Mystic - Santa Claus will arrive on the tugboat Jean Paul at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mystic River Park to greet the crowds and listen to all the children’s wishes. Visitors can also catch a mini-performance of Mystic Ballet’s Nutcracker while they wait.
The event is followed by The 10th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade, which starts at 6:15 p.m. Visitors may watch from the Mystic River Park or across the river as 25 vessels glide down the Mystic River decorated with a multitude of lights. Judging and awards take place for the most spectacular vessels.
Due to bridge construction, the entire parade will take place south of the bridge. The parade will line up and begin at Seaport Marine, pass Mystic River Park, circle in front of the bridge and then loop down in front of the Amtrak Bridge. Most boats will then return to tie up at Mystic River Park or Seaport Marine.
Spectators are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Centerto the Mystic River Park.
The event is sponsored by Groton Utilities and Thames Valley Communication, Cross Sound Ferry, Noank Shipyard, UK Sailmakers and Universal Package Store.