Christmas Cruises

December 2015 Web Exclusive

Looking for a nautical way to get in the Christmas spirit? These resplendant parades include everything from houseboats to yachts, pontoon boats, cruisers and canoes, but one thing is the same—they’ll all be lit up galore with tons of Christmas lights and festive decorations to celebrate the season.

The Parade of Lights

When: Saturday, December 12

Where: According to the Friday Flyer, the parade will leave East Port at 5:15 p.m. and cruise the East Bay and Main Lake, finishing up at Holiday Harbor for the presentation of awards.

Need additional motivation to get started on your boat float? There are prizes for the winning floats – not only plaques but cash as well 

30th Annual Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 12

Where: Naples News brings word that this parade starts at the Fish House on Bonita Beach Road, passing parks and bridges on the way to Holly Lane where everyone will make a 180-degree turn and cruise back to the Fish House.

Holiday Caroling Cruise 

When: Friday, December 18 from 5:30 to 8

Where: Marco Island Princess

Along with caroling, there will be dock-decoration viewing on this cruise! This area also just hosted their annual boat parade as well (check out the picture on the right). Find more info and the full calendar of seasonal events at

The Lighted Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 12 at 5 p.m. 

Where: In Gig Harbor

Celebrating over 50 years, The Lighted Boat Parade has been a holiday classic in Gig Harbor that countless people look forward to as a way to kick off the season. To read what residents have to say about this special tradition, visit The News Tribune

There are countless holiday boat parades out there, and everyone agrees that they're an exciting and lively way to ring in the Christmas spirit while enjoying the feeling of the season together. Are there any cruise traditions in your area? Post about them on our Facebook page, and maybe more people will be able to come join you!

Photos credited to Bert Barbay, Jason Easterly, Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent, and Lee Giles III/News Tribune, respectively. 

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