This annual boat parade has been a popular tradition for over two decades and draws thousands of spectators from all around the state. The event showcases beautifully decorated boats gliding along Tempe Town Lake, lighting up the water with their twinkling lights and festive decorations.
Events and Activities
One popular activity is visiting Santa Claus at his workshop near Hayden Ferry Lakeside before or after watching the parade. Children can get their picture taken with Santa while parents can enjoy hot cocoa or coffee provided by local vendors. Another activity is strolling through Mill Avenue District’s Winter Wonderland which includes an ice skating rink surrounded by festive holiday decor including giant snowflakes hanging overhead. For those who want to be more involved in the festivities themselves, there are opportunities to participate by entering your own decorated boat in the parade. This is a great way to get creative with family or friends and be a part of this beloved community event.
One must-see attraction is Tempe Beach Park which is located just steps away from where the parade takes place. This expansive park offers stunning views of Tempe Town Lake and features walking paths, picnic areas, and even a splash pad for kids. Another nearby attraction is the Arizona State University campus which offers beautiful architecture and cultural experiences such as visiting ASU Art Museum or catching a performance at ASU Gammage Theater.