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The holidays are quickly approaching—do you have a holiday boating plan ready? Here are a few of our favorite holiday boating destinations to enjoy with family and friends this holiday season:

Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade

Celebrate the holiday season in Bonita Springs with the enchanting Bonita Springs Christmas Boat Parade. The Bonita Springs Historical Society is hosting this annual event, which promises to be a spectacular display of lit-up and decorated boats as they gracefully travel the picturesque Imperial River. Set to commence at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, the parade departs from the Bay Water Boat Club located at 5124 Bonita Beach Road S.W.

Journeying along the Imperial River and passing beneath U.S. 41 to Jolly Roger Lane, the boats will create a festive spectacle before making a captivating turnaround and heading back to the boat club. Optimal viewing spots include the U.S. 41 Bridge, Riverwalk Park, and the Imperial River Boat Ramp. To ensure the continuity of this festive tradition, donations are graciously welcomed. For additional details or to contribute, please contact 992-6997 or explore bonitaspringshistory.org.

Cape Coral Holiday Boat-A-Long

Experience the holiday magic at the Cape Coral Holiday Boat-A-Long on December 18, 2021. Boats adorned with festive lights cruise Bimini Basin in this annual event, creating a captivating spectacle. The festivities, held at Four Freedoms Park on December 16 from 4 to 9 p.m., include holiday-themed entertainment, food trucks, crafts, visits from Santa Claus, and an outdoor screening of “The Polar Express.” The highlight is a boat parade featuring dazzling lights and inflatables, departing from the park around 7:15 p.m. This free event invites you to bring your own blankets or lawn chairs for a cozy viewing experience. For more details, click here.

Celebrate Christmas on Southwest Florida Waters

The weather is ideal for boating in Florida during the holiday season and Christmas is one of the best days to hit the waterways. Generally, even the busiest waterways in Southwest Florida will be quiet on Christmas morning— giving you a unique opportunity to enjoy your favorite fishing holes and swimming spots in complete peace with your family! Not yet a boat owner or looking for a newer model? What better holiday gift to surprise the family with? Stop by the Fish Tale sales floor to learn more about our latest Robalo, Grady-White, Chaparral, and other boat brands for sale.