September Happy Hour

The Historic Downtowner

September 25th
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
10 S New River Dr E, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Join Us on September 25th @ 5 PM at The Historic Downtowner, 10 S New River Dr E, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Winterfest Full Logo

The 53rd Annual Holiday Parade takes place DECEMBER 14, 2024 starting in the Downtown Area at 6:30 PM with a pre-show of non-motorized vessels at 6:00 p.m. The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade will stage on the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along the docks west of Stranahan House to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The Parade starts at Stranahan House, traveling East along the New River in Fort Lauderdale to the Intracoastal Waterway and continues North to Lake Santa Barbara in Pompano Beach. It’s 12 Miles of the “Best Show on H20.” The Parade takes approximately 2 and 1/2 hours to view from one location (starting locations stagger as you travel north).

Private boats, giant showboats and corporate megayachts will be adorned with hundreds of thousands of lights, music, entertainment, decorations, celebrities, musical groups, beauty queens, and many other exciting entries expected to be viewed by over one million spectators.

Boat entry fees start at ONLY $35.


  • DECEMBER 14, 2024
  • DECEMBER 13, 2025
  • DECEMBER 12, 2026
  • DECEMBER 11, 2027
  • DECEMBER 9, 2028

Parade dates may change without notice – please check this page

2022 EyeOnSouthFlorida Digital Links

Links to the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Digital interviews and event highlights captured by EyeOnSouthFlorida. To see current and past videos:

2022 INTERVIEWS during Winterfest Events:

2022 Winterfest Launch Party
2022 Winterfest Black Tie Ball
2022 Winterfest Grand Marshal Reception
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Parade Viewing at Riverside Hotel
2022 Raw Footage of the Parade Staging Area – Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

Control Boat Meeting

2024 CONTROL BOATERS, PARADE SPOTTERS, and HAM OPERATORS ONLY at the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Contact Winterfest on how to get involved and click here to download a .pdf of the Control Boat Application.

CONTROL BOATERS: Get a FRONT ROW seat to the 2024 parade while being the eyes and ears for the “Best Show on H2O!”. All control boaters receive a goodie bag at the Control Boat Meeting with light and signs. AFTER THE PARADE, volunteers are invited to the Winterfest Volunteer Party! Join Today!

Santa At The Boat Show

Winterfest hosts Santa’s Vacations! This year, we are taking the “Jolly Ol’ Elf” to #FLIBS

🎅 You can find him with his Winterfest family in their “Holiday Corner” at the Convention Center! 🎄

❄️ 10/26 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/27 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/28 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/29 @ 12-3 PM

❄️ 10/30 @ 1-4 PM

Times subject to change without notice – Santa will be taking breaks to feed his reindeer!

#WinterfestFL #SantaAtFLIBS #Santa #BoatParade #FLIBS2022


Celebrate with Winterfest! Let us know if you are hosting a Parade Viewing Party on Land! Tell us your location – house, condo, business, restaurant, or dock along the route – we want you to light up our ‘stage” for our waterway Parade!

This page will have decorating, contest and parade voting links information in the Fall. Please visit again in September for updates on the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade on December 16, 2023.


• Be a Part of the Shoreline Extravaganza
• Opportunities for a Grand Marshal Shout-out of your Party during the Parade
• Sing along with the Karaoke Boat & see your Party on the screens
• Vote for your favorite decorated home/business and Parade entry for the chance to win prizes

Looking for Lights? Click here for a light catalog by Christmas Decor Southeast.

Looking for a decorator for your home or business? Visit

Get your Quote for home decorations today:
A community favorite in Shoreline Decorating – Dr. Zenga’s Home
Stranahan House
A New River decorated home favorite in the past – Huizenga Home