Holiday Boat Parades in Florida

One of the most spectacular holiday events to see in Florida is a boat parade. With all of the coastal communities, it is not hard to find one. Boaters and Landlovers alike love to come out to see the boats lighting up the waterways.

Location: The Tampa Sailing Squadron, Tampa, Florida

Any boat owner can decorate their boat and enter it into this fun and festive parade for the community!

Location: Blackwater Yacht Club, Astor, Florida

This lighted Christmas boat parade is sponsored by The Blackwater Yacht Club to benefit the children of Astor.

December 8, 2018

Location: Gulfport, Florida

This Christmas parade is not only a fun community event, it also benefits Operation Santa, making sure every child in the area has a great Christmas.

December 22, 2018

Location: Intercoastal Waterway starting from the C-15 canal traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge, Boca Raton, Florida

Enjoy the holidays in the most Florida way possible at this festive boat parade! If you have a boat yourself, you can join in on the fun by entering it to be a part of the parade.

Location: Imperial River, Bonita Springs, Florida

One of Southwest Florida's best boat parades, this event lights up the imperial river to celebrate the holiday season!

Location: Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, Florida

Get festive for the holiday season in Florida style with this boat parade that travels though Intracoastal Waterways throughout Lantana, Boynton Beach, and Delray Beach to the C-15 canal.

Location: Four Freedoms Park, Cape Coral, Florida

Come to Four Freedoms Park to watch this festive boat parade and to enjoy food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus!

Location: Clearwater, Florida

Clearwater lights up a little bit brighter for one night while decorated boats make their way through the city!

Location: Cocoa Beach, Florida

Head to the coast for a coastal Christmas celebration unlike any other while you watch this festive boat parade sail on past.

December 1, 2018

Location: Matanzas Harbor and the first two canals of Siesta Isles, Fort Myers, Florida

Enjoy this parade of over 30 decorated boats on the shore, or you can enjoy it from one of the many restaurants and other locals along the bay.

Location: Halifax River, Daytona Beach, Florida

Celebrate the holidays by decorating your boat and getting involved in this fun event. Or you can have almost just as much fun by watching the boats pass on the shore!

Location: Carrabelle River, Carrabelle, Florida

Find your favorite spot along the river to enjoy Live Music and other Entertainment while you watch all kinds of decorated boats make their way past!

December 8, 2018

Location: Blackwater Sound, Key Largo, Florida

Watch this fun and festive parade from the shore, or enjoy it from on your own boat.

Location: Key West, Florida

In the warm climate of Key West, Christmas traditions are a little bit different, and this boat parade is a big part of that!

Location: Madeira Beach, Florida

This fun boat parade kicks off at John's Pass with a shop local holiday extravaganza, tree lighting, and boat parade kickoff party for tons of holiday fun the whole family can enjoy.

Location: Manatee Beach, Florida

For over two decades now, this boat parade has been lighting up the Christmas season in Manatee Beach!

Location: Naples Canals, Florida

Gather around the Naples canals for a Christmas experience that could only happen here in Naples!

December 1, 2018

Location: Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Florida

A Zambelli traveling fireworks display leads off this boat parade, making it one of the most festive ways to celebrate the holiday season in South Florida.

December 1, 2018

Location: Palm Coast, Florida

Palm Coast lights up to kick of the holiday season with this festive boat parade!

Location: Palm Valley, Florida

This parade is sometimes known as the Mardi Gras of lighted boat parades for its community involvement and friendly laid back nature.

Location: Panama City, Florida

Music and lights from boats in the Saint Andrews Bay bring the Christmas spirit to Panama City during this fun boat parade.

December 1, 2018

Location: from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, Pensacola Beach, Florida

This lighted boat parade is a fun way to kick off the holiday season with the whole family. It includes a pre-show party for kids and an appearance from Santa Claus!

Location: Sarasota Bay, Sarasota, Florida

The Bay lights each year up for a fantastic holiday event that includes tons of great places to view the parade!

December 15, 2018

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This parade, often called the "Greatest Show on H2O" kicks off the holiday season in South Florida with an extravaganza unlike any other!

Location: St. Pete Beach, Florida

This lighted boat parade has tons of other events like Christmas caroling and a visit from Santa Claus for a fun event for the whole family!

Location: St. Petersburg, Florida

Illuminated boats are the highlight of this event that also includes music and food as a great way to kick of the holiday season!

Location: Downtown Tampa, Florida

This parade heads right through downtown on the Hillsborough River for a fun Christmas experience right in the middle of the city.

Location: Tarpon Springs, Florida

This lighted Christmas parade brings a fun and festive spirit to the Tarpon Springs area every year.

December 1, 2018

Location: Venice Beach, Florida

There is no better way to celebrate the Christmas season than to light your boat and join the fun of this parade!