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Holiday Lighted Boat Parades In The Tampa Bay Area

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During the month of December Tampa Bay neighborhoods and boats are ablaze with festive lights. Holiday lighted boat parades are a Florida tradition and the bay area has carried on that tradition for decades. Almost every community in the bay area that is on or near water celebrates the holidays with their own illuminated boat parade. Here’s our list of Tampa Bay’s best holiday lighted boat parades for 2013.


Redington Beach/Indian Shores

Illuminated Boat Parade

Date: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 6:00 PM

This boat parade starts in Madeira North of the Tom Stuart Causeway and runs north pass the public view area at Indian Shores Town Hall. The Pub in Indian Shores will host refreshments and the Awards Presentation. The website shows the parade route and best areas for public viewing.

Twinkle In Tampa Bay

Channelside Boat Parade

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 6:30pm

This Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade takes place along the water at the by Davis Island, Harbour Island and the Channelside District. You will be able to see the parade along the a great stretch of land from Davis Island to Channelside near downtown Tampa. Channelside Bay Plaza is a great place to enjoy yourself before or after the parade. Parking is available at several public parking lots. Channelside offers a wide variety of restaurants from Hooters to Spiltsville and everything in between. Across the street from Channelside is a multi-level parking structure.

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Treasure Island Holiday Boat Parade


Date: Saturday, Dec 21 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM

The parade begins at The Club at Treasure Island at 6:20 pm at 400 Treasure Island Causeway and ends at John’s Pass around 8:30pm, passing through the channel at the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge (an excellent viewing spot) around 7pm. Pre-parade party at The Club at 4pm. Rain date: Sunday, Dec. 22. The Treasure Island Causeway Bridge will close to vehicular traffic at 7pm on December 21 or the rain date the 22 for approximately 30 to 45 minutes to allow the boat parade to pass through.

Related: Best Cheap & Free Things To Do With Kids Around Tampa Bay

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