Tuesday, December 01, 2015

SW Florida Holiday Boat Parades For December

LABELLE, FL. -- Have a festive holiday season along the waterways watching one of the many lighted boat parades in southwest Florida this year. Here's a listing of information on boat parades from Naples to Venice, Florida:

Bonita Springs Boat Parade
December 12th 2015, 5:00pm

This year starting at The Fish House Restaurant on Bonita Beach Road. The US 41 bridge in Bonita Springs, over the Imperial River is an excellent vantage point to see the parade. Parking is limited. Plan to park at neighboring plazas; Kmart, Fresh Market, Riverview Terrace Office Park and walk to the venue .Website

Captiva Cruises Lighted Boat Parade
December 12th, 6:00 pm 2015

More than 30 boats parade down Roosevelt Channel for this spectacular event. Visitors can choose to cruise in the parade with special passenger tickets or watch the parade from McCarthy’s Marina, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Jensen’s Marina or the Green Flash. www.captivaholidayvillage.com

Cape Coral Holiday Boat Along
December 19th , 2015 7:00pm

Cape Coral's Holiday Boat A Long features a parade of beautifully decorated boats.The fun goes from 4-10PM. Located at Four Freedoms Park on Cape Coral Pkwy, the festival has food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus along with the parade. You can also watch as the boats line up in Bimini Basin for the parade which first passes by the park's beach before heading down various canals in South Cape Coral.

The parade starts at 7PM with fireworks. Paddle boats, and then boats of all types and sizes cruise by the park's beach.  To register to be in the boat parade, contact Sea Tow at (239) 549-0558, to perform at the festival call (239)573-3121, and for more information call (239)573-3123. Website

27th Annual Christmas Boat Parade - Fort Myers Beach
December 5th 2015 6:00pm

Come enjoy some Christmas spirit at the 27th Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Last year over 30 boats participated and this year promises to be even more exciting. The parade will pass by such establishments as Big Game Waterfront Grill, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Matanzas, Nervous Nellies, Doc Fords and Bonita Bills where you can kick back and enjoy the fun. The parade is from 6-8pm. For information visit www.fmbboatparade.com. This event is sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.

LaBelle Christmas Boat Parade
December 12 2015 7:30pm

Along the Calossahatchee River at the bridge in LaBelle. All boaters welcome, any size boat, any amount of decorations, and a bronze plaque to be awarded all boats. For entry info labelleheritagemuseum.org or (239) 910-1538.

Lights of Love Christmas Boat Parade - Lakeport
December 6th 2015 6:00pm

The Lakeport Lights of Love Christmas Boat Parade, set for Dec. 6 at Harney Pond Canal in Glades County, will also be a toy drive. Entry fee is one new, unwrapped toy per person. The toys will be given to the local toy drive for Lakeport children. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m. There will be a prize for the best decorated boat. Registration for the event will be through Dec. 1, To register, or for more information, call Tom at 863-946-1146, or Lois at 443-463-2785, or Lorraine at 863-227-4301.

Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade - Naples
December 12th 2015 6:15-8:30pm

The parade may be viewed from: Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park. Donations will be accepted by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County. 100% of donations will be given to The Ricky King Fund which provides the unmet financial medical needs of local children. Make donation checks payable to The Ricky King Fund. Send check and parade entry form to MIACC, P.O. Box 9887, Naples, FL 34101 Website Route

Christmas Boat Parade - Okeechobee
December 19th 2015 6:00pm

The Okeechobee Yachette Club will host their 32 annual Christmas Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 19. Decorate your boat and meet the group on Taylor Creek by the Burger King and State Road 70 bridge between 5 and 5:30 p.m. in Okeechobee. The boat parade starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call Arnie at 863-634-4777.

Pine Island Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 12, 2015 6:00pm

The Pine Island Community Boat Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., in St. James City. There are many ways to enjoy the boat parade, including viewing from various restaurants, homes and other vantage points along the parade route. The parade route will remain the same as in previous years and will include Monroe, Cherry Estates and Henley waterways. Organizers will be collecting canned goods for the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the theme for this year will be in support of local law enforcement. Contact Capt. Mickey Brelsford at 786-298-6267 or email CaptainMickey@TailerJailer.com.

Gasparilla Marina Christmas Boat Parade - Placida
December 15th, 2015 6:00pm

The Marina Christmas lighted boat parade assembles at the fuel dock at 5:30 PM and depart around 6:00PM heading north on the Intracoastal to Palm Island and then back to the marina. The parade is followed by a get together at the restaurant and awarding of prizes. Website Contact Jeff at the marina for particulars at (941) 697-2280.

Punta Gorda Boat Parade
December 19th, 2015 6:00 pm

Viewers get up very close to the boats at this parade that includes carolers, performers and great decorations. No entry fees, no judging, just a great time! No worries from winds or tides. It's Smooth Sailing as the entire parade is within protected waters of the PGI canal system. Website

26th Annual Peace River Lighted Boat Parade - Charlotte Harbor
December 13h 2015 6:00pm

The best viewing spots are Edgewater Lake in Charlotte Harbor, Fishermen's Village, the bridges of US41 North and Southbound (no chairs will be permitted at this location) and Laishley Park Marina as the final stop.  For further details, please call the Punta Gorda Chamber on 941 639 3720.

Registration free. This year, you'll be able to join the parade at three different stages. If you want to do the complete route (which we encourage), you will start in Edgewater Lake on the north shore and cross the harbor in parade format starting around 6pm (Stage 1). For those, uneasy about the harbor crossing at night, why not join us at Stage 2 (the entrance to the Isles Yacht Club channel) and join the parade from there. For small craft like dinghies, kayaks etc, stage 3 will be the Punta Gorda Boat Club launch, where you will make your way to Fishermen's Village and return via the shoreline to the Boat Club after the parade passes by.
Admission: Free Tel: (941) 769-0002 Website

Venice Christmas Boat Parade
December 5th, 2015

Christmas in Venice...the lights, the palm tress, the waterways. Celebrate the holiday season by decorating your boat and joining in the fun! There is no better way to start the Christmas Season than by joining the fun and participating in the Venice Boat Parade of Lights. Contact Information John Osmulski at 809-8100 or email josmulski@gmail.com Website

List Courtesy of floridabywater.com

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