In South Florida, everything is better when done seaside—especially holiday celebrations. In December, these illuminated boat parades will bring merriment and wonder to area waters:
Martin and St. Lucie counties, December 3 and 10: The Treasure Coast will add sparkle to the sea with a series of boat parades; participation is free. Martin County residents can view the flotilla December 3 before it makes its way north to St. Lucie County December 10.
Palm Beach, December 3: This annual parade, presented by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, will be led by a fireworks display as it travels up the Intracoastal from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse.
Photo by Craig Houdeshell.
Boynton Beach, December 9: Now in its forty-fifth year, the Boynton Beach Holiday Boat Parade presents stunning ships that will float south beginning at the Lantana Bridge. Guests are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
Stuart, December 10: Sponsored by Meridian Marina & Yacht Club and The KC Ingram Show, this holiday happening imbues downtown Stuart with unparalleled energy. Dubbed the Martin County Christmas Boat Parade, the flotilla will take off south of Sandsprit Park and travel up the St. Lucie River.
Photo by Greg Gardner, Wide Angle Productions.
Lake Osborne, December 16: One of the newest additions to the scene, this grassroots boat parade began last year and promises to return in 2016 to light up Lake Osborne, located in central Palm Beach County.
Boca Raton, December 17: View Boca’s fortieth annual boat parade from bleacher seats at Silver Palm Park or Red Reef Park. Boats will take off at C-15 Canal and will have the opportunity to win $10,000 in cash and prizes.
The Boca Raton Holiday Boat Parade is one of the county’s oldest annual holiday events. The 2016 parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on December 17. (Photo by Robert Stolpe)