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2020 Holiday Boat Parades


This year it has been much more difficult to confirm dates. Please confirm with the event before you attend. Some may cancel at the last minute.

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 12th, 2020 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade will be as festive and fun as ever! (with few changes this year... you know why).... The boats will still be lit, and there will be prizes in 3 categories for the best-decorated boats. However, we won't be gathering for caroling or the chili cookoff at TSS, and the club will be open for members only (who must wear masks and social distance). The captain's meeting will be held via Zoom, and prize winners will be posted online. Prizes will be distributed in a drive-thru manner. For more information contact Gary Mull at gary@garymull.com or 813-586-4279  or go to our website at Website


Annual Lighted Parade of Boats (Santa's Workshop)

December 5th, 2020  6:30 ( First Saturday in December) 

  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

44th Annual Holiday Boat Parade


After exploring all options, and out of an abundance of caution, the City has made the decision to cancel all annual holiday events, inclusive of the Holiday Tree Lighting at Mizner Park, the 50th Annual Holiday Street Parade, and the 44th Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Sanborn Square will still play host to our traditional holiday display of a 25’ artificial holiday tree with more than 7,500 lights from Saturday, November 21st, through the New Year. We ask that residents stay safe and continue to follow CDC recommended guidelines when celebrating the upcoming holidays..

Contact 561-367-7073 Website Map

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Boat Parade

CANCELED ( 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



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 12th, 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 at 6:30 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. 
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. 
Bring your kids to this FREE Florida family-friendly holiday show on H20! 
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


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


Boat Parade of Lights


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 19th, 2020 5:30-9:30

For 2020, preregistration is required to attend and to participate. Groups will be spaced out for parade and movie for social distancing requirements.

Located at Four Freedoms Park on Cape Coral Pkwy, the festival has food, Christmas music, a family movie on the big screen, 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!

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 13th, 2020 6:15 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 12th, 2020 6:30 pm (Coachman Park) always the 2nd Saturday ( not sure about 2020, can not find information)

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 12th, 6:00 pm 

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 5th, 2020  (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!

CANCELED (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 13th, 2020. 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." Website


Holiday Boat Parade

CANCELED ( 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 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

32nd Annual Christmas Boat Parade

December 5th, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:00 PM 

Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 32nd Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year we were voted the 5th Best Holiday Parade in a USA Today 10BEST poll. So we’re aiming to make this year’s parade the best ever! 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. Other spots to watch the parade are near the fountain next to Nervous Nellie’s and at the ends of the first two canals in Siesta Isles. Be sure to bring a chair if you go to Siesta Isles.

Another option is to enjoy the parade by water on the Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise, Lagerhead Cycleboats or the Sight Sea-R Cruise.

It is also important to note that safety measures such as masks are required, and social distancing will be practiced.

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 5h, 2020  (Paddle Parade at 6:00 pm Boat parade at 6:30 pm)

This marks the 30th  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


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 12th, 2020 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!)


Hernando Beach

Boat Parade

December 5th, 2020 6:30 pm

The parade 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.

TBA, 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 19st, 2020 6:30 pm

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


Jacksonville Light Parade

November 28th,  2020 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 5th, 2020 7:00pm

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.

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 


Jupiter/Palm Beach

Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration

December 5th, 2020, 6:00 pm

A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, t

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.

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


Key Colony Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 13th, 2020 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 12th, 2020 7:30

The Rotary Club of Key Largo Sunset Saves the Key Largo Boat Parade!!!
 .  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

TBA 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.  


 Annual Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade

December 19, 2020, 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.
The 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. 

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


Toys for Tots

December 6th, 2020 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

CANCELED 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 12th, 2020 7:00pm

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 12th, 2020 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

December 12th, 2020

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade 

At this Middle Keys holiday event, dinghies, megayachts and vessels in between are to cruise the harbor in a sparkling procession. The best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Dockside Tropical Café and Burdines Waterfront around mile markers 47-50.

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

Marco Island

Holiday River Parade

December 12st, 2019 6:00

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! Website


Christmas Boat Parade

TBA 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 5th, 2020 at 6:00 pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL

This marks the 40th Annual Martin County Parade, which will begin on the East side of the Jensen Beach Causeway
at 6 pm and proceed to Sandspit 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 Crossroads. The captains meeting will be held 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 best viewing for the parade will be at the Stuart Causeway.

The event is free for spectators and participants.

REGISTER NOW for the Martin County Parade! 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 19th, 2020 6:30

2020 Christmas Boat Parade is back and ready to LIGHT IT UP Merritt Island! Hosted by Kaleb and Sarah from Blue Marlin Real Estate and Aaron Dumont with our new big sponsor Sportsman Boats! This years theme is "Light it up!" and you guys are going to give a show that the crew on the international space station can see! Join us on Dec 19th to set records yet again! Parade is free to enter! No registration required to join! We will still be holding the best house party and best decorated boat contest, registration will be at the captains drink night being announced soon, sit tight! Get excited FACEBOOK PAGE

Parade Location: Sykes Creek


North Beach Boat Parade


The 2020 PARADE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. In light of the recent COVID spike, we feel we should promote safety and not encourage large gatherings along the shoreline and on Parade Boats.   We will be back in 2021 with renewed energy and enthusiasm for this wonderful community event.
Thanks to all our first responders to whom this Parade is dedicated every year.  This year that includes the valiant Health Care workers who are working hard to heal and care for those affected by COVID.
Thank You MB Police, MB Fire, City of MB, and Urban Resource for your support! Webiste


Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade

TBA 6:10 pm

The Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Parade will have nearly 75 Boats are expected to take part in 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

TBA (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 5th 2020 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 Website


Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay

December 12th 2020 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

CANCELED (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

TBA (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


Christmas Boat Parade

December 5th, 2020


Orange Park/Fleming Island

Whitey's Fish Camp Lighted Boat Parad


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 18-20 2020 WEBSITE

 December 18th will kick off the weekend of 3 Lake Conway boat parades. The parade starts at 8:00 PM on the South side of the Nela Bridge and will run clockwise. Save the date! Start planning your backyard watch party.

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



Palm Beach 

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

December 5th, 2020 6:00 pm

The holiday event of the year in northern Palm Beach County will be returning once again. We will bring fireworks, entertainment, media coverage, and our popular and impactful toy drive back to the community. The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade (PBHBP) will officially celebrate its 26th voyage on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

The PBHBP is known for showcasing dozens of holiday-decorated vessels to hundreds of thousands of spectators along the parade route and watching from home via WPBF Channel 25. The event is also known for the ‘On the Water’ Toy Drive – a toy collection event that receives donated toys by land and water along the parade route that are then distributed to children through Toys for Tots and Little Smiles. Over 20,000 toys have been collected and distributed in the past two years alone! This year, the demand for donated toys has reached an all-time high! We need your help to deliver cheer and toys to the local community.

Watch the 2019 highlight video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNH2pz--e6A&feature=youtu.be

Facebook or Website

Palm Coast

Christmas Boat Parade

CANCELED 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!! 


Palm Valley

Boat Parade

December 5th, 2020 at 6:00 pm

For the last few decades, the people of Palm Valley have delighted in congregating and hosting an annual lighted boat parade to celebrate the holiday season. Often referred to as the Mardi Gras of lighted boat parades, the Palm Valley Boat Parade is set apart by widespread community involvement and a friendly laid back nature. The lighted spectacle covers over 7 miles of Palm Valley's Intracoastal Waterway and features a traditional parade experience for hundreds of uninterrupted docks, local restaurants and noted public viewing areas. With up close participant/spectator interaction, the parade is truly a unique experience unlike any other of its kind. Lasting memories for participants and spectators alike!

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



Lighted Boat Parade

December 5th 2020 6:00pm

Pre-show party for kids. Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk – View parade procession in Little Sabine at 6:30 pm. View from Quietwater Beach area at 7:30 p.m. Look for Santa on the lead boat! Fireworks with Santa- Soundside- 8 p.m. Website

Pine Island Lighted Christmas Boat Parade

TBA  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 11th, 2020 7:00 pm

The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the longest-running Holiday Boat Parade in the nation. Our 58th 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 19, 2020, 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 13th 2020, 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  Annual Lighted Boat Parade

CANCELED 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

TBA  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 12th, 2020 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 19, 2020, 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 BoatParade@abcsb.org
    First and last name
    Complete address
    e-mail address
    Boat type (power or sail)
    Boat name and LOA

St Augustine

Holiday Regatta of Lights

CANCELED(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. . 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

St. Lucie

Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.

December 5th, 2020 (Paddle Parade at 6:00 pm Boat parade at 6:30 pm)

. 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. T

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.


Boat Parade

December 5th, 2020  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



St Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar

Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade

December 12th, 2020 Dusk ( 6:00 pm)

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


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)

 Annual Martin County Boat Parade

December 05 2020 at 6:00 pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL

This marks the 40th Annual Martin County Parade, which will begin on the East side of the Jensen Beach Causeway
at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where we will end at the Twisted Tuna at ~ 7:45pm and announce the winners. The judges boat to
be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Crossroads. The captains meeting will be held 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 best viewing for the parade will be at the Stuart Causeway.

The event is free for spectators and participants.


Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade


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 19th, 2020

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on the19st 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 12th, 2020 6:45

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

Tarpon Springs 

Boat Parade

December 4th, 2020 7:00pm -9:00pm

The Tarpon Springs Recreation Division will be holding the 31st Annual Holiday Boat Parade, on Friday, December 4th. 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. Come early for the tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. Website

Tarpon Springs 2

Tarpon Turtle's Holiday Boat Parade

TBA 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


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 5th, 2020 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 75th, 2020 ( 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 12, 2020, 5:30

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

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

TBA 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 5th, 2019 5:30 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!

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