2016 Guide to Christmas and Holiday Boat Parades in Tampa Bay

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Macy’s Family Day Parade | November 19th | 10 – 11am

Join us at The Shops at Wiregrass followed by children’s activities in the Macy’s Wiregrass Children’s Department (2nd Floor).

Santa Fest: 35th Annual Christmas Parade | December 3rd | 11 – 4pm

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa is transformed into a winter wonderland. Activities include free photos with Santa Claus, continuous holiday entertainment, make-n-take holiday crafts and hands-on games and activities.

2016 Snow on 7th Holiday Parade | December 3rd | 5pm

Snow comes falling as the holiday cheer is in the air in Ybor City! Enjoy the beautiful Christmas Tree, the parade of holiday spirit, hot chocolate and more!


Holiday Boat Parades

St. Pete Boat Parade and Winter Festival in the Park | December 2nd | 6pm

View the parade from Horan Park and enjoy music, hot chocolate, art projects for the kids and a special visit from Santa.

Alafia Lighted Boat Parade  | December 3rd | 5pm & 8pm

This year’s parade will start at Williams Park and will conclude at River’s Edge for awards and a special VIP party.

Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade and Tree Lighting | December 3rd | 6pm-9pm

Ring in the holidays during this traditional waterfront celebration as decorated boats parade through the Intra-Coastal waterway and arrive at the Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:30pm. Enjoy holiday music and S’mores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree.

Pass-a-Grille/Vina Del Mar Parade | December 3rd | 6pm

801 Pass a Grill Way. The parade starts at Merry Pier.

St. Petersburg Annual Illuminated Boat Parade | December 10th | 6pm

A day long family festival in downtown St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park. Food, drinks, great live entertainment and a variety of children’s activities followed by the spectacular 26th Annual Illuminated Boat Parade in the evening. The parade is free but there is a festival admission.

Island Estates Yacht Club Boat Parade | December 10th |  6:30pm

Decorated boats assemble in Mandalay Channel and head to Coachman Park, under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and to the Clearwater Yacht Club’s judging stand. Prizes awarded for best decorated boats.

Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade | December 11th | 6:20pm

Parade begins at The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20pm at 400 Treasure Island Causeway and ends at John’s Pass around 8:30pm. The parade will pass through the channel at the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge around 7pm.

17th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade | December 18th | 6pm

Friends of the River’s 17th Annual Holiday Boat Parade is a celebration of life in a city with a river flowing through it! Mark your calendar for 1 week before Christmas

Twinkle in Tampa Bay Lighted Boat Parade | December 21st | 6:30pm

This Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place along the water at Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. You will be able to see the parade along the stretch of land from Davis Island to Channelside near downtown Tampa.




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