September Happy Hour

The 2023 September Happy Hour has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of our next September Happy Hour.
We’ll see you then!

Winterfest September Happy Hour at The House On The River

The House on the River

September 27th
5:00 PM
301 SW 3rd Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312


Join Us on September 27th @ 5 PM at The House on the River, 301 SW 3rd Avenue, in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Happy Hour Prices (4-6 PM), Raffles (6-7 PM) & Drink Tickets for Boaters who register as 2023 Parade participants or as a Control Boat.

We ❤️ our Boaters – separate raffle for them too! #WinterfestFL

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

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The 52nd Annual Holiday Parade takes place DECEMBER 16, 2023 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 16, 2023
  • 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

2023 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 2023 Control Boat Application.

CONTROL BOATERS: Get a FRONT ROW seat to the 2023 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

August Happy Hour

The 2023 August Happy Hour has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of our next August Happy Hour.
We’ll see you then!

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Savor Cinema Front Entrance

Savor Cinema

August 30
5:30 – 7:30 PM
503 SE 6th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Special montage of Winterfest and theme announcement for the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade.

Get ready to celebrate the end of Summer with Winterfest.  On August 30, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Savor Cinema will host the Winterfest Happy Hour and Roll Out of this year’s Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade theme: “Reflections Afloat!

Join us for an evening of comradery with parade participants, control boat volunteers, Winterfest board and advisory members, community leaders, and fans as we toast the end of the summer and the countdown to this year’s Winterfest Celebrations. Savor Cinema is the first of a series of monthly Happy Hours and various events culminating with the Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Winterfest has been a beloved tradition in Broward County for over 52 years, captivating audiences with its stunning displays on boats and festive spirit. The Parade celebrates 20 years this year with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as its title sponsor.

During this August Happy Hour, you’ll have the opportunity to be among the first to enjoy the Reflections Afloat theme mini movie. Raffles and other prizes for boaters and non-boaters will be part of the get-to-gether.

Savor Cinema, renowned for its unique ambiance and dedication to the arts, provides the perfect backdrop for this theme announcement. Delight in the company of fellow Winterfest enthusiasts, local leaders, and community members as you indulge in free popcorn while enjoying for purchase a variety of beverages, movie-themed snacks as well as tacos, hot dogs, and other popular food items for sale from “That’s My Dog,” “Tacos Veracruz” and “Cousins Maine Lobster” Food Trucks.

Picture of That's My Dog food truck
That’s My Dog Food Truck
Picture of the Tacos Veracruz food truck
Tacos Veracruz Food Truck
Cousins Maine Lobster

Happy Hour Highlights:

– Exclusive unveiling of the Parade Theme: Reflections Afloat

– Mingling with Winterfest organizers, local leaders, and community members

– Food Trucks and a variety of Happy Hour priced beverages

– Opportunities for sponsorships and involvement in Winterfest

– Take your photo with Cut-Outs of our past Grand Marshals

– Raffles to win prizes for participating boaters and non-boaters alike

– Free Parking in the garage across from Savor Cinema … and don’t forget the Free popcorn!

Join us at Savor Cinema on August 30, 2023, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and let us ignite your excitement for the upcoming Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Parade. For more information visit or call 954-767-0686.


Please join your friends at Winterfest for fun, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and happy hour prices.

Boaters registered for the Parade (as an entry or control boat) will be automatically entered to win additional prizes.

Register to enter the parade NOW:

Register to be a Control Boater NOW: Boaters – We Need YOU! | The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade (

Savor the Winterfest Season Party

The 2023 SAVOR the WINTERFEST SEASON PARTY has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Savor the Winterfest Season Party.
We’ll see you then!

beautiful flapper woman dancing roaring 1920s

WinterFLIFF Celebration Soiree

benefiting Winterfest and the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

Roaring 20s / Great Gatsby inspired Soiree

A celebration of 20 years of The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Winterfest together!

Hosted by Steven Savor

The party will host a spectrum of entertainment, fashion, champagne-bubble bathtub, roaring lion, and fabulous-themed cuisine.

LIMITED Valet parking / Rideshare is recommended


Need inspiration? See the Roaring 20s Lookbook or visit Crazy About Costumes in Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival logo
Winterfest Full Logo
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Republic National Distributing Company logo
Crazy About Costumes Logo
Fifth Third Bank logo

Invitation to the Savor the Winterfest Season party November 4th, 2023

Attire: Roaring 20s Chic

Looking for a fun look?

Visit Crazy about Costumes in Fort Lauderdale


Host: Steven Savor’s Villa de Palma

Liquor: Republic National Distributing Company


Title Sponsor:

Entertainment: $10,000


Valet: $5,000

Décor Sponsor: $5,000

Photography Sponsor: $3,000

Christmas In July

2023 Christmas In July has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of our next Christmas In July.
We’ll see you then!

Santa visiting Las Olas!
Christmas in July

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU – Take our Christmas in July Poll – one random voter will win a $50 Gift Card (your name and email must be included with your vote)

Join Us for Christmas in July!

Why wait for the winter to participate in your favorite holiday festivities? 
Good ol’ Saint Nick is taking a vacation to Fort Lauderdale this summer,
and you are invited to participate in the Christmas Day Fun on July 22, 2023!

Daytime: Family Fun with Santa & the “Nice List” Gang

Nighttime: The Elves Go Rogue with “Jingle Bells and Naughty List” Elves

Christmas in July / Summer Savings

JULY 22, 2023 – Daytime
“The Nice List”





11:20 AM Robinson’s Jewelers Las Olas

11:35 AM Louie Bossi

11:50 AM B-Square

12 NOON Anne’s Florist

12:10 PM Carroll’s Jewelers

12:20 PM Kilwins – Fort Lauderdale

12:30 PM El Camino

12:40 PM Piazza Italia – Link to Specials for the Day


1:15-2:10 PM Photo opportunity at the Fireplace


1:00-2:30 PM Bakeoff Judging – “Christmas In July” Teen Bake-Off Link

2:15 PM Santa Visits for a Cookie

2:20-2:30 PM Bakery Treats for Guests


2:20 PM Santa visits the Water Taxi Stop at Stranahan House / Tunnel Top Park

2:30 PM Family / “Nice List” Cruise click to purchase tickets

( Look for lunch / dinner savings with your pre-purchased Water Taxi Ticket Cruise and Save – Water Taxi )


Las Olas Yoga– Enjoy a class with the studio decorated for the holidays. Classes are from 9 am – 1 pm. Holiday savings on retail  as well as discounts on our new student specials and memberships.

Robinson’s Jewelers– One of Santa’s stops! Ask about their July specials!

Warby Parker– Festive staff members all day long!

Ya Mas Taverna–  Hosting a “Barbie” brunch! The most popular toy comes alive at Ya Mas on 7/22!

YETI– Ask them about their Christmas In July specials on holiday themed inventory!

Zola Keller– Shop for your Winterfest Black Tie Ball Gown EARLY and SAVE! Click to view this special and more (click to our hotel page)

JULY 22, 2023 – Nighttime – “Jingle Bells and Naughty Elves”
“The Naughty List”


11:30 AM ’till close – Piazza Italia – Specialty Drinks all day – Link to Specials for the Day


5:30-6:00 PM – Stranahan House – Elves Gathering

6:30 PM – Jingle Bells and Naughty Elves Water Taxi Cruise click to purchase tickets

New River Café & Bakery will have Tiramisu in an edible chocolate cup with a Grand Marnier infusion for Water Taxi Guests with tickets for the Jingle Bells and Naughty Elves Cruise.

( Look for lunch / dinner savings with your pre-purchased Water Taxi Ticket Cruise and Save – Water Taxi )

For additional details with the Naughty Elves


American Social–  Specialty Cocktails and a special place to stop for your social media needs- Take an “ELFIE” using a 360 camera photo opportunity provided by

B Square– Themed cocktails and food specials, with a festive staff ready to welcome you! Take an “ELFIE” at the Photo booth set up provided by for some more Christmas In July fun!

Boathouse–  Themed Cocktails and menu specials all day long!

Cuba Libre– Will be celebrating in true “elf” style with specialty cocktails all night!

Riverside Hotel– Offering an option to “Elf Responsibly” with room specials so you can “take the elevator home” if you’d like to stay overnight!


Last minute updates on Boulevard Activities at night can be found on


Stop by July 21-23 and drop off your letter:

Riverside Hotel

Robinson’s Jewelers Las Olas

Kilwins – Fort Lauderdale

BE AN ELF on SOCIAL MEDIA and WIN PRIZES: Look for the Christmas in July Posters at various locations along Las Olas Boulevard and “Elf Yourself” – weekly winners will be announced on social media.

Or, click the link, take a photo, and upload it on social using the five #’s:

#ChristmasInJulyOnLasOlas #GotElfed #WinterfestFL #LasOlasBlvd #Waterataxi

REMEMBER YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MUST BE PUBLIC (not private) for us to see your photos).

TOO SHY to change your social media accounts to public? No Worries – Email your photo using our frame or one of you in “Elf attire” to, and we will confirm the photo can be uploaded into our contest and send you a confirmation link.

Winners will be announced weekly ending July 25th.

PRIZES INCLUDE: $20 Gift Cards, $50 Restaurant Gift Cards, Santa Books, Tickets onboard Water Taxi, Hotel Stay at Riverside Hotel

Want to expand Christmas in July beyond one Day?  Bring the Christmas in July Inspiration home! 

Looking for a Summer Get-Away? Stay Local? Click here!

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Winterfest Full Logo
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Stranahan House logo
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Carroll's Jewelers logo
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau logo

Grand Marshal Reception

The 2023 Grand Marshal Experience will be hosted at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. This Winterfest Celebration welcoming our Grand Marshals includes dignitaries and celebrities who join us at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to celebrate, Winterfest style.


Grand Marshals for Winterfest 2023 – Boyz II Men.

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Grand Marshals Boyz II Men
2023 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Grand Marshals Boyz II Men

Many local VIPs, dignitaries, and sponsors will be on hand to welcome this year’s celebrity Co-Grand Marshals. Fort Lauderdale’s Mayor, Dean Trantalis, will give the Co-Grand Marshals a key to our beautiful city and Riverwalk, Inc. will present a brick in their name(s) for the Riverwalk Celebrity Walk of Fame on the banks of the staging area of the Parade.

Please view photos of our past Grand Marshal Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone,  Chris Kirkpatrick, Mario Lopez, Brett Michaels, Huey Lewis, Big & Rich, PITBULL, Flo Rida, Deborah Norville, Barry Gibb, Brooke Burke, Kim Kardashian, Alonzo Mourning, Jim Belushi, Lorraine Bracco, Frankie Valli, Randy Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and many more on our Facebook page.

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This is a private reception to honor our Grand Marshal. Become a  Sponsor – Get Invited! SPONSORSHIPS are available with this event. The event includes honoring our Jr. Captain from the Winterfest Foundation.

Need a room for the night? Click Here!