Celebrating the holidays in Freeport


Hundreds of families from Freeport and the neighboring areas lined up for an evening of holiday celebrations last Saturday.

Freeport Village Mayor Robert T. Kennedy joined the Freeport Chamber of Commerce in launching the village’s 18th Annual Nautical Mile Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. 

The night started with the lighting of the village Christmas tree at Sunrise Highway and Church Street. Santa Claus even made an appearance in the crowd on the Nautical Mile esplanade during the Christmas tree lighting before the boat show to greet visitors and take photos with children and families.

The festivities then carried over to the Nautical Mile, where people lined the docks to check out holiday-decorated boats for the annual Nautical Mile Holiday Boat Parade. Several dozen boats lit up the Nautical Mile and spread holiday cheer by participating in a luminous hour-long procession down the Woodcleft Canal, past Sea Breeze Park to Randal Bay, and back.

Toys were also collected for the 24th annual “TOYS FOR TOTS” campaign sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, and the Freeport Fire Department.