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Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Tampa’s largest lighted boat parade will happen the Saturday before Christmas, December 18th, along the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa. The parade begins at the southern tip of Davis Islands, travels through the Convention Center basin and up to the Heights where the boats will turn around and head to Sparkman Wharf where judging will occur and the parade will end. Judges are pairs from Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the sailboat and motorboat competitions will each receive a trophy.


Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Holiday Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by Freedom Boat Club!

Date:  Saturday, December 18, 2021
Rain Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM

The Holiday Lighted Boat Parade will also be live-streamed on 10 Tampa Bay’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Holiday Lighted Boat Parade parking and transportation

Parking is available at multiple locations along the boat parade route including several parking garages and on-street metered parking.  The daily parking rates range from $1.00 per hour - $2.00 per hour, with a maximum of $9.00 - $12.00 per day.

GARAGES & LOTS – MORE INFORMATION

We encourage you to come early and walk the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk to other downtown destinations. You can also travel to the event using Uber, LyftPirate Water TaxiCoast Bike Share, and TECO Line Streetcar.  TECO Line Streetcar is now FREE and comes every 15 minutes.


Captains Party 

Presented by Yacht Starship

All registered boaters (+1) will join us on December 14th aboard Yacht Starship for the Captain's Party! Receive Boat Parade information and registration numbers.

Open Bar - Holiday Buffet - DJ & Dancing

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Dockside at Yacht Starship, 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602

Parking: Port Tampa Bay parking garage, 369 S 12th Street, Tampa, FL 33602 - All registered boaters will receive a voucher for Yacht Starship rate parking via email

If you are a registered boater and have not received the Captain's Party invite or parking voucher please email info@thetampariverwalk.com.


Holiday Lighted Boat Parade Route


2021 Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors.  Without their support, the holiday lighted boat parade would not be possible.

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Freedom Boat Club!

2020 DOWNTOWN TAMPA HOLIDAY LIGHTED BOAT PARADE WINNERS

Small/Motor Boat Competition

1ST – DON CAYO, COLLEGE WALL ART #56
2ND – MIKE MARSH, CADDYWHOMPUS #52
3RD – CRAIG PARRINO, LAUREN NICOLE #57

 
Large/Sail Boat Competition

1ST – TED HAMILTON, GLEE #101
2ND – PAT MACDONALD, LAZY LADY #106
3RD – MICHAEL BUCKLEY, SANTA SLEIGH #99


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