Make holiday shopping fun! Enjoy cookies and coffee as you stroll through a friendly, festive indoor market. Over 20 artisans present unique and locally produced gifts: jewelry, textiles, home accessories and quality crafts. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 533 Eaton Street.
Key West. Key West United Methodist Church, known as the historic “Old Stone Church,” hosts its
Christmas “Messiah” concert at 7 p.m., with organ, piano, timpani and soloists. Complimentary admission. Visit keywestumchurch.org or call 305-296-2392.
A “shop local” holiday tradition, the open-air bazaar, this year at Higgs Beach, 100 Atlantic Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is filled with Keys artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, live music and adult beverages. Admission is free. Visit facebook.com/KeyWestArtisanMarket or call 573-619-2200.
On December 2nd, the community will gather back at Bayview Park for the Lighting of the Menorah at 5:00 p.m. Rabbi Shimon Dudai from Congregation B’Nai Zion and Rabbi Jacob Zucker from Chabad of the Florida Keys will say the blessings.
Visit schoonerwharf.com or call 305-292-3302.
The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key West for
the holidays. At the Holiday Helpers Store, eligible parents walk through the store, empowered by the ability to pick free, new toys their children will want instead of just allocating non-specific toys to parents. The ride
is a family event beginning with a registration/check-in at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at
7:00 p.m. Families and individuals with lighted and decorated bikes ride through the streets for the
community to see. Registration for the ride is one unwrapped toy for the Key West Holiday Store.
Register online at Lighted Bike Parade .
Visit conchtourtrain.com; or call 305-294-5161
Visit trolleytours.com or call 305-296-6688
Key West. All Animal Clinic sponsors photos with Santa, scheduled 6-8 p.m., allowing families to enjoy Santa, pets and kids, with treats. Photos are priced at $20, with proceeds to benefit Key West Boys Club. Santa is to be at the nautical Christmas tree, at the foot of William Street. Visit
Parade begins at 7p.m. Charming holiday spirit abounds in this annual parade in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Local flavor prevails with marching bands, school groups, motorized and non-motorized floats and lively community participation. Catching the tossed candy is a highlight for kids. The route begins at Bayview Park and the best viewing spots are along Duval Street and Truman Avenue.
Key West, Florida Keys children, adults and community leaders appear with a nationally cast corps de ballet in a stunning Keys-themed adaption of the beloved holiday classic. There’s a wicked Rooster-King, an exquisite Sea-Star Fairy and gorgeous “underwater” sequences. Key West’s Joyce Stahl, executive producer and artistic director, is a former performer with New Jersey’s American Repertory Ballet. Multiple afternoon and evening performances with tropically colored and specially designed costumes are held at Tennessee Williams Theatre. Visit nutcrackerkeywest.com or call 305-295-7676.
From 1-3 p.m., kids and adults can visit the furry, fluffy and feathered residents of the Animal Farm and petting zoo and get a photo taken with Santa. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm is situated at the county’s detention center just outside Key West at 5501 College Road. This event is free and open to the public. The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is open the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Call 305-293-7300.
Festive trip to the reef including Holiday Music, Appetizers, Treats, Hot Chocolate, Beer, Wine, Champagne, Soda, Water & SANTA!!! Call 305-292-4600.
Tour five festive properties decorated for the holidays and a sampling of holiday treats and holiday cheer. The Inns for this night are Hemingway Rum Co. Distillery, Old Town Manor, Wicker House, The Mermaid & The Alligator, Suite Dreams Inn and Santa Maria Suites Resort. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Lodging Association office at 305- 296-4959 or on the Keystix.com any day prior to the tour each night.
Put on your stockings and pull out your sugarplums for Key West Burlesque’s “Sugar Rum Cherry: A Burlesque Nutcracker” on Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16 at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street. This naughty holiday two-act reverie features your favorite local performers, international burlesque superstars, and amazing aerial acrobats as they visit the land of libations. Doors open at 7:30p.m., show starts at 8:00p.m. Sponsored in part by the Monroe County Tourist Develop.ment Council. Tickets available at thekeywesttheater.com or call 305.985.0433.
Bring your dogs, wear a t-shirt with a picture of your kitty with pride, or walk with a paddle displaying your pet’s photo! Holiday Bazaar inside the dog park features entertainment, food vendors, photos with Santa, gifts for that special person on your list and more! A unique opportunity to support the lifesaving mission caring for the Keys’ community’s homeless animals, the event supports the Florida Keys SPCA. Check in is 9 a.m. Event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Higgs Beach, at the Higgs Dog Park. Bring four-legged friends. Visit fkspca.org or call 305-294-4857.
Key West. In the Keys’ largest lighted boat parade around Key West’s Historic Seaport and harbor areas at 8 p.m., more than $20,500 in prizes is to be awarded to 12 top vessels during this 28th annual event. Boats creatively “deck their hulls.” There’s a free raffle for all participants. An awards ceremony is Dec.16 at 8 p.m. Visit schoonerwharf.com or call 305-292-3302.
Enjoy front row seats near the reviewing stand area on the smooth water for the Lighted Boat Parade. Free Santa Hats for everyone! Drinks & Appetizers included. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 14 adults max.
Participate in the action aboard Sebago Schooner Appledore II, or cheer from a front row seat on the water. 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Classic cars from every era at the Harbor Walk Plaza located at Greene & Elizabeth Streets. Admission is Free, and the Classic Car Show runs from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Collection of unwrapped toys for Monroe County’s Domestic Abuse Shelter. Awards for: “People’s Choice”, BEST Engine, Interior, Original & Custom, and Best in Show. Enjoy holiday specials, classic holiday music, and classic cars from every era decked out for the holidays! Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club - Non-member cars may enter!
The Key West Art & Historical Society hosts the third annual event, 5-9 p.m., at the historic Custom House Museum, 281 Front St. Highlights are to include performances by musicians and choirs, local artisans showcasing their wares, a light show and “selfies” with Santa. Visit kwahs.org or call 305-295-6616. Open and free to the public.
December 23, 2018 Holiday Jazz in the Gardens
Free .Festive outdoor jazz performance at the Gardens Hotel. Cash bar & large wine selection. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours from 3-7 p.m. each day showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day-of-tour. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s museum and programs. Visit oirf.org or call 305-294-9501.
Frost-free Key West becomes a “wiener wonderland” when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a noontime New Year’s Eve stroll through the island’s picturesque downtown. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.
Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joes, 305.296.2388.
Red High Heal with Drag Queen Drop at Bourbon St. Pub, 305.293.9800
New Year’s Eve Dockside Bash on the Shooner America 2.0
Pirate Wench Drop at Historic Seaport, 305.292.3302
Key Lime Wedge in Margarita Glass at the Ocean Key Resort, 305.296.7701