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Florida Rambler’s Holiday Boat Parade Calendar
Florida’s waterways come alive at Christmas.
Colorful, illuminated boats cruise canals and rivers lined with homes dressed to the nines with dazzling holiday displays.
On any evening in December, there is a steady parade of boats out for a holiday cruise everywhere you go in Florida.
Kayaks, runabouts, fishing boats and mega-yachts, all decked out with the holiday spirit.
Then comes the party, the convergence of imagination gone wild, the official boat parade when everything comes together.
Almost every Florida community has one. It is, after all, our Rockefeller Center. Our Millenium Park. Florida’s personality coming alive on our canals, lakes and rivers.
About Florida’s holiday boat parades
If you are going to watch a boat parade, be aware that bridges rise for hours at a time to allow boats to pass. If you are heading out to a barrier island, you need a plan.
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.
Boat parades start at dusk, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m., depending on the parade. Figure draw bridges will be closed to traffic for hours, not only for the parade but after the parade to allow parade boats to return.
The boat parade calendar
A quick note on how to use this calendar. The links on titles go to web sites or Facebook pages of parade hosts, where you can find more information.
We think we’ve listed the big ones, but there are more, no doubt. If you know of a parade that’s not on the calendar, please include your information in comments and we’ll add it to the list.
Friday, Dec. 2
- Indian River County Christmas Boat Parade
- St. Pete Beach/ South Pasadena Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
- Tarpon Springs Boat Parade
Saturday, December 3
- Alafia Lighted Boat Parade, Riverview
- Chain of Lakes Christmas Boat Parade, Winter Haven
- Cotee River of Lights Christmas Boat Parade, New Port Richie
- Fort Myers Beach Boat Parade
- Holiday Boat Parade, Dunedin
- Martin County Christmas Boat Parade, Stuart
- 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 4
Friday, December 9
Saturday, December 10
- Bonita Springs Boat Parade
- Boot Key Harbor Christmas Parade, Marathon
- Cocoa Beach Christmas Boat Parade
- Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade
- Deland St. John’s River Christmas Boat Parade
- Gulfport Christmas Boat Parade
- Labelle Christmas Boat Parade
- Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade, Bradenton
- Naples Christmas Boat Parade
- New Smyrna Beach Boat Parade
- Panama City Beach Parade of Lights
- Palm Coast Christmas Boat Parade
- 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 11
Friday, December 16
- Lake Osborne Holiday Boat Parade, Lantana
Saturday, December 17
- Boca Raton Boat Parade
- Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
- Satellite Beach Boat Parade
- Holiday Boat Parade, Key Largo
- Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade, Little Torch Key
- Miami Outboard Club Boat Parade, Bayfront Park
- Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Boat Parade
- Punta Gorda Boat Parade
- Sanford Boat Parade of Lights, Lake Monroe
Sunday, December 18
Friday, December 30
- Jacksonville Lighted Boat Parade