Florida’s Holiday Boat Parades

Florida can boast some of the best in holiday boating. Thanks to warm weather and an impressive boating culture, Floridians get to experience a season of boating that most of us can only dream about. Festive Crownline Christmas parties or after-dark cruises, there’s plenty of aquatic cheer to go around down in the Sunshine State. Some of Florida’s best December traditions are the boat parades. Check out a few of our favorites while you keep an eye out for a Crownline or two in the procession. And if you’re lucky enough to participate, don’t forget to send us pictures!




The Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 15, 2018, 6 pm
Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida

This fantastic charity event collects toys and donations for local children in need. Based on last year’s success, organizers predict 100 boats and more than 1,000 donated toys. Guests can expect a great time at Bayfront Park (the official viewing location) with food vendors, a DJ, bounce house, and a 9 pm fireworks display. This is one Miami party you won’t want to miss.





The Lake Conway Christmas Boat Parade
Dec. 14-16, 2018
Lake Conway, Orlando, Florida

South Lake — Friday, Dec. 14, 8 pm
Middle Lake — Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm
North Lake — Sunday, Dec. 16, 7 pm


This three-day event is a community favorite and open to anyone who wants to join the illuminated festivities. The collection of decorated boats is impressive, and a prize is awarded each night for the boat with the most creative sparkle.


Tampa Bay

Downtown Tampa Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 22, 2018, 6:30 pm
Riverwalk, Tampa Bay, Florida

Join in the fun in Tampa Bay. The Lighted Boat Parade is still accepting entries, so for $50 you can cruise with an amazing collection of decorated boats. From massive barge floats to small runabouts, participants go all-out with festive decor. There are two categories of awards: motor boats and sailboats. If you want to watch, check out the parade route here. It’s a great idea for a family night out or even a date night.


Fort Lauderdale


Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Dec. 15, 2018, 6:30 pm
Docks of Stranahan House to Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Called “The Greatest Show on H2O,” this illuminated extravaganza is the largest boat parade in the world. From private boats to corporate mega yachts, everyone is welcome to attend for a modest entry fee. This year’s theme is “Best of the ’80s” and promises to be a night you won’t soon forget. The event is expecting more than a million spectators on the long parade route, so grab some tickets and stake out a spot early. It’s going to be a blast.