Since 1962. Each holiday season Bay Area boat owners have been gussying up their sailboats and power boats and joining in an entertaining and festive Christmas parade. It’s part sunset cruise, part art car parade, and part shoreline holiday magic. These days, more than 100 sailboats and power boats participate in the parade itself and more than 100,000 spectators show up around the lake and the bay to take it all in. Given the long route through Clear Lake, those 100,000 viewers aren’t all in one spot. Although at times it may seem like most of them are along the waterway in Kemah, including the Kemah Boardwalk and old historic Kemah, where the Christmas Boat Lane Parade turns around in Galveston Bay. The parade starts out at 6pm from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon, following the boat lane through Clear Lake and through the Clear Lake Channel where it exits out into Galveston Bay, before turning back around and heading home. I It will take about 45 minutes for boats to travel from South Shore Harbour Marina to the Kemah Boardwalk. It’s not a race so expect the boats to float by at a slow, leisurely, and lazy pace.