Destin Harbor Boat Parade

Little did we know when we booked our stay near Destin that for Christmas, they do a boat parade!  Your next thought:  what exactly does a boat parade entail?  Well, my friends, you are about to experience it for yourself!

It begins with boat owners decorating their vessels with lights and general Christmas fantasticness.  From a large pirate ship and outstanding yachts, to smaller watercrafts; Destin lights up the water for every Christmas lovers’ delight.  Some captains add music to the festivities, while others transport Santa along the water.  They form a line and parade slowly past the Destin Harborwalk and out in to the entrance to the Gulf.  Once in position, the boats and all showgoers enjoy a fireworks display over the water.  This is Christmas:  Destin style.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these boats…Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

And for the fireworks…

 

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And their return past the Destin Harborwalk…

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

Destin Christmas Boat Parade

A great way to see the show is from the Harborwalk Area.  There are a ton of restaurants there overlooking the harbor, and they looked pretty packed.  That would definitely be a nice way to enjoy your meal.  We opted for a more quiet location.  Directly across the water from the Harborwalk is a public access beach with dunes.  We walked out on the beach with a few other people; but as you can see in the fireworks photos, there was no one around us – just beach, water and Christmas lights.  It was a great way to view the boats with the Harborwalk in the backdrop.

Whichever way you choose to view it, the Boat Parade will add to your Christmas spirit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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