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2013 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 or 904-866-6389

Please confirm dates and times, they are subject to change

We are in the process of udating the dates for 2013

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 7th 2013 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. The Squadron also is sponsoring the community-wide party that evening. On the same day, the Squadron and St Pete Sailing Association are holding their Trans-Bay Regatta. So there will something for everyone.

For more info, call John Stocksdale at 813-841-7227 or email at stoxlll@verizon.net.


Annual Lighted Parade of Boats (CHRISTMAS ON THE ST. JOHNS)

December 7st, 2013 (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

37th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

December 7th 2013 (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 14th, 2013

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 (239) 495-0455

Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

Annual Holiday Boat Parade

December 13th 2013 6:30pm Website

The 43nd annual parade begins at Boynton Beach inlet and will move south to the C-15 Canal in Delray Beach. Bring a toy for donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots collection drive. www.boyntonbeachcra.com

737-3256 x212


Christmas on the Braden River.

December 8th 2013, 5:00pm

Starting on Sunday December 8, 4:00 PM the vessel registration will begin at Jiggs Landing Preserve. We will assign the boat numbers and direct boaters to the line up area from 5 until 5:45 PM. The parade begins at 6:00. Each participant passes staging area for the visitor voting. The parade ends 7:30 at Linger Lodge, where you may order your favorite dish from the regular menu.

Please confirm dates and times, they are subject to change. If you are going to the parade by boat, check for tips on our website. Voting will be by text message to 941-320-8811. Website

December14th, 2013 6:30 Website

Cape Canaveral

Port Canaveral Chritmas Boat Parade

December 7th, 2013

Kick-off the holiday season by attending A Creative Christmas Boat Parade in Port Canaveral on Dec. 7th 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 14th, 6:00 pm 2013

As part of the Captiva Holiday Village festivities, the Captiva Lighted Boat Parade will start at 6 p.m. 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; more are encouraged. Prizes will be given for the best-decorated vessels from any of three categories: power boats 36-feet or more, power boats 35-feet or less, and sailboats of all sizes. An awards party will take place at Key Lime Bistro on Andy Rosse Lane after the parade. Captiva Cruises will be offering passenger tickets for those without a boat to cruise in the parade and be part of the fun, or groups can arrange their own private charter on one of the Captiva Cruises boats. 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. www.captivaholidayvillage.com


Boat Parade of Lights Holiday on the Harbor

December 14th 2013 5:00pm

Join us for the Boat Parade of Lights and Holiday on the Harbor on Dec. 14th on the Carrabelle Riverfront! Put your boat in the parade and join in the fun! Holiday Celebration with Santa, food and Fireworks! Website for more information or call 850-251-0445

Cape Coral/Fort Myers

35th Annual Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along

December 15h. 2013 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. Boats can register by contacting Sea Tow in Cape Coral. Sea Tow (239) 549-0558

Cedar Key

Boat Parade ( A Cedar Key Christmas)

December, 14, 2013 (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

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December 15th 2013 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 14th, 2013 6:30 pm (Coachman Park)

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade

December 14th, 2013 6:00pm

The date for the Cocoa Beach Christmas boat parade is set for December 154h, beginning at 6 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:


St. Johns River Christams Boat Parade

December 14, 2013

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 7th, 2013 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 7 2013 at 6:30PM. This is the 12th 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


26th Annual Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade

December 15th, 2013. 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.


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 Flyer

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