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 1. 

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 Harbor Marina.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 BlogAgain this year, the boat parade is presented in partnership with Light the Way, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping meet the individual needs of cancer patients who are being treated right here in Volusia County. Light the Way is entirely volunteer-based, and 100% of the donations the organization receives goes to local cancer patients in a variety of cancer-treatment programs. In true holiday spirit, the Daytona Beach Boat Parade supports Light the Way via event sponsorships and donations.

View pictures and video footage from last year’s celebration 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! 

Daytona Beach Boat Parade
When: Saturday, December 1, at 6 p.m.
Where: Halifax Harbor Marina, 450 Basin Street, Daytona Beach
Admission: FREE