In November when the holidays are just around the corner, the city of Jacksonville celebrates good tidings and cheer with a ... More
Jacksonville Light Parade
In November when the holidays are just around the corner, the city of Jacksonville celebrates good tidings and cheer with a spectacular Lighted Boat Parade on the St Johns River. Competing boaters show off their crafts, decorated bow to stern with lights and tinsel. There is an explosive fireworks finale to top off the evening. While you are in the area, be sure to check out the 50-foot-tall city holiday tree at the Ritz Carlton Hotel downtown, which is officially lit the night before the boat parade. There are many good areas on both sides of the river to view for free.
Great holiday music. Warm treats - coffee, hot cocoa, boiled peanuts, funnel cake. A big ,beautiful Christmas trees; pirates giving out free beads. The majority of boats had elaborate light displays and decorations. My favorite had the Grinch and his band playing life music on the water!
It was at the Jacksonville Landing, so if snacks weren't enough, you could choose from over 8 great restaruants to eat and drink at. The ceremony is free - so it was worth the money! It is a great experience for my family, the area was clean, safe, and festive.
The greatest moment of the night was not the parade, but the fireworks! They were breathtaking, spectacular, amazing! I am from New York City, have visited Disney World on a number of occasions, and have seen my share of televised firework shows. This topped them all! The show lasted for almost ten minutes and was so intricate and heartwarming, people shed tears. I recommend it to anyone reading this.
I loved everything about the event! It was the most beautiful thing I have ever witnessed, other than the birth of my child! I took my 72 year old mom whom has alot of health problems. We had her on the balcony of the Crowne Plaza in her sweat suit, jacket, and a blanket wrapped around her. She had an ear to ear grin all evening, she loved it also! She hasn't quit talking about it since, so of course we will take her again this year! I was born in Jacksonville, 50 years ago, and I am now discovering the city and all of it's splendor! Thanks Again!
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