philadelphia Ship Model Society.
Snap ye pictarrrgh: Take a memorable photo with Calico Jack
Tiny shiny ships: Look at this holiday tradition that highlights a handful of the museum's tiny silver ships.
Selfie Alert: Grab a picture with Santa Claus before he makes his stop out on the river.
After the indoor festivities in the museum, visitors can view the parade on the second floor of the seaport's balcony as Jupiter, the 1902 tugboat, leads the way. Not only will all the participating boats be decorated, but they will be judged by the viewers for best in show.
The museum activities run at admission price, but it is free to catch the parade at 5 p.m.