How to Have the Best Time at the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

Christmas Lights concept photo colorful The holidays bring with them sentiments of joy, cheer, and excitement. The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade captures the essence of the holidays in one giant celebration. Admire the reflection of decorative lights and rocketing fireworks as they glimmer over the ocean. Applaud creatively crafted light displays that adorn ships, boats, and vessels of all sizes. It’s the perfect way to spend the evening with friends and family. Kids, in particular, love watching as holiday characters wave from aboard sailboats and yachts. Grab some beach chairs, blankets, and maybe even a cup of hot chocolate in preparation for this magical experience. Settle into a cozy spot by the water and watch as the boats parade by. Check out our insider’s guide for more great events and activities to partake in during the holidays in West Palm Beach!

The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

What to Expect

There’s no better way to kick off the holiday season than by admiring a parade of boats as they cruise from North Palm Beach to Jupiter. It’s one of the best things to do in West Palm Beach during this time of year. A tremendous fireworks display leads the illuminated procession. From that point on, you’ll see dozens of glowing sailboats, John boats, and yachts as they navigate their way up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. There’s also a Toys for Tots fleet of boats that makes convenient stops to pick up unwrapped gifts for children in need!

Enter Your Own Boat

The public is welcome to enter their boat in the parade and show off their spectacular light displays to all the spectators. Those who participate can win up to $500 in cash. Judges are looking at lights, enthusiasm, and themed decor as the three major factors to take into consideration.

Get the Best Views

There are plenty of great spots from which you can view the parade. Public parks, restaurants, bars, beaches and more allow for stellar views of the sailing spectacle. The parade stretches all the way from North Palm Beach up through Jupiter. You’ll find the perfect spot almost anywhere along the Intracoastal Waterway. Get cozy at any of these public viewing sites:

  • North Palm Beach Country Club
  • Juno Park
  • Bert Winters Park
  • Waterway Cafe
  • Seasons 52
  • Jupiter Riverwalk
  • Waterway Park
  • Harbourside Place
  • Sawfish Bay Park
  • Lagoon Bridge
  • U-Tiki
  • Jetty’s
  • Square Grouper Tiki Bar
  • Lighthouse Park

Watch the Grand Finale

For views of the Holiday Boat Parade’s grand finale, you’ll want to set up at the Jupiter Lighthouse. You can also partake in family friendly festivities and admire an extended fireworks display at Jupiter’s Riverwalk and Harbourside Place.

Stay with Casa Grandview

Sundance South Sitting AreaAfter an eventful evening oohing and ahhing over the illuminated pageantry of the Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade, head back to your elegant suite at Casa Grandview. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast prepared with the freshest ingredients each morning. Stroll along the beach early in the morning for exceptional views of the ocean’s waves breaking as they hit the shoreline. Our Sundance South Suite is ideal for solo travelers or couples. Enjoy luxurious bedding, complimentary beverages and snacks, and beautiful natural lighting that gleams throughout the room.

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