Lighted Boat Parade list for this holiday season

10 Lighted Boat Parades to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

"Deck the hulls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la la la la!"

That's right. We said hulls, not halls. It's not a typo. In coastal cities across the U.S., boat enthusiasts trade traditional holiday parades through city streets for floating parades along canals, rivers and waterways. If you've never experienced a holiday boat parade, make 2017 the year to be a spectator or to even participate! Mark these Christmas boat parades on your calendar and get ready for Old St. Nick's unique arrival.

Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Lighted Boat Parade and Fireworks at Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce
Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk - View parade procession in Little Sabine at 6:30pm. View from Quietwater Beach area at 7pm. Look for Santa on the lead boat!

Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Astor, Florida Annual Lighted Parade of Boats
No boat is too small to participate. In lieu of an entry fee, organizers ask each boat to bring an unwrapped toy to donate.

Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Palm Beach, Florida Holiday Boat Parade
Fireworks light up the sky as this boat parade gets underway.

Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Alexandria and D.C. Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Plenty of additional festivities make this boat parade one to remember, including Santa's arrival by boat!

Dec. 3, 6 p.m.
Bradenton, Florida Christmas on the Braden River, 6 p.m.
Decorated boats and kayaks are invited to participate in this parade!

Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Boynton/Delray, Florida Holiday Boat Parade
Live music sets the stage for this holiday boat parade which begins at Boynton Harbor Marina.

Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.
Gulf Shores, Alabama 32nd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade
Numerous viewing points from restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway make this parade a fun, family event.

Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Apollo Beach, Florida Lighted Boat Parade
This boat parade benefits the Tampa Sailing Squadron's youth sailing program and is followed by a chili cook-off after party.

Dec. 9, 5 p.m.
Bonita Springs, Florida Boat Parade
The parade starts at The Fish House Restaurant. View from the restaurant for a festive dinner or view from the US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs for an exceptional vantage point.

Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Marina del Ray, California, Holiday Boat Parade
More than 25,000 attend this lighted boat parade! Additional festivities for parade day include Snow Wonder at Burton Chace Park and a fireworks show.

Dec. 10th, 5pm-9pm
Destin Lighted Boat Parade
Line the docks of the Destin Harbor for the annual Lighted Boat Parade. Watch as the famous Destin fishing fleet, decked in holiday twinkle lights, parade through the harbor before fireworks at 9PM!

Dec. 16, 7 p.m.
Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Florida, Holiday Boat Along
This lighted parade begins with fireworks and is a sight to see!

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