The climate may be more sunny than snowy, but the Daytona Beach area is bright with holiday excitement. Here, you can experience a winter wonderland without having to break out your heavy coats and scarves. To help put your family in a jolly state of mind, check out any one of these parades happening nearby this month:

Ponce Inlet Christmas Parade

Christmas Boat ParadeJoin us this Saturday, December 2, for one of Ponce Inlet’s merriest events. The 9th Annual Ponce Inlet Christmas Parade will start at noon and will include specially crafted floats, decorated vehicles, costumed groups and more! Come out to support local groups and organizations, and cheer on your favorites. There will be awards for “Most Creative,” “Most Original” and “Christmas Spirit,” among others. The parade will travel along Harbour Village Boulevard toward the lighthouse, and the winners will be announced at Davies Park.

AT A GLANCE:
What: Ponce Inlet Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 2, at 12 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, December 3)
Where: Davies Park, 4931 South Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet

69th Annual Downtown DeLand Christmas Parade 

For nearly seven decades, this Christmas parade has spread holiday cheer along the streets of DeLand. This Saturday, December 2, head downtown to view the spirited crew, which will wind its way along Woodland Boulevard from north to south. This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland on America’s Main Street,” and it promises to be a fun-filled and festive event. Line-up begins at 4:15 p.m., and the parade will commence at 5:30 p.m.

AT A GLANCE:
What: 69th Annual Downtown DeLand Christmas Parade
When: Saturday, December 2, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Woodland Boulevard, DeLand

Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade

Christmas Boat ParadeHoliday cheer gets a nautical twist at the Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade, a favorite local tradition that’s back for another year this Saturday, December 2. Take the kids along to watch as a festive fleet of boats passes by along the Halifax River. There will be thousands of people lining the bridges, causeways and river shorelines in the area, and the parade culminates at the Halifax Harbor Marina. Come and see how we celebrate the holidays Daytona Beach-style — on the water! 

AT A GLANCE:
What: Daytona Beach Christmas Boat Parade
When: Saturday, December 2, at 6 p.m.
Where: Halifax Harbor Marina, 450 Basin Street, Daytona Beach

40th Annual Port Orange Holiday Parade

With marching bands and floats, the 40th Annual Port Orange Holiday Parade is sure to be its best rendition yet. In celebration of its fourth decade, the parade will be themed “Christmas in Paradise.” The new route in 2017 will start at Jackson Street and will travel east on Dunlawton Avenue toward Spruce Creek Road. Spectators should note that westbound and eastbound traffic on Dunlawton Avenue will be prohibited beginning at 1 p.m. from Nova Road to Powers Avenue.

AT A GLANCE:
What: 40th Annual Port Orange Holiday Parade
When: Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m.
Where: Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange 

30th Annual New Smyrna Beach Holiday Boat Parade

The 30th Annual New Smyrna Beach Holiday Boat Parade will kick off at dusk on Saturday, December 16, and cruise along the New Smyrna Beach waterfront loop from Flagler Avenue to Canal Street. The boats will be extravagantly decked out with twinkling lights and holiday décor — a truly magical experience, completely free of charge for viewers. Bring the kids to watch at Riverside Park, or make it a date night to remember with a private outdoor dinner and parade experience at Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grille.

AT A GLANCE:
What: New Smyrna Beach Holiday Boat Parade
When: Saturday, December 16, at dusk (about 6 p.m.)
Where:  299 South Riverside Drive, New Smyrna Beach

Keep all of these parades in mind as you travel about the Daytona Beach area, as traffic patterns will be affected. Bring your Santa hat and Christmas spirit — we’ll see you there!