2021 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. Santa Fest & Christmas Parade at Curtis Hixon Park
2. Tarpon Springs Illuminated Boat Parade
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021 – 6:40pm – 8:30pm
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. The best viewing is from Craig Park/Spring Bayou.
Boats cast off at 6:30
6:40 – Parade through the Anclote River & Bayous
7:30 – Pass Mermaid in Craig Park for judging
8:00 – Return to home ports.
Where: Craig Park, 100 Library Ln, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
3. Dunedin Holiday Boat Parade & Tree Lighting
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021, 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.
2021 Boat Parade Route: The boat parade starts at Marker 1 Marina, travels south along the Intracoastal to Union Street, and returns north to the Dunedin Marina. Boats will arrive at Dunedin Marina at approximately 7:00 pm.
4. Annual Alafia Lighted Boat Parade & Chili-to-Go Fest
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021, 5-8 p.m.
Riverview Park & Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive, Riverview, FL 33560
Come out and watch the beautifully decorated boats float by! Or decorate your own boat. Chili-to-Go, Lighted Boats.
Overflow parking provided.
- Free Viewing of Fabulous Christmas Decorated Boats on the Alafia River.
Watch the Boats. Santa will arrive on one of them to see the children.
Chili Sale, Just $5.00 per personal bowl
5. Mainstreet Zephyrhills Christmas Parade at Festival of Lights
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 4-9 p.m.
38537 5th Ave, Zephyrhills,
Main Street Festival of Lights Parade is the highlight of the event which begins at 4 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.
6. 48th Annual Pinellas Park Christmas Parade
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 6-8 p.m.
5800 Park Blvd N, Pinellas Park, FL 33781-3250, United States
7. The Annual Apollo Beach Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 11, 2021 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.
8. Dunedin Old Fashioned Christmas and Holiday Parade
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 the festivities along Main Street and Broadway Avenue.
9. Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Parade Route: Starting 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.
Tarpon Springs Christmas Parade. After the parade, join us in 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)
10. Safety Harbor Holiday Parade
Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 10:00 AM
Safety Harbor Main Street – Closed from Bayshore to 9th Avenue from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
11. Annual Hillsborough River Holiday Boat Parade 2021
Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard St
12. 55th Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade
Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
The City of Madeira Beach is hosting its 55th Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade on December 11th. Madeira Beach Lighted and decorated boats will light up the waterways.
13. The Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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.
14. Palm Harbor Holiday Parade 2021
It’s Back!!! Come out and celebrate the holiday season with community leaders, local businesses, and even Santa!
We all missed this fun community event last year, and look forward to this great return!
See Upcoming Parades:
Want to know about these events as they come up?