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Calendar of Events for the Florida Keys

Event calendar courtesy of fla-keys.com - The Tourism & Development Councel of the Florida Keys

Calendar of Events for December
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November 28 to December 18,  in Key West
Florida Residents Save at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
November 28 to December 18
Florida residents can enjoy half-price tickets to Ripley's Believe It or Not! Key West Odditorium. Residents will need to show a local photo ID in order to receive the discount. All adults in the party will need to have proof of residency in order to receive the discount. the Odditorium is located at 108 Duval St.
Contact: 407-345-0501
Email: kasinski@ripleys.com

December 03 to December 31,  in Key West
Key West Holiday Fest
December 03 to December 31
Each year a wide range of seasonal celebrations takes place throughout Key West during the month of December. Events include the lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights, tours of historic decorated inns, a holiday parade and much more.


December 10 to December 11,  in Islamorada
Second Annual Islamorada Half Marathon and 10K
December 10 to December 11
New this year, is the Friday "Beer Mile" event, that is quite simple: 1 Mile and 4 Beers. Do you have what it takes? There are to be cash prizes for the top 3 finishers for male/female in the half marathon and great awards for the top 3 finishers of the 10K.  In addition, prizes for those who place top 3 in their age groups for both races.  Register for all events online. Earlybird savings.
Contact: Robbie McClung 305-587-0901
Email: islamoradahalf@gmail.com

December 10 ,  in Key Largo
Key Largo Lighted Bike Ride
December 10
The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key Largo 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 at 5:30 with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 6:30pm. 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 Largo Holiday Store. Register online.
Contact: Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000
Email: claire.hiller@wesleyhouse.org

December 10 ,  in Key West
Third Annual Parade of Paws and Holiday Bazaar
December 10
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.


December 10 ,  in Key West
Schooner Wharf Bar Annual Lighted Boat Parade
December 10
Lighted and decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around Key West's Historic Seaport and harbor areas. Parade is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport.
Contact: 305-292-3302


December 10 to December 18,  in Key West
Nutcracker Key West
December 10 to December 18
Inspired by the unique and colorful environment of the Florida Keys, Clara and her young Prince encounter enchanted landscapes complete with snowy egrets on shimmering salt ponds, a wicked Rooster-King, an exquisite Sea-Star Fairy, and "underwater" sequences of almost unimaginable beauty. Local children, adults and community leaders are cast alongside a nationally-cast corps de ballet in this spectacularly crafted semi-annual production of a beloved classic. Shows held Dec. 10-11 & Dec. 14-18 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre. Purchase tickets online.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676


December 10 ,  in Islamorada
Free Pops-in-the-Park; Holiday Suites
December 10
An extra special holiday concert, to be held at the ICE amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. The family-friendly concert features traditional music of the holidays, and a sing-along with a special guest appearance from Santa Claus. Starts at 4 p.m.; free admission. All seats are outdoors, chairs and blankets recommended to bring. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band.
Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Email: keyscommunityconcertband@yahoo.com

December 11 ,  in Marathon
Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 11
Christmas lights on outriggers, Santa's elves and brightly lit deck displays highlight the beautiful festivities during the Key Colony Beach Boat Parade. Set to begin at the 7th Street canal, the parade is open to all boats, and the route visits canals and cuts, and passes city hall three times. Great viewing spots include Sadowski Causeway at MM 53.5 and the dock area behind city hall and the post office. The public is welcome. An after-party is held with awards for captains and crews.


December 11 ,  in Key West
Christmas on the Sheriff's Animal Farm
December 11
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.
Contact: 305-293-7300


December 12 ,  in Big Pine
Annual Christmas Cantata
December 12
The Keys Chamber Orchestra and Lower Keys Community Choir will be performing their annual Christmas Cantata. This year's event will feature "Born a Savior, Born a King". All concerts are free. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Big Pine Key United Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd.


December 14 ,  in Big Pine
Annual Christmas Cantata
December 14
The Keys Chamber Orchestra and Lower Keys Community Choir will be performing their annual Christmas Cantata. This year's event will feature "Born a Savior, Born a King". All concerts are free. Performance at 7:30 p.m., at St. Peter Catholic Church, 31300 Overseas Hwy, on Big Pine Key.


December 15 ,  in Big Pine
Annual Christmas Cantata
December 15
The Keys Chamber Orchestra and Lower Keys Community Choir will be performing their annual Christmas Cantata. This year's event will feature "Born a Savior, Born a King". All concerts are free. Performance at 7:30 p.m., Venture Out 701 Spanish Main Dr on Cudjoe Key.


December 15 ,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
December 15
Showcasing the fine arts, music and culinary nuances of the Purple Isles, the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82, as well as "culinary art" and live music from 6-9 p.m. A great pre-holiday celebration. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Email: Moradawaysusi@gmail.com

December 16 ,  in Key West
Holiday Historic Inn Tours
December 16
Enjoy an enchanted evening of decorated inns and a sampling of holiday treats and cheer at each property. From 6-8 p.m., tours are self guided. Participants are welcome to bike or use their own transportation. Call the Lodging Association for tickets.
Contact: 305-296-4959


December 16 to December 18,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
December 16 to December 18
Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds aid the Montessori Island School.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

December 17 ,  in Islamorada
Matecumbe Historical Trust presents "29 Points of Interest" Historic Trolley Tour
December 17
Enjoy an enlightening trolley ride through time. Guided trolley tours depart at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. from the Islamorada Moose Lodge at 81573 Old Highway in Islamorada.The one-hour, colorful and much acclaimed historical tours feature 29 points of interest on the islands of Islamorada. Tickets may be purchased on site or call in advance. Adults are $15, children six and under are free.
Contact: Barbara Edgar 305-393-0940


December 17 ,  in Key Largo
Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 17
Blackwater Sound is to shimmer as decorated boats parade along the shoreline in celebration of the holiday season; 55-foot yachts to single-person kayaks are to set sail at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Awards after-party at Sundowners, at 10 p.m.


December 17 ,  in Big Pine
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
December 17
All boats are welcome to enter the Pine Channel Causeway parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from Kiki's Sandbar, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Contact: Steve Estes 305-923-5370
Email: bigpinenews@aol.com

December 18 ,  in Marathon
Annual Christmas Cantata
December 18
The Keys Chamber Orchestra and Lower Keys Community Choir will be performing their annual Christmas Cantata. This year's event will feature "Born a Savior, Born a King". All concerts are free. Performance at 7:30 p.m., at San Pablo Catholic Church 550 122nd St Ocean.


December 18 ,  in Key West
Key West Theater presents: Edwin McCain with Nick Norman
December 18
McCain's innate ability to write and perform songs that somehow every listener claims as their own has made him one of the most enduring and downright likable entertainers of our generation. Nick Norman is truly the man with a golden voice; a talented singer/songwriter who delights his audiences with soulful and inspirational performances.
Contact: 305-985-0433
Email: info@thekeywesttheater.com

December 20 to December 24,  in Key West
Fringe Theater presents: A Very Lillian Baxter Christmas
December 20 to December 24
Feeling the tropical island holiday blues? We've got just the antidote! It's 1970 and Lillian Baxter is staging her comeback with a Christmas show. Oy Vey! Tinsel flies in this very entertaining "one woman" show. Written by and starring John Vessels as Lillian Baxter with Jay Schwandt on piano. "This is an extreme dose of whatever it is your holiday spirit is missing!" Performances at 7 p.m., at Little Room Jazz Club at 821 Duval Street.
Contact: 305-731-0581


December 20 to December 30,  in Key West
Randy Roberts LIVE!
December 20 to December 30
Female impersonator extraordinaire brings a one man, all live tribute to some famous and infamous women of stage and screen. A Key West tradition for 18 years. Join Randy for an evening with "Bette Midler", "Cher", and Randy's signature lounge act. Hilarious comedy, gorgeous costumes, and voice that never fails to thrill! Open your eyes and mind and let yourself go with Randy Roberts LIVE! The NY Times calls him "Delicious ,..at the top of his game, ...truly talented", and you'll call yourself lucky to catch Randy Roberts LIVE! Visit website for show dates.
Contact: 305-296-6706
Email: bookings@randyroberts.net

December 21 ,  in Key West
Inaugural Holiday Concert & Bazaar at Custom House Museum
December 21
The event, from 5-9 p.m., will feature Key West's finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show. Browse hundreds of unique gift options while enjoying the music, food and libations on and around the island's architectural crown jewel, with eggnog to lift the frazzled 'final shopping days' spirits and Santa on hand for last minute requests and 'selfie' photos. Open and free to the public.
Contact: 305-295-6616
Email: scowles@kwahs.org

December 21 ,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum's Immerse Yourself! Lecture Series
December 21
A free lecture series held at the museum, located at MM 82.9, every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Adventurers from treasure hunters to aquanauts help tell the story of mankind's attempts to explore, understand and venture under the sea. The evening lectures are informal, informative and provide a valuable educational resource at the museum, an acclaimed facility dedicated to the collection, preservation and display of relics and artifacts related to diving and its heritage.
Contact: 305-664-9737


December 27 to December 28,  in Key West
57th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours
December 27 to December 28
Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Transportation between homes is NOT included. Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation's museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.
Contact: 305-294-9501


December 31 ,  in Key West
New Year's Eve: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe's
December 31
The arrival of 2017 is to be heralded on the island's Duval Street with the "drop" of a gigantic manmade conch shell, the symbol of the Florida Keys, to the flat roof of Sloppy Joe's Bar, 201 Duval. Thousands of spectators gather on Duval for the annual gala, emceed by a rooftop host starting at 10 p.m. and featuring dancing in the street and a countdown to midnight recorded on a huge clock.


December 31 ,  in Islamorada
New Year's Eve Celebrations in Islamorada
December 31
Revelers in the Upper Keys' Islamorada can ring in the new year with midnight fireworks on the Atlantic Ocean beach at the luxurious Cheeca Lodge & Spa, located at mile marker (MM) 82 oceanside. Attractions include live music, dancing on the beach and a gourmet dinner.
Contact: 305-517-4447


December 31 ,  in Key West
New Year's Eve: Pirate Wench Drop at Schooner Wharf
December 31
For piratical partiers, a New Year's Eve salute to Key West's rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island's Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2017. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music all day, dancing and festivities at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.


December 31 ,  in Key West
New Year's Eve on the Pier: Featuring a Key Lime Wedge "Drop"
December 31
At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, plans call for a huge replica of a Key lime wedge to splash down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome 2017 on the property's Sunset Pier. The free event features live entertainment by local favorites the E'Claires and Happy Dog, followed by the Robert Albury Band.
Contact: 305-296-7701


December 31 ,  in Key West
Key West Dachshund Walk
December 31
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.
Email: keywestdachshundwalk@gmail.com

December 31 ,  in Key West
New Year's Eve Shoe Drop Celebration
December 31
The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne.
Email: schroedkw@aol.com

December 31 ,  in Key West
New Year's Eve Dockside Bash on Schooner America 2.0
December 31
Enjoy a front-row seat for the famous "Lowering of the Wench" at Schooner Wharf Bar! This special adults-only event features complimentary beer, wine, champagne, well drinks, soda, and water and delicious hot and cold hors d' oeuvres! From 9:30 PM- 12:30 AM; tickets for purchase.
Contact: 646-772-4880
Email: heather@classicharborline.com

December 31 ,  in Key Largo
New Year's Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound
December 31
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for details.
Contact: 305-451-4502


Calendar of Events for December
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