Holiday cheer gets a nautical twist at the Daytona Beach Boat Parade, a favorite local tradition that’s back for another year on Saturday, December 7. 

Take the whole family to watch as a festive fleet of boats passes by along the Halifax River. Thousands of people line the bridges, causeways and river shorelines in the area, and the parade culminates at the Halifax River Yacht Club.Boats will be extravagantly decked out with twinkling lights and holiday décor — a truly magical experience, completely free of charge for viewers. 

Daytona Beach Boat Parade BlogThe boat parade is presented in partnership Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation (FCSF), a local nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for non-medical living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, utility bills or car payments, to qualified patients undergoing treatment for cancer. 100% of donations received go directly to patient grants. In true holiday spirit, the Daytona Beach Boat Parade supports FCSF via event sponsorships and donations.

Prizes are awarded for best power, sail, sound, first entry and vessels under 25 feet.

View pictures and video footage from past celebrations here. But be warned: images aren’t nearly as magnificent as experiencing the lighted boats for yourself. Come soak in the spectacle and spread cheer in true Daytona Beach fashion — surrounded by water! 

And with other Florida holiday experiences, such as Nights of Lights in St. Augustine and the fun spectacle of Surfing Santas in Cocoa Beach, so close (less than an hour drive) there’s even more reason to head to Daytona Beach for the holidays.

Daytona Beach Boat Parade
When: Saturday, December 7, at 6 p.m.
Where: Halifax River Yacht Club, 331 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach
Admission: FREE