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As fall comes to a close, we are preparing for the most wonderful time of year - when temperatures start to cool off, family comes together and holiday traditions are in full swing. Anyone who experiences Christmastime in a coastal town knows there is no better way to celebrate the magic of the season than on the water taking in the twinkly lights and festive decorations of a boat parade. From Charleston, South Carolina to the Florida Keys, we provide you with a complete list of the upcoming Christmas boat parades that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Martin County Boat Parade

Boca Raton - 40th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Each December, hundreds of spectators line the 6 1/2 mile parade route in Boca Raton to watch spectacularly decorated vessels of all sizes cruise by. Entry into the boat parade is free with thousands of dollars in cash prizes and awards. Entering your boat in the 40th Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the Holiday season! Last year, over 25 boats participating and this year promises to be just as exciting. Come out and enjoy this unique event!! The route begins at the Intracoastal Waterway starting at the C-15 canal (Boca Raton-Delray Beach city limits) traveling south to Hillsboro Bridge. Public viewing locations included Red Reef Park and Silver Palm Park. 

Boynton Beach - Delray Beach 45th Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Friday, December 9th, 2016 - 6:00pm

The Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Delray Beach invite you to celebrate the holiday season Florida style with the Boynton Beach & Delray Beach Holiday Boat Parade, December 9th. This flotilla of brightly-decorated boats will line up at the Lantana Bridge near Old Key Lime House and motor south at 6:30 pm along the Intracoastal Waterway to the C-15 canal in Delray. The event at the Boynton Harbor Marina starts at 6:00 pm with live music setting the stage for the parade. This illuminating holliday tradition can be viewed in Boynton Beach at Intracoastal Park, Jaycee Park and in Delray Beach from Veterans Park. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

Charleston, South Carolina - 34th Annual Holiday Parade of Boats

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

The 34th Annual Charleston Parade of Boats, which takes place in the Charleston Harbor, is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. There will be a viewing party at the Charleston Maritime Center presented by the Rotary Club Of Charleston and the City of Charleston. Here you can enjoy savory foods, holiday tunes and the best vantage point for viewing boats decorated in lights, trees, music and more as they dance across the harbor. Click here to purchase your tickets to the viewing party. 

Video of the 2015 Charleston Boat Parade:

Fort Lauderdale - Seminole Hard Rock Casino Winterfest Boat Parade 

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 6:30pm to 11:00pm

Starting in Fort Lauderdale’s Downtown, traveling East on the New River and North on the Intracoastal to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach, it’s 12 Miles of the “Greatest Show on H20.” Winterfest, which gained popularity for its one-of-a-kind boat parade, brings together the Ft. Lauderdale community and visitors from around the world. In 1988, community leaders decided to build upon the popularity of the Boat Parade and create a non-profit organization that would turn the in-water parade and all of its surrounding events into a world-class community extravaganza. Broward County also benefits, thanks to Winterfest’s economic impact on the community of more than $50 million per year. 

Ft. Lauderdale Boat Parade

Jacksonville Light Boat Parade 

December 30th, 2016 

The Jacksonville Light Parade has become a tradition for thousands of families and out-of-town guests who eagerly await the transformation of the St. Johns River. Boats of every shape and size feature decorations that captivate senses and stimulate imaginations. This enchanted night is topped off by a fireworks display like no other, featuring the signature bridge "waterfalls." Admission is free.

Jupiter / Palm Beach Boat Parade

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by the Marine Industries Association, The 22nd Annual Jupiter/Palm Beach Boat Parade is led by a Zambelli traveling fireworks display which navigates up the Intracoastal Waterway from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. This year the premier holiday event will welcome local country singer/songwriter and American Idol finalist Emily Brooke as a grand marshal joining Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 on the Loggerhead Marina Grand Marshal Boat. There will be $10,000+ in Cash & Prizes all benefiting Toys for Tots. 

Jupiter Boat Parade

Key Largo Boat Parade

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Each December, Blackwater Sound in Key Largo offers spectators a dazzling show of decorated boats that parade along the water in celebration of the holiday season. Boats line up at 6:30 pm at headpin to Dusenbury Ck. on Blackwater Sound. The best viewing and libation locations are to be found at Sundowners where the winner's party will be held at 10pm, Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Boat entry is no cost. All the boats participating, except for the grand prize winner, will automatically be eligible for a random drawing to win $500.00! For one lucky boat, it will pay to enter the parade, what better way to kick off the holidays?

Martin County - 36th Annual Martin County Boat Parade

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Get ready to ring in the holiday season Florida style with the 36th Annual Martin County Holiday Boat Parade. The highly anticipated parade will launch in front of Wahoos at 6pm and proceed to Sandsprit Park and into the Manatee Pocket where it will wrap up at Twisted Tuna at ~ 7:45pm. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. The judges boat is to be sponsored by Chapman School of Seamanship will be located near the Evans Crary Bridge. The event is free for both spectators and participants. The public is invited to enjoy viewing the parade boats at restaurants, parks and other locations along the route as well as walking along the docks to view the boats and meet the crews. 

Miami - Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade 

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 7:00pm

The 19th Annual Miami Outboard Club Holiday Parade will have over 75 Boats participating in the holiday fun, which starts at 7:00pm on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The event is a longstanding community tradition and an integral part of The Miami Outboard Club’s Family and community activities. Each year this event brings residents together for the holiday season. The official viewing venue is Bay Front Park where spectators will find food vendors, a bounce house, DJ and firework show at 9:00pm. 

Jupiter Boat Parade


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