All the Reasons Why You Should Attend the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

If you prefer to spend the Christmas season on a harbor dock watching the boats go by, then the Harbor Destin Boat Parade is the perfect event for you! The boat parade takes everything we love about Destin, Florida (harborwalk, boats, and a good time) and combines it into one fun night to let your cares float away for the holidays. Learn all the reasons we feel like you will enjoy the parade below!

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Everything You Need to Know about the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

What is the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

The Harbor Destin Boat Parade is an annual event that takes place in the Destin Harbor. As its name suggests, it is a nighttime boat parade with yachts and other private boats adorned with festive lights to put everyone in a holiday cheer before Christmas. The event is usually held in early December, starting at dusk and going all night. Boats start at Boshamps and cruise towards the Destin Bridge and the evening ends with a fireworks show from HarborWalk Village.

How Can You Attend

One of the best things about this parade is that it is free to attend! So, if you are looking for a budget-friendly activity to do with your family or friends, this is a great option. The best places to watch are:

  • Any restaurant in Harborwalk Village
  • Docks along Harborwalk Boardwalk and Marina
  • the Destin Bridge
  • Norriego Point beaches

If you want to enter your own boat in the parade, you can! The best way to do so is by stopping by or contacting the Destin History & Fishing Museum beforehand!

Things to Do in December

We think you should visit Destin in December for many reasons. First and foremost, it is a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Harbor Destin is transformed into a (Southern) winter wonderland with all the typical accouterments you can expect during the holiday season. Destin Commons has a phenomenal, free Christmas tree lighting and fireworks show, and the Baytowne Wharf hosts a free weekly Holiday Concert Series. Also did we mention it is not freezing cold during December?

Where to Stay for the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

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