Weekend Waterview: December Boating and Lighted Boat Parade

Weekend Waterview Sophie on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #LKN #boat #bichonfrise

Happy Sunday!

Here’s a little December weekend waterview from Lake Norman . . .

Weekend Waterview: December Boating | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #boat

We enjoyed a little boating time last weekend. The temps were in the low 60s and it was warm in sun.

Weekend Waterview Sophie and Lola on pontoon December | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #LKN #boat #bichonfrise

Sophie and Lola enjoyed the sunshine and wind blowing in their ears. 

Weekend Waterview Sophie's ears flying on pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #LKN #boat #bichonfrise

 It was a little brisk with the breeze across the water . . good thing they were wearing their fur coats 🐾🐾.

Weekend Waterview Lola and Sophie on pontoon December | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #LKN #boat #bichonfrise

Lola and Sophie are mesmerized by the hundreds of ring-billed gulls on the lake this time of year. . .

Weekend Waterview Lola watching gulls | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #LKN #boat #bichonfrise

Weekend Waterview gulls on Lake Norman | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #boat

Weekend Waterview Sophie on pontoon December | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dogs #LKN #boat #bichonfrise

We bundled up and boated over with friends to boat over and watch a Lighted Boat Parade last Saturday evening. . .

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade with Santa | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas #LKN #boat

I was able to capture a few boats with my iPhone . . .

Lighted Boat Parade with Santa | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas #LKN #boat

Santa arrived via boat and sleigh. . .

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade with Santa | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas #LKN #boat

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade with Santa | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas #LKN #boat

He travels with his workshop on the back of the boat. . .

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade with the Grinch and Max | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas #LKN #boat

The Grinch showed up for the parade with his dog, Max on the bow. . .

Christmas Lighted Boat Parade | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #Christmas #LKN #boat

And this clever pontoon owner added lights and PVC pipe to give the illusion of a boat forklift toting a jet ski.

Sunset December Lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #sunset

We’ve enjoyed some beautiful sunsets this month. . .

Sunset December Lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #sunset

With pink, orange and lavender skies and watery reflections. . .

Sunset December Lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #sunset

Sunset December Lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #sunset

I included a video of the boat parade from last year.  The train is fantastic which we missed seeing this year.

Christmas tree on dock lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #Christmas

Merry Christmas from Our Boat to Yours!


Weekend Waterview December Boating with Dogs and Boat Parade | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #LKN #Christmas #dogs #bichonfrise

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  40 comments for “Weekend Waterview: December Boating and Lighted Boat Parade

  1. Sherry T
    December 22, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Beautiful – your posts are daily gifts – wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  2. December 22, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Loved this, what fun to have the light show right out your door to enjoy! Gorgeous lake living, sweet start to my too early day.

  3. December 22, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Beautiful pictures – Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  4. Alice Genzlinger
    December 22, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Marry Christmas Mary and thank you from a native NC fan. I love all of your post.

  5. Maureen
    December 22, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Merry Christmas and the best of health and happiness in 2020!

  6. December 22, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Beautiful water views! Merry Christmas my friend ❤️

  7. Mary Michelle
    December 22, 2019 at 7:49 am

    A boat parade- what fun! Thank for another year of your wonderful posts. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  8. Lynn Schantz
    December 22, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Thank you Mary, for your many years of sharing with us. May God bless you and yours and have a very Merry Christmas.

  9. Virginia
    December 22, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures of sunsets, living on the water and having such gorgeous views is definitely like living in paradise. I always enjoy your water view photographs. One of my friends just suggested we start a Christmas Boat Parade next year, so I will definitely have to save some of the pictures. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  10. Ellen
    December 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    WOW!!! Very elaborate!! Thanks for sharing!! Merry Christmas Mary! Hope you and your family are healthy and happy during this season of our Lord!! GOD BLESS YOU!! ❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄❤️

  11. Rita C.
    December 22, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Oh, what fun it is to ride in a two-dog pontoon sleigh! Thank you for taking us along on the lake rides, Mary. The boat parade really looked like fun, especially being so close. I love the video. Our city has a much smaller version of boat parade on the river, and this year I was able to capture it right from the warmth of the condo, with a quick exit onto the balcony for a few pictures. I’ve occasionally seen a few of those seagulls here in our land-locked state (a most unusual sighting), but it seems to be happening each year, so perhaps it’s just a few wayward feathered friends during their migration flights.Your sunsets and sunrises never get old for my viewing, please keep them coming. May your week ahead be peaceful, and your new year calm and bright. xo

  12. sue farmer
    December 22, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Merry Christmas Mary to you and your family. xoxo

  13. Vicki
    December 22, 2019 at 8:42 am

    How much fun watching the boat parade. Very ingenious indeed. A very blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

  14. sue farmer
    December 22, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Merry Christmas Mary to you and your family, two and four legged!! xoxo

  15. Cyndi and Raines
    December 22, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Thank you for sharing the fun, lighted boat parade! How special is that! The sunsets are spectacular, God does His own light shows and they are the BEST! Hug the fur-babies for me, they are so precious,♥️🐾 Thank you Mary for all your hard work in giving us such great posts all the time. We are blessed! MERRY CHRISTMAS, 🎄🎄🎄

  16. Jeannie McPherson
    December 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, Mary!!! Always enjoy your blog from the boat!

  17. Clara
    December 22, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Beautiful pictures Mary! We’re going to be in the 60’s Christmas this year. Love the boat show pictures & YT video. The girl’s fur is so pretty. It’s the only way to wear fur as we often say in our home. Merry Christmas! Clara ❤️🎄 🎅

  18. Janet O'Connor Robinson
    December 22, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Mary, I love your pictures and the temperatures were fantastic for the Boat Parade!!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful four legged girls!!!

  19. Chloe
    December 22, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Enjoyed today’s post very much. Thank you for taking the time during the busy holidays to share the beauty around you with your readers.

  20. December 22, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Wow! Disney has nothing compared to the Lake Norman Boat Parade! 🎅🏻🤶🏻🧜🏻‍♀️🧚🏻‍♀️🎄 Absolutely stunning. I have an iPhone X, but my night pictures don’t look at all like yours. Great job! I’d love to look over your shoulder to see your skills in action. 🤩

  21. MrsSW
    December 22, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Merry Christmas, Mary and family. Your posts are always enjoyed but especially the ones with the pups. :)

    Curiosity question: have any of the dogs ever jumped overboard while y’all were cruising the lake?


  22. Pamela
    December 22, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Beautiful!!!! I so look forward to your daily posts. Merry, Merry Christmas.

  23. Jane
    December 22, 2019 at 11:33 am

    What fun seeing the boat parade.
    Always love seeing Lola and Sophie. They are so cute!
    And what a gorgeous sunset…very peaceful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Merry Christmas!

  24. December 22, 2019 at 11:41 am

    How fortunate you are to be on the lake and then see the beautiful boat parade. It is FREEZING here in PA, has been in the 20’s for days:( UGH. But Christmas is supposed to be in the 40’s so I’ll take it. Have a very merry Christmas and I wish you good health, happiness and joy in 2020!!!!

  25. December 22, 2019 at 11:48 am

    What a beautiful place to live!

  26. Betsy
    December 22, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Yet another reason to love lake living! Where I lived as a child we called it the boat-a-cade, and it was one of the most fun parts of the holiday season. I remember always ending the boat-a-cade at our home with all the participants docking at our house for a huge party. I always looked forward to seeing what new ideas people would come up with each year. I must admit that, as a kid, I never gave thought to how many hours my father spent decorating the boat so we could participate in the merriment. Thanks for the post that brought back great memories, it looks like it was a wonderful event on Lake Norman!

  27. December 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Awe! So beautiful and fun! What a wonderful Christmas tradition. Love your blog. Merry Christmas!

  28. Sandy K Park
    December 22, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Oh what fun! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures and the boat parade video. The sunset pictures are beautiful. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  29. December 22, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Loved seeing Lola and Sophie, and your gorgeous sunsets, Mary. The video was such fun to watch, and I’m sure seeing all the boats in person is even more spectacular. Merry Christmas to You!!

  30. Jan Ferris
    December 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you, Mary, for your wonderful blog – how it blesses us! Have a wonderful, peaceful Christmas, and may 2020 be your best year yet.

  31. franki
    December 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Life us better at the Lake! Our boat parade was last week…first of more, we hope! franki

  32. December 23, 2019 at 12:17 am

    What a festive lake tradition! I’m glad your girls enjoy the boat rides. Not sure what Sadie would do.
    Merry, Merry to each of you!

  33. December 23, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Such beautiful views of your sunsets. The boat parade was spectacular! But most of all I loved seeing Lola and Sophie! Such sweet little pups!

    Merry Christmas Mary to you and yours!

  34. December 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for the wonderful boat Christmas parade Mary! There is an annual lighted boat parade in Orange Beach too but we always spend December in Birmingham so we always miss it. I love the Grinch boat, and the clever forklift! We have had days of cold rain but it’s supposed to be sunny and much warmer for Christmas! Time to get busy, we’re having 20 for lunch tomorrow!

  35. SUSAN
    December 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

    So pretty. I’ve never seen a boat parade except in pictures. That would be awesome.

  36. Ellen Martin
    December 23, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Your posts are always a feast for the eyes. You almost feel you’re there. What beautiful photography of lovely and fun sights. Merry Christmas to you, Mary! With appreciation for the beauty you share so freely…

  37. Cyndi Raines
    December 23, 2019 at 11:08 am

    P.s. MARY! The white chocolate, pistachio, cranberry-orange fudge is WONDERFUL! YES, it is hard to stop at one piece. Lol ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A five star winner! Going to my sisters this afternoon and we are making your soap project. More fun! Love you, girl! Merry Christmas🎄

  38. December 23, 2019 at 11:32 am

    I love the boat parades! (We have them here in Portland OR too.) How fun that you got to see them close up! Hope the rest of your holidays are wonderful too! 💗

  39. Regality3
    December 23, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    What fun. Do you decorate your pontoon boat?

  40. Sue
    December 29, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    What a treat to see the boat parade! thank you!!

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