Lighted Holiday Boat Parade planned for Tampa

Photo of boats covered in holiday lights

Tampa will have its own lighted holiday boat parade on December 19 — to coincide with the oh so festive Winter Village in Curtis Hixon Park. Florida may not be the first place you think of when you imagine Christmas, but we know how to make some merriment in this city.

Tampa’s largest lighted boat parade will happen along the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa. The parade will begin in the Convention Center basin, travel to the Heights, and end at Sparkman Wharf.

Join the festive boat parade

Judges will be pairs from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the winner of the sailboat and motorboat competitions will each receive a trophy. Viewing the parade is FREE.

To participate in the boat parade, registration is required.

Click HERE for registration details. The cost is $50 per vessel, and the deadline to register is December 11.

Ice Skating in the park

Tampa’s lighted boat parade begins at 6:30pm.

Tampa’s Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park officially kicks off on November 20 and features a skating rink and local merchants.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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