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2017 Holiday Boat Parades

Lighted_Boat_Parade_PhotoThere is nothing better than a parade during the holiday season. Wait!...maybe there is. It’s a boat parade!

You can't help but get into the spirit of things with lights gleaming off the cool ripples in the water and the holiday sounds coming from the lavishly decorated vessels. That’s why at "Florida By Water" we have created an extensive list of boating parades for the holidays.

From Pensacola to Key West, we have listed over 74 spectacular events. You can locate the huge ones like in Fort Lauderdale with over 200 boats to smaller ones in Astor with a hometown feel.

The truth of the matter is we have given you fair notice to plan ahead...no excuses this year.... spend an evening with the family and friends. Get into the spirit only the way a true boater can. Read More to see the list.

Did we miss one? Please let us know if so. Click here  or rusty@floridabywater.com

Please confirm dates and times, they are subject to change

SPECIAL THANKS TO CHAMPAGNE & PARISI FOR FUNDING THIS PAGE.

* We are in the process up updating this page for 2017 (Check the year after the date to ensure it has been updated).

 

 

If you are going to a parade by boat, these tips may help.

  • Ensure that the lights on the boat are working.
  • Get there early and stay a little later to avoid the rush.
  • Make sure that you life jacks are readily available.
  • If you have a chart plotter, turn tracking on.
  • Avoid alcohol if you are the captain of the boat.

 

Apollo Beach

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade

December 9th 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event. TSS will once again be opening their doors to the community for the parade and awards ceremony at our clubhouse at 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd in Apollo Beach. We have good viewing from our docks and will have available for purchase Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and soft drinks with all the proceeds going to the TSS Youth Sailing program. We will also be bringing back the Chili Cook-off for the after party. For more information contact Anthony Landi at anthonylandi01@gmail.com or 813-645-8377 Website

There will be a required Captain’s Meeting on Saturday, December 2 at 9 a.m. at the Squadron’s clubhouse.  The Captain must attend this mandatory meeting.

Astor

Annual Lighted Parade of Boats (Santa's Workshop)

December 2nd, 2017  6:00) ( First Saturday in December) 

The 2017 BWYC Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 2nd at 6:00 p.m. on the beautiful St. Johns River in Astor, FL.  The theme for the parade this year is “Deck the Hulls”.  The Club will be collecting toys again this year for the children of Astor.  In lieu of an entry fee, we are asking each person riding on a boat in the parade to bring an unwrapped toy to donate.  Come on out and enjoy a fun night on the River.  Contact info:  Christy Hottinger 352-267-7300 or Jeff Inshaw 305-393-0776. Hosted by the Blackwater Yacht Club, St. Johns River, Astor, Florida. No boat is too small !!! Website http://blackwateryachtclub.com/ 

Boca Raton Boat Parade

41st Annual Holiday Boat Parade

December 16h 2017  (6:30 pm- 8:00 pm from the C-15 Canal at the Boca/Delray border and will travel south to the Hillsboro Blvd. Bridge.)

Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge
Entering your boat in the 41st Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect way to experience the Holiday season! Otherwise, enjoy the parade from the Red Reef Park (west), the Wild Flower Property or Silver Palm Park. A link to the application will be available here after 8/1/17.
ESTIMATE BRIDGE CLOSING TIMES: Bridges are held in the up position for approximately 45 minutes
• 6:50 – Spanish River
• 7:20 – Palmetto Park
• 7:30 – Camino Real
Cost: Free boat entries to participate in the parade. Free viewing areas: Red Reef Park (west), the Wild Flower Property or Silver Palm Park.
Contact: 561.393.7995

Contact 561-367-7076 Website Map Entry Form

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Boat Parade

December 9th 2017, 5:00pm

This year we will be starting at The Fish House Restaurant on Bonita Beach Road!. The US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs, over the Imperial River, is an excellent vantage point to see the parade. Parking is limited. Plan to park at neighboring plazas; Kmart, Fresh Market, Riverview Terrace Office Park and walk to the venue.Website (239) 495-0455

Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

Annual Holiday Boat Parade

December 8th, 2017 5:30 pm Website

The Boynton Beach CRA presents the 45th Annual Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm. This flotilla of brightly-decorated boats will line up at the Lantana Bridge near Old Key Lime House and motor south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray. The event at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:00 pm with live music setting the stage for the parade to start at 6:30 pm. Other viewing areas are located at Intracoastal Park and along the parade route. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

For more information: Boynton Beach 561-600-9097 or go to CatchBoynton.com or the City of Delray at 561-243-7250 or go to MyDelrayBeach.com

Bradenton

Christmas on the Braden River.

** December 3rd 2016, 6:00 pm 

Starting on Saturday, December 3, 6:00 PM  All decorated boats and kayaks will meet on the Braden River at the entrance to Evers Reservoir, parade begins at 6:00. Each participant passes Jiggs Landing then return. Upstream to Linger Lodge.  More info calls 941-320-8811. or e-mail denisekleiner@gmail.com

 

Manatee Holiday Boat Parade

 **December 10th, 2016"  6:30

The parade of lighted boats begins at dusk near Snead Island. The route then proceeds east past the Bradenton Yacht Club, to Riverhouse Reef and Grill and the Regatta Pointe Marina. The parade turns south at the Green Bridge and moves onward to PIER 22  and the Twin Dolphin Marina. Public viewing sites are available from the Green Bridge Pier, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, PIER 22 and on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

To apply with your vessel, contact the Regatta Point Marina office at 941-729-6021 or download the registration form at regattapointemarina.com.

Sponsors to the 2016 Manatee Holiday Boat Parade include the Bradenton Herald, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Gettel Automotive and Wagner Realty. 

For more information and a map of the parade route go to Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ManateeRiverHolidayBoatParade

Cape Canaveral

Port Canaveral Christmas Boat Parade

*December 2016 Port Canaveral Parade now canceled

The Port Canaveral Boat Parade from the Bluepoints marina is canceled in 2016. The organizer says Hurricane Matthew has forced the Port to focus on repairs in December For more information go to www.visitportcanaveral.com or smattia@visitportcanaveral.com  Flyer

Captiva

Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade

*The event has been canceled this year. 

More than 30 boats parade down Roosevelt Channel for this spectacular event. Visitors can choose to cruise in the parade with special passenger tickets or watch the parade from McCarthy’s Marina, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina or the Green Flash. www.captivaholidayvillage.com 

Carrabelle

Boat Parade of Lights

December 9th 2017 9'ish 

Live Musical Entertainment at the Marine Street Main Stage...and Debi Jordan at C-Quarters starting 5:30 pm

All Boats Welcome-No Entry Fee-Any Boat That Floats! Captain's Meeting will be Dec. 8th at 3 pm at C-Quarters Marina. All vessel Captain's must attend

And don't forget the spectacular fireworks show finale provided by the Carrabelle CRA! . A fabulous family/pet-friendly holiday event!! Website for more information or call 850-697-2585

Cape Coral/Fort Myers

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

December 16th , 2017 7:00pm

Cape Coral's Holiday Boat A Long features a parade of beautifully decorated boats that you've just got to see! The fun goes from 4-10PM and the date is December 17 for 2016. Located at Four Freedoms Park on Cape Coral Pkwy, the festival has food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus along with the parade. You can also watch as the boats line up in Bimini Basin for the parade which first passes by the park's beach before heading down various canals in South Cape Coral. It must be amazing to be able to watch the boats go by if you live on one of those canals, but if not, you can have a front seat at the park. They have a few bleachers set up in front of the beach, but bring your own chairs if you can to make sure you have a place to sit, there's plenty of room.
The parade finally starts at 7 PM with fireworks and it is a sight to behold!
It starts with paddle boats, and then boats of all types and sizes cruise by the park's beach.
It's put on by Cape Coral Parks and Rec. To register to be in the boat parade, contact Sea Tow at (239) 549-0558, to perform at the festival call (239)573-3121, and for more information call (239) 573-3123. Website

Casselberry

Lake Howell Boat Parade

** Saturday Dec 10th 2016 @ 6:30 PM

Parade will start at Lake Howell Arms Clubhouse at the west end of the lake. Boaters should be ready at 6:15. Open to the public! Anyone can join you don't have to be a resident! Email  if you plan to participate or contact Jim Travis 407-592-5225

Cedar Key

Boat Parade (A Cedar Key Christmas)

**December 17, 2016 (Dusk)

Boat Parade will start at the City Park and Santa Clam will arrive on an air boat to greet the kids. Also there will be a pot luck dinner in the park along with music. Earlier in the day will be a TASTE OF CEDAR KEY. Local restaurants will show case their favorites. There will also be a tour of the 4 churches to view their Christmas Decorations and their stained glass window. The 10.00 proceeds from that will assist with the gas cards for local families needing to go to the hospital and doctors.. To enter the parade, call Rose at 352 -543-6346. 

Clermont / Winter Garden

Johns Lake Boat Parade

*December 18th, 2016 6:00 pm 

The Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade will be on Sunday, December 18th, at 6:00 pm. All boats participating should meet in Johns Lake, in the cove to the northeast of Deer Island a few minutes before 6:00 pm. The parade goes along the north shore of Johns Lake and lasts about 1 hours. In the past, we've had as many as 20 boats in the parade. Come out for a great time!  Best viewed from the public boat ramp. Call 407-701-8033 for details.

Clearwater

Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade

December 9th, 2017 6:30 pm (Coachman Park) always the 2nd Saturday

The Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade is one of the largest and most popular marine events in the Clearwater area and will be celebrating its 42st year. The parade honors the memory of Island Estates Yacht Club members who have passed during the year.
The decorated boats will assemble in Mandalay Channel located between Island Estates and Clearwater Beach at 6:00 pm.  At 6:30 pm, the lead boat will proceed northward through Mandalay Channel.  Then the parade will weave in and out of many of the Island Estate canals before heading over to Coachman Park around 8:00 PM. From there the boats will go under the new Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel before navigating to the Clearwater Yacht Club.  Cash and gift certificate prizes, donated by many area businesses, will be awarded to the best-decorated boats.

Decorated boats assemble in Mandalay Channel and head to Coachman Park, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and to the Clearwater Yacht Club's judging stand. Prizes awarded for best-decorated boats. This annual parade is held in memory of Island Estates Yacht Club members who died during the year. Contact information is Scott Sanders at 727-461-3949, Laura Lee Bernard at 727-442-1978 or Sue Speck at 727-446-0682.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade

* December 10th, 2016 6:00 pm (Tentatively)

The date for the Cocoa Beach Christmas boat parade is set for December 10th, beginning at 6 pm.The boats begin lining up around 5:45 PM on the south side of 520.
POC: Walter & Lyn Blaser: 783-1207, email: wlblaser@yahoo.com Website

Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach

11th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

** No Parade this Year. They decided to do a Golf Cart parade.

All vessels meeting USGS safety requirements and decorated in appropriate holiday fashion are welcomed to join in for this fun and heartwarming event.

Laura Ritter 941-780-3547 cortezyachtclub@verizon.net  Website

Daytona Beach

Annual Christmas Parade

December 2nd, 2017  (Halifax River) 

We are excited to partner again this year with Light the Way (http://www.lightthewayvolusia.org/), a local community network that strives to support the individual needs of local cancer patients in treatment in Volusia County. Light the Way is 100% volunteer based, and 100% of what they receive goes to local cancer patients in any type of cancer treatment.

The Annual Christmas Boat Parade remains one of the area’s great traditions and it is the pleasure of the Halifax River Yacht Club to bring this to our community. Each year this event is witnessed by thousands lined along the Halifax River, on bridges, causeways, and in private boats. All the funds raised and prizes donated are used exclusively for the event and the Light the Way network, and do not support the Halifax River Yacht Club. Please click below for Boat Parade Sponsorship Opportunites. Parade details and registration information will be posted at a later date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen at ChristmasBoatParade@hryc.com or (386) 255-7459.

 

Also, the prime viewing areas of the parade are the Chart House Restaurant and Daytona Marina and Boat Works. Make reservations early for the Chart House by calling 386-255-9022. There are many other good viewing locations along the river, including, City Island, the Halifax Rowing Association, Manatee Island, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Halifax Harbor Marina (public areas).

Deland

Deland Christmas Boat Parade!

December 9th, 2017 ( 2nd Saturday)

Enter your boat in the DeLand St. Johns River Christmas Boat Parade now!   Boat Parade is Saturday, December 9th and will start in Lake Beresford at 6:00 pm and end in the St. John’s River just north of the new St. John’s River Grille Restaurant around 7:30 pm. Numerous prizes and awards for top finishers and all participants!  Entry fee of $20…t  Contact the Parade at delandchristmasboatparade@yahoo.com, or Facebook page “Deland Christmas Boat Parade”, or 386-734-4331  for entry form and further info!

Destin

30th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

** December 11th, 2016. 6:00pm 

Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor and the Lighted Boat Parade and judging will start at 6 P.M. upstairs at Harry T’s Restaurant. Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 PM. Fireworks in the East Pass will light up the sky after the parade. Mark your calendar and plan to add this event to your holiday activities. The parade can be viewed from docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums on Destin Harbor. All commercial, charter, and private boats are invited to help light up the Harbor with the true Destin spirit. You may pick up an entry form in person at the Museum, Destin Community Center, City Hall, Destin Chamber of Commerce, or many Harbor businesses. You may also request a fax or email copy by calling the Destin History and Fishing Museum at 850-837-6611 or email kathydestinhistory@gmail.com. Sponsored by The Destin History & Fishing Museum" Website

Notes: "Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 P.M. on the south side of the Harbor. At 6 P.M. the parade will travel east in the Harbor, turning north at Grand Harbor Condo and preceding along the Harbor's north shore west to pass Harry T's where judging takes place."

Dunedin

Holiday Boat Parade

December 2rd, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ( Always the First Saturday of December)

at Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park:
Ring in the holidays during this traditional waterfront celebration as decorated boats parade through the Marina at approximately 7pm. Enjoy holiday music and s'mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City's Christmas tree. Free to attend. Presented by Dunedin Parks & Recreation, Dunedin Boat Club and Marker 1 Marina. Sponsored by Beazer Homes.

Event information: Dunedin Parks & Recreation, (727) 738-2920
Boat Parade information: Chris Gattas, Parade Master, (727) 455-8022 or chris@logopro.com. Boat entry forms coming soon. Forms must be submitted by December 1st. All boats must be registered and decorated.

Fort Lauderdale

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Saturday, December 9th 2017 6:30

The Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Parade travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Greatest Show on H20.” The parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north – please look at the bridge closings on their website).

Private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators. Parade highlights: Grand Marshal Showboat, Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge and the Santa Showboat. Website

Fort Myers Beach

29th Annual Christmas Boat Parade

December 2rd 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 PM 

Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 29th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year we had over 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting. The parade will pass by such establishments as Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun.

Cost is $25 per boat and $50 for a sponsored boat. This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce

The parade will pass though Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles.

Please visit www.fmbboatparade.com . This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce - See more at: http://www.fortmyersbeach.org/official-fort-myers-beach-events-calendar/#sthash.lIrLyR16.dpufe

Fort Pierce ( St Lucie County)

Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.

** December 10th. 2016 6:30pm (Paddle Parade at 6:00pm Boat parade at 6:30pm)

Bring on the holiday cheers at the St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat and Paddle Parades. It promises to be our biggest and best. All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. Festivities begin with the 2nd annual PADDLE PARADE of Lights at 6:00 pm at the Fort Pierce City Marina basin downtown. Paddlers can register in advance and find out more at http://www.miatc.com/ or via Facebook: Treasure Coast Boat Parades. The BOAT parade route begins at Taylor Creek near Harbortown Marina at 6:30 pm and proceeds past the South Beach Causeway turning around westward at the Fort Pierce Inlet ( at approximately 7:00 pm). The parade route then continues, ending at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki restaurant at approximately 7:45 pm. The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parades at restaurants, parks and many other locations along the route. The event is free for boats, paddlers and spectators. The Captain's Meeting for all participants will be held at Sailfish Brewery, located at 407 N. 2nd Street, Fort Pierce on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 pm. Come join us as we light up the Indian River!
For a look at Boat and Paddle Parade 2015 click on this video: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=knOoUVCkD78

More details can be found at the website www.miatc.com.

Gibsonton / Riverview

33nd Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade

December 2nd, 2017 5:00pm

The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview is pleased to announce the 34th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, and will kick off @ 5:00 pm at the Riverview Civic Center. We will start the Parade of lighted boats from the 301 bridge at 5:30 pm and the parade will continue past the Civic Center to "The Diddy” and then back past the civic center ending at River’s Edge Bar and Grill where the award ceremony for the best-decorated boats will be held. We are encouraging Boaters to put in at Williams Park Boat Ramp (9425 Highway 41 South Riverview, FL 33578) and avoid the Civic Center (after 3 pm) ramp for parking purposes. We will be having a Chili Cook-Off and refreshments (5.00 donation to taste the chili) and entertainment at the Civic Center with photo opportunity available for the children with Santa. As we are a charitable organization and this event benefits the community, we are looking for Sponsors at several levels and boats to parade down the Alafia for the benefit of many onlookers. To compete in the boat parade we are asking for a 25.00 donation from the boater, boaters do not have to compete to participate in the boat parade. This event will fund our Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Honduras, (and other charitable activities in the community that we participate in), where we will be providing water filtration and latrine systems to the indigenous peoples of that country that do not have safe drinking water or sanitation. All proceeds will fund the charitable activities of The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview.

If you are interested in participating in the Boat Parade this year, please contact Mike Broussard at Michael.broussard@flyinglocksmiths.com. For more information, you may also contact Dr. Kim Tyson at hummingbird133@verizon.net or visit our website at alafiaboatparade.com.

Gulfport

32nd Anniversary BCYC Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

December 9th, 2017 6:00pm

 

We start at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the BCYC clubhouse on our way out into the bay. Next we head to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, Pasadena Golf Club Estates and Dolphin Boulevard South where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Lastly we visit Isla del Sol, then head back to the BCYC clubhouse for the Post Parade party.

But it's about more than fun and merriment. Participants need only a simple fee to enter - two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 17 years.

In turn BCYC depends on the generosity of our wonderful parade sponsors, who allow us to shower our participants with fun and useful prizes at the end of the parade. Everyone is a winner at this event and no boat goes home empty handed — so you can imagine it takes many generous sponsors to spread the joy around. Please see a list of our 2016 sponsors below. We would love it if you could support these sponsors when doing your holiday shopping!

For spectators, spend the day at Gulfport's Holiday Hoopla, watch the parade and dine in Gulfport that evening!

If you would like to become a 2017 parade sponsor, contact parade chairs Barb & Jimmy Meyer at 727-430-7241 or boatparade@sailbcyc.org.

Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children's presents OR a check made out to "Operation Santa", the City of Gulfport's annual toy drive.

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded during the Post Parade Party for participating boats. (You must be present to win.)

Post Parade Party: Our Post Parade Party is a potluck party for participating boats and their crew (so bring a dish to share) with holiday drinks, music, singing and BCYC's legendary rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas (hopefully, not too off-key!)

Registration deadline is Thursday December 7, 2017. You must be present at BCYC after the parade to win prizes.

Website

Howey-In-The-Hills

Third Annual Howey Lighted Boat Parade

** December 9th, 2016 6:00pm

Lighted Boat Parade, Food, Crafts and Caroling. Judging will be based on originality, lights, and overall holiday effect. If your display includes music, make sure that our audience on the shore can hear it. High profile boats are advised that the Hwy 19 bridge navigable clearance is approximately 16 feet.

The mandatory captains meeting will be dockside, J.B. Boondocks at 5:30 p.m. before the parade. The Lake County Sheriff’s boat will lead the parade. The route will proceed towards the Hwy 19 Bridge and circle back past the reviewing stand at the Howey Pier, so make sure both sides of your boat are decorated.

The prizes, 100% distribution of the entry fees, 1st- 50%, 2nd - 30% and 3rd - 20%, will be awarded at J.B. Boondocks following the parade. Docking is on a first come, first served basis. If you plan to celebrate with us on Saturday, overnight docking arrangements can be made with J. B. Boondocks 352-324-3600. Also, Mission Inn Resort and Club is offering a special rate for participants. Ask for the Howey Boat Parade room block when making reservations at 1-800-874-9053. Mission Inn will provide a shuttle from their marina to the resort.

 Website 

Hernando Beach

Boat Parade

** December 10th, 2016 6:30 pm

Hernando Beach Yacht Club annual Christmas boat parade will be held on Saturday, Dec 10, 2016, leaving our dock at 6:30 p.m. It will be traveling down Marlin canal, Cheeks Creek canal and return, then Tarpon canal ending at the boat ramp.   You are invited to participate.  Decorate your boat. Awards to be given.  Entry fee is one unwrapped child's toy.  Registration will be open at our clubhouse at 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.  You are invited to view the parade from our deck or dock. Come and enjoy hot dogs, drinks, and some Christmas cheer. Our clubhouse will be open from 5 pm until after all boats have returned and awards announced. Website Flyer

Homosassa

Holiday Boat Parade.

*December 17th, 2016, 5:30 pm 

Indian Rocks Beach

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

December 16th, 2017 6:30 pm

For further information on this event, please contact Public Services Supervisor Randy Schwab, at 727/595-6889, Mon - Fri, from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m Website

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Light Parade

December 30th,  2017 7:30

 Whether you're a seafarer or landlubber, you are sure to be dazzled by the annual Jacksonville Light Parade. The Light Parade has become a tradition for thousands of families and out-of-town guests who eagerly await the transformation of the St. Johns River. Boats of every shape and size are adorned with decorations that captivate senses and stimulate imaginations. This enchanted night is topped off by a fireworks display like no other, featuring the signature bridge "waterfalls." Admission is free.

Jacksonville

Christmas on the Creek

*December 3rd, 2016 7:00pm

On that very special night, Julington Creek will come alive with the color, lights, and sounds, of the season. We invite you to decorate your boats, homes, and docks and celebrate the season with us out on the creek!

We were the largest boat parade in Jacksonville last year with 40 boats!

There is no charge for entry to the parade, and it is followed by a Captain's (and crew) Party on the dock after the parade ends with food and live music!

Immediately following the parade will be a party at the head of the dock at The Marina at Julington Creek with live music, food, and most of all, FUN!
 
If you’d like to practice safe boating and stay onboard the night of the 5th, The Marina at Julington Creek will once again be offering free dockage, power, and water (for temporary slips that are equipped)

For more information e-mail commodore@jcpropclub.com 

Jupiter/Palm Beach

Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration

December 2nd 2017, 6:00 pm

A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2017 23rd Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 2!


Where: The parade, led by a Zambelli traveling fireworks display navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.

When: Saturday, December 2. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.

Who: This year we are excited to have Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 on the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat.

Bring your own chair, and enjoy the sounds of the season with holiday entertainment while you relax and watch the boats drift by in all of their holiday finery. The Events Plaza is an official Toys for Tots collection location, so bring a new, unwrapped toy for this annual tradition of giving. Website

Key Colony Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 10th 2017 6:00pm (dusk)

The KCB Fishing and Boating Club is again sponsoring this year’s Key Colony Beach Christmas Boat Parade to be held on Sunday night, December 10th beginning at dusk. One of our newer members, Ted Fischer, has volunteered to chair this event. Ted, Chet Dunn, Tom Alferes, and Chet Polk make up this year’s committee so far. Additional club members are welcome to join. We are currently soliciting sponsors to provide trophies and charitable donations which will be directed to the winning captains’ charity of choice. There will be three winners: Best Boat Overall, Best Boat under 30 ft, Best Boat over 30 ft. All participating boat captains and crew are invited to the Award’s ceremony immediately following the parade at Key Colony Beach Inn. For anyone planning on participating in the Boot Key Christmas parade on Saturday December 10th, our parade will be the next night – so you can get double exposure making it even more worth your effort! Let’s all get involved as only our club can do and let’s make this the best parade ever and have some great fun. UPDATE...the weather co-operated and it was a huge success!! Check out the gallery page for photos of this successful and fun evening!For information, call (603) 396-7719 Website Press Release ( Key Colony Fishing and Boating Club )

Key Largo

Key Largo Boat Parade

December 9th 2017, 7:30

Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season.  The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. The parade is free to enter; one grand prize winner and one randomly selected lucky boat are to receive $500 each. Contact: 305-394-3736 or visit www.keylargoboatparade.com

 

(NewYears Event in Key Largo)

New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound

December 31st, 2017

The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for upcoming details
Contact: Robert Stoky 305-451-4502 website

Key West

Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade

* December 10th, 2016 8:00pm

Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Before the boat parade, at 6 p.m., the Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band will welcome spectators with songs of the season. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants, and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport. For details, call 305-292-3302 or visit Website.

Lakeport

Christmas Boat Parade

December 3rd, 2016 6:30 pm 

Aet for Dec. 3 at Harney Pond Canal in Glades County, will also be a toy drive. Entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy per person. The toys will be given to the local toy drive for Lakeport children. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. There will be a prize for the best-decorated boat. Registration for the event will be through Dec. 1, To register, or for more information, call Tom at 863-946-1146, or Lois at 443-463-2785, or Lorraine at 863-227-4301. They will alos have Hotdogs and Chili

Lantana

2nd Annual Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade

December 16th, 2016 7:30 pm

Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade is Fri Dec 1,6 2016 @ 7:30pm. Meet on the water at Anchor Inn around 6:00 pm or earlier to socialize and parade to start at 7:30 pm. Parade Route, approx 1.5hrs at 5mph, starts at Anchor Inn and will go on Eastside shoreline around (Paul Mar Dr) back to Kingston Dr and loop back North along Eastside (Highridge Rd) to Lantana Bridge and stay on Eastside (Lake Osborne Dr) following perimeter to Lake Worth Rd Boat Ramp then back South on Westside by John Prince Campground to end back at Anchor Inn for a full night of fun!
If interested in participating or volunteering PLEASE email osborneyachtclub@gmail.com for a FREE Registration form.
https://www.facebook.com/lakeosborneboatparade/

 

Leesburg

Toys for Tots

December 3rd, 2017 11:30 am

Boats loaded with toys will be arriving at the boat ramp beside the Leesburg Boat Club at 12 noon. The parade starts at Hurricane Dock Grill on the Dead River and goes to Venetian Gardens Ramp Captains meeting is Thursday, Oct 25nd at 6:30 pm Hurricanes Dockside Grill. Bring as many of the captains and members of your group with you. Flyer

Leesburg's Christmas On The Water

December 3rd, 2017 6:30 pm

Location: Venetian Gardens, Dozier Circle, Leesburg FL
Time: 5 pm Food vendors and entertainment
6 pm Light up Venetian Gardens
6:30 pm Lighted Boat Parade
All types of boats welcome
Contact Fred O'Brien fredandkaren@mpinet.net 352-326-8274
Facebook - Leesburg Christmas on the Water

Captains meeting November 29th 2017 - 7 pm Leesburg Boat Club, 1 Dozier Circle, Leesburg FL

Facebook - Leesburg Christmas on the Water

Flyer  Registration


 

Lower the Florida Keys

Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade

December 17th, 2016 7:00 pm

All boats are welcome to enter the parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best-recommended viewing is from Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Contact: recreationSteve 305-923-5370
Email: bigpinenews@aol.com

Madeira Beach 

Festival Of Light

December 10th, 2016 6:30

Lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways. The parade will begin behind the MadeRecreationfield at 6:30 pm and end at John's Pass. Website

Marathon Area

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade

December 10th, 2016

Starts just after sunset (about 5:50 - 6pm) at the West Channel entrance to the Harbor (7 mile bridge side). Parade slowly progresses through the harbor to the east end past Sombrero Boatman's resort. Judging at Dockside Tropical Cafe. (probably gets down there about 6:30 to 7pm), going past Lazy Days, Marathon Marina, Panchos, Burdines, BKH Bridge, Dockside, Sombrero, Hurricane Hole, and back out.

A captain's meeting will be held the Friday evening prior to the parade to go over the route and details with all boat captains. Held at the Power Squadron Building - 5:30pm. You'll get your number to display during the parade here as well. If you can't make it but still want in the parade - just call us.

Website

Contact: Greg 305-849-0285

Email: CapnGreg@BootKeyHarbor.com

Martin County

36th Annual Martin County Parade

December 3rd, 2016 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL

This marks the 36th Annual Martin County Parade being held Saturday, December 3rd, which will begin in front of Wahoos at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where we will end at the Twisted Tuna and announce the winners. The judges boat to be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Evans Crary Bridge. Captain's Meeting TBD.

All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route. More details can be found at the website www.miatc.com. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants

Martin County

Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade

December 10th, 2016 at 6:00pm, 

Meridian Marina & Yacht Club is hosting the Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade & Concert this year on Dec. 10, 2016.  Staging will begin south of Sandsprit Park at 5:00 p.m.  Parade and festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. sharp.  We will start in "the pocket" and end at the City of Stuart docks.  MMYC will once again provide a free rock concert on the Riverwalk Stage in Stuart.  Music will start at 6:00 p.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/159760831094260/ for more details.

As in past years, MMYC will host the Captain's Meeting at our Meridian Marina location the night before from 6-8pm.  MMYC, 1400 SW Chapman Way, Palm City FL !

 Website

Merritt Island

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade

December 17th, 2016 6:00

The Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade will take place on December 17th, 2016. There will maps for the route and all pertinent information will be available at the meeting. There are prizes for different categories of decorations and you must be registered to be entered in the judging. You do not have to participate in the judging if you do not wish to. For more info contact Kim Johnson at 453-5149 or 720-9147. Or Kenny Buback at 454-9024 or 427-7208 Website 

Miami

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

December 16th 2017 6:10pm

The 20th Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Parade will have nearly 50 Boats are expected to take part in the Holiday Boat Parade, which starts at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The event is an Integral Part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities. Each year this event brings residents together for the Holiday Season. The Official viewing site is Bay front Park and there will be Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ and Firework Show at 9:00pm

Over the past 19 winter seasons, the Holiday Boat Parade has grown in size and scope, attracting club members and non-members alike. Over the past few years the event, has featured more than 50 boats, and nearly 60 are expected this year. Fast forward to the present and with donations and toy collections benefiting the children of the city of Miami, last year’s parade collected and donated over 1000 toys for the children of our community. The Miami Outboard Club’s Holiday boat parade has expanded by hosting private and community events. These events are a fundamental part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities.

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Milton

RiverWalk Milton

December 2th, 2016 (8:00 pm)

Our annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 2th, 8:00 p.m., on the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida. Line up at Russell Harbor Landing@ 7:15pm. Chairperson is Ken Ponsell; he can be reached at (850) 529-3565, e-mail Blackwater kponsell@gmail.com Flyer

 

Mount Dora

Lighted Boat Parade

December 3rd 2016 7:00pm

Come enjoy the lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Street. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originally. For participation information, please call Scott Alderman at 352-383-3933 or email RustyAnchorMountDora@gmail.comBegins at Lighthouse on Grantham Point, Mount Dora

Naples

Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay

December 10th 2016 6:15-8:30pm

Naples City Dock

The parade may be viewed from: Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park. Donations will be accepted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) 100% of the donations will be given to The Ricky King Fund which provides the unmet financial medical needs of local children. Make donation checks payable to The Ricky King Fund. Send check and parade entry form to MIACC, P.O. Box 9887, Naples, FL 34101 Website Route

 

The Village at Venetian Bay Boat Parade

December 13th 2016 6:30pm

Join us for a Village tradition as we watch the twinkling procession of boats making their way down Venetian Bay. Enjoy live entertainment, a snow show, a magician, face painting, balloon art, holiday carolers, stories with Mrs. Claus and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Boat parade starts at 6:30 p.m Website

 

New Port Richie

River of Lights Christmasl Boat Parade

December 3rd 2016 6:30pm ( first Saturday in December)

US Hwy 19 ( Catches Restaurant) to Sims Park. Per requests, we continue to extend the parade route to include some of Port Richey and the waterfront restaurants. We will begin at Red Marker #34 (Just NW of the US- 19 Bridge) and end at the Main Street Bridge downtown. Website

New Smyrna Beach

27th Annual Boat Parade

December 10th 2016 ( Starts at Dusk)

The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will kick off at dusk, Saturday, December 10, and travel the NSB Waterfront Loop from Flagler Avenue to Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. The annual boat parade will follow at dusk in Riverside Park at the end of Canal Street. The event is free. For more information, please call New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department 386.424.2175. Website

Niceville

The 5th Annual Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade

No Parade This Year

Celebrate the season on board your boat at the Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by North Light Yacht Club. Lights, music, props and more are all welcomed by the judges as they award the best floating holiday displays. The event has created a fabulous competition of lighted boat participants and numerous spectators line the shores of the Bayou to view this spectacular celebration (850) 678-2350

*Okeechobee

Christams Boat Parade

December 19th 2015 6:00pm

The Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their 32 annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 19. Decorate your boat and meet the group  on Taylor Creek by the Burger King and State Road 70 bridge between 5 and 5:30 p.m. in Okeechobee. The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Arnie at 863-634-4777.

Orange Park/Fleming Island

Whitey's Fish Camp Lighted Boat Parad

December 10th 2016 6:30pm (Whitey's Fish Camp, 2032 CR 220)

Benefitting the Safe Animal Shelter. Come out for a evening of family fun to celebrate the holidays and benefit one of our local charities. Raffle & hundreds of Silent Auction items. For more information please call 904-269-4198

Orlando

Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights

The 2016 Win­ter Park Hol­i­day Boat Parade has been can­celled. Website More Information 

 

Palm Beach (North)

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

December 2nd 2017 6:00 pm

A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2017 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 2nd. The parade, led by a traveling fireworks display navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach, south of the North Palm Beach Marina, to the Jupiter Lighthouse. The Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.

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Palm Coast

Christmas Boat Parade

December 16th, 2017 6:00pm ( Rain Date is December 17th)


Palm Coast Yacht Club sponsors and organizes the Holiday Boat Parade. 

The Palm Coast Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade is back again, now in its 32nd year. The Parade begins at 6 p.m. on December 16, 2017, departing from the Cimmaron Basin. The Parade will be escorted by boats from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Last year’s Parade set a record with more than 33 boats participating and throngs of revelers hugging the shores of the Intracoastal Waterway with parties, and music.

Boat captains are invited to contact Parade Captain Robert Ulis at 386-283-5166 or at srulis00@gmail.com for registration forms. Registration forms are also available at the Palm Coast Yacht Club website at www.palmcoastyachtclub.com. Boats must be registered to participate. There are no entry fees.

Registered boats will gather on Cimmaron Basin at 6 p.m. and head east to the Intracoastal Waterway where the Parade turns south passing Tidelands, Canopy Walk, St. Joe Walkway, Waterfront Park, and Island Estates before turning at the Grand Haven Gazebo back to Clubhouse Waterway.

Boat captains participating in the event are required to attend a special Parade meeting outlining safety regulations and procedures. The meeting will be held at Marina Cove in Palm Coast at 10 a.m. on December 16. Attending will be officials of the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, Tow Boat U.S., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Palm Coast Yacht Club inaugurated this Palm Coast tradition in 1985 and has been in at the helm of the Parade every year since. The Club offers a wide variety of social activities for boaters and non-boaters alike, welcoming new members every month. The Club was established in 1979.

Boat Captains’ Meeting: REQUIRED ATTENDANCE!! December 16, 10 a.m., 

Marina Cove, 48 Rivers Edge Lane, Palm Coast, Florida 32137

All boats must be lit and decorated with a holiday theme. Vessel must carry operable regulation running lights and must be able to travel the full distance of the parade route (3.8 statute miles) under power at 5 knots.
Boats must carry an operable VHF radio and proof of insurance and registration.

Registration

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Palm Valley

Boat Parade

December 2nd 2017 at 6:00pm

The lighted spectacle covers over 7 miles of Palm Valley's Intracoastal Waterway and features a traditional parade experience for hundreds of uninterrupted docks, local restaurants and noted public viewing areas.  With up close participant/spectator interaction, the parade is truly a unique experience unlike any other of its kind.

If you would like to donate to keep this parade going, please send your donations to : Palm Valley Community Charities, PO Box 962, PVB, Fl 32004. Or you can make a donation on the website www.Palmvalleyboatparade.com 

If you would like to enter a boat  or a dock in the parade, you can do that on the web site. 

This year, we have a $5000 grand prize for the winner of the parade thanks to  David Plummer of Outback Marine Construction, please keep this local company in mind if you need any dock work done. 

Begins South of the Palm Valley Bridge.  For More Information call 904-814-0988or e-mail Kelly at Kellioz@aol.com Website

Panama City Beach

29th Annual Boat Parade of Lights

December 10th 2016 5:30pm

The annual Boat Parade of Lights comes to St. Andrews and Panama City. Thousands of spectators gather every year to celebrate Christmas with the beautiful site of lighted boats on the water.

Boats light up St. Andrews Bay starting at 5:30 PM off St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club. The boats pass by Panama City Marina (arriving about 5:40 PM), then travel to St. Andrews Marina (first boats arriving about 6:15 PM) where the parade ends. Free parking and viewing at both marinas. Website

Pensacola

Lighted Boat Parade

December 3rd 2016 6:00pm

Pensacola Beach Marina to Flounder's. The sparkling spectacle of decorated vessels parading against a dark December sky delights those watching from the shore or a waterfront Beach business. Children are given light sticks to illuminate the Flounder's landing site. Dozens of captains compete for prizes as the nautical parade delivers Santa Claus officially to the Island. Santa's Workshop will host children of all ages to whisper into Santa's ear. Free. (850) 932-1500 Website

Pine Island

Pine Island Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

December 10, 2016 6:00pm

The Pine Island Community Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m., .
There are many ways to enjoy the boat parade, including viewing from various restaurants, homes and other vantage points along the parade route. The best seat is aboard a boat that is participating in the parade  not only do you see the other boats, you also get to see the nicely decorated homes as you motor by.  The parade route will remain the same as in previous years and will include Monroe, Cherry Estates and Henley waterways.  Organizers will be collecting canned goods for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the theme for this year will be in support of local law enforcement. The parade is open to anyone in the community with a boat they would like to enter.
The Captain’s Meeting will be Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., at the Raggedass Salon   Contact Capt. Mickey Brelsford at 786-298-6267 or email CaptainMickey@TailerJailer.com.

Placida

Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade

December 10th, 2016 6:00pm

The Marina Christmas lighted boat parade. Assemble at the fuel dock at 5:30 PM and depart around 6:00PM heading north on the Intracoastal to Palm Island and then back to the marina. The parade is followed by a get together at the restaurant and awarding of prizes. Website

Contact Jeff at the marina for particulars at (941) 697-2280.

Pompano Beach

Holiday Parade

December 10th 2017 6:00pm

The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the longest-running Holiday Boat Parade in the nation. Our 55th Annual Holiday Boat Parade is free for boats and observers and winds past crowds in three towns.>We Invite you to participate - vessels must be registered ahead of time and Captains must attend the safety meeting. There is a Captain's party in January when awards are handed out in some categories.If you're interested in the parade, please contact the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce for information and registration“The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce loves hosting this event. The nation’s longest-running boat parade is a wonderful evening for both participants and spectators,” said Shane La Mar. Mr. La Mar and Steve Joiner are this year’s co-hosts.

Boat decorations will be judged by a panel, and many prizes will be awarded at the Captain’s Party at a later date.

More Info: Call the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-941-2940 or visit www.pompanobeachchamber.com for additional information. Participation in the Holiday Boat Parade is free

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Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda Boat Parade

December 17th, 2016 6:00 pm ( always the Saturday night before Christmas

Viewers get up very close to the boats at this parade that includes carolers, performers, and great decorations.

We’re Commercial Free! No entry fees, no judging, just a great time! No worries from winds or tides. It's Smooth Sailing as the entire parade is within protected waters of the PGI canal system.

To increase the margin of boater safety, two-way traffic has been reduced to an absolute minimum, and the number of turns has been reduced, resulting in a safer and far less challenging, stress-free time for our participating boaters.

To better accommodate the ever increasing number of boats queuing before the start of the parade, the actual parade starting point has been relocated farther down route. This opens up the basins off Windjammer Point and Bal Harbor Place condos as well as Albatross Lagoon for a much larger pre-parade assembly area.

We have More Participation Than Any Other Lighted Boat Parade on the Gulf Coast. Website

 

Redington Beach/Indian Shores

Boat Parade

December 11th 2016, 6:00pm

Festively decorated boats will meander through the intra-coastal waterways from the Tom Stuart Causeway to the "The Pub" restaurant in Indian Shores. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Free and family-friendly! Starting at Tom Stewart Causeway Docking at the Pub. 727-391-3875 Website Contact Missy Clake for more details. Website

Riverview

Alafia Lighted 32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade

December 2nd, 2017 5:00 pm 

The first Alafia Lighted Boat Parade was held in Riverview in 1984, featuring a celebration of the holiday season and a parade of brightly decorated boats. Previously hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, the event has been presented by the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview since 2008. The parade for 2016 will include a collaboration between The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview and Hillsborough County Parks.

Traditionally occurring on the first Saturday in December, the Alafia Lighted Boat Parade has evolved to take various forms. This year’s parade will start at Williams Park and will conclude at River’s Edge for awards and a special VIP party.

Anyone interested in entering their boat in the parade is encouraged to do so by contacting Mike Broussard at michaelbroussard34@yahoo.com. Entry Fee is $25.00 donation. Any boat is invited to attend, however, only registered boats are eligible for prizes. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available as well and, as always, 100% of proceeds will support the charitable activities of the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview and Hillsborough County. For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Tyson at hummingbird133@verizon.net.

 please visit www.FishHawkRiverviewRotary.org Hope to see you there!”

Sanford

Sanford's Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade

December 17th, 2016 6:30 pm

Join us for the annual Sanford’s Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade. Come down to Sanford's Riverwalk to watch or join the lighted parade of sailboats and powerboats in celebration of the holiday season.

Viewing locations: Northside of Marina Island, Veterans Memorial Park, Wolfy’s Bar & Grill, St. Johns Steak & Seafood Restaurant and along the Riverwalk in Sanford between Park Ave & 17-92 For more information email DJ McCabe isail@usailflorida.com or call 407-330-0633. Website 

Sarasota

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

December 10th, 2016 6:00 pm

The 31th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.

The Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bayfront Park. All boats must now pass approximately one-third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bayfront Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of the island near the fountain. The VIP viewing area has been moved to the Marina Jack's fuel dock to allow additional space for spectators. This will improve spectator viewing from Bayfront Park considerably. The SNN 6 local news staff will be covering the event throughout the evening at several areas throughout Marina Jack. Website

Satellite Beach

Grand Canal Holiday Boat Parade

December 16th 2017 6:30 pm

Join the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, December 16 for the boat parade. All boaters line up near the Pineda Causeway and follow the Satellite Beach Police Boat Patrol down the Grand Canal. 

St Augustine

Holiday Regatta of Lights

December 10th 2016 6:00 pm (Matanzas Bay)

Beginning at 6 p.m., a holiday parade of boats including sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats, and many other vessels featuring brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical will light up St. Augustine's Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. Awards will be made for the best theme, most colorful, best in class, and best overall. The Regatta of Lights is sponsored by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit Website

The 2016 Regatta of Lights boat parade in St. Augustine is hosted by The St. Augustine Yacht Club and is sponsored by SJC Tourist Development Council, St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach District and The Florida Inland Navigation District.

St. Lucie

Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.

December 9th 2017 (Paddle Parade at 6:00pm Boat parade at 6:30pm)

This marks the 27th Anniversary of the St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. The parade route begins at Taylor Creek near Harbortown Marina at 6:30pm and proceeds past the South Beach Causeway turning around westward at the Fort Pierce Inlet at ~ 7:00 pm. The parade route then continues, ending at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki restaurant at ~ 7:45 pm. View the St. Lucie Parade Flyer. Captains meeting will be held on Friday Dec 8th location TBD

The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route including Causeway Park and along the river walk . Prizes will be awarded to winning boats at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki Restaurant following the parade. All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants.

There will also be a Downton Christmas Holiday Paddle Parade at City Marina at 6:00PM. Route starts at the Manatee Center and ends at the Tiki Restaurant where judging and awards will be held. Attend the mandatory Captain's meeting at the Sailfish Brewery on Friday, December 9th at 6:30PM


For a look at Boat and Paddle Parade 2015 click on this video: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=knOoUVCkD78FlyerRoute St Lucie

 

Steinhatchee

Boat Parade

December 3rd, 2016 Dark Thirty

Starting at dark (6:30-ish).  The parade Will run from Roy's Restaurant to Fiddler's Restaurant Website

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St Pete/South Pasadena

St. Pete Beach & South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 8th 2017

Don your favorite holiday outfit and head to St. Pete Beach to watch lighted boats parade through our water ways - it's how we celebrate the holidays in paradise! The Parade Viewing Party starts at 6 p.m. in Horan Park and includes music, hot chocolate, art projects for children, and a special visit from Santa. Admission is free. Website

. For more information call 727-363-9245.

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St Pete Beach

St. Pete Beach Boat Parade and Winter Festival in the Park

December 2rd 2016 6:00pm 

Don your favorite holiday outfit and head to St. Pete Beach to watch lighted boats parade through our water ways - it's how we celebrate the holidays in paradise! The Parade Viewing Party starts at 6 p.m. in Horan Park and includes music, hot chocolate, art projects for children, and a special visit from Santa. Admission is free. Website

St Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar

Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade

December 2nd, 2017 Dusk

801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00 pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier website

Festivities start at the Merry Pier and Sea Horse Restaurant at5:00 pm,
Santa will be there for Pictures with the Kids.
The Fireman will be cooking Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Luminaries along the sea wall
Carolers at the Merry Pier 

More info at 727-360-1400

www.merrypier.com 

St Petersburg

30th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade

December 10th, 2016 6:00 pm ( Second Saturday of December)

Organized by the Rotary Club of St Petersburg, the annual Bruce Watters Jewelers Holiday Festival, and Illuminated Boat Parade returns to downtown St. Petersburg this December 10, 2016. The Holiday Festival begins at 5:00 pm with great live entertainment, plenty of food, drinks, beer & wine, a variety of children’s activities and the spectacular 30th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade at 6:00pm. Proceeds from the Holiday Festival and Illuminated Boat Parade benefit local charities through the Rotary Club of St Petersburg Charitable Trust, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

The parade travels from Bayboro, passing in front of the Pier, near the shoreline in and around the Vinoy Basin and back out into Tampa Bay. For more information or to enter your boat in the parade, please visit www.stpeteboatparade.org, email us at info@stpeteboatparade.org or call 727-822-3277

Stuart (Martin County)

37th Annual Martin County Boat Parade

December 9th, 2017 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL

This marks the 37th Annual Martin County Parade, which will begin in front of Wahoos
at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where we will end
at the Twisted Tuna at ~ 7:45pm and announce the winners. The judges boat to
be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Evans Crary Bridge. Captains meeting will be held on Thursday Dec 8 at 5:30pm at TBD

All mariners are encouraged to decorate
their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews.
The event is free for spectators and participants.

 

Stuart 

Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade

December TBA at 6:00pm, 

Meridian Marina & Yacht Club is hosting the Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade & Concert  TBA.  Staging will begin south of Sandsprit Park at 5:00 p.m.  Parade and festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. sharp.  We will start in "the pocket" and end at the City of Stuart docks.  MMYC will once again provide a free rock concert on the Riverwalk Stage in Stuart.  Music will start at 6:00 p.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/159760831094260/ for more details.

As in past years, MMYC will host the Captain's Meeting at our Meridian Marina location the night before from 6-8pm.  MMYC, 1400 SW Chapman Way, Palm City FL 

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Tampa

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade

December 18th, 2016 6:00 ( Free)

Paddlers & Boaters alike are welcome and needed for this magical boat parade on the beautiful Hillsborough - anything that floats qualifies! Decorate your boat and put in at Lowry Park boat ramp at 6:00pm to be part of the parade that goes upriver with an incoming tide to the Sulphur Springs City Pool Park off Nebraska Ave. To ensure safety of all participants, paddlers lead this parade, followed by powerboats. Spectators may enjoy the parade of lights over the water -6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at: Lowry Park, from their riverfront docks (riverfront residents are encouraged to decorate their docks and enter their boats in the parade) or at Sulphur Springs City Pool Park - Nebraska Avenue south of Bird St., where there’s plenty of parking, room for viewing the parade. For more info e-mail sdrinkard@thetampariverwalk.com

*Friends of the River is now accepting sponsors for the event.

 

Twinkle In Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Channelside Boat Parade

December 18th 2016

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on the 19th of December at 6:30pm along the water at the by Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. Come watch these festively decorated boats illuminate the sky and spread holiday cheer. Come down to Channelside Bay Plaza and enjoy the parade from the open wharf! You will be able to see the parade along the a great stretch of land from Davis Island to Channelside. Channelside Bay Plaza, located in the Channelside district of Tampa, is near downtown Tampa and easily accessible from the Selmon Expressway as well at I-4 and I-275 and a great place to enjoy yourself before or after the parade. Parking is available at several public parking lots. At Channelside you can find a wide variety of restaurants from Hooters to Bennigan’s and everything in between. Across the street from Channelside is a multi-level parking structure. Website

*Bay Crest Boat Parade

No Date

The parade will start at the main entrance to the channel leading to Bay Crest Park. Website

 

Tarpon Springs

Boat Parade

December 2nd, 2016 7:00pm -9:00pm

Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. Your best bet for viewing these holiday decorated vessels is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou. The event is free and boats are expected to enter Spring Bayou around 8 p.m. Website

Lake Tarpon Christmas Boat Parade benefiting Wheelchairs 4 Kids

December 10th. 2016 6:30pm to 9:00 pm

 It is on Dec 10 starting at Tarpon Turtle on Lake Tarpon.  They will have an around  the lake poker run.  Prizes for best boats!  Registration is $30 benefiting Wheelchairs 4 Kids.  Boat check-in 6:30 PM.  Great music, food and beverages for spectators at Tarpon Turtle!  Boaters RSVP 727-940-5360.

Titusville 

Titusville Holiday Boat Parade

No Information

Parade Route: Titusville Marina south to approximately Titusville High School and back. Best viewing locations are Sandpoint Park, Max Brewer Bridge and Space View Park.For more info, contact Michelle 362-8914
We are on FB @ 2015 Titusville Holiday Boat Parade

 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade

December 11th, 2016  6:20pm

Experience the spectacle that has been called “Las Vegas on Water” at this year’s 30th Anniversary of The TI Lighted Boat Parade. All Treasure Island residents are invited to the Cast off Party at The Club at Treasure Island featuring complimentary Christmas cake, hot cider, hot dogs, coffee, cash bar, live entertainment and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Your admission to the fun is one unwrapped toy, which will be donated to local charities to bring holiday cheer to the children & families who need it the most! Monetary gifts also accepted.

Best public viewing areas for the Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade

  • 115th Avenue on Isle of Palms
  • Treasure Island Causeway Bridge
  • Kingfish Drive at John's Pass (Gator's Cafe & Saloon)
  • Blind Pass Bridge (between Treasure Island & St. Pete Beach)

 Website

The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7pm on December 11th, 2015 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.

Venice

Venice Christmas Boat Parade

December 3rd, 2016 ( First Saturday in December)

Christmas in Venice...the lights, the palm trees, the waterways. Celebrate the holiday season by decorating your boat and joining in the fun! There is no better way to start the Christmas Season than by joining the fun and participating in the Venice Boat Parade of Lights. Contact Information John Osmulski at 809-8100 or email us at josmulski@gmail.com Website

Vero Beach (Indian River County)

Vero Beach Parade

December 16th, 2017 6:30

Festivities begin at 6:00PM with the Tree Lighting Ceremony conducted by city officials at Royal Palm Point. The boat parade begins in the intracoastal waterway between the two bridges and finish at the Vero Beach City Marina. Captain's Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 15th location TBD

Viewing stations include: Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina. Consider taking lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free for spectators and participants.

Owners of small boats (with a draft of four feet and under) and large boats (with a draft of over four feet) are invited to be part of the Holiday Boat Parade. Boats will begin their parade from the north side of the Barber Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway, proceed south to Quail Valley and return to the starting point. There will be two viewings of the colorfully lit boats from the dock at Royal Palm Pointe between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. Emcees Dan and Geoff from The Morning Show-The Breeze FM will announce the details. Following the parade trophies will be presented to the winners in the decorative, originality, crew participation, audio and light and quality of execution categories  Website

Weeki Wachee

Weeki Wachee River Lighted Boat Parade

December 9th, 2017 5:30

Enjoy the beautiful lighted boats as they cruise along the Weeki Wachee River. The entry fee to enter a decorated boat is a gift card, cash donation, or a new unwrapped toy for a Hernando County charity. Boats will line up at 5:30 pm at Roger’s Park for previewing and judging -- a great photo opportunity! The boat parade route winds down river to Bayport and returns to Rogers Park

 Morne Info call 352-596-2852 www.weekiwacheemarina.com or Jr.jr@weekiwacheemarina.com

Welaka

Welaka Christmas Boat Parade

December 17th 2016 6:15

Please join us for the Welaka Christmas Boat Parade. Share your Christmas spirit and doll your boat up for the Holidays. The parade will run from River Bend to Sportsman Harbor in Welaka. There is no charge for registration and there will be nice prizes awarded.

To register for the Christmas Boat Parade, go to:
www.welakapolice.com/
For more information, Call:
(386)467-7171
or send an email to:
bradkesner@gmail.com

Don't have a boat? Watch the parade and join us for the party at the Welaka Lodge and Resort Boat House Bar. The party starts at 5:00 PM there. 

Winter Haven

29th Light Up The Lakes Christmas Boat Parade

December 3rd, 2016 6:30pm

The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce will present it's 29th Annual "Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade" on Saturday evening, December 3, 2016. The parade begins on Lake May beginning at 6:30 p.m. Boats travel through 4 of the city's 24 canal connected lakes – Lakes May, Shipp, Howard and Cannon (as long as the canals are navigable) led by Santa himself. Public viewing areas along the route on each lake as well as multiple lakeside restaurants. For more information contact info@winterhavenchamber.com. Contact: Katie Worthington. (863) 293-2138 website

Saturday's parade will loop through 4 of the city's lakes — also visiting Lakes May, Shipp, Howard and Cannon as long as the canals look good.

Winter Park

Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights

The 2016 Win­ter Park Hol­i­day Boat Parade has been can­celled.