Grandstand Viewing Area Tips


HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO ENJOY YOUR PARADE VIEWING EXPERIENCE inside Hugh Taylor Birch State Park (remember, there is a fee to view from this area/tickets are for sale $20-$25): 

For your safety. In order to help protect our valued guests, Winterfest will conduct searches of bags at our entrances, as a condition of entry onto the viewing area. Expect to walk through metal detectors and/or wants, so empty your person of metal objects.

Winterfest DOES NOT allow the following items to be brought onto the area:

1. Firearms/weapons;
2. Explosive devices/fireworks;
3. Alcoholic beverages;
5. Drones;
6. Any other item deemed to be a danger to others.

Chairs, Coolers, Blankets, etc. are NOT allowed in the Grandstand Viewing Area – but can be utilized outside of our viewing area within the park.

Check the weather. South Florida weather in December is world-famous for its balmy, tropical conditions, but can change quickly. Check ahead on whether you need to bring sunscreen, a hat, a sweater, or a poncho. Our official television station WSVN Channel 7 hosts a seven-day forecast.

Arrive early. There is plenty to see and do. The area opens at 3:30 p.m. with live entertainment, activities as well as food and beverages for sale.

Parking. There is no parking inside Birch State Park for the Parade. The ONLY Shuttle service will be offered at one convenient Fort Lauderdale location: Galleria Mall (East Sunrise Boulevard). Parking is FREE and bus service is $5 per person round-trip and is non-refundable. Children under 3 years old ride free.

 Tram service inside the Park. Complimentary and regularly scheduled tram service is available traveling thru the Park and is easily accessible if you walk into Hugh Taylor Birch State Park from the Sunrise Boulevard.

Remember, there is NO PARKING in Hugh Taylor Birch State Park.

Please leave pets at home. Pets are not permitted in the Park. Do not leave them in your vehicle. Only service/assistance dogs and seeing eye dogs are allowed within the Parade viewing area. Remember, the Parade has fireworks.

Bring your camera. The Parade and Grandstand Viewing Area will have plenty of snapshot opportunities. Remember to upload your photos to social media with the hashtag #WinterfestFL

Credit cards & ATM’s. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover are accepted at designated ATM machines. Check with Guest Services for more information.

Diaper-changing. Facilities are located in the permanent restrooms within the Park.

Remember your medication. If you have a medical condition that requires medication, be sure to bring what you need with you.

Parade Entry List. The website and the Winterfest app will have a list of Parade Entries. Many of the photo images will be uploaded approximately an hour prior to you viewing the Parade.

Lost? Please seek assistance at Guest Services booth regarding lost children. When you get to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park / Grandstand Viewing Area, it’s a good idea to select a meeting place in the event your party becomes separated.

Lost & Found Items. If you’ve lost an item during your visit, all unattended property will be safely placed in the Guest Services booth.

Bring your appetite. The Grandstand Viewing Area has a festival atmosphere with food and drinks available for purchase.

Wash your Hands! Prevent disease!  Please wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the animals and assist your children in washing their hands.

Event Location Updates: Look for entertainment updates on and remember to download the Winterfest App to vote for your favorite entry!

Have a blast! The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “Greatest Show on H2O,” one of the oldest holiday traditions in our community and the 7th Largest Spectator Event in the Country. Have a great time!

Lights Camera Action Movies on Parade Winterfest 2019 – Celebrate the Holidays with Us

Lights, Camera, Action… Movies on Parade is the theme for the 2019 Parade on December 14th. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade is the “Greatest Show on H2O” with holiday floats that really float. Enjoy your Christmas on the Water or entertain guests on land. Winterfest has tickets for reserved Grandstands seats for only $20-$25 pp. Have a boat? You can enter your vessel for as little as $35 (private entry / no signage). Love to dance? Entertain clients, friends or colleagues with the purchase of a table of 10 at the Black Tie Ball start at only $3,000. Celebrate the holidays with Winterfest in beautiful South Florida and enjoy this holiday tradition which sails from Downtown Fort Lauderdale to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. Call Winterfest, Inc. for all your Holiday Party needs 954-767-0686 or email us info @

Celebrate the Holidays with Winterfest Host a party at our Black Tie ball, on a boat, on shore. Call our offices for branded holiday party information.

2019 Theme – Lights, Camera, Action … Movies on Parade!

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

A list of the top family movies for boat decorating ideas!

Winterfest’s invites YOU to be a star in the “Greatest Show on H2O”! You can experience the excitement and wonder of this 48th year old South Florida tradition by simply entering your decorated boat for only $35 (no signage / private vessel only). It’s EASY! Just fill out the application below. You can click on links to help guide your decorating and sound ideas. DON’T HAVE A BOAT? We have a list of charter vessels which you can decorate. Still have questions? Call our office at 954-767-0686.

Theme Ideas – TOP FAMILY Movies

  • 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  • A Bug’s Life (1998)
  • A Christmas Story (1983)
  • A Monster Calls (2017)
  • About Elly (2015)
  • Aladdin (1992)
  • Antz (1998)
  • Arthur Christmas (2011)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Bambi (1942)
  • Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  • Big (1988)
  • Big Hero 6 (2014)
  • Chicken Run (2000)
  • Cinderella (2015)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Coraline (2009)
  • Disneynature Bears (2014)
  • Duma (2005)
  • Dumbo (1941)
  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Enchanted (2007)
  • Fantasia (1940)
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • First Position (2012)
  • Frozen (2013)
  • Harry Potter Movies:
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
  • How Green Was My Valley (1941)
  • How to Train Your Dragon:
    • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
    • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2005)
  • Hugo (2011)
  • Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • Inside Out (2015)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
  • Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  • Lassie (2006)
  • L’Heure d’été (Summer Hours) (2009)
  • Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Millions (2005)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  • Moana (2016)
  • Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  • My Fair Lady (1964)
  • My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017)
  • My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
  • Paddington:
    • Paddington (2015)
    • Paddington 2 (2018)
  • ParaNorman (2012)
  • Pete’s Dragon (2016)
  • Pinocchio (1940)
  • Ponyo (2009)
  • Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999)
  • Rango (2011)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Shrek:
    • Shrek (2001)
    • Shrek 2 (2004)
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  • Song Of The Sea (2014)
  • Spirited Away (2002)
  • Spy Kids (2001)
  • Tangled (2010)
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
  • That Thing You Do! (1996)
  • The Breadwinner (2017)
  • The Incredibles (2004)
  • The Iron Giant (1999)
  • The Jungle Book (2016)
  • The Karate Kid (1984)
  • Lego Movie:
    • The Lego Movie (2014)
    • The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • The Muppets:
    • The Muppet Movie (1979)
    • The Muppets (2011)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  • The Peanuts Movie (2015)
  • The Princess Bride (1987)
  • The Secret of Kells (2010)
  • The Secret of Roan Inish (1995)
  • The Sound of Music (1965)
  • The Straight Story (1999)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Toy Story:
    • Toy Story (1995)
    • Toy Story 2 (1999)
    • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Up (2009)
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  • Wreck-it Ralph (2012)
  • Yellow Submarine (1968)

Winterfest President invited as a panelist at The Summit

Winterfest, Inc. President and CEO, Lisa Scott-Founds was a recent panelist at the 2nd Annual Synergy Summit for Cultural and Heritage Tourism (The Summit). The Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. (CHAT) in partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) and Broward Cultural Division is presenting The Summit at the Signature Grand Conference Center. The Riverside Hotel is the host hotel. The two-day Summit (May 10-11, 2919) is the place where tourism, travel & hospitality professionals, small businesses & entrepreneurs, and local artists will gather to communicate and explore synergy for collaboration as well as form strategic partnerships that strengthen and protect Florida’s tourism ecosystem. The Summit will showcase cultural and heritage tourism assets expanding the tourism footprint and economic impact in heritage neighborhoods and multicultural communities. For additional information

photos: DeAnne Connolly Graham, President of ROI Media Consultants, Inc. with Lisa Scott-Founds, President & CEO of Winterfest, Inc.

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WSVN Signs Five Year Contract Extension with Winterfest®

WSVN Channel 7 recently signed a five-year contract with Winterfest®, Inc. as the official television station of the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat Parade. This commitment will continue their support through 2023 with coverage of Winterfest® news, events and broadcasting the Winterfest® Television Special on their station. The television special is rebroadcast on Fox Sports Sun and WSVN’s sister stations WHDH and WLVI in Boston. WSVN also produces a Facebook Live of the Parade which is shared on various social media platforms Parade night. WSVN’s live camera feeds are seen on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s television station, and who expands the digital viewership across the globe.

This partnership has expanded beyond community outreach and holiday television shows; it has created great benefits for the media station and their clients while adding exposure for the nonprofit organization.  Select WSVN clients receive tickets to experience Winterfest® including riding aboard their decorated showboat annually in the Parade. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade, “ said  Paul Magnes, Executive Vice President/General Manager WSVN Channel 7, a subsidiary of Sunbeam Television Corporation. “  The parade is a beloved South Florida holiday tradition and viewers rely on Channel 7 to feature all the highlights.”

Now in their 48th year, Winterfest® is proud to have community partners such as WSVN to ensure this holiday tradition continues as “The World’s Most Watch Boat Parade.” Corporate support enables this not-for-profit organization to produce free events such as the Parade, Family Fun Day and continue their involvement in the South Florida community.

For more information please contact the Winterfest office at (954) 767-0686 or visit the website at       


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Grandstand Viewing Area at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

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