Experience the Magic of the Annual Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade

UPDATE - The City of Cape Coral has announced that the 2023 Christmas Boat Parade is canceled due to inclement weather and it will not be rescheduled.

Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade FL - Welcome to Cape Coral's most enchanting holiday tradition - the Holiday Boat A Long Christmas Boat Parade!  This extraordinary event features a dazzling procession of beautifully decorated boats that will capture your heart and ignite your holiday spirit.

When and Where

Mark your calendar for the 2023 edition of the festive celebration, taking place on Saturday, December 16, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The main location for the merriment is Four Freedoms Park, situated on Cape Coral Parkway in Northwest Cape Coral.  This is a free, family friendly event.  Here's what you can look forward to:

Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade
A Feast for the Senses

  • Gourmet Delights: Treat your taste buds to a delectable array of food and drinks from local food truck vendors that will keep you fueled and satisfied through the evening.
  • Musical Magic: Get lost in the melodies of the season with live entertainment that will keep you singing along.
  • Creative Corner:  Engage your artistic spirit and experience the joy of creating unique, festive crafts that will add a personal touch to your holiday season.
  • Family Movie Time: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and gather 'round the big screen for a heartwarming family movie, perfect for all ages.  This year's feature will be "Polar Express".
  • A Special Guest*: The man of the hour, Santa Claus himself, will make an appearance, spreading cheer and creating lots of photo opportunities.

The Parade Begins

The highlight of the evening is, of course, the boat parade, and it's truly a spectacle to behold. As the sun begins to set, the boats assemble in the breathtaking Bimini Basin, creating a glittering procession of shimmering lights and holiday cheer.

The parade route is carefully planned to ensure that everyone gets a glimpse of the magic. It commences by passing Four Freedoms Park's beach before navigating through various canals in South Cape Coral. While residents along the canals are treated to an up-close view, you can secure a front-row seat right at the park.

Find Your Spot for this Fun Family Friendly Holiday Event

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For your comfort, a few bleachers are set up in front of the beach, but to ensure you have a cozy place to sit, we recommend bringing your own chairs. Don't worry; there's plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the spectacle.

The Holiday Boat-A-Long - A Dazzling Display

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As the clock strikes 7 PM, the boat parade kicks off. You'll witness a procession of boats, each adorned with a symphony of twinkling lights that cast vibrant reflections upon the water. It's a sight that will fill your heart with holiday joy and wonder.

From paddle boats to vessels of all shapes and sizes, you'll see a delightful array of boats, each with its own unique charm. Some may feature Santas, elves, or whimsical characters, while others serenade the crowd with beloved Christmas carols.

Themes abound, with boats showcasing everything from tropical palm trees to beloved Disney characters and, of course, captivating designs aglow with festive lights. The audience becomes an integral part of the spectacle, applauding and cheering for their favorites as they glide by.

Bring the Family and Enjoy the Festivities

This extraordinary event is brought to you by Cape Coral Parks and Recreation, and you can even be a part of the magic! If you have a boat you'd like to enter in the parade, contact Sea Tow at (239) 945-4820 to register.

Get in the Spirit

Celebrate the holiday season the Florida way by immersing yourself in the Cape Coral Christmas Boat Parade. It's an experience you won't want to miss, so be sure to include it in your holiday festivities. Get ready for an evening of wonder, merriment, and the true magic of Cape Coral!

Where is the Cape Coral boat parade?

The Cape Coral boat parade takes place in Cape Coral, Florida at the Four Freedoms Park on Cape Coral Pkwy.

What is the route for the Christmas boat parade in Cape Coral?

The route for the Christmas boat parade in Cape Coral varies each year but typically starts at the Bimini Basin and travels along the Caloosahatchee River, passing by various landmarks and neighborhoods before ending at Four Freedoms Park.

Where can I watch Cape Coral boat parade?

The Cape Coral boat parade can be watched from various locations along the Caloosahatchee River, such as the Cape Coral Yacht Club, Four Freedoms Park, and the Bimini Basin.

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