Holiday Boat Parades Bring Family Fun to the Coast
In need of another excuse to spend time on the water? Gather the family and head to your local marina, pier or boat launch for a fun, festive lighted boat parade! Lighted boat parades during the holiday season have gained in popularity. All along the coast, boaters line their watercraft with strings of lights, plastic reindeer and even more lights! There's nothing quite like seeing a parade of boats to warm your holiday spirit. Most events also feature fireworks, hot beverages and other family fun events that appeal to everyone.
From San Diego, Cali. to Biloxi, Miss. and Gulf Shores, Ala. to Miami, Fla. the parades range from little to large, old and new. Check the list below to find a parade near you. Did we miss one? Be sure to let us know by emailing me.
31st Annual Lighted Boat Parade
Lulu's at Homeport Marina
Dec. 10, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Intracoastal Waterway and travels the Intracoastal Waterway Canal
106th Annual Christmas at Newport Beach Lighted Boat Parade
Dec. 15-18, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Join over a million viewers as you watch beautifully decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. The parade has been hailed as "one of the top ten holiday happenings in the nation" by the New York Times and is truly a magical holiday tradition for all ages.
Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
Mission Bay, San Diego, Cali.
Dec. 3, 2016
This free, distinctly California celebration features boats decorated for the annual holiday season that will sail around Mission Bay. A highly anticipated event in the San Diego community, more than 100 vessels take to the water for the parade.
2016 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
A premier event of the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County (MIAPBC) and gift to the community, the 2016 Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade kicks off the holiday season this year on Saturday, December 3rd. 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.
30th Annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade
Dec. 11, 2016
The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 30th Annual Destin Boat Parade. Visit with Santa Claus from 12:00-4:00 PM at HarborWalk Village's Main Stage. Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM with fireworks following the parade and firespinning on HarborWalk Village's main stage with Just Add Fire.
Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 17, 2016, 7 p.m.
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.
2014 Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 13, 2014, 6:15 p.m.
The parade may be viewed from: Pincher's Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly's Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park 100% of the proceeds benefit Ricky King Foundation
Lighted Boat Parade
Pensacola Beach Marina, Pensacola, Fla.
Dec. 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
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.
29th Annual Boat Parade of Lights
St. Andrew's Bay, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Dec. 10, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
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.
Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade
Lowry Park Boat Ramp
Dec. 18, 2016, 6 p.m.
Paddlers and 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 6:00pm 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
Christmas by the River Lighted Boat Parade
Moss Point, Miss.
Dec. 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
Lighted Boat Parade - followed by a special appearance from Santa Claus! Spectacular Fireworks Display.
Christmas on the Water
Dec. 5, 2016, 6 p.m.
The event kicks off with a children's parade through the downtown and lighting of the Town Green, followed by a "Christmas in the City" arts and crafts show throughout the day. The main event is the lighted boat parade that cruises along the waterfront, climaxing with an east Biloxi sky filled with fireworks. The parade travels from the Biloxi Lighthouse to Point Cadet. Cost to enter is $25.
55th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade
Dec. 10, 2016, 6 p.m.
Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade
Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas
Dec. 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
If you're looking for a different sort of Christmas parade to float your boat, make your way to Lake Grapevine. The Twinkle Lights Boat Parade is one of the most unique Christmas parades you will ever see. See watercrafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights to celebrate the season. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina, Scott's Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine.
Port Aransas Carolers Afloat and Boat Lighting Parade
City Park, Port Isabel, Texas
Dec. 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Sing your way throughout the parade. Hosted by the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce.