It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Some people have a little trouble getting into the holiday spirit here on the island, for me, it’s just the opposite. There are a ton of great holiday events and traditions that both locals and tourists look forward to.
Below are a few of my favorites!
Friday, December 1st– Pet Pictures with Santa
Grab your favorite furry friend and head to The Seaport. Under the nautical Christmas Tree located in the heart of the Seaport you can get your pets picture taken with Santa. Photos benefit Boys & Girls Club of the Keys Area, Inc.
Saturday, December 2nd – City of Key West Holiday Parade
The annual Hometown Holiday Parade starts at 7:00pm with special guest, Santa! The parade route starts at the intersection of Truman and White Streets. The parade will then head down Truman Avenue and head to Eaton Street.
Saturday, December 9th–4th Annual Parade of Paws
There will be a dog parade starting promptly at 10am where all in the community are welcome to parade their pups (costumes encouraged!) followed by a Holiday Bazaar where local vendors will showcase their businesses.
Dig out your Santa costume and join the party as tons of Santas gather at Conch Republic Seafood Company for the annual event.
27th Annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade
The annual Key West lighted boat parade will start at 8pm. Viewers can watch the nautical parade along the Harbor Walk of Lights in the Seaport or for the best spot in town, contact my girls at Lagerheads Beach Bar to reserve a private table.
Saturday, December 16th – Rudolph the Red Nosed Run
Join the Positive Step for their 10th annual 5K that leaves from the Southernmost Beach Cafe. A Positive Step is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to serving the highest risk youth and their families.
Wednesday/ Thursday, December 27th & 28th – Holiday Home Tours
Join the Old Island Restoration Foundation for the kick off of their 2017-2018 Home Tour season. The home tours feature historic and renovated homes through out Key West each as unique as their owners!
Monday, December 31st – Ring in the New Year!
World famous for our New Year’s traditions, pick a spot on Duval and watch the fun unfold! Sloppy Joes (200 blk of Duval) is where they will drop the Conch Shell
Christopher and the crew at LaTeDa (1200 blk of Duval) will “pop” a huge champagne bottle. And of course, Sushi will come down in her red shoe over at the Bourbon complex at the 800 block of Duval.