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2015 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Celebrations on the Water throughout Tampa Bay and Beyond

2015 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Celebrations on the Water throughout Tampa Bay and Beyond

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade celebrations on the water are one of the things that make Florida so special during the season of celebration. Boating enthusiasts, families, friends, neighbors and lovers of all things that sparkle, here is the big list of lighted boat parades throughout Tampa Bay and beyond.

Apollo Beach

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 at Sunset
Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event. TSS will once again be opening their doors to the community for the parade and awards ceremony at our clubhouse at 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd in Apollo Beach. We have good viewing from our docks and will have available for purchase Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and soft drinks with all the proceeds going to the TSS Youth Sailing program. For more information contact Anthony Landi at anthonylandi01@gmail.com or 203-449-7035

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Astor

Annual Lighted Boat Parade of Country and Western Christmas Boats 
December 5th, 2015  6:30
Organized and put on by our local Blackwater Yacht Club, our boat parade theme this year is “A Country and Western Boat Parade” with “Toys for Astor Children”.  Festivities will begin at 10 AM with the Astor Community Annual Christmas Street Parade. The day will continue with outdoor events.   The boat parade registration desk will open at 1:00pm on the Blackwater Inn Restaurant dock.  There will be a mandatory Captain’s Meeting held at 2:00pm on the Blackwater Inn Restaurant dock.   The Annual Parade of Boats will line up at dusk south of the Route 40 draw bridge with a scheduled start time of 6:30pm. If you have never viewed our Blackwater Yacht Club parade, make this year your first.   This year we are collecting new, unwrapped toys to be given to the local church’s and distributed to the children of Astor.  Bring your family, friends and Christmas Spirit to enjoy this time honored boating tradition.  If you have a boat, please come and join us in putting on this holiday boating spectacle for the community. Your only registration fee is that we ask if for a new, unwrapped toy from all participants. We give out over $2,000.00 in cash and valuable prizes. Hosted by the Blackwater Yacht Club, St. Johns River, Astor, Florida. No boat is too small !!! Website http://blackwateryachtclub.com/ Contact Information:  Jim @ 386-490-3666 or Ed @ 407-417-3910 Contact: 407-417-3910

Boca Raton Boat Parade

39th Annual Holiday Boat Parade
December 19h 2015  (6:30pm- 8:00pm from the C-15 Canal at the Boca/Delray border and will travel south to the Hillsboro Blvd. Bridge.)
Boca Raton’s Boat Parade has been one of the premier holiday events in South Florida with tens of hundreds of spectators lining the 6-1/2 mile parade route to view spectacularly decorated vessels of all sizes celebrating the holiday season in true tropical tradition. In past years, the parade featured over 30 beautifully decorated vessels celebrating the spirit of the season—traveling down the ICW in a spectacular display of holiday spirit. It is the hope of the organizers that the community will join us to make the 2015 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade the biggest and best yet.The captain’s meeting is Monday, December 1, 2014 6:00 pm. Bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park and Red Reef Park. Contact 561-367-70737 Please click here to visit their website. Map

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Boat Parade
December 12th 2015, 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.Please click here to visit their website. (239) 495-0455

Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 11th 2015 5:30pm 
Join in the holiday celebrations and fun! On December 11th, the Boynton Beach CRA presents the 44th annual Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade. The flotilla of brightly-decorated boats line up at the Lantana Bridge near Old Key Lime House and motor south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray.  Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Viewing areas are located at the Boynton Harbor Marina, Intracoastal Park and along the parade route. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Free community event. No pets please. If you are interested in entering your boat into the parade, contact Christopher at the Boynton Beach CRA – 561.600.9093.  DELRAY RESIDENTS: for more information on route and viewing areas in Delray Beach, please contact the City of Delray at 561.243.7000.

Bradenton

Christmas on the Braden River.
December 6th 2015, 5:30pm
Starting on Sunday, December 6, 5:30 PM  All decorated boats and kayaks will meet on the Braden River at the entrance to Evers Reservoir, parade begins at 6:00. Each participant passes Jiggs Landing then return. upstream to Linger Lodge.  More info call 941-320-8811.
Please click here to visit their website.

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Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015″  6:30

This year’s Boat Parade will be Saturday, December 12. The parade route has changed slightly but the best public viewing sites are still from the Green Bridge Pier and the Riverhouse Reef and Grill Restaurant in Palmetto and along the Bradenton Riverfront and at the Pier 22 Restaurant in Bradenton. The Bradenton Yacht Club is undergoing construction of a new pram fleet facility and will not be available for public viewing.
For more information and a map of the parade route go to Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ManateeRiverHolidayBoatParade

Cape Canaveral

Port Canaveral Christmas Boat Parade
December 18th, 2015 7:00pm
Beginning at the locks and continuing past all of the restaurants to Jetty Park and back to the locks. Captains meeting will be at the Port Canaveral Yacht Club Dec 5th at 6:00pm. Registration required @ Fishlips Monday 14- Thursday 17 5-9 PM! For more information go to: www.visitportcanaveral.com orsmattia@visitportcanaveral.com  Flyer

Captiva Island

Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade
December 12th, 6:00 pm 2015
More than 30 boats parade down Roosevelt Channel for this spectacular event. Visitors can choose to cruise in the parade with special passenger tickets or watch the parade from McCarthy’s Marina, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina or the Green Flash. www.captivaholidayvillage.com

Carrabelle

Boat Parade of Lights & Holiday on the Harbor 
December 12th 2015 7:00pm ( festival starts at 10:00am)
Join us for the Boat Parade of Lights and Holiday on the Harbor on Dec. 12th on the Carrabelle Riverfront! Put your boat in the parade and join in the fun! Holiday Celebration with Santa, food and Fireworks! Please click here to visit their website. or call 850-697-2585

Cape Coral/Fort Myers

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
December 19th , 2015 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 19 for 2015. 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 7PM 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.
t’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. Please click here to visit their website.

Cedar Key

A Cedar Key Christmas Boat Parade
December, 12, 2015 (Dusk)
Enter your boat in Cedar Key’s lighted waterway parade! It’s a great way to advertise your business and it helps our community have a successful event. Our parade kicks off Cedar Key’s Community night on Dec. 13. The route wraps around Dock Street and ends at City Park, where Santa Clam will visit with the kids and everyone enjoys a giant covered-dish party. To enter the parade, call Rose at 352 -543-6346. For Community Night questions, email mary@cedarkey.org.

Clermont / Winter Garden

Johns Lake Boat Parade
December 20th 2015 6:00pm
The Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade will be on Sunday, December 20th, at 6:00pm. All boats participating should meet in Johns Lake, in the cove to the northeast of Deer Island a few minutes before 6:00pm. Parade goes along north shore of Johns Lake and lasts about 1 hours. In the past, we’ve had as many as 20 boats in the parade. Come out for a great time!  Best viewed from the public boat ramp. Call 407-701-8033 for details.

Clearwater

Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015 6:30 pm (Coachman Park) 
Decorated boats assemble in Mandalay Channel and head to Coachman Park, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and to the Clearwater Yacht Club’s judging stand. Prizes awarded for best decorated boats. This annual parade is held in memory of Island Estates Yacht Club members who died during the year. Contact information is: Scott Sanders at 727-461-3949, Laura Lee Bernard at 727-442-1978 or Sue Speck at 727-446-0682.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015 6:00pm
The date for the Cocoa Beach Christmas boat parade is set for December 12th, beginning at 6 pm.The boats begin lining up around 5:45PM on the south side of 520.Captain’s meeting will be Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Country Club 
POC: Walter & Lyn Blaser: 783-1207, email: wlblaser@yahoo.com Website

Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach

11th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 19th 2015
All vessels meeting USGS safety requirements and decorated in appropriate holiday fashion are welcomed to join in for this fun and heartwarming event. Prizes will be awarded to the Best Decorated Boats. This parade, organized by the Cortez Yacht Club, is for community enjoyment in conjunction with Manatee Toys for Tots and Christmas on Bridge Street festivities in Bradenton Beach. No entry fee is required but a gift donation of a new toy for the Toys for Tots collection effort is requested. Please contact Laura Ritter 941-780-3547 cortezyachtclub@verizon.net  Please click here to visit their web site.

Daytona Beach

Annual Christmas Parade
December 5th, 2015  (Halifax River) 
All boats shall assemble by 5:15 pm north of the Seabreeze Bridge for a 5:30 pm start. (Note: The start time is subject to change and will be finalized at the Captain’s meetings, Dec. 3rd & 4th 6:00pm). Please keep informed of changes at http://DaytonaBeachChristmasBoatParade.com

A great holiday tradition, the Halifax River Yacht Club’s 2015 Christmas Boat Parade on the Halifax River in downtown Daytona Beach will be Saturday, December 5 2015 starting north of Seabreeze Bridge at 5:30 pm, proceeding south into the Daytona Marina North Basin for judging and then south in to the Daytona Marina and Boat Works Basin. View the Christmas Boat Parade anywhere along the banks of the Halifax River or from the downtown bridges at Seabreeze, Main Street, International Speedway Blvd, or Silver Beach.Website

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

Deland

A Floating Festival of Lights!
December 12, 2015
The 51st Annual DeLand Christmas Boat Parade will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 beginning at 5:30pm. 
Lake Beresford to the St. Johns River and ending north of Ed Stone Park in DeLand. A wonderful community event for your family and friends, watch along the shorelines! The Awards Ceremony will be Sunday, 2pm at Ed Stone Park Pavillion, 2999 SR 44, DeLand FL 32720. Boats of all sizes are welcome to enter, $20 entry fee. For additional info: email delandchristmasboatparade@yahoo.com or call 386-717-6297.

Check us out on Facebook: DeLand Christmas Boat Parade Title Sponsor: Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Inc. 2015 Benefit Charity: Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. (Barberville Location)  FLYER

Destin

26th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 13th, 2015. 6:00pm 
Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor and the Lighted Boat Parade and judging will start at 6 P.M. upstairs at Harry T’s Restaurant. Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 PM. Fireworks in the East Pass will light up the sky after the parade. Mark your calendar and plan to add this event to your holiday activities. The parade can be viewed from docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums on Destin Harbor. All commercial, charter, and private boats are invited to help light up the Harbor with the true Destin spirit. You may pick up an entry form in person at the Museum, Destin Community Center, City Hall, Destin Chamber of Commerce, or many Harbor businesses. You may also request a fax or email copy by calling the Destin History and Fishing Museum at 850-837-6611 or email kathydestinhistory@gmail.com. Website Sponsored by The Destin History & Fishing Museum”

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

Dunedin

Holiday Boat Parade
December 5th, 2015 6:00pm – 9:00pm 
Beautifully decorated, lighted boats will leave Marker 1 Marina at 6pm and proceed south through the Intra-Coastal waterway to Marker 2, turn around and arrive at the Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:30pm. Presented by the Dunedin Boat Club, Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department and Marker 1 Marina. Festivities also include Holiday music, S’Mores and Santa arriving on the last boat and preside over the Tree Lighting ceremony! Free to attend. Bring lawn chairs. For boat registration, call (727) 692-6440. For general information, call (727) 812-4531 

Fort Lauderdale

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
Saturday December 12th 2015
The excitement begins at 3:30 pm when the gates open to the Grandstand Viewing Area. Come early and bring the family (No pets please) to enjoy all of the amenities associated with your reserved and assigned seats. The Boat Parade gets underway at 6:00 pm along Downtown Fort Lauderdale and should arrive at this area at approximately 7:30 pm. Wave to our Grand Marshal on the SmartForLife Grand Marshal Showboat and see the Centennial Cirque Showboat sponsored by the Clydey Foundation. Click here to visit their website.

Fort Myers Beach

27th Annual Christmas Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 6:00pm
Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 27th 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 Big Game Waterfront Grill, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. The parade is from 6-8pm. For more information please visit www.fmbboatparade.com. This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce – See more at: http://www.fortmyersbeach.org/official-fort-myers-beach-events-calendar/#sthash.lIrLyR16.dpufe

Fort Pierce ( St Lucie County)

Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.
December 12th. 2015 6:30pm
The St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. Saturday, December 12th, 2015. Starting time: 6:30 pm at the Harbortown Marina and Taylor Creek. This marks the 25th Anniversary of the St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. It promises to be our biggest and best. All mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessels, large or small, and enjoy some good family fun for the holidays. 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 approximately 7:00 pm).  The parade route then continues, ending at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki restaurant at approximately 7:45 pm.

Newly added is the Paddleboard/Kayak division of the boat parade. This event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the protected basin of the Fort Pierce City Marina, cruising past the docks and riverfront park area. Paddlers may compete individually or as a team. Prizes will be awarded for light effects, theme, creativity and crew spirit. FLYER

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. Prizes will be awarded to winning boats at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki Restaurant following the parade. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants. Flyer More details can be found at the websitePlease click here to visit their website.

Gibsonton / Riverview

32nd Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade
December 5th, 2015 5:00pm
The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview is pleased to announce the 32nd Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade to be held on Saturday December 5th, 2015 beginning @ 5:00pm. The celebration will be different this year. We will be having just the Parade of lighted boats which will start at Williams Park Boat Ramp (9425 Highway 41 South Riverview, FL 33578) and go all the way to the Beer Shed and then back down the river to Dixie’s Dockside and stop at a few locations in between such as River’s Edge and The Preserve at the Alafia along the river. 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. This event will fund our Clean Water Project in Honduras, (and other charitable activities in the community that we participate in), where we will be providing water filtration systems to the indigenous peoples in that country that do not have safe drinking water. All proceeds will fund this charitable activity of The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview.

Gulf Port

30th Anniversary BCYC Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015 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, Pelican Bay, Kipps Colony and the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club, where holiday parties wait for us to pass by. Lastly we visit Isla del Sol, then head back to the clubhouse for the Post Parade party. 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. BCYC is proud to have been part of Operation Santa for 15 years. We want to make our 30th Anniversary parade memorable – so come on out and join us for some holiday fun! For information regarding participation or to sponsor this parade, please contact Christmas Boat Parade Chair, Jennifer Rogers, at jrrogers@tampabay.rr.com. Please click here to visit their website.

Howey-In-The-Hills

Second Annual Howey Lighted Boat Parade
December 11th, 2015 6:00pm
Lighted Boat Parade, Food, Crafts and Caroling.  Judging will be based on originality, lights and overall holiday effect. If your display includes music, make sure that our audience on the shore can hear it. High profile boats are advised that the Hwy 19 bridge navigable clearance is approximately 16 feet. The prizes, 100% distribution of the entry fees, 1st- 50%, 2nd – 30% and 3rd – 20%, will be awarded at J.B. Boondocks following the parade. Docking is on a first come, first served basis. If you plan to celebrate with us on Saturday, overnight docking arrangements can be made with J. B. Boondocks 352-324-3600. In addition, Mission Inn Resort and Club is offering a special rate for participants. Ask for the Howey Boat Parade room block when making reservations at 1-800-874-9053. Mission Inn will provide a shuttle from their marina to the resort. Please click here to visit their web site. Flyer

Hernando Beach

Annual Christmas Boat Parade
December 4th, 2015 6:30pm
Hernando Beach Yacht Club annual Christmas boat parade will be held on Friday, Dec 4, 2015 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 Dec 2 and Dec 3 from 3-6 pm 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. Please click here to visit their website.

Homosassa

Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th 2015, 5:30pm 

Indian Rocks Beach

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 19th 2015 7:00pm
For further information on this event, please contact Public Services Supervisor Randy Schwab, at 727/595-6889, Mon – Fri, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m Please click here to visit their website.

Jacksonville

Jacksonville Light Parade
November 26th 2016 (Dusk)
Whether you’re a seafarer or landlubber, you are sure to be dazzled by the annual Jacksonville Light Parade. The Light Parade has become a tradition for thousands of families and out-of-town guests who eagerly await the transformation of the St. Johns River. Boats of every shape and size are adorned with decorations that captivate senses and stimulate imaginations. This enchanted night is topped off by a fireworks display like no other, featuring the signature bridge “waterfalls.” Admission is free.

Jacksonville

Christmas on the Creek
December 5th, 2015 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! 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! For more information e-mail commodore@jcpropclub.com  Flyer

Jupiter/Palm Beach

Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration
December 5th 2015, 6:00pm
The Town of Jupiter and the Marine Industry Association of Palm Beach County are once again teaming up to bring the Holiday Boat Parade north to the Jupiter Lighthouse! The beautiful waterside Events Plaza along the Jupiter Riverwalk will host a FREE special parade viewing event, including food, music, and festivities. In addition to the Riverwalk Events plaza, the boat parade can be viewed from Sawfish Bay Park and Lighthouse Park.

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. *Please note these additional viewing sites do not have public restroom facilities, food vendors or entertainment. Click here to visit their website.

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Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 13th 2015 6:00pm (dusk)

The parade starts in the large Canal between the Sadowski Causeway and 7th Street in Key Colony Beach at approximately 6pm. On a signal from the KCB Police Boat two full circuits, counter clockwise, of the canal begins, moving past the Judges who are located at the City Hall Dock. The parade then passes out of the 7th street canal and winds its way through the canals on the west side of the city, ending usually in the canal between 11th and 12th street. The parade is easily viewed from either the Sadowski Causeway entering Key Colony Beach or the dock area behind the Post Office and City Hall. The City allows parking on the Causeway walking path to watch the parade. There are numerous parties at residents homes while waiting for the parade to come by their canal. Hundreds enjoy this annual holiday treat The event is open to the public. For information, call (603) 396-7719 Website Press Release ( Key Colony Fishing and Boating Club )

Key Largo

Key Largo Boat Parade
December 12th 2015, 7:30
Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season. This year’s theme is “Hooray For Hollywood,” . The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. The parade is free to enter; one grand prize winner and one randomly selected lucky boat are to receive $500 each. Contact: 305-394-3736 or visit www.keylargoboatparade.com

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
December 31st, 2015
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus’ Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for upcoming details
Contact:Robert Stoky 305-451-4502 Click here to visit their website.

Key West

Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015 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 Click here to visit their website.

Lakeport

Lights of Love Christmas Boat Parade
December 6th 2014 6:00pm 
The Lakeport Lights of Love Christmas Boat Parade, set for Dec. 6 at Harney Pond Canal in Glades County, will also be a toy drive. Entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy per person. The toys will be given to the local toy drive for Lakeport children. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. There will be a prize for the best decorated boat. Registration for the event will be through Dec. 1, To register, or for more information, call Tom at 863-946-1146, or Lois at 443-463-2785, or Lorraine at 863-227-4301. 

Lantana

1st Annual Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade
December 18th, 2015 6:00 pm
Lake Osborne Boat Parade is Fri Dec 18 2015 @ 7:30pm. Plan on meeting at the Anchor Inn around 6:00pm or earlier to socialize and parade to start at approx 7:30pm to allow plenty of time for people to get home from work. Parade Route would start at Anchor Inn and go on Eastside shoreline of lake from Anchor Inn around Paul Mar Dr back to Kingston Dr and loop back North along Eastside shoreline (Highridge Rd) to Lantana Bridge and stay on Eastside shoreline (Lakeshore Dr) following perimeter of lake to Lake Worth Rd Boat Ramp then head back South on Westside shoreline of lake by John Prince Campground and end back at Anchor Inn for a full night of fun! If interested in participating in this event please email bryanstorin@gmail.com with your name and type of boat. So we can get an idea of the # of participants. Thank you! Facebook

Leesburg

Toys for Tots
December 6th, 2015 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 21nd at 6:30pm Hurricanes Dockside Grill. Bring as many of the captains and members of your group with you.

Leesburg’s Christmas On The Water
December 6th, 2015 6:30 pm
Location: Venetian Gardens, Dozier Circle, Leesburg FL
Time: 5 pm Food vendors and entertainment
6pm Light up Venetian Gardens
6:30 pm Lighted Boat Parade
All types of boats welcome
Contact Fred O’Brien fredandkaren@mpinet.net  352-250-3814
Facebook – Leesburg Christmas on the Water

Captains meeting December 2nd 7pm  Leesburg Boat Club, 1 Dozier Circle, Leesburg FL

Lower Florida Keys

Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
December 19th 2015 7:00 pm
All boats are welcome to enter the parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Contact:Steve 305-923-5370
Email: bigpinenews@aol.com

Madeira Beach 

Festival Of Lights
December 12th , 2015 6:30
Lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways. The parade will begin behind the Madeira Beach recreation field at 6:30 pm and end at John’s Pass. Click here to visit their website.

Marathon Area

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade
December 12th, 2015
Starts just after sunset (about 5:50 – 6pm) at the West Channel entrance to the Harbor (7 mile bridge side). Parade slowly progresses through the harbor to the east end past Sombrero Boatman’s resort. Judging at Dockside Tropical Cafe. (probably gets down there about 6:30 to 7pm), going past Lazy Days, Marathon Marina, Panchos, Burdines, BKH Bridge, Dockside, Sombrero, Hurricane Hole, and back out. 
Click here to visit their website. Contact: Greg 305-849-0285 Email: CapnGreg@BootKeyHarbor.com

Martin County

35th Annual Martin County Parade
December 5th, 2015 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
Festivities begin at 6:00pm at the following viewing stations: Sandsprit Park and Manatee Pocket. Captain’s Meeting:  Manatee Island Bar & Grill on Thursday, December 3rd @ 5:30p

Martin County

Meridian Marina’s Martin County Christmas Parade
December 12th, 2015 at 6:00pm
Meridian Marina & Yacht Club is hosting the Meridian Marina’s Martin County Christmas Parade this year on Dec. 12, 2015.  Staging will begin south of Sandsprit Park at 5:00.  Parade and festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. sharp.  Please note, we are changing our route this year. We will start in the pocket and end at the City of Stuart docks.  MMYC has brought in South Florida’s premier cover band, Grindstone, to rock the river from the Riverwalk Stage.  The Boathouse will provide food and drinks and many of the downtown businesses will stay open late to serve the public!  There is a $1000 top prize and registration is FREE!  Click here to visit their website.

Merritt Island

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015 6:00
The Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade will take place on December 19th, 2015 . There will maps for the route and all pertinent information will be available at the meeting. There are prizes for different categories of decorations and you must be registered to be entered in the judging. You do not have to participate in the judging if you do not wish to. For more info contact Kim Johnson at 453-5149 or 720-9147. Or Kenny Buback at 454-9024 or 427-7208 Click here to visit their website.

Miami

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th 2015 7:00pm
We’re very excited to announce the 18th Annual parade. The Miami Outboard Club Holiday parade will have nearly 75 Boats are expected to take part in the Holiday Boat Parade, which starts at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The event is an Integral Part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities. Each year this event brings residents together for the Holiday Season. The Official viewing site is Bay front park and there will be Food Vendors, Bounce House , Dj and Firework Show at 9:00pm

Over the past 17 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 75 boats, and nearly 100 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 . We also hold a Poster Contest, where we partnered with Miami-Dade School Board Member, RAQUEL REGALADO and initiated the 6th annual POSTER CONTESTS within our Miami-Dade County School System. . These events are a fundamental part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities.  Click here to visit their website.

Milton

RiverWalk Milton
December 4th, 2015 (8:00 pm)
Our annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 4th, 8:00 p.m., on the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida. Line up at Russell Harbor Landing@ 7:15pm. Chairperson is Ken Ponsell; he can be reached at (850) 529-3565, e-mail Blackwater kponsell@gmail.comClick here to visit their website.

Mount Dora

Lighted Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 7:00pm
Come enjoy the lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Dora beginning at the Lighthouse across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Street. Local boat owners compete for best in light show display and originally. For participation information, please call Scott Alderman at 352-383-3933 or emailRustyAnchorMountDora@gmail.comBegins at Lighthouse on Grantham Point, Mount Dora

Naples

Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 6:15-8:30pm
Naples City Dock
The parade may be viewed from: Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park. Donations will be accepted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County (MIACC) 100% of the donations will be given to The Ricky King Fund which provides the unmet financial medical needs of local children. Make donation checks payable to The Ricky King Fund. Send check and parade entry form to MIACC, P.O. Box 9887, Naples, FL 34101 Click here to visit their website. Click here for the parade route.

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The Village at Venetian Bay Boat Parade
December 15th 2015 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 Click here to visit their website.

 

New Port Richey

River of Lights Christmas Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 6:30pm ( first Saturday in December)
US Hwy 19 ( Catches Restaurant) to Sims Park. Per requests, we continue to extend the parade route to include some of Port Richey and the waterfront restaurants. We will begin at Red Marker #34 (Just NW of the US- 19 Bridge) and end at the Main Street Bridge downtown. Click here to visit their website.

New Smyrna Beach

26th Annual Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 ( Starts at Dusk)
The annual New Smyrna Beach Christmas parade will kick off at dusk, Saturday, December 12, 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. Click here to visit their website.

Niceville

The 5th Annual Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 6:00pm 
Celebrate the season on board your boat at the Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade, hosted by North Light Yacht Club. Lights, music, props and more are all welcomed by the judges as they award the best floating holiday displays. The event has created a fabulous competition of lighted boat participants and numerous spectators line the shores of the Bayou to view this spectacular celebration (850) 678-2350

Okeechobee

Christmas Boat Parade
December 19th 2015 6:00pm
The Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their 32 annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 19. Decorate your boat and meet the group  on Taylor Creek by the Burger King and State Road 70 bridge between 5 and 5:30 p.m. in Okeechobee. The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Arnie at 863-634-4777.

Orange Park/Fleming Island

Whitey’s Fish Camp Lighted Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 6:30pm (Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 CR 220)
Benefitting the Safe Animal Shelter. Come out for evening of family fun to celebrate the holidays and benefit one of our local charities. Raffle & hundreds of Silent Auction items. For more information please call 904-269-4198

Orlando

Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights
December 12th, 2015 Sundown
Festivities will kick off at 4 pm in the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens with food, wine, and holiday music while the crowds waits for the sun to set for the main event of boats lined up in Christmas Lights. At dusk, the boat parade will begin on Lake Virginia and continue thru Palm Canal onto Lake Osceola making its way over to the museum, going by the Museum around 6:45 PM for judging. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the parade with family and friends.  For ques­tions about reg­is­tra­tion call 407 – 647-6294. Click here to visit their website.

Palm Beach

2015 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 6:00 pm
A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2015 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 6th. The parade, led by a traveling fireworks display navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach, south of the North Palm Beach Marina, to the Jupiter Lighthouse. The Parade begins at 6 p.m. and arrives in Jupiter at approximately 8 p.m.

The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade benefits the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots organization. Each year, the MIAPBC has been able to grow the amount of toys collected. Last year, they collected more than 18,000 toys for needy children in Palm Beach County. This event collects more toys for Toys for Tots than any other single event in the county! Facebook or Click here to visit their website.

Palm Coast

Christmas Boat Parade
December 5th, 2015 6:00pm
The Palm Coast Yacht Club will host the Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. The parade will consist of lighted boats starting in the Cimmaron Basin, which is just north of Cedarford Court, and proceed to the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. Then the parade will head south to the new Waterfront Park and back to the Hammock Dunes Toll Bridge. Best viewing area will be along the Intercoastal Waterway. All boaters in Flagler County are encouraged to decorate and enter their boats in the parade. This is a just-for-fun event and open for all. Owners are free to decorate their boats as they wish, displaying the spirit and feeling of the Holiday Season. This is a just-for-fun” event, open to the public… “but all boats need to be registered to participate.” Click here to visit their website.

Palm Valley

Boat Parade
December 12th 2015 at 6:00pm
Begins South of the Palm Valley Bridge. Captains Meeting  TBAm ( the location of the meeting will be announced soon). For More Information call 904-280-2555 or e-mail Kelly at Kellioz@aol.com

Panama City Beach

28th Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 12th 2015 5:30pm
The annual Boat Parade of Lights comes to St. Andrews and Panama City. Thousands of spectators gather every year to celebrate Christmas with the beautiful site of lighted boats on the water.
Boats light up St. Andrews Bay starting at 5:30 PM off St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club. The boats pass by Panama City Marina (arriving about 5:40 PM), then travel to St. Andrews Marina (first boats arriving about 6:15 PM) where the parade ends. Free parking and viewing at both marinas. Click here to visit their website.

Pensacola

Lighted Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 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 Click here to visit their website.

Pine Island

Pine Island Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 12, 2015 6:00pm
The Pine Island Community Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., in St.?James City.
There are many ways to enjoy the boat parade, including viewing from various restaurants, homes and other vantage points along the parade route. The best seat is aboard a boat that is participating in the parade  not only do you see the other boats, you also get to see the nicely decorated homes as you motor by.  The parade route will remain the same as in previous years and will include Monroe, Cherry Estates and Henley waterways.  Organizers will be collecting canned goods for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the theme for this year will be in support of local law enforcement. The parade is open to anyone in the community with a boat they would like to enter.
The Captain’s Meeting will be Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at a spot to be determined Contact Capt. Mickey Brelsford at 786-298-6267 or email CaptainMickey@TailerJailer.com.

Placida

Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade
December 15th, 2015 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. Click here to visit their website. Contact Jeff at the marina for particulars at (941) 697-2280.

Pompano Beach

Holiday Parade
December 13th 2015 6:00pm
The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce is delighted to present a free, fun event that brings out the creative side of boat captains as they cruise down the Intercoastal Waterway. The event is free for participants and spectators. “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.
County Commissioner Chip LaMarca is this year’s Grand Marshal. “Commissioner LaMarca’s dedication to Broward County and District 4 is clear both in the work he does and in the results he gets,” said Ric Green, CEO of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. “We’re thrilled to honor him in one of our favorite events!”
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.  Click here to visit their website.

Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015 6:00 pm 
Viewers get up very close to the boats at this parade that includes carolers, performers and great decorations.
We’re Commercial Free ! No entry fees, no judging, just a great time! No worries from winds or tides. It’s Smooth Sailing as the entire parade is within protected waters of the PGI canal system.

NEW ROUTE FOR 2015: 
The 2014 experience survey of participating boaters has resulted in a number of changes to our route to increase boater safety and shorten the run time where participating boaters are confined to their boats. To increase the margin of boater safety, two way traffic has been reduced to an absolute minimum and the number of turns has been reduced, resulting in a safer and far less challenging, stress-free time for our participating boaters. To better accommodate the ever increasing number of boats queuing prior to the start of the parade, the actual parade starting point has been relocated farther down route. This opens up the basins off Windjammer Point and Bal Harbor Place condos as well as Albatross Lagoon for a much larger pre-parade assembly area. We have More Participation Than Any Other Lighted Boat Parade on the Gulf Coast . Click here to visit their website.

Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor

26th Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade
December 13h 2015 6:00pm ( Yes, It is on Sunday)
Every year, this parade attracts huge crowds to Charlotte Harbor and we strongly suggest that you view the attached route map and select the best viewing area for you and your family very carefully. Each year the route changes, due to the tidal nature of our waters and to protect the safety of both particpants and spectators alike. Plan to arrive early and enjoy this very festive occasion.

The best viewing spots are Edgewater Lake in Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen’s Village, the bridges of US41 North and Southbound (no chairs will be permitted at this location) and Laishley Park Marina as the final stop. The attached route map will give you estimated times of arrival of the parade at each stop. For further details, please call the Punta Gorda Chamber on 941 639 3720.

If you are a boater and want to join the party, we’ve made it even EASIER for 2015. Registration is FREE. This year, you’ll be able to join the parade at three different stages. If you want to do the complete route (which we encourage), you will start in Edgewater Lake on the north shore and cross the harbor in parade format starting around 6pm (Stage 1). For those, uneasy about the harbor crossing at night, why not join us at Stage 2 (the entrance to the Isles Yacht Club channel) and join the parade from there. For small craft like dinghies, kayaks etc, stage 3 will be the Punta Gorda Boat Club launch, where you will make your way to Fishermen’s Village and return via the shoreline to the Boat Club after the parade passes by. Any questions, call us 941 639 3720. We’ve tried to make this as easy and safe for everyone as possible.

Admission: Free Tel: (941) 769-0002 Click here to visit their website.

Redington Beach/Indian Shores

Boat Parade
December 20st 2015, 6:00pm
Starting at Tom Stewart Causeway Docking at the Pub. 727-391-3875 Click here to visit their website. Contact Missy Clake for more details.

Riverview

Alafia Lighted 32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade
December 5, 2015 5:00pm
$25 Per Boat Donation Donations benefit International Clean Water Project
Boat Parade is leaving from William’s Park boat ramp, going all the way to the “Diddy”
ending at River’s Edge Bar for award ceremony! Looking for decorated boats, will make stops at AJ’s and the Beer Shed along the way. For more info, contact Mike Broussard at 813 716 5341. Please visit www.FishHawkRiverviewRotary.org Hope to see you there!”

Sanford

Sanford’s Illuminated Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015 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: North side 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. Click here to visit their website.

 Sarasota

Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
December 12th, 2015 6:00 pm
The 30th Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights will be held on Saturday December 12, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m. The best areas for viewing are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park.
The Parade route has been expanded by an additional turn marker at the southwest side of Bayfront Park. All boats must now pass approximately one third of the Sarasota Bay side of Bayfront Park within a few yards, to be considered for judging. The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to include the entire Northern tip of island near the fountain.. The VIP viewing area has been moved to the Marina Jack’s fuel dock to allow additional space for spectators. This will improve spectator viewing from Bayfront Park considerably. The SNN 6 local news staff will be covering the event throughout the evening at several areas throughout Marina Jack. Click here to visit their website

Satellite Beach

Grand Canal Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th 2015 6:30 pm
Join the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, December 21th for the boat parade. All boaters line up near the Pineda Causeway and follow the Satellite Beach Police Boat Patrol down the Grand Canal. For more info, visit the Click here to visit their website.

St Augustine

Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 12th 2015 6:00 pm (Matanzas Bay)
Beginning at 6 p.m., a holiday parade of boats including sailboats, trawlers, shrimp boats, and many other vessels featuring brilliant lighted displays ranging from patriotic to whimsical will light up St. Augustine’s Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and Castillo de San Marcos. Awards will be made for the best theme, most colorful, best in class, and best overall. The Regatta of Lights is sponsored by the St. Augustine Yacht Club. For more information, call 904.824.9725 or visit Website

The 2015 Regatta of Lights boat parade in St. Augustine is hosted by The St. Augustine Yacht Club and is sponsored by SJC Tourist Development Council, St. Augustine Port, Waterway & Beach District and The Florida Inland Navigation District.

St. Lucie

Lighted Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights.
December 12th 2015 6:30pm
The St. Lucie Christmas and Winter Holiday Boat Parade. Saturday, December 12th, 2015. Starting time: 6:30 pm at the Harbortown Marina and Taylor Creek. 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. Prizes will be awarded to winning boats at the Fort Pierce City Marina and Tiki Restaurant following the parade. The public is invited to walk along the docks and view the boats and crews. The event is free for spectators and participants. Flyer More details can be found at the website www.miatc.com.

Steinhatchee

Holiday Boat Parade
December 5th 2015 6:30pm
Starting at dark (6:30-ish).  The parade Will run from Roy’s Restaurant to Fiddler’s Restaurant Website

 

St Pete/South Pasadena

City of St. Pete Beach Winter Festival And Boat Parade Viewing Party.
Friday December 4th 2015
St. Pete Beach, FL; Join us on Friday, December 4, 2015 for our tree lighting and holiday boat parade.  This free event will be held at Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr.  Enjoy music, hot chocolate, face painting, and a special visit from SANTA! The boat parade starts at 6:00pm at the Blind Pass Bridge and heads south to the Bayway Bridge. Start off your holiday season with some holiday cheer!  Go to www.spbrec.com for more information including the parade route and boater application. For more information call 727-363-9264. Website

St Pete Beach/Vina Del Mar

Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade
December 5th 2015 6:00pm  (Rain Date, December 6th)
801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts in Pass-A-Grille at the Merry Pier at Dusk 6:00pm, Cash Prizes: Sail, Motor, Most Creative & Luckiest Boat. All forms can be downloaded by going to the Merry Pier websitewww.merrypier.com 

St Petersburg

28th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade
December 12th, 2015 6:00 pm 
Organized by the Rotary Club of St Petersburg, the annual Bruce Watters Jewelers Holiday Festival and Illuminated Boat Parade returns to downtown St. Petersburg this December 12, 2015. The Holiday Festival begins at 3:00pm with great live entertainment, plenty of food and drinks(including beer & wine), a variety of children’s activities and the spectacular 27th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade at 6:00pm. Proceeds from the Holiday Festival and Illuminated Boat Parade benefit local charities through the Rotary Club of St Petersburg Charitable Trust, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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

Stuart (Martin County)

35th Annual Martin County Parade
December 5th, 2015 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
Festivities begin at 6:00pm at the following viewing stations: Sandsprit Park and Manatee Pocket. Captain’s Meeting:  Manatee Island Bar & Grill on Thursday, December 3rd @ 5:30p

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Meridian Marina’s Martin County Christmas Parade
December 12th, 2015 at 5:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
Meridian Marina & Yacht Club is hosting the Meridian Marina’s Martin County Christmas Parade this year on Dec. 12, 2015.  Staging will begin south of Sandsprit Park at 5:00.  Parade and festivities kick off at 6:00 p.m. sharp.  Please note, we are changing our route this year. We will start in the pocket and end at the City of Stuart docks.  MMYC has brought in South Florida’s premier cover band, Grindstone, to rock the river from the Riverwalk Stage.  The Boathouse will provide food and drinks and many of the downtown businesses will stay open late to serve the public!  There is a $1000 top prize and registration is FREE! Website

Tampa

Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
December 13th, 2015 6:00 ( Free)
Paddlers & Boaters alike are welcome and needed for this magical boat parade on the beautiful Hillsborough – anything that floats qualifies! Decorate your boat and put in at Lowry Park boat ramp at 6:00pm to be part of the parade that goes upriver with an incoming tide to the Sulphur Springs City Pool Park off Nebraska Ave. To ensure safety of all participants, paddlers lead this parade, followed by powerboats. Spectators may enjoy the parade of lights over the water -6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at: Lowry Park, from their riverfront docks (riverfront residents are encouraged to decorate their docks and enter their boats in the parade) or at Sulphur Springs City Pool Park – Nebraska Avenue south of Bird St., where there’s plenty of parking, room for viewing the parade.

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Twinkle In Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Channelside Boat Parade
December 19th 2015
The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on the 19th of December at 6:30pm along the water at the by Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. Come watch these festively decorated boats illuminate the sky and spread holiday cheer. Come down to Channelside Bay Plaza and enjoy the parade from the open wharf! You will be able to see the parade along the a great stretch of land from Davis Island to Channelside. Channelside Bay Plaza, located in the Channelside district of Tampa, is near downtown Tampa and easily accessible from the Selmon Expressway as well at I-4 and I-275 and a great place to enjoy yourself before or after the parade. Parking is available at several public parking lots. At Channelside you can find a wide variety of restaurants from Hooters to Bennigan’s and everything in between. Across the street from Channelside is a multi-level parking structure. Website

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Bay Crest Boat Parade
December 12th. 2015 7:00pm

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

 

Tarpon Springs

Tarpon Springs Christmas Boat Parade
December 4th, 2015 4:30pm -9:30pm
We now combine it with a new event (this year, our 5th annual!) Snow Place Like Tarpon.  The boat parade comes into Spring Bayou around 8:00 pm, as always, but we now have live reindeer, falling snow, food, vendors, carriage and hay rides and about 30,000 people!  I have never seen a more successful first-time event!!!  We have expanded it a block this year, going the full three blocks from Ring Avenue to Spring Bayou and down Safford Street.  The kids’ area will also have Christmas movies, as well as inflatables, games, food and a lot of fun!

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Lake Tarpon Christmas Boat Parade benefitting Wheelchairs 4 Kids
December 12th. 2015 6:30pm to 9:00 pm

Hosted by the Tarpon Turtle
Registration is $30 per boat with $20 of that going to Wheelchairs 4 Kids.

Titusville 

Titusville Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015
Titusville has been without a boat parade for many years, and the Harbor Pointe Condominium Association and Titusville Fire and Emergency Services are bringing this event back for 2015!  Beautifully decorated boats will depart the Titusville Municipal Marina at 7:00 pm and travel south on the Indian River to Kennedy Point Yacht Club and Marina (just beyond the Highway 50/US 1 intersection) then return to the starting point.  For spectators, there are several riverfront restaurants and parks which offer unobstructed views.  Why not plan dinner and a boat parade for a special night out in Titusville?  To participate in the parade, contact Michelle DeVoss by Friday, December 12 at 321-607-6787 or Michelle.devoss@earthlink.ne
Captain’s meeting will be December 5th at 7:00 at Titusville Fire Dept

 

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015 
Experience the spectacle that has been called “Las Vegas on Water” at this year’s 30th Anniversary of The TI Lighted Boat Parade. All Treasure Island residents are invited to the Cast off Party at The Club at Treasure Island featuring complimentary Christmas cake, hot cider, hot dogs, coffee, cash bar, live entertainment and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Your admission to the fun is one unwrapped toy, which will be donated to local charities to bring holiday cheer to the children & families who need it the most! Monetary gifts also accepted. If you would like to be on the water for the parade, but you don’t have a boat…..we’ve got that covered too! Be on “the pirate ship”, which will leave from the Club docks at 6 p.m.  Website
The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7pm on December 19, 2015 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.

Venice

Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 5th, 2015
Christmas in Venice…the lights, the palm tress, the waterways. Celebrate the holiday season by decorating your boat and joining in the fun! There is no better way to start the Christmas Season than by joining the fun and participating in the Venice Boat Parade of Lights. Contact Information John Osmulski at 809-8100 or email us at josmulski@gmail.com Website

Vero Beach (Indian River County)

Vero Beach Parade
December 4th, 2015 6:30
Festivities begin at 6:00PM with the Tree Lighting Ceremony conducted by city officials at Royal Palm Point. Boat parade begins in the intracoastal waterway between the bridges and finish at the Vero Beach City Marina.  Viewing stations include: Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina. Captain’s Meeting: TBD. Owners of small boats (with a draft of four feet and under) and large boats (with a draft of over four feet) are invited to be part of the Holiday Boat Parade. Boats will begin their parade from the north side of the Barber Bridge in the Intracoastal Waterway, proceed south to Quail Valley and return to the starting point. There will be two viewings of the colorfully lit boats from the dock at Royal Palm Pointe between 6:45 and 7:45 p.m. Emcees Dan and Geoff from The Morning Show-The Breeze FM will announce the details. Following the parade trophies will be presented to the winners in the decorative, originality, crew participation, audio and light and quality of execution categories  Website

Weeki Wachee

Weeki Wachee River Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
Saturday, Dec. 5 2015 at 6:30 p.m
The parade, open to all boat owners, starts at the Weeki Wachee Marina and travels past Rogers Park to the Bayport Pier.
Price: Entry fee is an unwrapped toy or cash donation, to be donated to the Dawn Center; no cost for spectators. More Info call 352-596-2852

Winter Haven

28th Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade
December 5, 2015 6:30pm
The Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce will present it’s 28th Annual “Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade” on Saturday evening, December 5, 2015. The parade begins on Lake May beginning at 6:30 p.m. Boats travel through 4 of the city’s 24 canal connected lakes – Lakes May, Shipp, Howard and Cannon (as long as the canals are navigable) led by Santa himself. Public viewing areas along route on each lake as well as multiple lakeside restaurants. For more information contact info@winterhavenchamber.com. Contact: Katie Worthington. (863) 293-2138

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

List compiled by Floridabywater.com.

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