Tampa Bay Christmas and Holiday Parades

When it comes to the holidays, one of the most anticipated events are Christmas and Holiday parades in the Tampa area. Whether it’s the traditional street parade or illuminated boat parades, it’s always a very festive event for all to enjoy.

Parades usually include floats, cars, bands, entertainment, candy and lots of fun! Here are some quick tips to help you navigate the popular parade season.

Family-Friendly Tips for Christmas and Holiday Parades:

  • Visit the parade route before the day of the event and determine where you’ll be able to park.
  • Want a great spot? You may need to arrive up to two hours early for a close spot to the parade route.
  • Be prepared to walk. You may have to park further away in order to access the route.
  • Bring your own seating. If you arrive early, you’ll be able to stake a great spot for blankets or lawn chairs.
  • Bring water and snacks for the family. This will help to alleviate some stress and tantrums.
  • Bring cash. You may need to pay for parking and a lot of times, parades usually have holiday festivals to continue the celebration.
  • Have fun! Dress up and take lots of pictures. These are memories your family will always remember.

 

1. St. Petersburg Annual Santa Parade

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 6 p.m. 

Join the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation for the Illuminated Santa Parade & Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 30 at 6 p.m. Stay after the Santa Parade & Tree Lighting to enjoy a night in the park with activities, concessions and more!

PARADE ROUTE: Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. NE. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting.

 

2. Santa Fest & Christmas Parade at Curtis Hixon Park

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tampa’s Christmas Parade will roll out in on Saturday, December 7, at 11 a.m. This year’s parade is the largest Christmas Parade ever held with 95 colorful units. There will be beads, candy and other goodies tossed to onlookers as the floats, Krewes, dance groups, and others take part in this much anticipated annual event.

The parade begins at Madison and Pierce streets. Heads west on Madison Street then turns north onto Ashley Drive, and ends at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. The best viewing area is along Madison Street from Pierce Street to Tampa Street.

Parade viewers are encouraged to arrive by 9 a.m. to avoid road closure and to get a good spot along the parade route. Suggested parking options:
• Royal Street, 1200 N. Tampa Street
• Jackson Street, E. Kennedy Blvd & Jackson Street
• Ft. Brooke Garage, 107 N. Franklin Street

After the parade, the fun continues in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park with 38th Annual Santa Fest. Bring your little elves to Santa Fest for a free keepsake photo with Santa sponsored by the Friends of Tampa Recreation; continuous holiday entertainment, interactive games, bounce houses, a rock wall, and make-n-take crafts. The festival continues until 4 p.m.

 

 

3. 29th Annual Tarpon Springs Illuminated Boat Parade


Friday, December 6, 2019 with a start time of between 8 and 8:15 p.m.

Vessels will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous where Santa will give out treats to the children in Spring Bayou. There is no charge to participate, but all vessels must be registered to enter. Registration forms may be obtained at the City Marina and at the Recreation Division administrative office. Trophies will be awarded to the best decorated boats.

 

 

4. Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting

Saurday, December 7, 2019 from 6-9pm at Dunedin Marina/Edgewater Park

The Dunedin holiday parade of boats begins at the Marina at 7 p.m.. Enjoy holiday music and smores while waiting for Santa to arrive by boat and lead the countdown in the lighting of the City’s Christmas tree. Limited seating, please bring lawn chairs.

Boat Parade Route: From Marker 1 Marina, south along the intracoastal to Union St, returns north to Dunedin Marina. Boats arrive at Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:00 pm. Limited viewing at Weaver Park and along Bayshore Blvd and Edgewater Dr.

 

 

 

 

5. Alafia Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 5-8 p.m.

Riverview Park & Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive, Riverview, FL 33560

See all the lighted boats and Santa will be there.

 

 

6. Mainstreet Zephyrhills Christmas Parade at Festival of Lights

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4-9 p.m. 

38537 5th Ave, Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Our Festival of Lights Parade is the highlight of the event which begins at 7 p.m., a fun-filled day & night for the whole family. There will be live local entertainment at the Eiland Bandstand from 4PM to 9PM plus lots of food, merchandise and craft vendors to choose from at the event.

We give away two children’s bicycles at the event so be sure to stop by the Main Street Zephyrhills booth next year to see what all we have. You just complete a quick entry form to enter the drawing. You and your child must be present to win. The drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. at the Eiland Bandstand. Santa will be taking FREE photos in front of Goin Postal.

Parade Theme: “Holidays Around the World”

 

7. 47th Annual Pinellas Park Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. 

5800 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781-3250, United States

Join us for the 47th Annual Pinellas Park Christmas Parade! Enjoy 100+ units featuring local businesses, dance units, scouting troops, car clubs, high school marching bands, and much more! Don’t miss a special appearance by Santa Claus himself.

The parade begins at 6:00PM and and proceeds eastbound down Park Blvd between 58th Street (Railroad Crosing) and 40th Street (The Shoppes At Park Place). The parade can only be viewed from the south side of Park Blvd so grab your lawn chairs and come out early to claim your spot!

 

 

8. Ybor City’s Snow on 7th Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 6-9 p.m. (pre-parade at 6 p.m.)
East 7th Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets in Ybor City

Ybor Collaborative is hosting its 8th Annual Snow on 7th Parade featuring 10 middle & high school Marching Bands, local dance teams, & krewes, under a sky of snow! Join the Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Santa Claus for this FREE family friendly event.

Catch a great viewing spot and watch the pre-parade entertainment starting at 6 p.m. along historic 7th Ave. Enjoy seeing all the floats, marching bands and sounds of local performers. Parade will kick off at 7 p.m.

 

 

9. The Annual Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 6 p.m.

The  parade starts at the docks of The Tampa Sailing Squadron, located on Apollo Beach Boulevard. The event is free. All boaters in the surrounding communities are invited to participate.

See the full Parade route.

 

 

10. Dunedin Old Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 4-9pm 
Downtown Dunedin, 500 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698,

Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Douglas Ave from Beltrees to Skinner. Watch Santa arrive during the Holiday street parade then stay downtown for carriage rides, train rides, snow slide, kids crafts, old fashioned games, live music featuring “Late Night Brass” and “Soul Benders,” entertainment, snow flurries and visit with Santa Claus! Free to attend, Donations accepted at activities to benefit the Dunedin for Youth Scholarship Fund.

11. Clearwater Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.
Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.

An annual Clearwater holiday event that’s not to be missed! Festively decorated boats will parade past Coachman Park around 8:30 p.m. From there, the fleet will cruise under the Memorial Causeway Bridge turning into the Clearwater Marina Channel, then proceed south through the navigable canals to Clearwater Point. Free and family-friendly!

 

12. Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade & Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00 am 
Downtown Tarpon Springs

The annual Tarpon Springs Holiday Parade will start at Manatee Plaza (Old Winn Dixie) Goes North to E. Lemon St., turns right, goes to S. Ring Ave., turns left, goes to E. Tarpon Ave., turns left, and takes Tarpon Ave., all the way to Spring Bayou.

After the parade, bring the family to Craig Park for the annual Candy Cane Hunt. Children up to age 12 can hunt for the lucky candy cane. We will have crafts, hot chocolate and even a visit from Santa. (Approx. 11:30am)

 

 

 

13. Safety Harbor Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 1- 3 p.m.
Safety Harbor Main Street – Closed from Bayshore to 9th Avenue from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Floats, old fashioned cars, Shriners, and Santa are just a few of the highlights that will be rolling down Main Street.

 

14. 20th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade

Sunday, December 14, 2019 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard St
All boaters and paddlers of canoes, kayaks, etc. in the Tampa Bay area are invited to join the FUN at the Hillsborough Boat Parade for Everyone! Paddlers and boaters are needed to help create this FREE community event. Boaters assemble at Lowry Park Boat Ramp. Parade begins at 6:00 pm, arriving upriver at Sulphur Springs Park. Parade ends at Sulphur Springs Park, 701 E. Bird St. Tampa, FL 33604.

 

 

15. The 53rd Annual Madeira Beach Festival of Lights Boat Parade

Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

The City of Madeira Beach is hosting its 53rd Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade on December 14th. The parade will start North of the Tom Stuart Causeway and travel through the inlets and end at Johns Pass Village. Madeira Beach Lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways.

 

 

16. The Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

The Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade is set for December 21, 2019! This FREE holiday event along the Riverwalk will include a large route with multiple public viewing areas.The official judging station will be located at Sparkman Wharf

Public Viewing Schedule:
6:30PM – Parade starts at Tampa Convention Center & heads north
6:50PM – Arrives at Curtis Hixon Park
7:00PM – Arrives at Armature Works & turns around to head south
7:30PM – Arrives at Davis Island & Channel Drive
7:45PM – Arrives at American Victory Ship & Sparkman Wharf
9:30PM – Parade ends

There will be quite a crowd for Saturday evening so plan to get to the event early! While the parade starts at 6:30PM, crowds will find their viewing spots earlier in the evening.

17. 37th Annual Palm Harbor Community Holiday Parade

Saturday, December 21, 2019  starting at 3 p.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town! Mark your calendars!
Get out the tinsel and your holiday best and plan to join us.

NEW PARADE ROUTE THIS YEAR. Begins at 16th Street & Nebraska Avenue, end in Downtown Palm Harbor

 

 

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