Bay area holiday lighted boat parades 2017

Last Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:16 PM EST

Pinellas County 

St. Petersburg Annual Illuminated Boat Parade | December 9 | 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

A day long family festival in downtown St. Petersburg -- 401 Bay Shore Drive NE. Join us for a St. Pete holiday tradition as the Lighted Boat Parade sets sail on December 9th. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Grandstand seats are available for purchase below. Musical entertainment by the Southside Bulldogs.

Boca Ciega Yacht Club Lighted Christmas Boat Parade | December 9 | 6:00 p.m.

Boca Ciega Yacht Club, a not- for-profit organization of over 200 family memberships, is holding its 32nd Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, December 19, 2017.

For information regarding participation, online registration or to be a sponsor, please visit Questions about the parade? Call 727-430-7241 or email

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade | December 15 | 6:20 p.m.

Experience the spectacle that has been called “Las Vegas on Water” at this year’s TI Lighted Boat Parade. All Treasure Island residents are invited to the Cast-Off Party at The Club at Treasure Island featuring complimentary cake, hot dogs, coffee, cash bar and live entertainment! Enjoy a special guest appearance by Santa & Mrs. Claus. 

All inquiries for the above can be directed to The Dockmaster’s Office at The Club TI at 727.367.4511×236 or at 

Indian Rocks Beach Holiday Lighted Boat Parade |December 20 | 7 p.m.

For information on this event, please contact the City of Indian Rocks Beach Public Services Department @ 727-595-6889 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hillsborough County

Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade | December 9 | Sunset

For more information on Registration or about the Tampa Sailing Squadron contact: Gary Mull at 813-586-4279 or

18th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade | December 17 | 6 p.m.

Friends of the River's 18th Annual Holiday Boat Parade is a celebration of life in a city with a river flowing through it! Mark your calendar for one week before Christmas Eve.  All participants must register on the EventBrite page:

Alafia Lighted 32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade | December 2 | 5 p.m.

Traditionally occurring on the first Saturday in December, the Alafia Lighted Boat Parade has evolved to take various forms. This year’s parade will start at Williams Park and will conclude at River’s Edge for awards and a special VIP party.

Anyone interested in entering their boat in the parade is encouraged to do so by contacting Mike Broussard at Entry Fee is $25 donation. Any boat is invited to attend, however, only registered boats are eligible for prizes. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available as well and, as always, 100 percent of proceeds will support the charitable activities of the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview and Hillsborough County. For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Tyson at

Manatee County 

Christmas on the Braden River | December 2 | 6 p.m.

Bring your kids to this FREE Florida family-friendly holiday show on H20! A stage that floats upstream along the Braden River past decorated docks and illuminated homes.

Check out our local group "Old Braden River Historical Society" on Facebook where we are announcing the event. Please direct any questions to Denise Kleiner by e-mail or by phone at 941-320-8811.

Manatee Holiday Boat Parade | December 9 |  6:30 p.m.

The parade of lighted boats begins at dusk near Snead Island. The route then proceeds east past the Bradenton Yacht Club, to Riverhouse Reef and Grill and the Regatta Pointe Marina. The parade turns south at the Green Bridge and moves onward to PIER 22  and the Twin Dolphin Marina. Public viewing sites are available from the Green Bridge Pier, Riverhouse Reef & Grill, PIER 22 and on the Riverwalk in downtown Bradenton.

To apply with your vessel, contact the Regatta Point Marina office at 941-729-6021 or download the registration form at

For more information and a map of the parade route go to Facebook,

Hernando County 

Hernando Beach Boat Parade | December 9 | 6:30 pm

Hernando Beach Yacht Club annual Christmas boat parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, leaving our dock at 6:30 p.m. It will be traveling down Marlin Canal, Cheeks Creek Canal and return, then Tarpon Canal ending at the boat ramp.   You are invited to participate.  Decorate your boat. Awards to be given.  Entry fee is one unwrapped child's toy.  Registration will be open at our clubhouse at 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.  You are invited to view the parade from our deck or dock. Come and enjoy hot dogs, drinks, and some Christmas cheer. Our clubhouse will be open from 5 pm until after all boats have returned and awards announced. Website Flyer

Weeki Wachee River Lighted Boat Parade | December 9, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy the beautiful lighted boats as they cruise along the Weeki Wachee River. To enter a decorated boat, simply donate a gift card, cash donation, or a new unwrapped toy for a Hernando County charity. Boats will line up at 5:30 pm at Roger’s Park for previewing and judging -- a great photo opportunity! The boat parade route winds down river to Bayport and returns to Rogers Park.

For more information call 352-596-2852 or email Junior at

Pasco County

Cotee River Christmas Boat Parade | December 16 | Dusk

US Highway 19 (Catches Restaurant) to Sims Park. Per requests, we continue to extend the parade route to include some of Port Richey and the waterfront restaurants.

We will begin at Red Marker #34 (Just NW of the US- 19 Bridge) and end at the Main Street Bridge downtown. For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

Polk County

29th Light Up the Lakes Christmas Boat Parade | December 9 | 6:30 p.m.

This annual event, hosted by Chain Life Winter Haven, begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. on Lake May in Winter Haven. The parade travels from Lake May to Shipp, back to May, then onto Lake Howard, to Cannon and back to Howard. Boat decorations will be judged at Harborside Restaurant on Lake Shipp.

Saturday's parade will loop through 4 of the city's lakes — also visiting Lakes May, Shipp, Howard and Cannon as long as the canals look good.

For more information, send an email to Contact: Katie Worthington at (863) 293-2138 or visit