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2023 Christmas Boat Parade

Saturday, December 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The City of Winter Haven is proud to host the annual Christmas Boat Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 2nd, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Lake May.

Please view the Boat Parade Participant Guide for all information regarding launching, route, viewing areas, safety guidelines, and how you can become a Yuletide Champion!

Boat Parade Participant Guide

Here are some key takeaways:

  • Please do not invite Santa onto your boat. He is great friends with the staff at the City of Winter Haven, and he has agreed to ride with them.
  • All boating laws and regulations will be enforced. Please be prepared for a possible inspection by law enforcement.
  • Registration is required for anyone who wants to be eligible to win the Yuletide Champion (best-decorated boat) award. The winner will receive a banner to display on their boat next year and a custom-painted oar.
  • WHPD will be the lead boat and will indicate the start of the parade with lights and sirens. Please follow WHPD at a maximum of 7mph and keep at least three boat lengths between you and the boat in front of you.
  • The parade will begin in Lake May and will travel around Lake Howard, and will end in Lake Shipp.

Boat Parade Registration Link 

For more safety information, please review FWC’s Boating Regulations


Saturday, December 2
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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City of Winter Haven
291-5600 ext. 2106