Virginia Dare owners decorate boat in time for the Christmas Boat Parade on Smith Mountain Lake

MONETA, Va. (WDBJ) - The owners of the Virginia Dare boat spent the day decorating it--getting it ready for the Christmas Boat Parade this weekend.

Garret Meyer hung up lights and wrapped the banisters with garlands.

"Any kind of lights will be put up on the boat but also we'll do a lot of interior decorations because the cruise actually is getting close to being filled up," Meyer, Co-Owner of Virginia Dare, said.

The large dinner cruise will be lit up and leading several other boats on the lake at 5 p.m. this Saturday.

"It's going to look fantastic, hard to see in the daylight but at nighttime, especially on the water, to see a boat actually moving across the water and all the decorations and everything, shows you don't just have to do a house, you can do anything," Darrin Main, Co-Owner of Virginia Dare, said.

But the parade isn't just for show. It's for the community

"They came out and supported us this year, this was our first year, it was a major learning experience for us, as much as they were here for us, we want to give back as well," Main said.

It's to support Lake Christian Ministries, an organization that's generating toy donations for local kids. There will be boxes at the marina and Bridgewater Plaza, where you can drop off toys during the parade.

"We're just weaving ourselves into the community and we very much want to be a part of the community," Meyer added.

Also in the show will be a 1954 Oyster boat that Meyer and Main re-purposed with the intent to take six passengers at a time around the lake.

The Virginia Dare will leave the marina at 5 p.m. and will make its way to Bridgewater Plaza and back. There will be a pre-party on Saturday before the parade from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m that is open to the public.