Crab Pot Christmas Tree & Boat Parade

Phillips Wharf Christmas Celebration Tilghman

 December 12, 2020 is the Tilghman Island Crab Pot Christmas Tree Lighting and Annual Boat Parade

PWEC_TilghmanTreeLighting_Parade1_Dec14_2019On Sat., Dec, 12, 2020, the residents and businesses of Tilghman Island invite the public to an evening of cocktails and Santa visits, before the annual Great Crab Pot Tree Lighting ceremony and Lighted Boat Parade at Knapps Narrows.

The event kicks off at Character's Bridge Restaurant with a cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. Then, Santa will be on Tilghman Island from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Phillips Wharf classroom to greet guests while they enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.

The Great Crab Pot Tree Lighting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, followed by the lighted, Knapps Narrows boat parade beginning at 7:00 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, with free parking and space for parade spectators at Phillips Wharf.

Immediately after the boat parade will be a live auction and awards ceremony at Character's Bridge Restaurant, with auction proceeds benefiting the Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Department. Auction items include an original painting by a local artist, a custom oyster knife, NFL tickets, and more.

“This has become a highlight of the Christmas season for the island,” explained Kelley Phillips Cox, executive director of Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, the organization that started the Great Crab Pot Tree celebration. The event is made possible by a committee of community members working together to create a fun event for all ages. “While it’s a local tradition, we welcome everyone to come enjoy the beauty of the season.

“And, we’ve coordinated our date this year with Christmas in St. Michaels, to give people more reasons to enjoy all of the Bay Hundred area this holiday season.”

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center's mission is to encourage, educate, and engage Chesapeake Bay stewards of all ages through interactive experiences showcasing the Bay's ecosystem and its inhabitants. For more information, visit

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Where Do I go?
Phillips Wharf Campus
6129 Tilghman Island Road
Tilghman, MD 21671
Join the Boat Parade!

Please click and download the attached PDF to enter your boat in the form to enter your boat in the parade!

Boats will be on display through Knapps Narrows from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

The Fire Boat will lead the parade through the Narrow followed by an awards Ceremony at Characters Bridge Restaurant thereafter.

Phillips Wharf Christmas Celebration Tilghman