In November when the holidays are just around the corner, the city of Jacksonville celebrates with a spectacular Lighted Boat Parade on the St. Johns River. Competing boaters show off their crafts, decorated bow to stern with lights and tinsel. There is an explosive fireworks finale to top off the evening. While you are in the area, be sure to check out the 50-feet tall city holiday tree at the Ritz Carlton Hotel downtown, which is officially lit the night before the boat parade. There are many good areas on both sides of the river to view for free.