The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is back again for the 25th year and is traveling up the intracoastal waterways from North Palm Beach to the Jupiter Lighthouse, this Saturday, December 7th. Gather the family and friends and line the intracoastal waterways and get to see boats decorated with holiday lights, decorations, and holiday cheer.
This is the largest public holiday event in Palm Beach County. Tens of thousands of people line the water to view the parade from their waterfront homes, restaurants, numerous parks and public viewing areas.
The Holiday Boat Parade is led up the intracoastal by fireworks from the North Palm Beach Marina to the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. For the past 20 years, The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade is also a water-based Toy Drive. The Palm Beach Boat Parade has partnered with the U.S. Marines Reserves Toys for Tots organization and will be collecting toys. During the parade there will be several “Toy Fleet” boats with amber lights and or a Toys for Tots sign going up and down the intracoastal to stop and collect new and unused toys for the holiday season.
This year, the Holiday Parade has also partnered with the local charity Little Smiles and will be collecting toys on dry lane. Those wishing to donated can bring your new and unused toys and place them in the Little Smiles boxes at many businesses throughout Palm Beach County.
Where to Get the Perfect View of the Parade:
Along the parade route there will be plenty of public parks and places to go and enjoy the parade. Public viewing spots include Juno Park, Bert Winters Park, Waterway Park, Sawfish Bay Park, Jupiter Riverwalk, Harbourside Park, Harbourside Place and Lighthouse Park. Waterside restaurants and bars with a view include U-Tiki, Waterway Café, Jetty’s, Square Grouper Tiki Bar.
During the parade, bridges crossing the intracoastal will be opened for periods of 45 minutes or longer to allow the boat parade to pass through continuously. Each bridge is estimated to open at different times to allow for traffic to continue. So, it’s best to get to your viewing spot early to avoid missing out on the much-anticipated parade.
The event is rain or shine. Parade begins at 6 pm at the North Palm Beach Inlet and is expected to arrive in Jupiter around 8 pm.
For more information about the Holiday Boat Parade, click here for more information.