2012 Holiday Boat Parades
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 in 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. rusty@floridabywater.com
Please confirm dates and times, they are subject to change


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

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th 2012 6:30pm. There will alos be a chili cook off.
Tampa Sailing Squadron is the host for this community event, which means the party, chili cookoff, and awards ceremony are held at our clubhouse at 1250 Apollo Beach Blvd. We have good viewing from our docks, as well.
For more info, call John Stocksdale at  813-841-7227 or email at stoxlll@verizon.net .


Annual Lighted Parade of Boats (A Cartoon Christmas)
December 1st, 2012 (dusk)
Festivities will begin at 10 AM With our Annual Christmas Street Parade. The day will continue with outdoor events and wrap up with The Annual Parade of Boats at dusk. If you have never viewed our parade, make this year your first. If you have a boat join us in putting on a show for the community. We give out over $2500.00 in cash and valuable prizes. Hosted by the Blackwater Yacht Club, St. Johns River, Astor, Florida. No boat is too small!!! Website
Contact  (407)290-9244

Boca Raton Boat Parade

36th Annual Holiday Boat Parade
December 8th 2012 (6:30pm 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 40 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 2012 Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade the biggest and best yet. Bleacher viewing at Silver Palm Park and Red Reef Park. Contact  561-393-7827 Website

Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs Boat Parade
December 8th, 2012
The Bonita Springs holiday boat parade is in the planning stages. The date has been set for December 8th 2012 at approximately 4:00 p.m. Details with meeting locations and the captains dinner/sign up is to follow. Contact Adam Botana  (239) 248-0955 for more information regarding sponsorships and Boat Parade sign up. 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

Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

December 7th 2012 6:30pm Website
Boynton Harbor Marina, Birng a new toy for Toy’s for Tots.


Bradenton Boat Parade
December 8th, 2012 6:30 Website

Cape Canaveral

Port Canaveral Chritmas Boat Parade
December 1st, 2012
Kick-off the holiday season by attending “A Creative Christmas” Boat Parade in Port Canaveral on Dec. 3rd starting at 5:30 p.m. View the parade from any of the Port restaurants. 1st Prize is $500.00. Port businesses will be collecting canned and non-perishable goods starting Nov. 25th thru Dec. 5th to benefit the Central Brevard Sharing Center. So come join this family event and help those that are less fortunate in our community. For more information go to: www.visitportcanaveral.com or call Shawn  321-403-5769.


Captiva Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, 6:00 pm 2012
Sponsored by the Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, the parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 1, just outside Roosevelt Channel, Marker #2. The route will follow Roosevelt Channel to ‘Tween Waters Inn and back. There is no entry free for the boat parade; however, a minimum of 100 lights is required for entry but more are encouraged.
Prizes will be given for the best-decorated vessels from any of three categories: power boats 36’ or more, power boats 35’ or less and sail boats of all sizes.
Special dockage rates for participating boats are available from South Seas Island Resort, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina and McCarthy’s Marina.
Public viewing of the parade from land is available at The Green Flash Waterfront Restaurant, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina and McCarthy’s Marina.
To register your boat to be in the parade, visit www.CaptivaHolidayVillage.com and download a registration form, or contact Brad Junghans at  239-472-5200.


Boat Parade of Lights & Holiday on the Harbor
December 8th 2012 5:00pm
Join us for the Boat Parade of Lights and Holiday on the Harbor on Dec. 11th on the Carrabelle Riverfront! Put your boat in the parade and join in the fun! Holiday Celebration with Santa, food and Fireworks! VisitWebsite for more information or call  850-251-0445

Cape Coral/Fort Myers

35th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
December 16h , 2012 4:00-8:00pm Website
The focal point of this event is a parade of approximately 100 boats decorated in a festive holiday fashion with lights, costumes, elves, and whatever else their captains can think of. At Four Freedoms Park, the landlubbers watch the boats gather in the Bimini Basin before they begin meandering through the canals of south Cape Coral. Along with providing an ideal seat to watch the illuminated vessels, the park features holiday music, a visit from Santa, food and beverages for sale. This is a unique celebration of Christmas Florida-style. Contact  239-573-3125 for further information.

Cedar Key

Boat Parade ( A Cedar Key Christmas)
December, 15, 2012 (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. 15. 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 .

Clearmont / Winter Garden

Johns Lake Boat Parade
December 16th 2012 6:00pm
The Annual Johns Lake Boat Parade will be on Sunday, December 18th, 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! Call  407-701-8033 for details.


Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade
December 8th, 2012 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.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade
December 15th, 2012 6:00pm
The date for the Cocoa Beach Christmas boat parade is set for December 15th, beginning at 6 pm., with the captain’s meeting to be held on December 5th, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club , at 7 pm. Website

Cortez/Longboat Key/ Bradenton Beach

8th Annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th 2012
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 in several divisions: Grand Prize is $500.
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.
Parade will begin on the north end of Longboat Key near Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant and Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, and will proceed north along the Intracoastal Waterway to finish for judging at the Seafood Shack Marina.
Boats competing for prize money need to register with the Cortez Yacht Club by Thursday, December 15, 2012.
No entry fee is required but a gift donation of a new toy for the Toys for Tots collection effort is requested.
Please contact the Cortez Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade Chairman for registration:
Laura Ritter  941-780-3547 cortezyachtclub@verizon.net Website


St. Johns River Christams Boat Parade
Catfish Bend (Marker 36) north of Whitehair Bridge Ends at approximately 8:00 P.M. – North end of Lake Beresford. Awards ceremony at Lake Beresford Yacht Club immediately following the parade. More Information

Daytona Beach

Annual Christmas Parade
December 15th, 2012 6:30pm (Halifax River)
A great holiday tradition, the 2012 Halifax River Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade on the Halifax River in downtown Daytona Beach will be Saturday, December 15 2012 at 6:30PM. This is the 11th annual parade and is expected to be the best yet. View the Christmas Boat Parade anywhere along the banks of the halifax river or from the downtown bridges at Seabreeze, Main street or International Speedway Blvd.Website (thanks for the link James)


26th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
December 9th, 2012. 6:00pm (Rain date 16th)
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 FREE  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.”


Holiday Boat Parade
December 1st, 2012 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Boats leave Marker1 Marina at 6 p.m., proceed south through the Intra-Coastal waterway to Marker #2, then turn around and head back north to arrive at the Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:30 p.m. Spectators can watch the beautifully decorated boats from vantage points along Bayshore Boulevard (Alt 19) and Edgewater Drive.
Located at the Dunedin Marina


RPM’s Lighted Boat Parade
December 2nd 2012 6:30pm
Event route will start at the Royal Palm Marina going South down the IntraCoastal. Past the Tom Adam’s bridge. Turn around will be by the White Elephant Pub.
Parade will start at RPM at 6:30PM-boats must start to get into formation by 5:45. Complete details are available in the parade application. There is a mandatory meeting the Wednesday before the parade, you must attend this if you plan on being in the parade. You will get all the details then, including the route map, etc. Facebook


Christmas on the Water
December 7th 2012: 7:00pm-9:00pm
“Christmas on the Water”, the Eustis Main Street lighted boat parade will be held on December 7, the First Friday in December, at 7:00 p.m., along the Eustis waterfront. It’s not too early to start planning to participate. Any and all boats are welcome. If you don’t have a boat, watching the parade is just as exciting. Please feel free to pass this information along to your friends and family. It is a great event to put on your calendars. Please don’t hesitate to call or email us with any questions. Have a great day. Kathie and Larry Winner  352-483-1217 lwinner04@comcast.net Flyer Form

Fanning Springs

Festival of Lights
No Parade this year.

Fort Lauderdale

Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
Saturday December 15th 2012
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.

Fort Myers Beach

24th Annual Christmas Boat Parade
December 1st 2012 6:00pm
The vessels will assemble in front of the docks at Salty Sam’s Marina at 5:45 pm. At 6:10 the boats will begin to leave Salty Sam’s Marina going past Parrot Key Caribbean Grill and Big Game Waterfront Grill heading northwest rounding the corner in front of Doc Fords and under the sky bridge. The Parade will travel in and out of the first two channels in Siesta Bay. Then they’ll take the Matanzas Pass channel towards Bowditch Point turning in front of the Pink Shell Resort, passing Nervous Nellies, Matanzas Innfinishing at Salty Sam’s Marina for the Winners Circle Party at Big Game Waterfront Grill. If you would like to participate in the boat parade registration please contact the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce at  239.454.7500 Website

Fort Pierce ( St Lucie County)

Holiday Boat Parade
December 8th. 2012 6:00pm
The 22nd Annual St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for December 8 2012. The festivities begin at the South Causeway at 4:00 PM with music, food, drinks, and even a visit from Santa. The parade starts at 6:00 pm and begins at the Fort Pierce City Marina. View stations will be at the South Causeway Park, Public Beach, Harbor Cove, Mangrove Matties, Chuck’s Seafood, On the Edge, the Tiki, Cobb’s Landing or any waterfront restaurant in that area. For more information, please visit www.miatc.com

Gulf Port

Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s Annual Light Prade
December 8th, 2012 6:00pm
Starts at 6PM, Gulfport Marina at 6:15, Gulfport City Dock at 6:30-6:45, Town Shores at 6:45, Pasadena Yacht Club at 7:15. Website

Hernando Beach

Boat Parade
December 1st, 2012 6:00pm
The parade will start at 6 p.m., leaving from behind the yacht club, 4163 Shoal Line Blvd., then proceeding through local canals and to the public boat ramp. The Coast Guard Auxiliary and Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will assist. The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will host the annual Hernando Beach Christmas Boat Parade at high tide on Dec. 15. Afterward, there will be hot dogs, chili, chips and drinks available at the club.
Entry fee is the donation of a new, unwrapped toy. Trophies will be awarded for the best original theme, best lighted boat and the funniest boat. There is no cost for spectators. For information, call Fleet Captain Arron Nangle at  352-916-0001

Indian Rocks Beach

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th 2012 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 Website


Jacksonville Light Parade
November 24th 2012(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.


Christmas on the Creek
December 1st, 2012 pm 6:30
An estimated 40 holiday decorated boats will gather on the west side of the Julington Creek bridge near the Julington Creek Marina at 12807 San Jose Blvd., then motor around Bulls Bay, back under the bridge and down Durbin Creek. The return to the marina signals the awards ceremony. The show is just for fun, with the best-decorated boat getting a prize, as do second and third place. Facebook

Jupiter/Palm Beach

Jupiter Boat Parade and Celebration
December 1st 2012, 5:00pm
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.
*Please note these additional viewing sites do not have public restroom facilities, food vendors or entertainment.
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 Lighted Boat Parade

December 9th 2012 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  305-743-7214 Website


Key Largo

Key Largo Boat Parade
December 8th 2012, 7:00
Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season. This year’s theme is “Deck the Hulls,” and new this year, a create-your-own-theme to win a prize and the 2013 parade will adopt that overall theme. 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, 2012
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 FREE  website

Key West

Schooner Wharf Bar/Ultimate Vodka Lighted
December 15th, 2012 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 visitWebsite.


Toys for Tots
December 2nd, 2012 11:30am
The parade starts at Hurricane Dock Grill on the Dead River and goes to Venetian Gardens Ramp Captains meeting is Thursday, Oct 25th at 7PM Hurricanes Dockside Grill see the attached flyer. Bring as many of the captains and members of your group with you. Flyer
Leesburg’s Christmas On The Water
December 2nd, 2012 7:00 pm
Attached is a flyer for the December 2 parade. We are looking forward to a great parade this year. FlyerForm
You can contact us at  352-326-8274 or fredandkaren@mpinet.net (Venetian Gardens Ski Beach, Leesburg, Florida)

Lower Florida Keys

Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
December 15th 2012 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 Light
December 7th , 2012 6:30

Marathon Area

Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Parade
December 8th, 2012
Get into the holiday spirit at the Annual Marathon Boat Parade at Boot Key Harbor, a middle Keys holiday kick-off event for more than 15 years; watch as dinghies, mega-yachts and anything in between turn the harbor into a sparkling procession along the parade route. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine’s Waterfront. Starts at dusk, near 5 p.m.
Contact: Greg  305-849-0285
Email: CapnGreg@BootKeyHarbor.com

Martin County

The 30th Annual Martin County Christmas Boat Parade.
December 1st, 2012 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
The boat parade will commence in the St. Lucie River near City Hall in Stuart at 6:00 pm and proceed southeasterly to the end of Manatee Pocket at Finz Restaurant ending at Twin Rivers Park in Rocky Point. . Come early and bring your blanket and chair to view the Boat Parade, which will be passing by at 7:00 pm. The holiday boat parade and festival are sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. Captain’s meeting at Meridian Marina in Palm City November 29. For registration information please call  772-692-7599



Christmas Lights Boat Parade
Dec 15, 2012 (Sat)
Manatee Cove Marina , ( Patrick Air Force Base) . Departs Manatee Cove Marina and proceeds under the Pineda Causeway and into the Grand Canal to Lake Shepard; then returns. Captains Meeting 5 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Informal dinner after the parade for participants.


Merritt Island

Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade
December 22nd, 2012 6:00
The Merritt Island Christmas Boat Parade will take place on December 22nd, 2012 .( The Captain’s meeting will be on 12/20 at 6:00pm at at Kiwanis Island Community Center). 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 Website


Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade
December 15th 2012 7:00pm
The annual Holiday Boat Parade was organized by the Miami Outboard Club in 1998 in an effort to attract residents and tourists to Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami and surrounding areas during the holiday season. Nearly two dozen enthusiastic boat captains joined in the fun, decorating their boats and parading in the Bay waters adjacent to the Club. Over the past 12 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 70 boats, and nearly 100 are expected this year. Best viewing area is Bayfront Park where there will be several food trucks, DJ and kids bounce house. Website


RiverWalk Milton
December 7th, 2012
Our annual Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 7 p.m., on the Blackwater River in Milton, Florida. Chairperson is Ken Ponsell; he can be reached at  (850) 529-3565, e-mail kponsell@gmail.com

Mount Dora

Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st 2012 7:00pm
It’s our pleasure to announce plans for the 22nd Annual Mount Dora Lighted Boat parade have been completed. As sometimes happens, older events can become rather ho-hum. Not this one. With the help of our sponsors, Holiday Marine, Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, Mount Dora Boating Center, Mount Dora Lions Club, Rusty Anchor and SeaTow, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and brightest yet. There’s lots of exciting changes to this years parade.
First we have a theme “Boating at the North Pole”. All our participates will be asked to decorate their craft and show us how Santa and his crew might enjoy a boating holiday. Let your imagination run wild because that will be one of the award categories for this year’s event. Here’s full list of this years categories and awards. Flyer


2012Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade
December 8th 2012 6:00-8:00pm
Naples City Dock
Donations will be accepted by the Marine Industries Foundation. 100% of 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 Foundation, P.O. Box 9887, Naples, FL 34101. Website

New Smyrna Beach

24rd Annual Boat Parade
December 1st 2012
Join us to cheer for the participants at the Riverview Hotel, The Grille at Riverview, or with Santa at Riverside Park where judging will take place. Decorate your boat and compete for one of the cash prizes totaling $1500! Also, the first 30 registered boats will receive a captain’s bag stuffed with goodies. Registration is just $10, and may be done at the Marine Discovery Center, 162 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach. Website


The 3rd Annual Boggy Bayou Holiday Boat Parade
December 10,th 2011 5:30
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 Website

Orange Park

Whitey’s/Swimming Pen Creek Lighted Boat Parad
December 15th 2012 6:00pm (Whitey’s Fish Camp, 2032 CR 220)
Events will go all day long, starting at noon. We will be raffling off prizes, as well as having a silent auction. All proceeds will go to benefit the American Cancer Society and the Safe Animal Shelter. Come out for a day full of family fun to celebrate the Holidays and benefit local and national charities.


Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights
December 8th, 2012 6:45
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. Website
Lake Ivanhoe Boat Parade
November 17th 2012 6:30 pm
The Lake Ivanhoe Holiday Boat Parade- Saturday, November 17th @ 6:30. Yes, this year it will be on a Saturday! Ivanhoe Village will be having their Jingle Eve Open House, so there will be lots to see and do for all ages. Cash and prizes for best decorated boat in several categories. We will have designated parking and decorating areas. All proceeds to benefit Toys For Tots and The Pink Army.! Please come out and support the Ivanhoe Village Main Street District. Facebook Flyer

Palm Beach

2012 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
December 1st 2012 6:00 pm

A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2012 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 1st.
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 Website
UPDATE 2012:
Weather concerns and a right of way issue with the Port of Palm Beach has forced the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County to alter the route of its annual holiday boat parade.

The 18th annual event Saturday will start from Lakeside Park in North Palm Beach and follow a 10-mile route north up the Intracoastal Waterway to Lighthouse Park in Jupiter.


Palm Coast

Christmas Boat Parade
December 8th, 2012 6:00pm
The Palm Coast Yacht Club will host the Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 8 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.”

Palm Harbor

Lake Tarpon Holiday Boat Parade.
December 15h 2012 7:30pm ( Boat Registration 6:00pm)
Wheelchairs 4 Kids is proud to have been chosen as the Charity of Choice for the Lake Tarpon Holiday Boat Parade. Join us at the Dockside Sports Bar and Grille Tiki Bar in the Lake Tarpon Resort (37611 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684). The party starts at 6 PM. Enjoy a cool beverage or a hot chocolate as we watch the decorated boats make their way around Lake Tarpon.. Check out our events page for more info. Happy Holidays! Website

Palm Valley

Boat Parade
December 8th 2012 at 6:00pm
Begins South of the Palm Valley Bridge. Captains Meeting will be healed December 4th at 7:00pm ( American Legion Post 233). For More Information call 280-2555 or e-mail Kelly at Kellioz@aol.com

Panama City Beach

26th Annual Boat Parade of Lights
November 24th 2012 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. The theme for the 2010 parade is “A Team Spirit Christmas. Website

Grand Lagoon Christmas Parade
December 1st, 2012
Parade departs Bay Point Marina and travels down Grand Lagoon past the Boatyard Restaurant, Captain Andersons, Treasure Island and Pirates Cove then returns to 30 Degree Blue at Bay Point Marina to celebrate until….
Contact Steve Arndt at  850-628-1740 or steve@coastalmarinamgt.com to participate.


Lighted Boat Parade
December 7th 2012 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 FREE  Website

Pompano Beach

Boat Parade
December 9th 2012 6:00pm Starts at Lake St. Barbara and travels north on the Intracoastal Waterway to The Hillsboro Blvd bridge
One of the oldest Holiday Boat Parades in the Nation. This annual event in December is brought to the community by the dedication of business and volunteers in the area. Committee members direct plans for parties, posters, advertising, special events such as the Captain’s Party with the culmination of approximately 50-75 brightly decorated boats illuminating our waterway. The boat parade has no boat entry fee. Sponsorship is available. Website

Punta Gorda

A Different Kind of Parade
December 22nd, 2012 6:00 pm
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.
We have More Participation Than Any Other Lighted Boat Parade on the Gulf Coast . Website

Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor

23nd Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade
December 16th 2012 6:00pm ( Yes, It is on Sunday)
The festive display of lights and gorgeous reflections on the water make this annual event a definite must see! Viewings from land or on the harbor by chartered cruise or personal watercraft.
Admission: Free Tel:  (941) 769-0002 Website

Redington Beach/Indian Shores

Boat Parade
December 23rd 2012, 6:00pm
Starting at Tom Stewart Causeway Docking at the Pub.  727-391-3875 Website Contact Missy Clake for more details.


Alafia Lighted 29th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
December 1st, 2012 5:00pm
“The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview would like to announce on Saturday, Dec. 1st, we will be holding our 29th Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade and Chili Cook Off. We have two boat entry divisions: Large Boats of 23 ft and above and Small Boats 22 ft and below. Cash prizes totaling $1,500.00 will be divided among the 1st and 2nd place winners in each division. The public is invited to view all the boats and partake of all the planed events. Starting at 5pm there will be Music, Entertainment, food and libations, Kids rides and activities, free photos with Santa, a Chili Cook Off and Silent Raffle, event will end at 9pm. Public entrance into the event is free and will be held at the Showmen’s Club, 6915 Riverview Dr., Riverview, Fl. For more information, and entry forms for your boat, or the Chili Cook Off, please visitwww.FishHawkRiverviewRotary.org Hope to see you there!”


Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
December 8, 2012 6:00 pm
The Annual Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights brings out thousands of spectators who line the shores of Sarasota Bay from Centennial Park to Bayfront Park every year.
Viewers come marching, armed with their folding chairs. Some even arrive a little earlier and bring a cooler with some snacks and drinks with which to enjoy the festiveness of the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade.
Usually warm temperatures accompany the Christmas Boat Parade of Lights on Sarasota Bay. (The rain date for this event is Sunday December 09, 2012)
The Parade Route: Starting from City Island, cruising across Sarasota Bay to Centennial Park and then south under the Ringling Bridge and across Sarasota’s Bayfront park, about 25 spectacularly decorated and lighted boats make their way to delight and help brighten the holiday mood of those on shore.
There are small boats, medium boats and yachts among the participants in this Armada of brightly lighted and creatively decorated crafts.
The best places from which to watch the Sarasota Christmas Boat Parade of Lights are: Bayfront Park (The Bayfront Park spectator viewing area has been expanded to reach a portion of the northern tip of the island, near the fountain.), Centennial Park and City Island. (To get to City Island from downtown Sarasota you have to cross the Ringling Bridge, cut across St. Armand’s Circle, following Rt. 789 and then turn northeast on to Ken Thompson Parkway before the bridge to Longboat Key and then head out to City Island.). Website

Satellite Beach

Grand Canal Holiday Boat Parade
December 22nd 6:00pm to 7:00 Pm
Join the Banana River Sail and Power Squadron on Saturday, December 22nd 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 webiste

St Augustine

Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 8th, 2012 6:00PM (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 2012 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 Pete/South Pasadena

St. Pete Beach and South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Friday December 7th 2012
The St. Pete Beach/South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will be lighting up the waters of Boca Ciega Bay on Friday, December 9th beginning at 6pm in South Pasadena and traveling south towards Pass-a-Grille. All are invited to come to the Viewing Party, Tree Lighting and Concert in Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, to watch the boat parade as it passes by the Community Center.
Conatct: Info:  727-363-9245

St Pete/Tierra Verde

Pass-a-Grille/Tierra Verde Boat Parade
December 15th 2012 6:00pm (Rain Date December 16th)
Starts in Pass-a-Grille at Merry Pier, Dusk- 6pm Cash prizes; Sail, Motor, Most Creative, & Luckiest Boat Forms: Solutions Insurance (Tierra Verde), Merry Pier – Pass-a-Grille.
Parade Map 

St Petersburg

26th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade
December 8th, 2012 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 8, 2012. 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 26th 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)

The 30th Annual Martin County Christmas Boat Parade.
December 1st, 2012 at 6:00pm, Sandsprit Park, Port Salerno, FL
The boat parade will commence in the St. Lucie River near City Hall in Stuart at 6:00 pm and proceed southeasterly to the end of Manatee Pocket at Finz Restaurant ending at Twin Rivers Park in Rocky Point. . Come early and bring your blanket and chair to view the Boat Parade, which will be passing by at 7:00 pm. The holiday boat parade and festival are sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. Captain’s meeting at Meridian Marina in Palm City November 29. For registration information please call  772-692-7599


Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
December 16th, 2012 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 5:30 pm 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.
Twinkle In Tampa Bay: A Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Channelside Boat Parade
December 22nd 2012
The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place on 22 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.
Bay Crest Boat Parade
December 22nd. 2012 7:00pm

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
December 8th 2012 ( Rain Date December 9th)
Treasure Island’s Holiday Boat Parade is like Las Vegas on the water – dazzlingly decorated boats of all kinds circle the city on one special night, Saturday, December 8, 2012, in friendly competition for top prizes awarded that evening at the Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club.
Residents with Treasure Island waterfront homes host humungous boat parade parties but if you haven’t received an invitation, not to worry – there are plenty of prime viewing spots on the island. Website
The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7pm on December 8, 2012 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.


Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 1st, 2012
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 7th, 2012 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 finishes at the Vero Beach City Marina.
Viewing stations – Royal Palm Point and Vero Beach City Marina. Website

Winter Haven

27th Chani of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade
December 6, 2012 6:30pm
Winter Haven will present it’s 26th “Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday evening, December 6, 2012 The parade begins on Lake May beginning at 6:30 p.m.Boats travel to lakes Shipp, Howard and Cannon led by Santa himself. For more information contactchamber1@winterhavenchamber.com . Contact: Bob Gernert.  (863) 293-2138 FREE

Winter Park

Winter Park Boat Parade Festival of Lights
December 8th, 2012 6:45
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. Website