When it comes to the holidays in Key West, we don’t mess around. Sure we don’t have a typical white Christmas with snow, ice and freezing cold weather and…wait, where was I going with that?! Our tropical temps average around 75 degrees and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
So how do we celebrate without the element of cold? Easy. With our month long Key West Bight before Christmas collection of holiday events. Yep, I said MONTH long. Visit Key West for one or all the events while saving some Christmas cash with our gift certificate special.
The first official event of the season is the Lighting of the Harbor Walk on November 27. Our little island community gathers to view this inaugural event on the corner of Greene Street between the Conch Republic Seafood Company and Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shop to walk along the harbor and revel in the twinkle of lights reflecting off the ocean.
December 6th we get even more into the holiday spirit with the Key West Holiday Parade. This family-friendly event includes floats made from locals, churches and other community organizations, and ends with a grande finale appearance from the one and only Santa Claus! You knew Santa had a Key West vacation home, didn’t you?
As you may already know, Old Town Manor is an historic inn built in 1886, so we can’t help but love the next event, the Key West Innkeepers’ Holiday Historic Inn tour. On December 12 and 19 from 6:00-8:00pm, get an inside look at historic Key West accommodations such as the Mermaid & the Alligator, Avalon Bed & Breakfast, and of course, Old Town Manor. Admire the Victorian architecture adorned with gorgeous Christmas decor while you enjoy snacks, art, and in typical Key West fashion, cocktails! Old Town Trolleys are available for transportation between the inns and bed and breakfasts.
Lastly, we have to give a shout out to one more local favorite, the Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade, starting at 6pm on December 13. Parade participants set sail to the Southernmost city for this fun event that can be viewed anywhere in the Key West Bight Harbor to Mallory Square. Anything from kayaks to catamarans will be decked out (pun intended!) with lights and holiday decor from bow to stern. With prizes valued at $20,500, you’re guaranteed a good show.