Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights

Holiday festival with kids’ activities including visits with Santa, bouncy house, & mini-train rides as well as wonderful food and craft vendors, live music, parade of boats decked out in lights then holiday laser light show!

Start Date

Dec. 9, 2023


12:00 pm


Downtown Carrabelle
105 US 98
Carrabelle FL 32322
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The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce would like to invite residents and visitors to the 2023 Holiday on the Harbor Street Festival and Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 9 from 12-7pm in beautiful downtown Carrabelle, FL. This street festival will feature terrific children’s activities, arts and crafts, delicious food and drink, live entertainment, a lighted boat parade and a holiday laser light show finale. This free, family-friendly festival has become a favorite Christmas tradition for the entire Forgotten Coast community and beyond!

The children’s activities will include Holiday on the Harbor traditions like visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, mini-train rides, a bouncy house (courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department), and a book giveaway by Bring Me a Book Franklin. In keeping with the Carrabelle tradition, Santa will make his grand entrance on the City of Carrabelle Fire Truck. Children and families are welcome to come by Santa’s booth, visit with Santa, and get their photos with Santa for free.

This event will also include yummy holiday treats, a variety of delicious food and wonderful art, crafts and goods for holiday gifts. There will be live music by Cody Barber and by the Rockulla Performers as well as festival favorite DJ Beanie Baby spinning those holiday and festival tunes. The majority of the festivities will take place along the Carrabelle harbor along Marine Street.

While in Carrabelle, visitors are invited to complete their holiday shopping with unique and one of kind items at Carrabelle’s wonderful stores, gift shops and art galleries conveniently located within walking distance of the festival. Then guests can enjoy delicious fresh seafood and tasty home-style cooking at one of several cafes, restaurants or festival food vendors.

After enjoying hours of food, festivities, and fun, festival-goers are invited to watch the magical Christmas parade of boats decked out in lights, décor, music and even some holiday outfits! Find a spot along the water and enjoy this parade with double the lights as the Carrabelle harbor beautifully reflects back the glow of the lighted boat decorations. See this special nautical tradition from an unbeatable viewing point by entering your own decorated boat for free!

The parade starts at around 6:15 pm and proceeds around the Carrabelle harbor between the Marine Street Fishing Pavilion and the Tillie Miller Bridge on US 98 so it can be enjoyed from many viewing spots along the route. (Please stay on public access areas only. Do not enter private property.)

This year’s Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights will conclude with a brand new grand finale! Dynamic FX Holiday Laser Light Show will feature holiday music choreographed to a laser light show and will go on for more than half an hour! This is sure to be a fan favorite. The show will be held at the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce near the corner of Hwy 98 and Marine Street following the Boat Parade. Find out how you can get your name in “laser lights” during the show by contacting chamber@nettally.com or 850-697-2585. The boat parade trophies including the Marina Challenge Trophy will be awarded at a ceremony shortly after.

A big thank you to the wonderful volunteers and sponsors who help make Holiday on the Harbor possible – Air Con of Wakulla, C-Quarters Marina, Centennial Bank, Duke Energy, Fisherman’s Choice, Seymour Realty, and Stauffer Realty. For more information and vendor or boat parade registration forms, please visit https://www.carrabelle.org/  or contact Chamber@nettally.com or 850-697-2585.  Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.


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