33rd Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Salty Sam's Marina
2500 Main St. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

The FMB Christmas Boat Parade Will Light Up The Night

Boat decorated with Christmas lights. Partygoers can be seen in Christmas attire. There is a lit up shark on the bow.


Join us for some Christmas spirit at the 33rd Annual Fort Myers Beach Christmas Boat Parade! Two years ago we were voted the 5th Best Holiday Parade in a USA Today 10BEST poll. Then last year we were featured in a TravelAwaits article listing 15 fabulous boat parades in Florida. We’re aiming to make this year’s parade the best ever!

The parade begins at Salty Sam’s Marina and will pass by these restaurants on the back bay: Parrot Key Caribbean Grill, Original Shrimp Dock, Matanzas on the Bay, Nervous Nellie’s, Bonita Bill’s, Dixie Fish Co. and Doc Ford’s. These are great places where you can kick back and enjoy the fun.

Other spots to watch the parade are Bayfront Park next to Nervous Nellie’s and at the ends of the first two canals in Siesta Isles. Be sure to bring a chair if you go to Siesta Isles.

You can also enjoy the parade by water on the Salty Sam’s Pirate Cruise, or the Sight Sea-R Cruise.

Local entertainer Barry Lawrence will be singing on the lead boat throughout the parade.

“Christmas on the Pontoon” was written by Mike Kuhl/Jeff Randall and sung by Jeff Randall. You can view the lyrics by PDF here.

Vote For Your Favorite Boat

Cast your vote for the People’s Choice for Best Decorated Boat award. Vote here or use the QR code below.

Help Us Win The USA Today 10Best Contest

We need your help to place in the Top 10 of this year’s USA Today’s 10Best contest for favorite holiday parade in North America.

Please vote today, bookmark the voting page and remember to vote every day through December 6!

Live Stream

Beach Talk Radio will be streaming the parade live on their Facebook page.

How To Enter A Boat

Cost is $25 for a non-sponsored boat and $50 for a sponsored boat.

If you want to enter a boat you can register online below, but you must download, fill out and submit the application to us. Alternatively you can also submit the application with cash, check or credit card information for payment. You can download the application here.

Call 239-454-7500 or email events@fmbchamber.com with any questions.

The Parade Route

Boats will assemble in front of Salty Sam’s (anchorage/mooring field) by 5:30pm. They will leave the mooring field area at 6:00pm with the lead boat showing the way. The lead boat will proceed NW, passing Doc Ford’s restaurant. Next they will pass under the Skybridge and follow the San Carlos Island Coast past the USCG station and then enter Pelican Bay. The parade then goes into the eastern most Siesta Isles canal, then the next canal.  After the last canal in Siesta Isles the parade will go back into Pelican Bay and then head west towards Bowditch Point. At Bowditch they will head towards Pink Shell. Then they will pass Nervous Nellies with a turn to the starboard to parallel Estero Island. Then they will cross the mooring field and end at Salty Sam’s.

A map of the Fort Myers Beach boat parade route.


Title Sponsor

Logo for Salty Sam's Marina on Fort Myers Beach.


Supporting Sponsor

Logo for All Water Excursions, a boat tour company in Naples, FL.


People’s Choice Sponsors

Logo for Bonita Bills restaurant on Fort Myers Beach. Logo for Doc Fords Rum Bar & Grille, a restaurant on Fort Myers Beach. Logo for Snug Harbor Waterfront Restaurant.


In-Kind Sponsors

Logo for Gavin's Ace Hardware in Fort Myers Florida. Logo for Kona Ice. Logo for Mango Rita's. Logo for Publix Super Markets  Logo for the Salty Crab Bar & Grill on Ft Myers Beach.  Shucker's Fort Myers Beach Open-Air Restaurant & Bar. Logo for The Beach Bar.


This event is brought to you by the Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.