There 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 in 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2015 (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 13th 2014 6:30pm.
Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event, which means the party, chili cookoff, and awards ceremony are held at our clubhouse at 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd. We have good viewing from our docks, as well. The Squadron also is sponsoring the community-wide party that evening. On the same day, the Squadron and St Pete Sailing Association are holding their Trans-Bay Regatta. So there will something for everyone.
Annual Lighted Parade of Boats (Songs of Christmas)
December 6th, 2014 (dusk)
Festivities will begin at 10 AM With our Annual Christmas Street Parade. The day will continue with outdoor events and wrap up with The Annual Parade of Boats at dusk. If you have never viewed our parade, make this year your first. If you have a boat join us in putting on a show for the community. We give out over $2500.00 in cash and valuable prizes. Hosted by the Blackwater Yacht Club, St. Johns River, Astor, Florida. No boat is too small!!! Website
Boca Raton Boat Parade
39th Annual Holiday Boat Parade
December 19h 2015 (6:30pm- 8:00pm from the C-15 Canal at the Boca/Delray border and will travel south to the Hillsboro Blvd. Bridge.)
Boca Raton’s Boat Parade has been one of the premier holiday events in South Florida with tens of hundreds of spectators lining the 6-1/2 mile parade route to view spectacularly decorated vessels of all sizes celebrating the holiday season in true tropical tradition. In past years, the parade featured over 30 beautifully decorated vessels celebrating the spirit of the season—traveling down the ICW in a spectacular display of holiday spirit. It is the hope of the organizers that the community will join us to make the 2015 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade the biggest and best yet.The captain’s meeting is Monday, December 1, 2014 6:00 pm. Bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park and Red Reef Park. Contact 561-367-70737 Website
* Bonita Springs
Bonita Springs Boat Parade
December 13th 2014, 5:00pm
This year we’re returning to the original parade route, which starts at Big Hickory Fish Nook Restaurant and travels up the river to Holly Lane, ending 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 11th 2015 5:30pm Website
Join in the fun! On December 11th, the Boynton Beach CRA presents the 44th annual Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The flotilla of brightly-decorated boats 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. Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Viewing areas are located at the Boynton Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Park and along the parade route. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Free community event. No pets please. If you are interested in entering your boat into the parade, contact Christopher at the Boynton Beach CRA – 561.600.9093. DELRAY RESIDENTS: for more information on route and viewing areas in Delray Beach, please contact the City of Delray at 561.243.7000.
Christmas on the Braden River.
December 6th 2014, 5:30pm
Starting on SaturdayDecember 6, 4:00 PM the vessel registration will begin at Jiggs Landing Preserve. We will assign the boat numbers and direct boaters to the line up area from 5 until 5:45 PM. The parade begins at 6:00. Each participant passes staging area for the visitor voting. The parade ends 7:30 at Linger Lodge, where you may order your favorite dish from the regular menu.
Prizes will be awarded. Website Flyer More ifno call 941-320-8811
* Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade
December 13th, 2014" 6:30 Website
* Cape Canaveral
Port Canaveral Chritmas Boat Parade
December 19th, 2014 8:00pm
Beginning at the locks and continuing past all of the restaurants to Jetty Park and back to the locks. Captains meeting will be at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club Dec 5th at 6:00pm. For more information go to: www.visitportcanaveral.com or call Shawn 321-403-5769. or email@example.com Flyer
Captiva Lighted Boat Parade
December 13th, 6:00 pm 2014
As part of the Captiva Holiday Village festivities, the Captiva Lighted Boat Parade will start at 6 p.m. just outside Roosevelt Channel, Marker #2. The route will follow Roosevelt Channel to ‘Tween Waters Inn and back. There is no entry free for the boat parade; however, a minimum of 100 lights is required for entry; more are encouraged. Prizes will be given for the best-decorated vessels from any of three categories: power boats 36-feet or more, power boats 35-feet or less, and sailboats of all sizes. An awards party will take place at Key Lime Bistro on Andy Rosse Lane after the parade. Captiva Cruises will be offering passenger tickets for those without a boat to cruise in the parade and be part of the fun, or groups can arrange their own private charter on one of the Captiva Cruises boats. Public viewing of the parade from land is available at The Green Flash Waterfront Restaurant, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina, and McCarthy’s Marina. www.captivaholidayvillage.com Flyer
Boat Parade of Lights & Holiday on the Harbor
December 13th 2014 5:00pm
Join us for the Boat Parade of Lights and Holiday on the Harbor on Dec. 14th on the Carrabelle Riverfront! Put your boat in the parade and join in the fun! Holiday Celebration with Santa, food and Fireworks! Website for more information or call 850-251-0445
* Cape Coral/Fort Myers
36th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
The focal point of this event is a parade of approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion with lights, costumes, elves, and whatever else their captains can think of. At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features holiday music, a visit from Santa, food and beverages for sale. This is a unique celebration of Christmas Florida-style. Boats can register by contacting Sea Tow in Cape Coral. Sea Tow (239) 573-3128
* Cedar Key
Boat Parade ( A Cedar Key Christmas)
December, 13, 2014 (Dusk)
Enter your boat in Cedar Key's lighted waterway parade! It's a great way to advertise your business and it helps our community have a successful event. Our parade kicks off Cedar Key's Community night on Dec. 13. The route wraps around Dock Street and ends at City Park, where Santa Clam will visit with the kids and everyone enjoys a giant covered-dish party. To enter the parade, call Rose at 352 -543-6346. For Community Night questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Clermont / Winter Garden
Johns Lake Boat Parade
December 14th 2014 6:00pm
The Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade will be on Sunday, December 14th, at 6:00pm. All boats participating should meet in Johns Lake, in the cove to the northeast of Deer Island a few minutes before 6:00pm. Parade goes along 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! Call 407-701-8033 for details.
Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 13th, 2014 6:30 pm (Coachman Park)
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 13th, 2014 6:00pm
The date for the Cocoa Beach Christmas boat parade is set for December 14th, beginning at 6 pm.The boats begin lining up around 5:45PM on the south side of 520.Captain’s meeting Dec. 3 Cocoa Beach Library (time unknown) POC: Walter & Lyn Blaser: 783-1207, email: email@example.com Website
* Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach
10th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 13th 2014
All vessels meeting USGS safety requirements and decorated in appropriate holiday fashion are welcomed to join in for this fun and heartwarming event.
Prizes will be awarded to the Best Decorated Boats in several divisions:
This parade, organized by the Cortez Yacht Club, is for community enjoyment in conjunction with Manatee Toys for Tots and Christmas on Bridge Street festivities in Bradenton Beach.
No entry fee is required but a gift donation of a new toy for the Toys for Tots collection effort is requested.
Please contact the Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade Chairman for registration:
St. Johns River Christams Boat Parade
December 13, 2014
Catfish Bend (Marker 36) north of Whitehair Bridge Ends at approximately 8:00 P.M. – North end of Lake Beresford. Awards ceremony at Lake Beresford Yacht Club immediately following the parade. FLYER
* Daytona Beach
Annual Christmas Parade
December 6th, 2014 (Halifax River) All boats shall assemble at 5:00 pm north of the Seabreeze Bridge. (Note: The start time is subject to change and will be finalized at the Captain's meetings, Dec. 4th & 5th).
A great holiday tradition, the 2014 Halifax River Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade on the Halifax River in downtown Daytona Beach will be Saturday, December 6 2014 at 6:30PM. This is the 13th annual parade and is expected to be the best yet. View the Christmas Boat Parade anywhere along the banks of the halifax river or from the downtown bridges at Seabreeze, Main street or International Speedway Blvd. Website
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 the Memorial Bridge, City Island, the Halifax Rowing Association, Manatee Island, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Halifax Harbor Marina (public areas).
26th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 13th, 2014. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Website Sponsored by The Destin History & Fishing Museum"
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."
Holiday Boat Parade
December 6th, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm ( Always the First Saturday of December)
Beautifully decorated, lighted boats will leave Marker 1 Marina at 6pm and proceed south through the Intra-Coastal waterway to Marker 2, turn around and arrive at the Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:30pm. Presented by the Dunedin Boat Club, Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department and Marker 1 Marina. Festivities also include Holiday music, S'Mores and Santa arriving on the last boat and preside over the Tree Lighting ceremony! Free to attend. Bring lawn chairs. For boat registration, call (727) 692-6440. For general information, call (727) 812-4531
Christmas on the Water ( Dissolved)
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
Saturday December 12th 2015
The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand Viewing Area. Come early and bring the family (No pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats. The Boat Parade gets underway at 6:00 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at this area at approximately 7:30 pm. Wave to our Grand Marshal on the SmartForLife Grand Marshal Showboat and see the Centennial Cirque Showboat sponsored by the Clydey Foundation. Website
* Fort Myers Beach
26th Annual Christmas Boat Parade
December 6th 2014 6:00pm
Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year we had nearly 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting. This year we will be remembering Pearl Harbor and honoring World War II veteran Russ Winset who will be accompanying the parade on the lead boat. The parade will pass by such establishments as Big Game Waterfront Grill, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.s If you would like to participate in the boat parade registration please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at 239.454.7500 Website
* Fort Pierce ( St Lucie County)
Holiday Boat Parade
December 13th. 2014 6:00pm
The 24rd Annual St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for December 13 2014. The festivities begin at the South Causeway at 4:00 PM with music, food, drinks, and even a visit from Santa. The parade starts at 6:00 pm and begins at the Fort Pierce City Marina. View stations will be at the South Causeway Park, Public Beach, Harbor Cove, Mangrove Matties, Chuck's Seafood, On the Edge, the Tiki, Cobb's Landing or any waterfront restaurant in that area. For more information, please visit www.miatc.com
Lighted Boat Prade
December 6th, 2014 6:00pm
At the Showmen's Event Center, 6915 Riverview Drive Gibsonton, Florida 33578, Alafia River for boaters. Free entry up to November 22nd, $25 after that. Chili cook-off, with gift card prizes, Silent Auction, Holiday Market Entertainment, Activities and Fun for Kids Free pictures with Santa for Kids!
* Gulf Port
Boca Ciega Yacht Club's Annual Light Prade
December 13th, 2014 6:00pm
Boca Ciega Yacht Club held its 28th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 13th, 2014. Members spent many hours planning and then decorating their boats in hopes of sharing the holiday spirit with the surrounding communities. Residents of Gulfport, South Pasadena, and St. Petersburg frequently contact the club for the date so holiday parties can be planned around the event and many non-members participate in this festive parade, as it is open to the public.
Lead by Sgt Rob Burkhart of the Gulfport Police, the parade began by entering the Gulfport Municipal Marina at approximately 6:00pm. It then traveled past the William's Pier in Gulfport and into the canals of Town Shores Condominiums and Pasadena Yacht Club Estates. Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club will be included on the route as well. The parade crossed the bay and passed by the club docks before returning to BCYC. There was an entry fee of two unwrapped toys or a cash donation was made. Each year toys are collected for "Operation Santa," and presented to Gulfport's Police Department for distributing to needy children.Sail and power boats are welcome to join in the fun. Donated prizes were awarded to the participants during the post parade party, always to a clubhouse filled with family and friends.For information regarding participation or to sponsor this parade, please contact Christmas Boat Parade Chair, Samantha Ring, at email@example.com.
* Hernando Beach
December 12th, 2014 6:00pm
The parade will start at 6 p.m., leaving from behind the yacht club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., then proceeding through local canals and to the public boat ramp. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and Hernando County Sheriff's Office will assist. The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host the annual Hernando Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Afterward, there will be hot dogs, chili, chips and drinks available at the club.
Entry fee is the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Trophies will be awarded for the best original theme, best lighted boat and the funniest boat. There is no cost for spectators. For information, call Fleet Captain Arron Nangle at 352-916-0001
Holiday Boat Parade.
December 20th 2014, 5:30pm
* Indian Rocks Beach
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 20th 2014 7:00pm
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 Light Parade
November 28th 2015 (Dusk)
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.
Christmas on the Creek
December 6th, 2014 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 6th, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration
December 5th 2015, 6:00pm
The Town of Jupiter and the Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County are once again teaming up to bring the Holiday Boat Parade north to the Jupiter Lighthouse!
The beautiful waterside Events Plaza along the Jupiter Riverwalk will host a FREE special parade viewing event, including food, music, and festivities. In addition to the Riverwalk Events plaza, the boat parade can be viewed from Sawfish Bay Park and Lighthouse Park.
*Please note these additional viewing sites do not have public restroom facilities, food vendors or entertainment.
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 Lighted Boat Parade
December 14th 2014 6:00pm (dusk)
The parade starts in the large Canal between the Sadowski Causeway and 7th Street in Key Colony Beach at approximately 6pm. On a signal from the KCB Police Boat two full circuits, counter clockwise, of the canal begins, moving past the Judges who are located at the City Hall Dock. The parade then passes out of the 7th street canal and winds its way through the canals on the west side of the city, ending usually in the canal between 11th and 12th street. The parade is easily viewed from either the Sadowski Causeway entering Key Colony Beach or the dock area behind the Post Office and City Hall. The City allows parking on the Causeway walking path to watch the parade. There are numerous parties at residents homes while waiting for the parade to come by their canal. Hundreds enjoy this annual holiday treat The event is open to the public. For information, call 305-743-7214 Website
Key Largo Boat Parade
December 12th 2015, 7:30
Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season. This year's theme is "Hooray For Hollywood," . 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, 2015
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 13h, 2014 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.
Lights of Love Christmas Boat Parade
December 6th 2014 6:00pm
The Lakeport Lights of Love Christmas Boat Parade, set for Dec. 6 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.
Toys for Tots
December 7th, 2014 11:30 am
The parade starts at Hurricane Dock Grill on the Dead River and goes to Venetian Gardens Ramp Captains meeting is Thursday, Oct 22nd at 6:30pm Hurricanes Dockside Grill see the attached flyer. Bring as many of the captains and members of your group with you. Flyer
* Leesburg's Christmas On The Water
December 7th, 2014 6:00 pm
You can contact us at 352-326-8274 or email@example.com (Venetian Gardens Ski Beach, Leesburg, Florida) Mandatory Captains Meeting Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:00pm
At Leesburg Boating Club, Venetian Gardens
* Lower Florida Keys
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
December 13th 2014 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:Steve 305-923-5370
Festival Of Light
December 13th , 2014 6:30
Lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways. The parade will begin behind the Madeira Beach recreation field at 6:30 pm and end at John's Pass. Website
* Marathon Area
Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade
December 13th, 2014
Get into the holiday spirit at the Annual Marathon Boat Parade at Boot Key Harbor, a middle Keys holiday kick-off event for more than 17 years; watch as dinghies, mega-yachts and anything in between turn the harbor into a sparkling procession along the parade route. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine's Waterfront. Starts at dusk, near 5 p.m. Website
Contact: Greg 305-849-0285
* Martin County
The Annual Martin County Christmas Boat Parade.
December 6th, 2014 at 6:00pm,
Festivities begin at 6:00PM at the following viewing stations: Flagler Park & City Docks (staging area), Martin Memorial Hospital, Sandsprit Park and Manatee Pocket.
For registration information please call 772-692-7599 Website
* Merritt Island
Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade
December 20th, 2014 6:00
The Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade will take place on December 20st, 2014 . 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 Captain’s meeting Dec. 15, Kiwanis Island Karen Rood Community Building (next to boat ramp
Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade
December 20th 2014 7:00pm
The annual Holiday Boat Parade was organized by the Miami Outboard Club in 1998 in an effort to attract residents and tourists to Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami and surrounding areas during the holiday season. Nearly two dozen enthusiastic boat captains joined in the fun, decorating their boats and parading in the Bay waters adjacent to the Club. Over the past 12 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 70 boats, and nearly 100 are expected this year. Best viewing area is Bayfront Park where there will be several food trucks, DJ and kids bounce house. Website
December 5th, 2014 (8:00 pm)
Our annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Flyer
* Mount Dora
Lighted Boat Parade
December 6th 2014 7:00pm
It’s our pleasure to announce plans for the 24rd Annual Mount Dora Lighted Boat parade have been completed. As sometimes happens, older events can become rather ho-hum. Not this one. With the help of our sponsors, Holiday Marine, Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, Mount Dora Boating Center, Mount Dora Lions Club, Rusty Anchor and SeaTow, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and brightest yet. There’s lots of exciting changes to this years parade.
Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 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
* New Port Richie
River of Lights Christmasl Boat Parade
December 6th 2014 6:30pm
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
25th Annual Boat Parade
December 13th 2014
The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will kick off at dusk, Saturday, December 13, 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
The 4th Annual Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade
December 13rth 2014 6:00pm
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
Christams Boat Parade
December 20th 2014 6:00pm
The Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their third annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20. 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
Whitey's/Swimming Pen Creek Lighted Boat Parad
December 13th 2014 6:30pm (Whitey's Fish Camp, 2032 CR 220)
Events will go all day long, starting at noon. We will be raffling off prizes, as well as having a silent auction. All proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Safe Animal Shelter. Come out for a day full of family fun to celebrate the Holidays and benefit local and national charities. For more information please call 904-269-4198
Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights
December 12th, 2015 Sundown
Festivities will kick off at 4 pm in the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens with food, wine, and holiday music while the crowds waits for the sun to set for the main event of boats lined up in Christmas Lights. At dusk, the boat parade will begin on Lake Virginia and continue thru Palm Canal onto Lake Osceola making its way over to the museum, going by the Museum around 6:45 PM for judging. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the parade with family and friends.
CALL FOR BOATS: Organizers of the event are seeking resident and business boat entries. For resident boats, there is no entry fee, and all local licensed area boat owners are invited to participate. Please register your boat today to be part of this spectacular event! For questions about registration call 407 – 647-6294. Website
* Lake Ivanhoe Boat Parade
The Ivanhoe Village Board of Directors has voted to not do the parade this year
2014 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 6:00 pm
The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade benefits the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots organization. Each year, the MIAPBC has been able to grow the amount of toys collected. Last year, they collected more than 18,000 toys for needy children in Palm Beach County. This event collects more toys for Toys for Tots than any other single event in the county!. Facebook or Website
* Palm Coast
Christmas Boat Parade
December 6th, 2014 6:00pm
The Palm Coast Yacht Club will host the Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. The parade will consist of lighted boats starting in the Cimmaron Basin, which is just north of Cedarford Court, and proceed to the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. Then the parade will head south to the new Waterfront Park and back to the Hammock Dunes Toll Bridge. Best viewing area will be along the Intercoastal Waterway. All boaters in Flagler County are encouraged to decorate and enter their boats in the parade. This is a just-for-fun event and open for all. Owners are free to decorate their boats as they wish, displaying the spirit and feeling of the Holiday Season. This is a just-for-fun" event, open to the public... "but all boats need to be registered to participate." Website
* Palm Harbor / New Port Richey
Lake Tarpon Holiday Boat Parade.
December 20th 2014 7:30pm
Dockside Boat Parade will be making a come-back this year! In a new and better location! The Parade is scheduled for Dec. 20th at the Dockside which is now located at the Magnuson Hotel and Marina in New Port Richey. It was formerly the Ramada. It will take place on Saturday, December 20th and benefit Wheelchairs 4 Kids. We are still working ot the details, but we do know that there is a beautiful Winner's Cup that will have the winning boat's name and Captain engraved on it and that will be displayed in the Dockside Sports Bar N Grill for all to admire and envy!! I will keep you in the loop as registration fees and what they include is determined.
Also, for those who don't have a boat of their own - they can rent one at Windsong Boat Rentals located right on site.
Check out our events page for more info. Happy Holidays! Website
December 12th 2015 at 6:00pm
Begins South of the Palm Valley Bridge. Captains Meeting TBAm ( the location of the meeting will be announced soon). For More Information call 904-280-2555 or e-mail Kelly at Kellioz@aol.com
* Panama City Beach
28th Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 13th 2014 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
* Grand Lagoon Christmas Parade
Parade departs Bay Point Marina and travels down Grand Lagoon past the Boatyard Restaurant, Captain Andersons, Treasure Island and Pirates Cove then returns to 30 Degree Blue at Bay Point Marina to celebrate until....
Lighted Boat Parade
December 6th 2014 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 Christmeas Boat Parade
December 13, 2014 6:00pm
Enter your boat or watch the festive procession from one of the local canal-front restaurants and other viewing areas. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and parties follow throughout the island. or call 410-703-4462
Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade
December 13th, 2014 6:00pm
Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade. Saturday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m.
The parade of boats leaves the marina at 6:00 p.m. heading north on the Intracoastal to Palm Island, then back to the marina for the awarding of prizes at the marina’s Waterside Grill restaurant. 15001 Gasparilla Road, Placida. Tel: 941-697-2280
* Pompano Beach
December 14th 2014 6:00pm
Starts at Lake St. Barbara and travels north on the Intracoastal Waterway to The Hillsboro Blvd bridgeOne of the oldest Holiday Boat Parades in the Nation. This annual event in December is brought to the community by the dedication of business and volunteers in the area. Committee members direct plans for parties, posters, advertising, special events such as the Captain's Party with the culmination of approximately 50-75 brightly decorated boats illuminating our waterway. The boat parade has no boat entry fee. Sponsorship is available.
Punta Gorda Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015 6:00 pm
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.
NEW ROUTE FOR 2015:
The 2014 experience survey of participating boaters has resulted in a number of changes to our route to increase boater safety and shorten the run time where participating boaters are confined to their boats.
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 prior to 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
Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor
26th Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade
December 13h 2015 6:00pm ( Yes, It is on Sunday)
Every year, this parade attracts huge crowds to Charlotte Harbor and we strongly suggest that you view the attached route map and select the best viewing area for you and your family very carefully. Each year the route changes, due to the tidal nature of our waters and to protect the safety of both particpants and spectators alike. Plan to arrive early and enjoy this very festive occasion.
The best viewing spots are Edgewater Lake in Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen's Village, the bridges of US41 North and Southbound (no chairs will be permitted at this location) and Laishley Park Marina as the final stop. The attached route map will give you estimated times of arrival of the parade at each stop. For further details, please call the Punta Gorda Chamber on 941 639 3720.
If you are a boater and want to join the party, we've made it even EASIER for 2015. Registration is FREE. This year, you'll be able to join the parade at three different stages. If you want to do the complete route (which we encourage), you will start in Edgewater Lake on the north shore and cross the harbor in parade format starting around 6pm (Stage 1). For those, uneasy about the harbor crossing at night, why not join us at Stage 2 (the entrance to the Isles Yacht Club channel) and join the parade from there. For small craft like dinghies, kayaks etc, stage 3 will be the Punta Gorda Boat Club launch, where you will make your way to Fishermen's Village and return via the shoreline to the Boat Club after the parade passes by. Any questions, call us 941 639 3720. We've tried to make this as easy and safe for everyone as possible.
Admission: Free Tel: (941) 769-0002 Website
* Redington Beach/Indian Shores
December 21st 2014, 6:00pm
Alafia Lighted 29th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
December 6th, 2014 5:00pm
“The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview would like to announce on Saturday, Dec. 7th t, we will be holding our 29th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook Off. We have two boat entry divisions: Large Boats of 23 ft and above and Small Boats 22 ft and below. Cash prizes totaling $1,500.00 will be divided among the 1st and 2nd place winners in each division. The public is invited to view all the boats and partake of all the planed events. Starting at 5pm there will be Music, Entertainment, food and libations, Kids rides and activities, free photos with Santa, a Chili Cook Off and Silent Raffle, event will end at 9pm. Public entrance into the event is free and will be held at the Showmen’s Club, 6915 Riverview Dr., Riverview, Fl. For more information, and entry forms for your boat, or the Chili Cook Off, please visit www.FishHawkRiverviewRotary.org Hope to see you there!”
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
December 13th, 2014 6:00 pm
The 29th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 13, 2014 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 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 20th 2014 6:00pm to 8:00 Pm
Join the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, December 20th for the boat parade. All boaters line up near the Pineda Causeway and follow the Satellite Beach Police Boat Patrol down the Grand Canal. For more info, visit the webiste
* St Augustine
Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 13th 2014 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 2014 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.
December 6th 2014 6:00pm
Starting at dark (6:30-ish). The parade Will run from Roy's Restaurant to Fiddler's Restaurant
* St Pete/South Pasadena
St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Friday December 5th 2014
The St. Pete Beach/South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be lighting up the waters of Boca Ciega Bay on Friday, December 9th beginning at 6pm in South Pasadena and traveling south towards Pass-a-Grille. All are invited to come to the Viewing Party, Tree Lighting and Concert in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, to watch the boat parade as it passes by the Community Center.
Conatct: Info: 727-363-9245
* St Pete/Vina Del Mar
Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade
December 13th 2014 6:00pm
The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier website www.merrypier.com FLYER
28th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015 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 12, 2015. The Holiday Festival begins at 3:00pm with great live entertainment, plenty of food and drinks(including beer & wine), a variety of children’s activities and the spectacular 27th 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 email@example.com or call 727-822-3277
* Stuart (Martin County)
The 30th Annual Martin County Christmas Boat Parade.
December 6th, 2014 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
Festivities begin at 6:00PM at the following viewing stations: Flagler Park & City Docks (staging area), Martin Memorial Hospital, Sandsprit Park and Manatee Pocket.
1400 SW Chapman Way Palm City For registration information please call 772-692-7599 Website
Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
December 7th, 2014 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.
* Twinkle In Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Channelside Boat Parade
December 20th 2014
The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on the 20th 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.
* Bay Crest Boat Parade
December 13th. 2014 7:00pm
Parade will start at the main entrance to the channel leading to Bay Crest Park.
* Tarpon Springs
December 12th, 2014 4:00pm -9:00pm
We now combine it with a new event (this year, our 3rd annual!) Snow Place Like Tarpon. The boat parade comes into Spring Bayou around 8:00 pm, as always, but we now have live reindeer, falling snow, food, vendors, carriage and hay rides and about 30,000 people! I have never seen a more successful first-time event!!! We have expanded it a block this year, going the full three blocks from Ring Avenue to Spring Bayou and down Safford Street. The kids' area will also have Christmas movies, as well as inflatables, games, food and a lot of fun!
Titusville Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th, 2014
Titusville has been without a boat parade for many years, and the Harbor Pointe Condominium Association and Titusville Fire and Emergency Services are bringing this event back for 2014! Beautifully decorated boats will depart the Titusville Municipal Marina at 7:00 pm and travel south on the Indian River to Kennedy Point Yacht Club and Marina (just beyond the Highway 50/US 1 intersection) then return to the starting point. For spectators, there are several riverfront restaurants and parks which offer unobstructed views. Why not plan dinner and a boat parade for a special night out in Titusville? To participate in the parade, contact Michelle DeVoss by Friday, December 12 at 321-607-6787 or Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org
* Treasure Island
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 20th, 2014
Treasure Island's Holiday Boat Parade is like Las Vegas on the water - dazzlingly decorated boats of all kinds circle the city on one special night, Saturday, December 20, 2014, in friendly competition for top prizes awarded that evening at the Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club.
Residents with Treasure Island waterfront homes host humungous boat parade parties but if you haven't received an invitation, not to worry - there are plenty of prime viewing spots on the island. Website
The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7pm on December 20, 2014 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.
Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 5th, 2015
Christmas in Venice...the lights, the palm tress, 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 email@example.com Website
* Vero Beach (Indian River County)
Vero Beach Parade
December 5th, 2014 6:30
Festivities begin at 6:00PM with the Tree Lighting Ceremony conducted by city officials at Royal Palm Point. Boat parade begins in the intracoastal waterway between the bridges and finishes at the Vero Beach City Marina.
Viewing stations - Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina.
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 Christmas Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 13 2014 at 6:30 p.m
The parade, open to all boat owners, starts at the Weeki Wachee Marina and travels past Rogers Park to the Bayport Pier.
Price: Entry fee is an unwrapped toy or cash donation, to be donated to the Dawn Center; no cost for spectators.
28th Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade
December 5, 2015 6:30pm
The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce will present it's 28th Annual "Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade" on Saturday evening, December 5, 2015. 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 route on each lake as well as multiple lakeside restaurants. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact: Katie Worthington. (863) 293-2138
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
December 13th, 2014 6:45
Festivities will kick off at 3 pm in the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens with food, wine, and holiday music while the crowds waits for the sun to set for the main event of boats lined up in Christmas Lights. At dusk, the boat parade will begin on Lake Virginia and continue thru Palm Canal onto Lake Osceola making its way over to the museum, going by the Museum around 6:45 PM for judging. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the parade with family and friends.
A Ski show will be hosted at Rollins College on Lake Virginia prior to the the lighted boat parade begining at sundown (approximately 6 pm) on Lake Virginia on the eastern shore by Dinky Dock and proceeds to Lake Osceola. Website