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There is nothing better than a parade during the holiday season. Wait!...maybe there is. It’s a boat parade!
You can't help but get into the spirit of things with lights gleaming off the cool ripples in the water and the holiday sounds coming from the lavishly decorated vessels. That’s why at "Florida By Water" we have created an extensive list of boating parades for the holidays.
From Pensacola to Key West, we have listed over 74 spectacular events. You can locate the huge ones like in Fort Lauderdale with over 200 boats to smaller ones in Astor with a hometown feel.
The truth of the matter is we have given you fair notice to plan ahead...no excuses this year.... spend an evening with the family and friends. Get into the spirit only the way a true boater can. Read More to see the list.
Did we miss one? Please let us know if so. Click here or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please confirm dates and times, they are subject to change
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If you are going to a parade by boat, these tips may help.
- Ensure that the lights on the boat are working.
- Get there early and stay a little later to avoid the rush.
- Make sure that you life jacks are readily available.
- If you have a chart plotter, turn tracking on.
- Avoid alcohol if you are the captain of the boat.
Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-586-4279 or go to our website at: Website
There will be a required Captain’s Meeting on Saturday, December 1st 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 1st, 2018 6:00) ( First Saturday in December)
The 2018 BWYC Lighted Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 6:00 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: Christy Hottinger 352-267-7300 or Jeff Inshaw 305-393-0776. Hosted by the Blackwater Yacht Club, St. Johns River, Astor, Florida. No boat is too small !!! Website http://blackwateryachtclub.com/
Boca Raton Boat Parade
42nd Annual Holiday Boat Parade
December 22nd, 2018 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm (from the C-15 Canal at the Boca/Delray border and will travel south to the Hillsboro Blvd. Bridge.)
Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge
Entering your boat in the 42ndt Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect way to experience the Holiday season! Otherwise, enjoy the parade from the Red Reef Park (west), the Wild Flower Property or Silver Palm Park.
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.
Bonita Springs Boat Parade
December 8th 2018, 5:00pm
This year we will be starting at The Fish House Restaurant on Bonita Beach Road!. The US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs, over the Imperial River, is an excellent vantage point to see the parade. Parking is limited. Plan to park at neighboring plazas; Kmart, Fresh Market, Riverview Terrace Office Park and walk to the venue.Website (239) 495-0455
Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade
Annual Holiday Boat Parade
December 14th, 2018 5:30 pm Website
The Boynton Beach CRA presents the 47th Annual Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 6:00 pm. The event at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:00 pm with live music setting the stage for the parade to start at 6:30 pm. Other viewing areas are located at Intracoastal Park and along the parade route. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.
For more information: Boynton Beach 561-600-9097 or go to CatchBoynton.com or the City of Delray at 561-243-7250 or go to MyDelrayBeach.com
Christmas on the Braden River.
December 1st, 2018, 6:00 pm
The 5th 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 email@example.com or by phone at 941-320-8811.
*Manatee Holiday Boat Parade
December 9th, 2017" 6:30
The parade of lighted boats begins at dusk near Snead Island. The route then proceeds east past the Bradenton Yacht Club, to Riverhouse Reef and Grill and the Regatta Pointe Marina. The parade turns south at the Green Bridge and moves onward to PIER 22 and the Twin Dolphin Marina. Public viewing sites are available from the Green Bridge Pier, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, PIER 22 and on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.
To apply with your vessel, contact the Regatta Point Marina office at 941-729-6021 or download the registration form at regattapointemarina.com.
For more information and a map of the parade route go to Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/322342818235460/
Port Canaveral Christmas Boat Parade
No Information found
The Port Canaveral Boat Parade from the Bluepoints marina is canceled in 2016. The organizer says Hurricane Matthew has forced the Port to focus on repairs in December For more information go to www.visitportcanaveral.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade
*The event has been canceled this year.
More than 30 boats parade down Roosevelt Channel for this spectacular event. Visitors can choose to cruise in the parade with special passenger tickets or watch the parade from McCarthy’s Marina, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina or the Green Flash. www.captivaholidayvillage.com
Boat Parade of Lights
December 8th, 2018 9'ish
Join us for Carrabelle's 24th Annual Christmas Celebration!
Festival: Marine Street & Ave B 1 pm until......8'ish pm Find your favorite viewing spot for the Boat Parade along 2 miles of the Carrabelle River Parade starts at 6:15 pm
The Boat Parade can be enjoyed from anywhere along Marine Street & Highway 98 Sing Along & Awards ceremony at C-Quarters Marina after Fireworks
Join in the Fun with Your Family and Friends! Plan to attend and/or put your boat in the parade. Also, our Downtown Merchants will be open during the Festival for your shopping pleasure. Music and other Entertainment throughout the weekend
All Boats Welcome-No Entry Fee-Any Boat That Floats! Captain's Meeting will be Dec. 8th at 3 pm at C-Quarters Marina. All vessel Captain's must attend. A fabulous family/pet-friendly holiday event!! Website for more information or call 850-697-2585
Cape Coral/Fort Myers
Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
December 15th , 2018 7:00pm
Cape Coral's Holiday Boat A Long features a parade of beautifully decorated boats that you've just got to see! The fun goes from 4-10PM and the date is December 15 for 2018. Located at Four Freedoms Park on Cape Coral Pkwy, the festival has food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus along with the parade. You can also watch as the boats line up in Bimini Basin for the parade which first passes by the park's beach before heading down various canals in South Cape Coral. It must be amazing to be able to watch the boats go by if you live on one of those canals, but if not, you can have a front seat at the park. They have a few bleachers set up in front of the beach, but bring your own chairs if you can to make sure you have a place to sit, there's plenty of room.
The parade finally starts at 7 PM with fireworks and it is a sight to behold!
It starts with paddle boats, and then boats of all types and sizes cruise by the park's beach.
It's put on by Cape Coral Parks and Rec. To register to be in the boat parade, contact Sea Tow at (239) 549-0558, to perform at the festival call (239) 573-3121, and for more information call (239) 573-3123. Website
Lake Howell Boat Parade
Saturday Dec 9th 2017 @ 6:30 PM
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.
Boat Parade (A Cedar Key Christmas)
December 9th, 2017 (Dusk)
Boat Parade will start at the City Park and Santa Clam will arrive on an airboat to greet the kids. Also, there will be a potluck dinner in the park along with music. Earlier in the day will be a TASTE OF CEDAR KEY (11:30 am). Local restaurants will showcase their favorites. There will also be a tour of the 4 churches to view their Christmas Decorations and their stained glass window. The 10.00 proceeds from that will assist with the gas cards for local families needing to go to the hospital and doctors. To enter the parade, call Rose at 352 -543-6346.
*Clermont / Winter Garden
Johns Lake Boat Parade
*December 18th, 2016 6:00 pm
The Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade will be on Sunday, December 18th, at 6:00 pm. All boats participating should meet in Johns Lake, in the cove to the northeast of Deer Island a few minutes before 6:00 pm. The parade goes along the north shore of Johns Lake and lasts about 1 hours. In the past, we've had as many as 20 boats in the parade. Come out for a great time! Best viewed from the public boat ramp. Call 407-701-8033 for details.
Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 8th, 2018 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 Christmas Boat Parade
December 8th, 2018 6:00 pm
The tentative boat parade date for 2018 is Saturday, December 8 at 6:00 pm on the chosen Saturday night. 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, November 28 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)
*Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach
11th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
** No Parade this Year. They decided to do a Golf Cart parade.
All vessels meeting USGS safety requirements and decorated in appropriate holiday fashion are welcomed to join in for this fun and heartwarming event.
Annual Christmas Parade
December 1st, 2018 (Halifax River)
We are excited to partner again this year with Light the Way (http://www.lightthewayvolusia.org/), a local community network that strives to support the individual needs of local cancer patients in treatment in Volusia County. Light the Way is 100% volunteer-based, and 100% of what they receive goes to local cancer patients in any type of cancer treatment.
The Annual Christmas Boat Parade remains one of the area’s great traditions and it is the pleasure of the Halifax River Yacht Club to bring this to our community. Each year this event is witnessed by thousands lined along the Halifax River, on bridges, causeways, and in private boats. All the funds raised and prizes donated are used exclusively for the event and the Light the Way network, and do not support the Halifax River Yacht Club. Please click below for Boat Parade Sponsorship Opportunites. Parade details and registration information will be posted at a later date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Karen at ChristmasBoatParade@hryc.com or (386) 255-7459.
Also, the prime viewing areas of the parade are the Chart House Restaurant and Daytona Marina and Boat Works. Make reservations early for the Chart House by calling 386-255-9022. There are many other good viewing locations along the river, including, City Island, the Halifax Rowing Association, Manatee Island, the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Halifax Harbor Marina (public areas). WEBSITE
Deland Christmas Boat Parade!
December (See Below), 2017 ( 2nd Saturday)
The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce (386-734-4331) took over the “DeLand St. Johns River Christmas Boat Parade” in April 2017 and posted the following on Facebook:
Due to circumstances caused by Hurricane Irma and subsequent rainfall St. Johns River the Christmas Boat Parade will not take place this year. We are terribly disappointed to bring this news, but the safety of the participants and spectators is most important.
Please stay tuned for information on next year’s event!
31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 9th, 2018. 6:00 pm ( Rain date will be the 16th)
The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 32nd 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 email@example.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 1st, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm ( Always the First Saturday of December)
at Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park:
Ring in the holidays during this traditional waterfront celebration as decorated boats parade through the Marina at approximately 7 pm. Enjoy holiday music and s'mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City's Christmas tree. Free to attend. Presented by Dunedin Parks & Recreation, Dunedin Boat Club, and Marker 1 Marina. Sponsored by Beazer Homes.
Event information: Dunedin Parks & Recreation, (727) 738-2920
Boat Parade information: Chris Gattas, Parade Master, (727) 455-8022 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Boat entry forms coming soon. All boats must be registered and decorated.
Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (the Theme is Best of the 80's)
Saturday, December 18th, 2018 6:30
The Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The Parade travels East to the Intracoastal Waterway as it continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Greatest Show on H20.” The parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north – please look at the bridge closings on their website).
Private boats to the giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators. Parade highlights: Grand Marshal Showboat, Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge, and the Santa Showboat. Website
Fort Myers Beach
30th Annual Christmas Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 PM
Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 30th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Last year we had over 30 boats participating and this year promises to be even more exciting. The parade will pass by such establishments as Bootleggers Waterfront Barbeque, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun.
Cost is $25 per boat and $50 for a sponsored boat. This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce
The parade will pass though Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles.
Please visit www.fmbboatparade.com . This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce - See more at: http://www.fortmyersbeach.org/official-fort-myers-beach-events-calendar/#sthash.lIrLyR16.dpufe
Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.
December 9th. 2017 6:30pm (Paddle Parade at 6:00pm Boat parade at 6:30pm)
This marks the 27th Anniversary of the St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. The parade route begins at Taylor Creek near Harbortown Marina at 6:30 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 8 at 6:00 pm at the TBD
The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route including Causeway Park and along the river walk. Prizes will be awarded to winning boats at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki Restaurant following the parade. All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants.
REGISTER NOW for the St. Lucie Boat Parade
For a look at Boat and Paddle Parade 2015 click on this video: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=knOoUVCkD78
More details can be found at the website www.miatc.com.
Gibsonton / Riverview
34th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 5:00pm
The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview is pleased to announce the 35th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook-Off to be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, and will kick off @ 5:00 pm at the Riverview Civic Center. We will start the Parade of lighted boats from the 301 bridge at 5:30 pm and the parade will continue past the Civic Center to "The Diddy” and then back past the civic center ending at River’s Edge Bar and Grill where the award ceremony for the best-decorated boats will be held. We are encouraging Boaters to put in at Williams Park Boat Ramp (9425 Highway 41 South Riverview, FL 33578) and avoid the Civic Center (after 3 pm) ramp for parking purposes. We will be having a Chili Cook-Off and refreshments (5.00 donation to taste the chili) and entertainment at the Civic Center with photo opportunity available for the children with Santa. As we are a charitable organization and this event benefits the community, we are looking for Sponsors at several levels and boats to parade down the Alafia for the benefit of many onlookers. To compete in the boat parade we are asking for a 25.00 donation from the boater, boaters do not have to compete to participate in the boat parade. This event will fund our Clean Water and Sanitation Project in Honduras, (and other charitable activities in the community that we participate in), where we will be providing water filtration and latrine systems to the indigenous peoples of that country that do not have safe drinking water or sanitation. All proceeds will fund the charitable activities of The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview.
If you are interested in participating in the Boat Parade this year, please contact Mike Broussard at Michael.email@example.com. For more information, you may also contact Dr. Kim Tyson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at alafiaboatparade.com.
33rd Anniversary BCYC Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 8th, 2018 6:00pm
We start at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the BCYC clubhouse on our way out into the bay. Next we head to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the beach, passing by the Gulfport Casino. We make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, Pasadena Golf Club Estates and Dolphin Boulevard South where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Lastly, we visit Isla del Sol, then head back to the BCYC clubhouse for the Post Parade party.
But it's about more than fun and merriment. Participants need only a simple fee to enter - two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Boca Ciega Yacht Club is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 17 years.
In turn, BCYC depends on the generosity of our wonderful parade sponsors, who allow us to shower our participants with fun and useful prizes at the end of the parade. Everyone is a winner at this event and no boat goes home empty handed — so you can imagine it takes many generous sponsors to spread the joy around. Please see a list of our 2016 sponsors below. We would love it if you could support these sponsors when doing your holiday shopping!
For spectators, spend the day at Gulfport's Holiday Hoopla, watch the parade and dine in Gulfport that evening!
If you would like to become a 2018 parade sponsor, contact parade chairs Barb & Jimmy Meyer at 727-430-7241 or email@example.com.
Entry Fee: Two (or more) unwrapped children's presents OR a check made out to "Operation Santa", the City of Gulfport's annual toy drive.
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded during the Post Parade Party for participating boats. (You must be present to win.)
Post-Parade Party: Our Post-Parade Party is a potluck party for participating boats and their crew (so bring a dish to share) with holiday drinks, music, singing and BCYC's legendary rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas (hopefully, not too off-key!)
Registration deadline is Thursday, December 7, 2017. You must be present at BCYC after the parade to win prizes.
Third Annual Howey Lighted Boat Parade
No parade this year
December 15th, 2018 6:30 pm
Hernando Beach Yacht Club annual Christmas boat parade will be held on Saturday, Dec 10, 2017, leaving our dock at 6:30 p.m. It will be traveling down Marlin canal, Cheeks Creek canal and return, then Tarpon canal ending at the boat ramp. You are invited to participate. Decorate your boat. Awards to be given. Entry fee is one unwrapped child's toy. Registration will be open at our clubhouse at 4163 Shoal Line Blvd. You are invited to view the parade from our deck or dock. Come and enjoy hot dogs, drinks, and some Christmas cheer. Our clubhouse will be open from 5 pm until after all boats have returned and awards announced. Website Flyer
Holiday Boat Parade.
December 23rd, 2017, 5:30 pm
Indian Rocks Beach
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th, 2018 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 24th, 2018 6:30
A Jacksonville holiday tradition is making its return to Thanksgiving weekend. The City of Jacksonville is excited to announce the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, on the St. Johns River.
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
Christmas on the Creek
December 1st, 2018 7:00pm
On that very special night, Julington Creek will come alive with the color, lights, and sounds, of the season. We invite you to decorate your boats, homes, and docks and celebrate the season with us out on the creek!
We were the largest boat parade in Jacksonville last year with 40 boats!
There is no charge for entry to the parade, and it is followed by a Captain's (and crew) Party on the dock after the parade ends with food and live music!
Immediately following the parade will be a party at the head of the dock at The Marina at Julington Creek with live music, food, and most of all, FUN!
If you’d like to practice safe boating and stay onboard the night of the 5th, The Marina at Julington Creek will once again be offering free dockage, power, and water (for temporary slips that are equipped)
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration
December 1st, 2018, 6:00 pm
A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2017 23rd Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 2!
Where: The parade, led by a Zambelli traveling fireworks display navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
When: Saturday, December 1. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.
Who: This year we are excited to have Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 on the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat.
Bring your own chair, and enjoy the sounds of the season with holiday entertainment while you relax and watch the boats drift by in all of their holiday finery. The Events Plaza is an official Toys for Tots collection location, so bring a new, unwrapped toy for this annual tradition of giving. Website
Key Colony Beach Christmas Boat Parade
December 9th, 2018 6:00pm (dusk)
The KCB Fishing and Boating Club is again sponsoring this year’s Key Colony Beach Christmas Boat Parade to be held on Sunday night, December 9th beginning at dusk. One of our newer members, Ted Fischer, has volunteered to chair this event. Ted, Chet Dunn, Tom Alferes, and Chet Polk make up this year’s committee so far. Additional club members are welcome to join. We are currently soliciting sponsors to provide trophies and charitable donations which will be directed to the winning captains’ charity of choice. There will be three winners: Best Boat Overall, Best Boat under 30 ft, Best Boat over 30 ft. All participating boat captains and crew are invited to the Award’s ceremony immediately following the parade at Key Colony Beach Inn. For anyone planning on participating in the Boot Key Christmas parade on Saturday, December 10th, our parade will be the next night – so you can get double exposure making it even more worth your effort! Let’s all get involved as only our club can do and let’s make this the best parade ever and have some great fun. UPDATE...the weather co-operated and it was a huge success!! Check out the gallery page for photos of this successful and fun evening! For information, call (603) 396-7719 Website Press Release ( Key Colony Fishing and Boating Club )
Key Largo Boat Parade
December 8th, 2018, 7:30
Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season. The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. The parade is free to enter; one grand prize winner and one randomly selected lucky boat are to receive $500 each. Contact: 305-394-3736 or visit www.keylargoboatparade.com
(NewYears Event in Key Largo)
New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
December 31st, 2018
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for upcoming details
Contact: Robert Stoky 305-451-4502 website
Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th, 2018 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.
Christmas Boat Parade
December 2nd, 2017 6:30 pm
Aet for Dec. 3 at Harney Pond Canal in Glades County, will also be a toy drive. Entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy per person. The toys will be given to the local toy drive for Lakeport children. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. There will be a prize for the best-decorated boat. Registration for the event will be through Dec. 1, To register, or for more information, call Lois at 443-463-2785, or Lorraine at 863-227-4301. They will also have Hotdogs and Chili
Annual Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade
December 14, 2018, 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.
7ft or LESS LANTANA BRIDGE CLEARANCE!!!
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. WEEDS are NOT a problem this year.
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
Toys for Tots
December 3rd, 2017 11:30 am
Boats loaded with toys will be arriving at the boat ramp beside the Leesburg Boat Club at 12 noon. The parade starts at Hurricane Dock Grill on the Dead River and goes to Venetian Gardens Ramp Captains meeting is Thursday, Oct 25nd at 6:30 pm Hurricanes Dockside Grill. Bring as many of the captains and members of your group with you. Flyer
Leesburg's Christmas On The Water
December 2nd, 2018 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 email@example.com 352-250-3814
Facebook - Leesburg Christmas on the Water
Captains meeting November 29th 2017 - 7 pm Leesburg Boat Club, 1 Dozier Circle, Leesburg FL
Facebook - Leesburg Christmas on the Water
*Lower the Florida Keys
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
Canceled for 2017
All boats are welcome to enter the parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks, and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best-recommended viewing is from Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. The parade begins at 7 p.m. Contact: Steve 305-923-5370
Festival Of Light
December 8th, 2018 6:30
This year our Holiday boat parade will be held on Saturday December 8th 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 Captains meeting will be held on December 6th at the Municipal Marina located at 503 150th Ave. Madeira Beach FL 33708. Website flyer
Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade
Not this year., They may do something along the docks.
They're still recovering from 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 305.743.6575.
Holiday River Parade
December 9th 2017 6:00
Although the traditional Island Christmas boat parade was cancelled 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 9th. 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 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 email@example.com 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 16th, 2017 5:30
Members of the the Matlacha Yacht Club will present the annual Christmas Boat Parade in the waters surrounding Matlacha Saturday, Dec. 16th 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.
38th Annual Martin County Parade
December 8th, 2018 at 6:00 pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
This marks the 38th Annual Martin County Parade being held Saturday, December 8th, 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 and announce the winners. The judge's boat to be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Evans Crary Bridge. Captain's Meeting TBD.
All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route. More details can be found at the website www.miatc.com. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants
Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade
Canceled This Year
Meridian Marina & Yacht Club is hosting the Meridian Marina's Martin County Christmas Parade & Concert this year on Dec. 10, 2016. Staging will begin south of Sandsprit Park at 5:00 p.m. Parade and festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. sharp. We will start in "the pocket" and end at the City of Stuart docks. MMYC will once again provide a free rock concert on the Riverwalk Stage in Stuart. Music will start at 6:00 p.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/159760831094260/ for more details.
As in past years, MMYC will host the Captain's Meeting at our Meridian Marina location the night before from 6-8pm. MMYC, 1400 SW Chapman Way, Palm City FL !
Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade
December 15th, 2018 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 thru 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 15th 2018 6:10pm
The 20th 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 15, 2018. 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.
December 2th, 2016 (8:00 pm)
Our annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 2th, 8:00 p.m., on the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida. Line up at Russell Harbor Landing@ 7:15 pm. Chairperson is Ken Ponsell; he can be reached at (850) 529-3565, e-mail Blackwater firstname.lastname@example.org
Lighted Boat Parade
December 2rd 2017 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.com. Begins at Lighthouse on Grantham Point, Mount Dora
Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay
December 8th 2018 6:15-8:30pm
Naples City Dock
The parade may be viewed from Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park. Donations will be accepted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) 100% of the donations will be given to The Ricky King Fund which provides the unmet financial medical needs of local children. Make donation checks payable to The Ricky King Fund. Send check and parade entry form to MIACC, P.O. Box 9887, Naples, FL 34101 Website Route
The Village at Venetian Bay Boat Parade
December 4th 2018 6:30pm
Join us for a Village tradition as we watch the twinkling procession of boats making their way down Venetian Bay. Enjoy live entertainment, a snow show, a magician, face painting, balloon art, holiday carolers, stories with Mrs. Claus and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Boat parade starts at 6:30 p.m Website
New Port Richie
Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade
December 1st 2018 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 16t,h 2017 (Starts at Dusk)
The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will kick off at dusk, Saturday, December 10, and travel the NSB Waterfront Loop from Flagler Avenue to Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach. The annual boat parade will follow at dusk in Riverside Park at the end of Canal Street. The event is free. For more information, please call New Smyrna Beach Recreation Department 386.424.2175. Website
The 5th Annual Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade
No Parade This Year
Celebrate the season on board your boat at the Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by North Light Yacht Club. Lights, music, props and more are all welcomed by the judges as they award the best floating holiday displays. The event has created a fabulous competition of lighted boat participants and numerous spectators line the shores of the Bayou to view this spectacular celebration (850) 678-2350
Christmas Boat Parade
The Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their 32 annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 19. Decorate your boat and meet the group on Taylor Creek by the Burger King and State Road 70 bridge between 5 and 5:30 p.m. in Okeechobee. The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Arnie at 863-634-4777.
Orange Park/Fleming Island
Whitey's Fish Camp Lighted Boat Parad
December 8th 2018 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
Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights
Palm Beach (North)
Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 6:00 pm
Christmas Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 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 email@example.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.
December 1st, 2018 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 truly a unique experience unlike any other of its kind.
If you would like to donate to keep this parade going, please send your donations to Palm Valley Community Charities, PO Box 962, PVB, Fl 32004. Or you can make a donation on the website www.Palmvalleyboatparade.com
If you would like to enter a boat or a dock in the parade, you can do that on the web site.
This year, we have a $5000 grand prize for the winner of the parade thanks to David Plummer of Outback Marine Construction, please keep this local company in mind if you need any dock work done.
*Panama City Beach
30h Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 9th 2017 4:00pm to 10:00 pm CST
The annual Boat Parade of Lights comes to St. Andrews and Panama City. Thousands of spectators gather every year to celebrate Christmas with the beautiful site of lighted boats on the water.
Boats light up St. Andrews Bay starting at 5:30 PM off St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club. The boats pass by Panama City Marina (arriving about 5:40 PM), then travel to St. Andrews Marina (first boats arriving about 6:15 PM) where the parade ends. Free parking and viewing at both marinas. Website
Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st 2018 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 Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 15, 2018 6:00pm
The Pine Island Community Christmas Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018, in Saint James City at 6 pm.
The parade theme is “Pine Island Christmas.”
All community members, boat clubs, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate.
Based on suggestions by community members and parade participants the parade route has been modified for 2018 and the route is being run in reverse.
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 starts 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 14, 2018, 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, Low Key Tiki and Woody’s Waterside Restaurant 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 cancelled due to weather or other circumstance, the parade will be rescheduled for Sunday, December 16, 2018, 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 Captain Mickey Brelsford at (786) 298-6267 or CaptainMickey@TailerJailer.com Map
Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade
December 9th, 2017 6:00pm
The Marina Christmas lighted boat parade. Assemble at the fuel dock at 5:30 PM and depart around 6:00PM heading north on the Intracoastal to Palm Island and then back to the marina. The parade is followed by a get together at the restaurant and awarding of prizes. Website
Contact Jeff at the marina for particulars at (941) 697-2280.
December 14th, 2018 6:00 pm
The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the longest-running Holiday Boat Parade in the nation. Our 55th Annual Holiday Boat Parade is free for boats and observers and winds past crowds in three towns.>We Invite you to participate - vessels must be registered ahead of time and Captains must attend the safety meeting. There is a Captain's party in January when awards are handed out in some categories.If you're interested in the parade, please contact the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce for information and registration“The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce loves hosting this event. The nation’s longest-running boat parade is a wonderful evening for both participants and spectators,” said Shane La Mar. Mr. La Mar and Steve Joiner are this year’s co-hosts.
Boat decorations will be judged by a panel, and many prizes will be awarded at the Captain’s Party at a later date.
More Info: Call the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce at 954-941-2940 or visit www.pompanobeachchamber.com for additional information. Participation in the Holiday Boat Parade is free
Punta Gorda Boat Parade
December 22, 2018, 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
December 17th 2017, 6:00pm
Festively decorated boats will meander through the intra-coastal waterways from the Tom Stuart Causeway to the "The Pub" restaurant in Indian Shores. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Free and family-friendly! Starting at Tom Stewart Causeway Docking at the Pub. 727-391-3875 Website Contact Missy Clake for more details. Website
Alafia Lighted 33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
please visit www.FishHawkRiverviewRotary.org Hope to see you there!”
Sanford's Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade
December 16th, 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-330-0633. Website
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
December 8th, 2018 6:00 pm
The 32th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday, December 8th, 2018 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are the Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.
The Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bayfront Park. All boats must now pass approximately one-third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bayfront Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of the island near the fountain. The VIP viewing area has been moved to the Marina Jack's fuel dock to allow additional space for spectators. This will improve spectator viewing from Bayfront Park considerably. The SNN 6 local news staff will be covering the event throughout the evening at several areas throughout Marina Jack. Website
Banana River SPS 2018 Christmas Boat Parade
December 15th, 2018 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.
Cash prizes of $150, $100 and $50 will be awarded to the best-decorated boats in each of the following categories:
Best Power Boat 31 feet LOA and over
Best Power Boat 30 feet LOA and under
Best Sail Boat—any length.
Please assemble at the north end of the Grand Canal at 5:30 PM—the parade will start at 6:00 PM.
- To register (free) e-mail the following to email@example.com:
First and last name
Boat type (power or sail)
Boat name and LOA
Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 8th, 2018 6:00 pm (Matanzas Bay)
For the 38th 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 8th, 2018. 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.
Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.
December 8th, 2018 (Paddle Parade at6:00 pm Boat parade at 6:30 pm)
This marks the 27th Anniversary of the St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. The parade route begins at Taylor Creek near Harbortown Marina at 6:30 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. View the St. Lucie Parade Flyer. Captains meeting will be held on Friday, Dec 8th location TBD
The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route including Causeway Park and along the river walk . Prizes will be awarded to winning boats at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki Restaurant following the parade. All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants.
There will also be a Downton Christmas Holiday Paddle Parade at City Marina at 6:00PM. Route starts at the Manatee Center and ends at the Tiki Restaurant where judging and awards will be held. Attend the mandatory Captain's meeting at the Sailfish Brewery on Friday, December 9th at 6:30PM
December 9th, 2017 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
December 7th 2018 6:00pm
Don your favorite holiday outfit and head to St. Pete Beach to watch lighted boats parade through our water ways - it's how we celebrate the holidays in paradise! The Parade Viewing Party starts at 6 p.m. in Horan Park and includes music, hot chocolate, art projects for children, and a special visit from Santa. Admission is free. Website
St Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar
Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade
December 1st, 2018 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 at5:00 pm,
Santa will be there for Pictures with the Kids.
The Fireman will be cooking Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Luminaries along the sea wall
Carolers at the Merry Pier
More info at 727-743-8706 or firstname.lastname@example.org
32nd Annual Illuminated Boat Parade
The St Petersburg lighted boat is canceled for 2018
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 email@example.com or call 727-822-3277
Stuart (Martin County)
37th Annual Martin County Boat Parade
December 8th, 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
Canceled This Year
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
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.
Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Riverwalk Boat Parade
December 22nd 2018
The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on the 22nd 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
The parade will start at the main entrance to the channel leading to Bay Crest Park. Website
December 1st, 2017 7:00pm -9:00pm
Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats. Your best bet for viewing these holiday decorated vessels is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou. The event is free and boats are expected to enter Spring Bayou around 8 p.m. Website
Lake Tarpon Christmas Boat Parade benefiting Wheelchairs 4 Kids
December 9th. 2017 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
It is on Dec 9th starting at Tarpon Turtle on Lake Tarpon. They will have an around the lake poker run. Prizes for best boats! Registration is $30 benefiting Wheelchairs 4 Kids. Boat check-in 6:30 PM. Great music, food and beverages for spectators at Tarpon Turtle! Boaters RSVP 727-940-5360.
Titusville Holiday Boat Parade
Parade Route: Titusville Marina south to approximately Titusville High School and back. Best viewing locations are Sandpoint Park, Max Brewer Bridge, and Space View Park. For more info, contact Michelle 352-362-8914
Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 14th, 2018 6:20 pm
Experience the spectacle that has been called “Las Vegas on Water” at this year’s 31st Anniversary of The TI Lighted Boat Parade. All Treasure Island residents are invited to the Castoff Party at The Club at Treasure Island featuring complimentary Christmas cake, hot cider, hot dogs, coffee, cash bar, live entertainment and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Your admission to the fun is one unwrapped toy, which will be donated to local charities to bring holiday cheer to the children & families who need it the most! Monetary gifts also accepted.
Best public viewing areas for the Treasure Island Lighted Boat Parade
- 115th Avenue on Isle of Palms
- Treasure Island Causeway Bridge
- Kingfish Drive at John's Pass (Gator's Cafe & Saloon)
- Blind Pass Bridge (between Treasure Island & St. Pete Beach)
The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7 pm on December 14th, 2018 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.
Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 1st, 2018 ( 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Website
*Vero Beach (Indian River County)
Vero Beach Parade
December 15th, 2018 6:30
Festivities begin at 6:00 PM with the Tree Lighting Ceremony conducted by city officials at Royal Palm Point. The boat parade begins in the intracoastal waterway between the two bridges and finishes at the Vero Beach City Marina. Captain's Meeting will be held on Thursday, location TBD
Viewing stations include Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina. Consider taking lawn chairs and blankets for seating. The event is free for spectators and participants.
Owners of small boats (with a draft of four feet and under) and large boats (with a draft of over four feet) are invited to be part of the Holiday Boat Parade. Boats will begin their parade from the north side of the Barber Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway, proceed south to Quail Valley and return to the starting point. There will be two viewings of the colorfully lit boats from the dock at Royal Palm Pointe between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. Emcees Dan and Geoff from The Morning Show-The Breeze FM will announce the details. Following the parade trophies will be presented to the winners in the decorative, originality, crew participation, audio and light and quality of execution categories Website
Weeki Wachee River Lighted Boat Parade
December 9th, 2017 5:30
Enjoy the beautiful lighted boats as they cruise along the Weeki Wachee River. The entry fee to enter a decorated boat is a gift card, cash donation, or a new unwrapped toy for a Hernando County charity. Boats will line up at 5:30 pm at Roger’s Park for previewing and judging -- a great photo opportunity! The boat parade route winds down the river to Bayport and returns to Rogers Park
Welaka Christmas Boat Parade
December 16th 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:
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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.
29th Light Up The Lakes Christmas Boat Parade
December 9th, 2017 6:30pm
This annual event, hosted by Chain Life Winter Haven, begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Lake May in Winter Haven. The parade travels from Lake May to Shipp, back to May, then onto Lake Howard, to Cannon and back to Howard. Boat decorations will be judged at Harborside Restaurant on Lake Shipp.
The Light Up the Lakes family-friendly lakeside celebration and boat parade will take place on the 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 or Tanner's Lakeside Bar & Grill
Saturday's parade will loop through 4 of the city's lakes — also visiting Lakes May, Shipp, Howard and Cannon as long as the canals look good.
Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights