Holiday parades in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale 2017
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Some things are just quintessential holiday experiences--looking at lights, singing Christmas carols, and, of course, enjoying a holiday parade. This holiday season, the Miami area is bringing you parades to enjoy, whether on land or sea, making for a fun evening to help get you in the Christmas spirit.

Miami Christmas Parade
Dec. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Downtown Miami

Kick off the holiday season with the Miami Christmas Parade on Dec. 2, presented by the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce. Now in its 81st year, the parade will move down Main Street, through downtown, ending at Second Ave. and South Main. This year's the theme is “A Northpole Christmas."

Santa's Parade of the Elves
Dec. 3 @ 3 p.m.
The Shops at Sunset Place - 5701 Sunset Drive Suite 350, South Miami, FL 33143

The holiday fun continues on Sunday, Dec. 3 with the annual Parade of the Elves in South Miami, featuring marching bands, floats, horses, dance schools, and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Following the parade, spectators can enjoy live entertainment, meet-and-greets with their favorite holiday characters, giveaways, and arts and crafts. The parade will move down Sunset Drive between U.S. 1 and 57th Avenue and Red Road between 72nd and 74th Streets. 

Winterfest Boat Parade
Dec. 9 @ 6:30 p.m.
Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach

Enjoy a parade on the water in Ft. Lauderdale with the 46th annual Winterfest Boat Parade, this year sporting the theme of "Fairytales Afloat"--and entries don't necessarily have to be boats as long as they float. Past parades have included some pretty impressive entries, including the Galleria Mall Reindeer Barge, a floating bus, a fire truck, and Disney icons Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The boats set sail at 6:30 p.m. and are expected to be on parade until 10:30., moving down the Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach. Prime viewing spots include Las Olas Blvd., Sunrise Blvd., Oakland Park Blvd., and Commercial Blvd. For the best view, try the grandstand viewing areas at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, with reserved seating can costing $25 for adults, $20 for children under 10, and $22 for, seniors, military, and groups. You can also park your car at the Galleria Mall and be shuttled to the viewing are for $5. Entry to the park without the Grandstand view is $5. 

Miami Outboard Club Holiday Boat Parade
Dec. 16 @ 7 p.m.
Bay Front Park

The MOC boat parade returns for its 20th year, with nearly 60 boats expected to participate. Spectators can watch from Bay Front Park and also enjoy family-friendly activities, refreshments, and a DJ, followed by a fireworks show at 9 p.m.