Join Us For the 9th Annual Holiday Boat Parade
December 14, 2013
To register your boat for the parade, please fill out the form below.
The Rotary Club of Winter Park presents, along with Southeast Marine Sales, the 9th Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights and Ski Show which will take place December 14th on Lakes Virginia and Osceola. The Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights is a fun, community-wide water parade with holiday-themed and lighted boats along the lakes’ shorelines.
3:30 pm: Water ski show presented by Southeast Marine Sales will be on Lake Virginia with viewing on the Rollins College campus by the Jump Ramp in front of the Campus Student Center/Swimming Pool. The area’s leading water skiers will be performing a one-hour ski show set to music. Over two dozen professional skiers will be pulled by Tige’ boats performing routines featuring jumps, multiple skiers’ acts, barefoot, wake boards, and high-performance equipment.
4:00 pm to sundown: The Polasek Museum hosts the official viewing station and judging stand for the Winter Park Holiday Boat Parade, where the festivities kick off with live music, face painting, a sculptural Christmas tree unveiling, family art activities and Santa. The Rotary Club of Winter Park hosts this fundraiser to benefit local non-profits, with food, wine and beer available for purchase. Admission to the Polasek Gardens for the Parade is FREE. Limited onsite parking will begin at 3:30 p.m. for a $5 donation. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, friends and family to The Polasek to enjoy a Winter Park holiday tradition. Additional public viewing of the boat parade at Dinky Dock (off Fairbanks Avenue) beginning at sundown. Be sure to stop by at the WUCF tent! They will be on hand to emcee the festivities and play some great jazz music! The Gazebros Band will be entertaining with selections culled from the great music of the 40s through the present time. They will also be adding some “sing-along” holiday tunes for the evening. The Winter Park Public Library’s Spellbinders will perform/recite Christmas stories. Other musical offerings will include the “Minute Men,” an all-male, a cappella choral group, performing Christmas carols live.
Sundown: The parade will begin on the east shore of Lake Virginia (near Dinky Dock) and proceed clockwise around the shores of Lake Virginia, navigating through the Palm Canal to Lake Osceola.
About 6:30 pm: Boat parade passes in front of judges at the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens and continues around Lake Osceola.
Key Sponsors: Southeast Marine Sales; The Rotary Club of Winter Park; The Mayflower; Scenic Boat Tours of Winter Park; Winter Park Memorial Hospital; Costco; City of Winter Park Lakes and Waterways Department;
Beck Realty, LLC; Francesco’s Ristorante-Pizzeria in Maitland; Rollins College; and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens.
CALL FOR BOATS: Organizers of the event are seeking resident and business boat entries. For resident boats, there is no entry fee, and all local licensed area boat owners are invited to participate. Please register your boat today to be part of this spectacular event! For questions about registration call 407 – 647-6294.