Each year the city of Jacksonville and its participants put on an amazing light show of holiday festivities on the St. Johns River.
The event starts at 6:30 PM. Brightly lit boats decorated in all colors of Christmas lights and fun holiday themes will coast along the river, followed up with a large fireworks display around 9 PM to commemorate the evening.
But you’ll want to get there a bit early to find great parking. Ready to go?
This article will show you the best places to park and where to get the best views of the parade and fireworks!
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade Route
Parking for the parade can either be on the North Bank or the South Bank of the St. Johns River. There are lots of parking lots that are right along the river, just along the parade route.
According to the Jacksonville light parade website, the parade route will begin at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel and follow the North Bank Riverfront to the Fuller Warren bridge.
At that point, the boats will then cross over to South Bank and follow along the Southbank Riverwalk back up to the Duvall County School Board building.
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade - Northbank Riverwalk Parking and Viewing
Reserve Ahead Parking
1. Jacksonville Landing Parking
Our top choice in this review for it’s location and affordability.
The Jacksonville Landing Parking lot is right by the John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, almost at the start of the parade. The boats will start in front of the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel, and the Jacksonville Landing Parking is directly beside the Hyatt Regency.
You’ll get a view of all the boats as the line up AND get to see them as the sail down the river.
This lot is riverfront, which means less walking for you! Bring your chairs, your hot cocoa, and your snacks or small cooler for an evening of fun!
Where you park on Northbank or Southbank, there is ample parking along the Riverwalk for the Jacksonville Light Boat Parade, even if you have engage Google satellite to find it!
If I missed any parking that you think should be on this list, reach out and let me know!
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