Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings in Tampa Bay
It's pretty unique to Florida ... a holiday boat parade. And it's one of our favorite ways to celebrate the season. Take a look at these fun parades - both on the water and through our communities - around Tampa Bay as well as tree lighting ceremonies to kickoff the holiday season.
Dec. 1, 2023
Boats will proceed down the Anclote River and into the bayous. The best viewing is from Whitcomb Bayou/Craig Park/Spring Bayou. Boats enter Spring Bayou around 8 pm.
Dec. 16, 2023
10315 Paradise Blvd, Treasure Island
Festivities begin at the Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis with a DJ, a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus, interactive entertainers and food/beverage concessions. The parade will begin promptly at 6:20 p.m. just south of the Treasure Island Causeway. The route travels south of Paradise Island, back through the Treasure Island Causeway Bridge at 7 p.m., around the Isles of Palms and Capri, and finishes at John’s Pass at approximately 8:15 p.m
Dec. 2, 2023 @ 6pm
Decorated boats parade through the Dunedin Marina and Edgewater Park. Santa to arrive by boat for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. Staging in the basin area just South of Marker 1 Marina, located on the Dunedin Causeway. The parade will follow the ICW South to the Dunedin/Clearwater border, turn North, and proceed into the City of Dunedin Marina.
Dec. 2, 2023 @ 7pm
38537 5th Ave, Zephyrhills
Featuring food, entertainment, vendors, and parade! The Festival starts at 4pm and parade begins at 7pm.
Dec. 2, 2023@ 5:30pm
407 Woodmont Ave, Temple Terrace
Winter Wonderland activities include: an ice slide, caroling, food trucks and carnival games plus tree lighting at 7pm. The Golf Cart Parade starts at 6 pm from the Family Recreation Complex and ends at Woodmont Park.
Dec. 9, 2023 @ 6:30pm
The parade begins at the American Legion Post 273 at 6:30pm, travels all the finger canals through the city, and ends at John's Pass. Watch the parade from ROC Park or John’s Pass.
Nov. 25, 2023, 6:30pm
The Santa Parade begins at Albert Whitted Park and runs along Bayshore Dr. to 5th Ave. NE. The Tree Lighting immediately follows the parade in North Straub Park. Tree Lighting time is based on when the parade ends.
Dec. 23, 2023 @ 6pm
The parade begins at the southern tip of Davis Islands, travels through the Convention Center basin and up to the Heights where the boats will turn around and head to Sparkman Wharf.
Dec. 2, 2023 @ 10am
Main Street, Safety Harbor
Floats, old fashioned cars, community groups and Santa are just a few of the highlights.
Dec. 9, 2023 @6pm
1250 Apollo Beach Blvd, Apollo Beach.
The parade will begin at dusk near marker 12 in the south basin of Apollo Beach. Charity event sponsored by the Tampa Sailing Squadron.
Dec. 9 2023 @ 6pm
Beginning in Mandalay Channel at 6 p.m., boats travel along the inlets of Island Estates before going under the Memorial Causeway Bridge and finishing at the Clearwater Yacht Club, 830 Bayway Blvd. Parade to pass Coachman Park around 8:30 p.m. Free and family-friendly!
Dec. 9, 2023 @ 6pm
Parade starts at the Gulfport Municipal Marina and pass by the Clam Bayou Nature Park and Osgood Point, on our way out into the bay, heading to Gulfport's Williams Pier and the Gulfport Casino before passing by the Gulfport beach. We then make our way through the communities of Town Shores, Pelican Bay, Skimmers Point, Bayview Circle, past Kipps Colony, near the Pasadena Yacht & Country Club (please note, that due to the Marina, we can only get halfway down that canal), then along Dolphin Blvd, to the Pasadena Golf Club Estates, across to Isla del Sol.
Dec.10, 2023 @ 6pm
From the Tom Stuart Causeway to Caddy’s Pub restaurant in Indian Shores. The parade kicks off at 6 p.m. Here’s a map of the parade route.
Hyde Park Tree Lighting
Nov. 16, 2023 at 7pm
Nov. 17, 2023, time TBA
Nov. 27, 2023 at 6pm at the Tampa Convention Center & Sail Plaza
Dec. 2, 2023, time TBA
Shops at Wiregrass
Nov. 12, 2023 at 5pm
Nov. 25, 2023 at North Straub Park
Tampa Tree Lighting
Dec. 2 at 6pm at Curtis Hixon Park
Largo Central Park
Dec. 2, 2023