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The Christmas Boat Lane Parade: 60 Years of Tradition

It all started 60 years ago with five friends and a clever idea...

On a whim, five men from Bay Area Houston decided to decorate their boats with Christmas lights and parade them around Clear Lake. It was their own whimsical take on Christmas decorating, and a new way to celebrate the holidays. Onlookers from lakefront homes and restaurants loved the gleaming spectacle on the water, and that evening became the very first Clear Lake Christmas Boat Lane Parade.

Christmas Boat Lane Parade

What started as a casual get together with five friends has ballooned into an annual Clear Lake celebration between more than 100,000 friends from surrounding cities.