Organised by the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, the Christmas Boat Parade is a Christmas lights display with a twinkling difference. Boats of every shape and size, jet skis and homes along the waterways, are all 'decked' out in their Christmas finery to participate in the Parade.
The Mooloolaba Yacht Club's Christmas Boat Parade is a FREE spectator event. Entry fees for the Christmas Boat Parade and house competition are donated to a nominated local charity, so everybody and anybody is encouraged to join in, by entering a boat - private or commercial - or their waterfront home or building. For those who prefer to participate from the side-lines (or in this case, water-lines), invite your family and friends to join you and grab a great vantage spot along the canals.
Everybody is encouraged to enter and join in ... Image: Elaine de Wet
The official Mooloolaba Yacht Club's Christmas Boat Parade Course Map is still to be provided. I have it on good authority though that the Parade will commence from The Wharf, an awesome viewing spot. Boats will then head to Elanora Avenue; Main Canal; Kawana Waters Hotel and on to La Balsa Park, before heading back to The Wharf for the finish. In previous years the best and most popular viewing locations were at:
Safety Tip 1 - As there will be a number of small craft participating in the Parade, please be aware of all craft in your immediate surrounds.
Safety Tip 2 - There is a tight corner at Kawana (at the end of the main canal) and caution needs to be observed with incoming and outgoing vessels. Craft speed may need to be varied to ensure safe passing.
For enquiries or questions on the night of the event, please contact the MYC office on 0413 227 013 or via Channel VHF 77.
Jetskis in Christmas regalia - Image: Elaine de Wet