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.
  • 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 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. 

New place and new time! Parade begins at Albert Whitted Park and runs Bayshore Dr. and 5th Ave. NE. The Tree Lighting will be immediately follow the Santa Parade at 8 p.m. in North Straub Park. Stay after the Santa Parade and Tree Lighting to enjoy entertainment, children’s activities, music and more in the park. Food concessions will be available. Blanket seating.


2. Santa Fest & Christmas Parade

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

The annual Santa Fest and Tampa’s Christmas Parade continues at Curtis Hixon Park for a festive parade and fun family activities following the parade.

Parade Route:The parade features 95 colorful floats, Krewes, dance groups, and service groups.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.

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. Activities include free photos with Santa Claus , holiday crafts, games, bounce houses, a rock wall, and make-n-take crafts.


3. Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting

Saurday, December 1, 2018 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.



4. 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.

5. Alafia Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 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 8, 2018 from 4-9 p.m. 

38537 5th Ave, Zephyrhills, FL 33542

The Main Street Zephyrhills Christmas Parade is the highlight of the Festival of Lights event, 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 will be giving away two children’s bicycles at the event so be sure to stop by the Main Street Zephyrhills booth to complete a quick survey. Santa will be taking FREE photos in front of Goin Postal.


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 8, 2018 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 8, 2018 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 free carriage rides, train rides, snow slide, kids crafts, old fashioned games, live music, entertainment and snow flurries! 

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, entertainment and snow flurries!


11. Clearwater Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, December 8, 2018 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. Holiday in the Harbor (Palm Harbor)

Saturday, December 15, 2018  starting at 4 p.m.
Palm Harbor, Westlake Road & Nebraska Avenue
Community Parade Begins at Westlake Road & Nebraska Avenue at 4 p.m. 

15. 19th Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade

Sunday, December 16, 2018 6-7:30 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.



16. Madeira Beach Festival of Lighted Boat Parade

Details coming soon!

Lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways. The parade will begin at Johns Pass Village and Boardwalk. It will continue through the waterways and end at American Legion.


Sign Up:

Want to know of these events as they come up? Sign up for our weekend newsletter and we will let you know what‰s happening every weekend.

Become a fan on Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for daily updates.

Check out our Community Event Calendar for daily events.


Spread the love
  • 1