The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

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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

Family Fun Day

The Incredibly Successful 2023 Family Fun Day has entered the history books!

Coming in 2024, this page will be updated with all the exciting details of the next Family Fun Day on Sunday, November 24th 2024.
We’ll see you then!

Until then, enjoy a description of the 2023 Family Fun Day

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Free Family Fun Day poster

Winterfest Family Fun Day at Esplanade Park

For an exciting day of family fun in Fort Lauderdale, head on over to Esplanade Park for Winterfest’s Family Fun Day. Main sponsors include Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. This event offers many FREE activities for kids of all ages–and parents, too! This holiday event features giant slides such as Polar Express Slide, Catabella Express Train, and other activities.

Our Family Fun Day is in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale in front of the Museum of Discovery and Science and it is packed with exciting family activities.

If you work up an appetite, there will be plenty of food and beverage options for sale. Samples and so much more.

TITLE SPONSOR: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

SPONSOR: La Croix, SOS Conservation Village, iHeart Radio, Ave Maria

List of Event Highlights and booths:

  • Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Photos with Santa & kids’ games!
  • Stoked on Salt Ocean Conservation Village
  • Experience Catabella Express Train, Polar Express
  • Free bicycle helmets from Epilepsy Alliance
  • Entertainment provided by School of Rock
  • Broward College Snow Mountain
  • Artist Joseph Gormley heart paintings
  • Y-100 to MC
  • Pet Rescue Row and Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Free boat rides courtesy of Water Taxi
  • Give-a-ways and Activities with South Florida Ford, Ave Maria, Museum of Discovery & Science, YMCA, Florida Children’s Theatre, Nova Southeastern University and SO MUCH MORE!
  • BONUS: the Museum of Discovery & Science will open for FREE after this event (Free Admission from 3-5 P.M.)

With great food, fun activities, and live music, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a perfect day on the New River / Riverwalk for the entire family. Don’t miss the excitement for 2023, contact us today to be a sponsor at 954-767-0686

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Become a 2024 Sponsor

  • Sponsors receive Tickets to Winterfest Events – the Winterfest White Party, Grand Marshal Reception, VIP Area, and Captain’s Cup
  • 10×10 Booth prominently displayed
  • Logo inclusion in a variety of Winterfest Promotions including Family Fun Day Flyer and Social Media
  • Other media opportunities

Photos are on our Facebook page.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: All media requests must be submitted using an email address from the media’s active domain address. The submission must include a commitment from an editor/publisher noting where and when the story/photos will be printed/uploaded on social media platforms.

Any social media influencers must submit their handles, viewership and pre-/event day promotions plan when requesting credentials.