Don’t Miss the 2022 Holiday Boat Parades


'Tis the season to crank up the Christmas tunes, pull out the decorations and get in the spirit with holiday parties and events. What’s better than waving to Santa on a lighted float at your local holiday parade? That would be waving to St. Nick on a tugboat and watching a holiday parade from the water!

Whether you’re cruising the sunny south or sipping hot cocoa while weathering the northern cold, be sure to catch December’s boat parades across the nation to witness colorfully lit vessels with creative ornaments cruise down a waterway near you.


boat covered in red and green Christmas lights
Wharf DC Boat Parade | Credit Susan Elnicki Wade

Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade
Annapolis, MD
December 10, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Watch from Eastport Yacht Club or along the Spa Creek Bridge. 

Lighted Boat Parade at St. Michaels Harbor 
St. Michaels, MD

December 10, 6:00 p.m.
View from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum with free admission after 4:00 p.m.

Lighted Boat Parade at Solomons Island
Solomons Island, MD

December 10, 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. 
Hosted by Solomons Island Yacht Club and Solomons Yachting Center, ending along the Riverwalk area.

Virginia Beach Holiday Boat Parade
Virginia Beach, VA

December 10, 5:15 p.m.
Leaving Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club and ending at Lesner Inn.

Portland Harbor Christmas Boat Parade of Lights
Portland, ME

December 17, 4:30 p.m.
Watch from Maine State Pier and local marinas such as DiMillo’s Marina.

a boat driving at night time covered in Christmas
La Posada Lighted Boat Parade | Credit Amy Jimenez


La Posada Lighted Boat Parade
Corpus Christi, TX

December 9, 7:00 p.m.
December 10, 6:00 p.m.
Begins at Padre Isles Boat Ramp; view from Snoopy’s Pier/Marker 37 and Doc’s Seafood & Steaks

Charleston Holiday Boat Parade
Charleston, SC

December 10, 5:30 p.m.
Starts along the shores of Mount Pleasant, and viewing from the downtown peninsula begins around 7:30 p.m.

Hardrock Winterfest Boat Parade | Credit Zielinski Creative

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade
Fort Lauderdale, FL

December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Begins along the docks west of Stranahan House, traveling east along the New River and continues north to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach.

Manatee River Holiday Boat Parade
Manatee River, FL

December 10, 6:00 p.m. 
Starts at Snead Island and continues to Bradenton Yacht Club, Safe Harbor Marina and Twin Dolphin Marina.

Schooner Wharf Lighted Boat Parade | Credit Carol Tedesco

31st Annual Schooner Wharf Bar/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade
Key West, FL

December 10, 8:00 p.m.
Presented by Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West Seaport and located along Key West Bight and harbor. 

Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade
Bonita Springs. FL

December 11, 5:30 p.m.
Begins at Bay Water Boat Club and travels east along the Imperial River.

48th Annual Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade
Boca Raton, FL

December 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Begins at C-15 Canal along the ICW and travels south to Hillsboro Blvd. bridge.


47th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade
Dana Point, CA

December 9, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
December 10, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Watch from anywhere around the harbor or the Ocean Institute holiday viewing party event located at Dana Point Harbor Drive.

60th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade
Marina del Rey, CA

December 10, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Located along the main channel of Marina del Rey Harbor; view from Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village.

60th Annual Huntington Harbour Boat Parade
Huntington Beach, CA

December 10, 6:00 p.m.
View from the local beach areas.

San Diego Bay Parade of Lights | Credit Tony Webster

52nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
San Diego, CA

December 11 & 18, 5:30 p.m.
Located along the pier at Cesar Chavez Park and traveling along Coronado.

11th Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights
Newport Beach, CA

December 14-18, 6:30 p.m.
Starting from the east end of Lido Island and traveling alongside the 10.5-acre Marina Park.

Seattle Christmas Boat Parade
Seattle, WA

December 17, 7:00 p.m.
Begins next to Fremont Tugboat Co. and circles back ending across from the starting point at Morrison’s North Star Marine Fuel Dock.

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