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2019 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 84 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

*Please send changes or corrections to rusty@floridabywater.com .


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 your 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 7th, 2019 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. We will also be bringing back the Chili Cook-off for the after-party. For more information contact Gary Mull at gary@garymull.com or 813-586-4279  or go to our website at Website

There will be a required Captain’s Meeting on Saturday, December 7th at 9 a.m. at the Squadron’s clubhouse.  The Captain must attend this mandatory meeting.


Annual Lighted Parade of Boats (Santa's Workshop)

December 7th, 2019  6:00 ( First Saturday in December) 

The 2019 BWYC Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7th at 6:30 p.m. on the beautiful St. Johns River in Astor, FL.   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:  Diane Willson 352-5162478  Hosted by the Blackwater Yacht Club, St. Johns River, Astor, Florida. No boat is too small !!! Website http://blackwateryachtclub.com/ 

Boca Raton Boat Parade

43rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade

December 15th, 2019  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.)

Entering your boat in the 43rd Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect way to experience the Holiday season! Otherwise, enjoy the parade, food, and drinks from Red Reef Park (west), the Wildflower Property, or Silver Palm Park viewing areas.Bridges are held in the up position for approximately 45 minutes during the parade. Please avoid these areas during estimated closing times to avoid traffic delays.

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 561-367-7073 Website Map

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019, 5:00 pm ( always 2nd Saturday)

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 13th, 2019 5:30 pm Website 

The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Delray Beach invite you to celebrate the holiday season Florida style, as a flotilla of brightly-decorated boats light-up the Intracoastal Waterways for the annual Holiday Boat Parade.

This holiday illumination show can be viewed in Boynton Beach at Boynton Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park and in Delray Beach from Veterans Park and Knowles Park.

The watch party at the Boynton Harbor Marina (735 Casa Loma Blvd, Boynton Beach, FL 33435) starts at 6:30 PM and will feature music, children’s activities, and a special visit from Santa Claus. Parade-goers are welcome to pack a picnic and encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the colorful view from the marina lawn.

Please support Toys for Tots by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to the watch party or to the Boynton Beach CRA office prior to the night of the parade. During the parade, Sea Tow and the United States Marines will make convenient dockside pickups. Just wave a flashlight when you see the parade and they will pull up to your dock to collect toy donations.

Attention All Captains: Interested in having your boat in the Holiday Boat Parade? Entry Form

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


Christmas on the Braden River.

December 7th, 2019, 6:00 pm 

The annual holiday boat parade, "Christmas on the Braden River" decorated boats will meet at Jiggs Landing,  6106 63rd St E, Bradenton, FL 34203. The boats At 6:00 boats will begin to line up near the floating dock and start the journey upriver at 6:30 PM and will end at Linger Lodge, 7205 85th St Ct E, Bradenton, FL 34202, at approximately 7:30 PM. Prizes will be awarded at 8:00 PM.
Spectators can come early and enjoy a visit with Santa and other fun events at Jiggs Landing Preserve. 
A group of locals and local businesses will keep the tradition alive and make their way to Linger Lodge.  This will consist of both motorboats and kayaks/canoes. This year we expect the number of participants to be greater.  Our goal is to continue this “Old Florida” event and just have a good time. We encourage participants to make the entire trip to Linger Lodge in order to claim their prizes. Our residents along the river will be voting!
Bring your kids to this FREE Florida family-friendly holiday show on H20! A stage that floats upstream along the Braden River past decorated docks and illuminated homes. 
Check out www.FloridaBoatTours.info on Facebook where we are announcing the event. Please direct any questions to Denise Kleiner by e-mail denisekleiner@gmail.com or by phone at 941-320-8811.

*Manatee Holiday Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019  6:30

As the county’s largest holiday event of the year, the Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade will light up the river once again on Saturday, December 14, 2019. A fleet of decked out vessels will tour up the Manatee River competing for cash prizes and the winning title while thousands of area residents and traveling spectators flock to the river to experience the magic.

The Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity, is dedicated to providing a memorable and safe annual event that brings the heart of the holidays to our community. We believe it is a time to celebrate our loved ones, cultivate traditions, support our local businesses, and cheerfully give back to our community

For more information visit their Website

Cape Canaveral

Port Canaveral Christmas Boat Parade

No Information found

 For more information go to www.visitportcanaveral.com or smattia@visitportcanaveral.com 


Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade

*No Information

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.


Boat Parade of Lights

December 14th, 2019 9'ish 

We hope you will join us for what has become a favorite Christmas event not only for the Carrabelle community but for much of the Forgotten Coast. Enjoy some music while doing some holiday shopping with our downtown merchants and festival vendors. Munch on some treats and visit your favorite local restaurant or have dinner with one of our vendors. Lots of fun things for the children to see and do, including a visit with Santa! At dark-30, watch the Boat Parade of Lights along the Carrabelle River from your favorite viewing spot with a Fireworks Show Finale.

For information about being a vendor, information for vessels, or about general activities: Call the Chamber @ (850) 697-2585 or email chamber@nettally.com. To register your entry online for the Boat Parade of Lights, click on the website link on the left, complete info, and submit.

This event is hosted by the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Carrabelle CRA. Partially funded by the Franklin County TDC.

Click here to watch the whole parade on this wonderful video created by Forgotten Coast TV

Website for more information or call 850-697-2585

Cape Coral

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

December 21th , 2019 7:00pm

Christmas Boat Parade - 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 for 2019 is December 21. 
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.
Each boat is covered in lights, which shimmer all their colors on the water ......... it looks absolutely spectacular and very festive.
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


Lake Howell Boat Parade

Saturday, Dec TBA

The parade will start at Lake Howell Arms Clubhouse at the west end of the lake.
Boaters should be ready at 6:15. After Parade all boaters meet up inside the Lake Howell Arms Clubhouse.

All boaters are invited to decorate their boats and join the Parade. Prizes galore will be awarded to the best-decorated boats.
Dock Owners are encouraged to decorate their Docks, Come down and watch the parade. Plan a party!

Invite your boating buddies to bring their boats! The more, the merrier…The Lake Howell Arms Condo’s Boat Ramp will be open at 4 pm for the event (vessel must be decorated, 22’ max). Trailer Parking will be next door in the Planet Fitness Parking lot.

Please email mrlakehowell@gmail.com or vette_65@bellsouth.net if you plan to participate or contact
Jim Travis 407-592-5225 OR James Pooler 407-489-3054

Cedar Key

Boat Parade (A Cedar Key Christmas)

No Parade

*Clermont / Winter Garden

Johns Lake Boat Parade

*December 14th, 2019 6:00 pm 

The Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade will be on Sunday, December 14th, 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 hour. 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.


Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019 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 43rd 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 14th, 6:00 pm 

The boat parade date for 2019 is Saturday, December 14th at 6:00 pm. If you would like input other information please attend the Rotary meeting held every Wednesday at Azteca II at noon in Cocoa Beach.
The Captain's meeting will be Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 pm at the Cocoa Beach Golf Course 19th Hole. If you don't attend the meeting we won't know who you are if you win the best-decorated boat prize. starting at Marker 101 
which is near Centennial Park on State Road 520 (across from Cape Canaveral Hospital)
POC: Walter & Lyn Blaser: 783-1207, email: wlblaser@yahoo.com Website

Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach

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

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

Daytona Beach

Annual Christmas Parade

December 7th, 2019  (Halifax River) 

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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). WEBSITE


Deland Christmas Boat Parade!

December  14th, 2019 (2nd Saturday)

Presenting the 54th DeLand Christmas Boat Parade, a West Volusia tradition dating back to the 1920's. Brightly lit and beautifully decorated boats of all sizes will cruise the scenic St. John's River to celebrate the season and spread holiday cheer to all who gather along the shore.

Commercial and private vessels will come together on Lake Beresford at 6:00 p.m. to circle the lake and travel north to St. John's River Grille for the awards ceremony. A free festive community event will be in full swing at 1889 Hontoon Road starting at 4:00 p.m. Website


33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

December 8th, 2019. 6:00 pm 

The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor, Destin Boat Parade! Visit with Santa Claus from 12:00-4:00 PM at HarborWalk Village’s Main Stage. Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM with fireworks following the parade.

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"

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 7th, 2019 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 Dunedin. The parade route runs from Marker 1 Marina, south along the Intracoastal to Union St, returns north to Dunedin Marina. Boats arrive at Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:00 pm. Limited viewing at Weaver Park and along Bayshore Blvd and Edgewater Dr. Limited seating, bring lawn chairs. 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. Presented by Dunedin Parks & Recreation, Dunedin Boat Club and Marker 1 Marina

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. All boats must be registered and decorated. Website

Fort Lauderdale

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (the Theme is Lights, Camera, Action - M0vies on Parade)

Saturday, December 14th, 2019 6:30

The 48th Annual Holiday Parade- “Lights, Camera, Action – Movies on Parade.” DECEMBER 14, 2019 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest 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 starts at Stranahan House traveling East along the New River in Fort Lauderdale 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.

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.


Fort Myers Beach

31st Annual Christmas Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 PM 

Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 31st Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year we had over 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting. If you want to enter a boat please check back closer to the event date for an application. You can also call 239-454-7500 or email events@fmbchamber.com for more information.

The parade begins at Salty Sam’s Marina and will pass many restaurants on the back bay such as Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Original Shrimp Dock, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Bonita Bill’s, Dixie Fish Co. and Doc Ford’s where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. You will also be able to vote online for Best Decorated Boat.

This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Please visit www.fmbboatparade.com . This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce - 

Fort Pierce ( St Lucie County)

Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.

December 7h, 2019  (Paddle Parade at 6:00 pm Boat parade at 6:30 pm)

This marks the 29th 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. The captains meeting will be held on Friday, Dec 6 at 6:00 pm at Sailfish Brewery in Fort Pierce

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

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

Gibsonton / Riverview

36th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 5:00pm

The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview is pleased to announce the 36th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2019, 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 5:45 pm and the parade will continue past the Civic Center to 15 minutes past the Beer Shed 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. There will also be a Gingerbread House competition.  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 area Scholarships for High School Seniors at Riverview, Spotto and Newsome.  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, where you can register for the events online.


34th Anniversary BCYC Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019 6:00pm

Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!

 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.

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!)



Third Annual Howey Lighted Boat Parade

No parade this year

Hernando Beach

Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019 6:30 pm

Hernando Beach Yacht Club annual Christmas boat parade will be held on Saturday, Dec 14th, 2019, 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.  The 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 


Holiday Boat Parade.

December 21, 2019, 6:00 pm 

Captains Meeting Dec 18th 6:30 Homosassa Springs Marina 10806 W Halls River Rd, Homosassa, FL 34448 352-628-7334 More Info, EMAIL casfishing1@gmail.com

Indian Rocks Beach

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

December 21st, 2019 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 Flyer


Jacksonville Light Parade

*November 30th,  2019 6:30

The Jacksonville Light Boat Parade has been a holiday tradition for more than 30 years. Vessels of all shapes and sizes adorn their hulls with festive decorations as they float along the north and south banks of the St. John River. Residents and visitors alike gather along the north and south riverbanks in downtown Jacksonville to witness this magical event. The evening then culminates with one of the best fireworks show on the First Coast featuring “waterfalls” off of the Main Street and Acosta Bridges. 
The boat parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Boats will start at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel and follow along the Northbank Riverwalk to the Fuller Warren Bridge. The parade will then cross to the south bank and follow along the Riverwalk to the Duval County School Board building. Admission is free. WEBSITE Sign Up


Christmas on the Creek

December 7th, 2019 7:00pm

This annual holiday event, sponsored by the Julington Creek Prop Club, is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, 2019. Commodore Tom Clay is extending an invitation to any boat owners interested in decorating their boat and joining in for the fun to contact him at commodore@jcpropclub.com or via our Facebook page at www.jcpropclub.com for more information.

The best-decorated boat gets a $300 cash prize while second place gets $200 and third place $100. All boaters participating will also receive a Captain’s Gift Bag. Prizes are also awarded for “best dock” along the parade route.

All captains wishing to participate should attend either of two “Captain’s Meetings” to register and receive information on this year’s parade. These Captain’s Meetings will be held at 6:30 pm on December 3rd and again on December 5th at The Marina at Julington Creek,

Julington Creek Prop Club is pleased to welcome back the wonderful people over at O’Steen Volkswagen and The Marina at Julington Creek, who have agreed to join in the festivities as “Christmas on the Creek 2019” Corporate Sponsors.

Established in 1988, this annual event has an estimated 40 boats of all shapes, sizes, and themes participate in the event. Boats decked out in all their holiday finery navigate the parade route which begins at The Marina at Julington Creek, goes underneath the Rt.13 bridge and motors around Bulls Bay, then returns under the bridge and continues down Durbin Creek. Spectators can view it from the Julington Creek Bridge walkways.

Homeowners with docks located on the parade route are invited to join in the fun too! Decorated docks can vie for a variety of prizes including cash and goodie bags. Tradition holds that the boaters judge the docks. “The people along the shores of the creek put on quite a show for us every year”, “we have people shooting fireworks, parties with live bands, and bonfires… some have as many as 100 people waving and shouting Merry Christmas.” The people onshore have as much fun as the boaters!

For more information e-mail commodore@jcpropclub.com  FLYER

Jupiter/Palm Beach

Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration

December 7thst, 2019, 6:00 pm

A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2019 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, December 7!

What: 25th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 20th Annual Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.

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 7. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m


Key Colony Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 8th, 2019 6:00 pm (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 8th 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, 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.  Website ( Key Colony Fishing and Boating Club )

Key Largo

Key Largo Boat Parade

December 21st

he Rotary Club of Key Largo Sunset Saves the Key Largo Boat Parade!!!
 The parade starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 21st.  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 Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Sundowners Restaurant and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104 Bayside. The parade is free to enter; one grand prize winner and one randomly selected lucky boat are to receive $500 each. Contact Marlen Weeks at 305-394-1680 for additional information or visit www.keylargoboatparade.com or visit www.keylargoboatparade.com

Key West

Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019 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 WebsiteFlyer Flyer 2


 Annual Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade

December 20, 2019, 7:30

The parade will start promptly at 7:30 pm leaving Lakeside Anchor INN, the parade should reach Lantana Rd and Lake Osborne Dr at approx. 8pm. This is where most of the public viewing is. The parade will continue the route north along Lake Osborne Dr, completing an entire circle around the lake by Lakeworth Rd Boat Ramp and heading back south and return to Lakeside Anchor INN around 9 pm.
Viewing parade will be best on Lake Osborne Dr. North of Lantana Rd all the way to Lake Worth Rd at the boat ramp at John Prince Park or Campground.
Final measurement Day Of Parade.
Sorry, NO PWC's, kayaks or paddleboards allowed in the parade, it's too dangerous at night.
Registration is now open and is free! If you would like to decorate your boat and participate in this year's festivities, please send an email to Osborneyachtclub@gmail.com. We will forward you a registration form. 
The parade will start promptly, leaving Anchor INN @ 7:30pm.
Participants meet in flotilla outside Anchor Inn at 6:30pm or earlier to socialize. We have 45-55 boats so Please be courteous! And Watch out for Weeds or Shallow spots. Parade Route 1.5hr @ 5mph to start at Anchor Inn kicked off with fireworks following Eastside shoreline around Paul Mar Dr back to Kingston Dr and loop back North to Lantana Bridge and STAY IN LINE to Lake Worth Rd Boat Ramp then back South by John Prince Campground to end at Anchor Inn for a full night of fun and awards! CHECK MAP FOR ROUTE INFO.
CAUTION !!! 7ft or less Lantana Bridge Clearance

If interested in participating or volunteering PLEASE email osborneyachtclub@gmail.com for a FREE Registration form.


Toys for Tots

December 8th, 2019 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 24th at 6:30 pm Hurricanes Dockside Grill. Bring as many of the captains and members of your group with you. Capt. Kerry Kline, Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes
877-800-1492 x3

Leesburg's Christmas On The Water

December 8th, 2019 6:30 pm

Location: Venetian Gardens, Venetian Park Dr Leesburg FL
Food Vendors 5 pm, Entertainment 5:30 pm,
Light up Venetian Gardens 6:10pm, Lighted Boat Parade 6:15pm
All types of boats welcome
Contact Fred O'Brien fredandkaren@mpinet.net 352-250-3814
Facebook - Leesburg Christmas on the Water

Captains meeting December 4th 2019 - 7 pm Leesburg Boat Club, 1 Dozier Circle, Leesburg FL

Facebook - Leesburg Christmas on the Water

Lower the Florida Keys/ Little Torch Key

Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019

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 Kiki's Sandbar.  They have prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners.

The parade begins at 7 p.m. Contact: Kiki's Sandbar at 305-872-4500

Email: kikissandbar@gmail.com

Madeira Beach 

Festival Of Light

December 14th, 2019 6:30

This year our Holiday boat parade will be held on Saturday, December 14h starting at 6:30. The parade will begin on the north side of town and work through the canals to Johns Pass where the parade will end. Our Captain meeting will be held on December 12th at the Municipal Marina located at 503 150th Ave. Madeira Beach FL 33708. Website 

*Marathon Area

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade

Not this year., They may do something along the docks. 

They're still recovering from the damage. They will probably have it "dockside" in slips at their marina as a static display of lighted boats. The original date for that was Sat Dec 9th.

Contact is  Susan Prichard at Marathon Marina, susan@marathonmarinaandresort.com, phone 305.743.6575.

Marco Island

Holiday River Parade

December 21st, 2019 6:00

Although the traditional Island Christmas boat parade was canceled due to hazards on the route, a group of Holiday-spirited boaters have planned a Marco River-only boat parade (safe route) on Saturday, December 21st. The best place on the Island to view the fun and watch Santa arrive by boat will be at the Marco Island Yacht Club. There will also be a raffle to win a Three-Month Yacht Club Trial Membership, with the proceeds going to support the Marco Patriots. Cocktails start at 5 p.m. with $40 per person dinner seatings at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dinner reservation required with a credit card guarantee. Call the Yacht Club at 239-394-0199;301 to reserve your spot.

Attention Boaters: Boaters who want to join the parade should e-mail Peggy Frazier at frazier@chartermi.net or call 906-228-6670 for details. There will be decorated boat participation awards which include complimentary dinners at the Marco Island Yacht Club for the Captain & First Mate. Arrangements are being made to provide slips in MIMA that evening for parade participants as needed. Join the fun!


Christmas Boat Parade

December 14th 2019 5:30

Members of the Matlacha Yacht Club will present the annual Christmas Boat Parade in the waters surrounding Matlacha Saturday, the 14th. This year, the club is extending an invitation to anyone who would like to decorate a boat and participate in the parade.

While you need not be a member to attend, all are welcome to join the Matlacha Yacht Club to enjoy our other activities year-round.

Boats, captains, and crews will meet behind Bert's Bar and Grill in Matlacha at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will commence beginning at 6 p.m., weather permitting.

Martin County

Annual Martin County Parade

December 7th, 2019 at 6:00 pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL

This marks the Annual Martin County Parade being held Saturday, December 7th, which will begin at the Jensen Beach Causeway at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where we will end at the Twisted Tuna and announce the winners.

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 for additional information please contact the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast at 772.692.7599 Website

Merritt Island

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 6:30

Hosted by Aaron Dumont of Stingray Boats and Chad Paulsen and the Kaleb and Sarah Team of Blue Marlin RealEstate. The parade starts at Sykes Creek Pkwy bridge on Merritt Island and goes through the various canals of Sykes Creek finishing at SR528. Best viewing areas are Ulmay wooden bridge, Sykes Creek Parkway Bridge, and Margaret’s St. we are working on more so please follow our Facebook page for updated details and a parade route FACEBOOK PAGE

Parade Location: Sykes Creek
Captains Party: Thursday Dec. 13, 2018 @ Sunset Cafe 6:00p


Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019 6:10 pm

The Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Parade will have nearly 75 Boats are expected to take part in the Holiday Boat Parade, which starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 14, 2019. 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 Bayfront Park and there will be Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ and Firework Show at 9:00 pm

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.



Riverwalk Milton

December 6th, 2019 (8:00 pm)

Our annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 6th., on the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida. Line up at Russell Harbor Landing at 7:15 pm. Chairperson is Teresa McCombs she can be reached at (850) 313-2447, e-mail mccombsathome@att.net

Mount Dora

Lighted Boat Parade

December 7th 2019 7:00 pm (1st Saturday in December) 

Come and 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


Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay

December 14th 2019 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

Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade

December 7th 2019 6:30 pm (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

Annual Boat Parade

December 14t,h 2019 (Starts at Dusk)

The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will kick off at dusk, Saturday, December 14, 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 386-428-1600 Website


8th Annual Bluewater Bay Marina Christmas Boat Parade

December 21, 2019

Bluewater Bay Marina will be having its 8th Annual Christmas Boat Parade & Decorating Contest on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at 5:30 in the evening.  Live Entertainment this year is DJ Chris Saylor, 7 pm - 11 pm. There will be a Skipper's meeting at 4:00 pm for instructions and information for the parade. Boats should be fully decorated and registered for the parade prior to the Skippers meeting.
Boats will leave the Bluewater Bay Marina and travel North to Nelson’s Cove, around Rocky Bayou and South to Rocky One marker then return to Bluewater Bay Marina. Bluewater Bay Marina Complex Boat will lead the way for Captains to follow! Grand Prize will be $150.00 Ship Store Credit.
We will be accepting non-perishable food items for Sharing and Caring! Let’s help restock their shelves so others can enjoy their holidays.
Awards and festivities will follow at LJ Schooners Dockside Restaurant and Oyster Bar. Live Entertainment with Parker Willingham, Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and restaurant specials will be offered throughout the evening!
For more information email:frontdesk@bwb-marina or call (850) 897-2821 or visit: Website.


Okeechobee Yatchette Clubs 36th Annual Boat Parade

December 21st, 2019 6:30 pm 

More Info awmax2@yahoo.com


Orange Park/Fleming Island

Whitey's Fish Camp Lighted Boat Parad

December 14th, 2019 6:30 pm (Whitey's Fish Camp, 2032 CR 220)

Benefitting the Safe Animal Shelter. Come out for an 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


Lake Conway  Christmas Parade

December 13-15 2019 WEBSITE

13th is South Lake: This year, Friday, December 13th will kick off the weekend of 3 Lake Conway boat parades. Parade starts at 8:00 PM at the South side of the Nela Bridge and will run clockwise. Save the date! Start planning your backyard watch party.

14th is Middle Lake: Parade starts at 7:30 PM at the Sand Bar (SE Corner of Middle Lake) and will run clockwise around the center lake.

15th is North Lake: The parade starts at 7:00 PM at 'the Point' on (North) Little Lake Conway and will run clockwise.



Palm Beach (North)

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 6:00 pm

A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2019 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season on Saturday, December 7!

What: 25th Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and 20th Annual Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots and Little Smiles.

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 7. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.

Facebook or Website

Palm Coast

Christmas Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 6:00 pm 

Palm Coast Yacht Club sponsors and organizes the Holiday Boat Parade.  Video form 2017

The Palm Coast Yacht Club Holiday Boat Parade is back again, now in its 33rd year. The Parade begins at 6 p.m. on December 1, 2018, 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. T

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!! 

All boats must be lit and decorated with a holiday theme. The 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.


Palm Valley

Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 at 6:00 pm

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 a truly 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. 

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

Panama City Beach

Do to the state of the Marina we, unfortunately, will not be doing the BPOL this year. We hope to be back in 2020. Website


Lighted Boat Parade

December 7th 2019 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 14, 2019 6:00pm

The Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019, in Saint James City at 6 pm.

The parade theme is “Believe.”

All community members, boat clubs, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate. 2019 parade will use the same route as 2018.

It is important to note the parade will stage and start north of the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina on the Henley Canal. The parade will proceed up Cherry Estates Canal and into the canal that runs east and west between North Royal Palm Drive and Trailer Park Drive, but will not pass north of this canal. The parade will continue down the Monroe Canal and end just before where the channel narrows north of the Low Key Tiki.

It is important for those who have historically viewed the parade from the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina later in the evening to arrive before the parade start at 6 pm.

The boat line up begins at 4 p.m. on the Henley Canal in the staging area north of the Waterfront Restaurant and Marina.

The Captain’s meeting will be held on Friday, December 13, 2019, at 7 pm at the Ragged Ass Saloon, 3421 Stringfellow Road.

New for this year and a benefit for those who would like to participate from other areas; the management of the Waterfront Restaurant has offered dock space on first come availability to decorate their vessels. After the parade, the management of the Ragged Ass Saloon, and Low Key Tiki have offered their docks to vessels that participated in the parade to leave them overnight for pick up the next morning.

Should the parade be canceled due to weather or other circumstance, the parade will be rescheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 6 pm.

It is time to catch the Pine Island Christmas Spirit and enter a boat in the parade. To enter a boat in the parade or to obtain more information, please contact Peter Karas at 216-403-6559 or karascon@aol.com Flyer


Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade

December TBA, 2019 6:00pm

The Marina Christmas lighted boat parade. Assemble at the fuel dock at 5:30 PM and depart around 6:00 PM 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 Joy at the marina for particulars at (941) 697-2280.

Pompano Beach

Holiday Parade

December 13th, 2019 6:30 pm

The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the longest-running Holiday Boat Parade in the nation. Our 57th 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


Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda Boat Parade

December 21, 2019, 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 the 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 22th 2019, 6:00pm

Festively decorated boats will meander through the intra-coastal waterways starting at the Tom Stuart Causeway and docking at Caddy’s Indian Shores. New this year is a grand prize of $2500 awarded to the overall winner! The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Free and family-friendly. Contact Missy Clarke at 727-391-3875 or email info@townofredingtonbeach.com for more details. Website


Alafia Lighted 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 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 2018 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!” Flyer


Sanford's Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade

December 21st, 2019 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 


Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

December 14th, 2019 6:00 pm

The 34th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are the Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island, and Centennial Park.

All boats must pass approx. 1/3 of the marina side Bayfront Park, 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

Banana River SPS 2019 Christmas Boat Parade

December 21, 2019, 6:00 pm

The parade will be lead by the Satellite Beach Patrol boat followed by the Santa Claus boat proceeding south down the Grand Canal, circling Lake Shepherd clockwise, continuing southward, exiting the Grand Canal into the Banana River. Then, proceed south past the Mathers Bridge keeping close to Merritt Island; at Dragon Point head southwest and go past the Judge’s boat on your left, ending the parade and disbanding.
On Dec 12 a review meeting will be held at the Satellite Beach Recreation Center at 6:00 PM for all Registrants (details later). Identification placards and additional instructions will be given. Door prizes and raffle from the Parade Sponsors. Participation is free.

The best viewing area is the NE side of the Eau Gallie Causeway SR 518..

Please assemble at the north end of the Grand Canal at 6:00 PM—the parade will start at 6:00 PM.

  • To register (free) e-mail the following to hofmanneg@gmail.com:
    First and last name
    Complete address
    e-mail address
    Boat type (power or sail)
    Boat name and LOA

St Augustine

Holiday Regatta of Lights

December 14th, 2019 6:00 pm (Matanzas Bay)

For the 39th year the HOLIDAY REGATTA OF LIGHTS, a spectacular and colorful parade of boats, will be held on the bayfront just North of the Bridge of Lions. This event reflects the maritime heritage of the Oldest City and is in keeping with St. Augustine’s historical seaborne image. The Regatta is hosted by The St. Augustine Yacht Club. It will take place at 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 14th, 2019. Sailboats, sport-fishermen, trawlers, shrimp boats, and many other vessels will take part, decorated with the festive lights of the Christmas season in celebration of the holidays. Entry is encouraged for all powered pleasure craft, both private and commercial, with no limit as to size The Regatta of Lights is sponsored by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit Website

The 2018 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 7th, 2019 (Paddle Parade at 6:00 pm Boat parade at 6:30 pm)

This marks the 29th Anniversary of the St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. The 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 ~ 7:00 pm. The parade route then continues, ending at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki restaurant at ~ 7:45 pm. The captains meeting will be held on Friday, Dec 7 at 6:00 pm at the Sailfish Brewery

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 6:00 PM. The 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 6:30 PM


Boat Parade

December TBA, 2019 Dark Thirty

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

St Pete Beach

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

No Parade this year


St Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar

Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade

December 7th, 2019 Dusk ( 5:30)

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 at 5:00 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 727-743-8706 or pagdebbie@tampabay.rr.com


St Petersburg

32nd Annual Illuminated Boat Parade

The St Petersburg lighted boat is canceled for 2019

Thanks, Troy Willingham President, Rotary Club of St Petersburg

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 6:00 pm. 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 TBA, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL

This marks the 37th Annual Martin County Parade, which will begin in front of Wahoos at 6 pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where we will end at the Twisted Tuna at ~ 7:45 pm and announce the winners. The judge's 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 5:30 pm 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.


Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade


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 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 



Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade

December 15th, 2019

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. 

*Friends of the River is now accepting sponsors for the event, as we encourage the local business community to join us in supporting this all-volunteer event. E-Mail phil.compton@sierraclub.org for more information.  


Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Riverwalk Boat Parade 

December 21st 2019

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on the 21st of December at 6:30 pm 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 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

December 14th, 2019 6:45

The parade will start at the main entrance to the channel leading to Bay Crest Park. Website Flyer. ofr more information please contact John Housand at jhousand@tampabay.rr.com 

Tarpon Springs 

Boat Parade

December 6th, 2019 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

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Tarpon Turtle's Holiday Boat Parade

December 14th, 2019 6:00

 Get in the Holiday Spirit and join us at Tarpon Turtle's annual Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Tarpon! Enjoy food and live music while watching our lighted boat show spectacle. Take part in winning our Raffle basket prizes with proceeds going to Wheelchair 4 Kids!

Boats will gather at the Tarpon Turtle docks around 6pm and begin their course around Lake Tarpon circling back around at 8pm to be judged for the contest.

All Boaters registering for the parade receive a $50 Tarpon Turtle gift card along with the chance to win a $100 gift card. We will also have a Poker Run around the lake for you to win some hard cash! All vessels are welcome to be apart of the parade.

Any boater interested in competing in the decoration contest and poker run, visit us at TarponTurtle.com/Events to fill out a form or stop into the restaurant to pick one up. There is a $30 donation fee to register that will go to www.TarponTurtle.com/events


Titusville Holiday Boat Parade

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Parade Route: Titusville Marina south to approximately Titusville High School and back. The best viewing locations are Sandpoint Park, Max Brewer Bridge, and Space View Park. For more info, contact Michelle 352-362-8914

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade

December 13th, 2019 6:20 pm

Treasure Island’s Lighted Boat Parade is like Las Vegas on the water – dazzlingly decorated boats of all kinds circle the city on one special night in a friendly competition for top prizes. Residents with Treasure Island waterfront homes host boat parade parties but if you haven’t received an invitation, not to worry – there are plenty of prime viewing spots on the island.

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)
Parade departs The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 pm
Parade arrives at TI Causeway Bridge at 7 pm
Parade ends at 8:15 pm at John’s Pass

The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7 pm on December 13, 2019, for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.


The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7 pm on December 13th, 2019 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.


Venice Christmas Boat Parade

December 7tht, 2019 ( 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 14, 2019, 6:

The boat parade will assemble at 5:30 and will start at 6 in the intracoastal waterway between the two bridges and finish at the Vero Beach City Marina. The Captains meeting will be held on Friday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 pm at the Quail Valley River Club

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. 


*Weeki Wachee

Weeki Wachee River Lighted Boat Parade

December TBA, 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 the river to Bayport and returns to Rogers Park

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


Welaka Christmas Boat Parade

December TBA 2017 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:
For more information, Call:
(386) 467-7171
or send an email to:

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

Light Up The Lakes Christmas Boat Parade

December 7th, 2019 6:30 pm

This annual event, hosted by Chain Life Winter Haven and brought to you by Caribbean Bay. The parade begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Lake May in Winter Haven. The parade travels from Lake May to Howard, back to May, then onto Lake Shipp. Boat decorations will be judged at Caribbean Bay on Lake May.
and at Old Man Franks on Lake Howard. The best viewing areas are:
Lake Howard Trail in the Heritage Park area (between Pope Ave and 7th St NW by Beymer Church). Bring lawn chairs or picnic blanket and pick your spot for optimum viewing.
You can also watch the parade while eating a wonderful meal at Harborside Restaurant, Tanner's Lakeside Bar & Grill, Caribbean Bay, Old Man Franks, and the Twisted Prop. We strongly suggest these locations along Lake May and Howard. Lake Shipp is the last lake on the parade route. Historically 1/2 the boats bail due to cold weather and wind. Though we strongly encourage boaters to see the parade all the way through, we must warn the public that watching on Shipp may not be ideal. This year we will live stream on this Facebook page and giving updates before during and after the parade. No registration required for boats however, we strongly suggest that captains like this event page for constant updates. 1st and 2nd prizes and we are bringing back the “people’s choice” due to such a great response last year. Thank you for participating. The entire community looks forward to this community holiday tradition!

 Hosted by Chain Life. (863-662-9872 website