Since 1978, the parade of beautifully decorated boats in Cape Coral’s Holiday Boat-A-Long has been one of the highlights of the holiday season in Southwest Florida. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, December 21 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Located at Four Freedoms Park in neighboring Cape Coral, the “family night out” festival has food, Christmas music, and a visit from Santa Claus along with the parade. You can watch as the boats line up in Bimini Basin for the parade, which first passes by the park’s beach before heading down various canals in South Cape Coral. They have a few bleachers set up in front of the beach, but bring your own chairs if you can. Starting at dusk, the movie “Christmas Vacation” (edited version) will be shown on a big screen free of charge.
The parade itself starts at 7 p.m. with boats of all sizes covered in lights and festive elements. With lights shimmering on the water, it really is a spectacular way to get into the holiday spirit “Florida style”!
Four Freedoms Park is located at 4818 Tarpon Court off of Cape Coral Parkway, about a half-hour drive from Ocean’s Reach.