30th Anniversary Christmas Boat Parade of Lights December 10, 2016 / (December 11th, 2016 Weather Back Up)

The Panama City Boat Parade of Lights is a City-Wide Christmas parade of boats from all over the Bay County Area. The Panama City Boat Parade of Lights was established in 1986 in Panama City by a small group of volunteers who wanted to bring this nautical Christmas tradition to the Panhandle.

Each year boaters spend many entertaining hours decorating their boats, and eager spectators gather on the shores and at the marinas to delight in the floating light show. At the culmination of the parade, many boats dock at St. Andrews Marina (where the festivities continue) and display their lights for hours into the night. The last few years the Parade has grown and we are becoming known as the “Christmas Boat Parade of the South!”


These are our wonderful sponsors for this year’s 30th Anniversary Christmas Boat Parade of Lights.

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Please Sign Up for the 30th Christmas Boat Parade of Lights here! The Entry Form Below will send you a Confirmation E-mail within approximately 10 minutes of hitting the Submit Button. Please only hit the submit button once.


Here are some of the beautiful boats from last year’s Christmas Boat Parade of Lights.


We love our 30th Christmas Boat Parade committee and everyone else that help take care of the many moving parts.


30th Christmas Boat Parade Committee:
Veronica Kemeny – Chairman Boat Parade Committee , Public Relations & Marketing, Title Sponsor & Charity Coordinator, Co-Emcee, VIP Party
Captain Stan Jones – Marina Director & Christmas Boat Parade Marina Operation Coordinator, Charity Coordinator, VIP Party
Jared Jones – CRA Program Manager working St. Andrews side set up
Dr. Michael Rohan – Boat Committee Overall Event Planner, Expert and Sponsor Guru
Ryan Ledford – St. Andrews Market Manager working St. Andrews side set up
Jim Robinson – Boat Parade Committee and St. Andrews Yacht Club Coordinator
Beverly Walterson – Boat Parade Committee and St. Andrews side expert
Rachel Peeples – Assistant Director Downtown Improvement Board working Panama City Marina side overall set up

Friends of Christmas Boat Parade:
Paris Janos – Christmas Boat Parade Co-Emcee
Cheryl Little – Christmas Boat Parade Video Production
Kyle O’Connor – Christmas Boat Parade Webmaster
Jennifer Vigel – President & CEO Destination Panama City
Shelbie Scippio – Marketing and Sales Coordinator Destination Panama City

To become a Christmas Boat Parade Sponsor or for any questions regarding our event please call Boat Parade Chairman, Veronica Kemeny, at: 850-890-2047.