Boat Parade and Tree Lighting set for Bayfront Park, Dec. 15

Bring the whole family and join in kicking off the holiday season as some 100 boats will take part in the 15th annual Holiday Boat Parade on Dec. 15 with Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., as the official viewing location. Activities continue from 6 to 10 p.m.

In addition, enjoy gourmet food trucks, bounce houses, a deejay and the grand finale will feature a fireworks show shot from barges located in Biscayne Bay.

At 7 p.m., the “official” lighting of Bayfront Park’s Holiday Tree will take place. Sing along to your favorite holiday music and get into the spirit as you witness the striking, 50-foot tall artificial tree being lit for the first time this season. The tree is located in the middle of the park on the Flagler Promenade and will remain in the park through early January.

This year’s Holiday Boat Parade also is helping the community. Unwrapped toys will be collected at the Miami Outboard Club and other sponsor locations to benefit the children of Centro Mater.

The Holiday Boat Parade is an integral part of Miami Outboard Club’s family and community activities. During the past 15 years, the Holiday Boat Parade has grown in size and scope and has attracted club members and non-club members alike. The donations and toy collections, benefiting the children of Centro Mater Child Care Services, also have grown with last year’s parade donating over 1,000 toys. Later, the children will be treated to a visit by Santa.

Other community events include the Holiday Gala Poster Contest (partnering with Miami Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado and Citrus Grove Elementary School), which marks the third annual Poster Contest within the Miami- Dade County school system.

For donations and participation contact Tony Hernandez by email at

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