Florida Rambler’s 2017 Holiday Boat Parade Calendar
Almost every waterfront community in Florida has some form of boat parade during the holidays.
You can see colorful illuminated vessels cruise Florida’s waterways almost any night, but they gather on selected weekends into flotillas of overindulgence.
This calendar offers a comprehensive listing of organized boat parades around the state.
Hot tips for watching holiday boat parades
Waterfront restaurants and parks are great places to view the parade, so make those reservations early unless you are lucky enough to be invited to a house party.
Party boats participating in parades are sometimes open to the public. Money raised through these parties is used to help pay for the event or donated to charity. Other party boats may be sponsored by restaurants and other organizations.
Click on the links below for more information about specific parades.
Boat parades start at dusk, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., depending on the parade. See local newspapers for parade-related bridge closings.
The 2017 Calendar
Boat parades change dates from year to year. The links on titles go to web sites or Facebook pages of parade hosts, where you can find more information.
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
- Alafia Lighted Boat Parade, Riverview
- Cotee River of Lights Christmas Boat Parade, New Port Richie
- Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade
- Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade
- Holiday Boat Parade, Dunedin
- Mount Dora Lighted Boat Parade
- Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, North Palm Beach to Jupiter
- Pensacola Lighted Boat Parade
- Venice Christmas Boat Parade
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
- Boynton Beach/Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade
- St. Pete Beach/ South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 9, 2017
- Martin County Christmas Boat Parade, Stuart
- Bonita Springs Boat Parade
- Boot Key Harbor Christmas Parade, Marathon (Cancelled)
- Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade
- Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade
- Deland St. John’s River Christmas Boat Parade (Cancelled)
- Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade
- Hernando Beach Boat Parade
- Key Largo Holiday Boat Parade, Blackwater Sound
- Labelle Christmas Boat Parade
- Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade, Bradenton
- Naples Christmas Boat Parade
- Panama City Beach Parade of Lights
- Rockledge/Cocoa Boat Parade
- Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
- St. Augustine Holiday Regatta of Lights
- St. Lucie County Boat Parade and Paddleboard/Kayak Parade of Lights
- St. Petersburg Illuminated Boat Parade
- Schooner Wharf Boat Parade, Key West
- Winterfest Boat Parade, Fort Lauderdale
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
- Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade, Lantana
- New Smyrna Beach Boat Parade
- Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 16, 2017
- Boca Raton Boat Parade
- Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
- Satellite Beach Boat Parade
- Miami Outboard Club Boat Parade, Bayfront Park
- Palm Coast Christmas Boat Parade
- Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Boat Parade
- Indian River County Holiday Boat Parade
- Sanford’s Illuminated Boat Parade, Lake Monroe
- Wekiva Island Boat Parade (Kayaks, canoes and small boats parade on the Wekiva River), Longwood
Sunday, December 17, 2017
- Redington Beach and Indian Shores Holiday Boat Parade, Indian Rocks Beach
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Saturday, December 30, 2017