Boat Parade Will Return To Lake Wellington On Dec. 11

The community is invited to enjoy the boat parade on Dec. 11.

Holiday traditions in Florida are quite different when compared to snow-laden states. Instead of freezing pipes, we have freezing iguanas. We may not see the leaves change color, but we do have wonderful opportunities to celebrate in our own way. Each year, the Holiday Boat Parade around Lake Wellington brings seasonal cheer to the community in true Floridian style — out on the water.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, residents are welcome to watch this colorful and fun tradition from the Town Center Promenade behind the Wellington Community Center at 6:30 p.m.

For the past five years, organizer Jack Brownson has watched the event evolve into something the entire community can enjoy.

“The parade has grown tremendously, especially last year with the pandemic, and I think the boats were decorated better than ever,” Brownson said. “It’s something you can do safely outdoors. I think we’ll have between 45 and 50 boats this year.”

Brownson is encouraged how with each passing holiday season, more people want to see the brightly lit and cheerfully decorated boats cruise along Lake Wellington. More people want to be a part of the free event, too.

“If you are a boater, and want to be in the parade, just decorate your boat and meet at the north end of the lake at 5:30 p.m. We start staging then, and at 6 p.m., we leave for the community center. Just e-mail me with any questions,” Brownson said.

He also gives credit to the Village of Wellington and Michelle Garvey for their support and assistance with the boat parade, including putting it on the community calendar of events. This year, the village has even planned a couple of food trucks to be at the event. South Florida Marine will also have a demonstration boat at the Wellington Community Center.

To reach Brownson with questions about the event, e-mail