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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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October 13 to December 19,  in Marathon
Holiday Photos with a Dolphin at Dolphin Research Center
October 13 to December 19
Visitors who participate in DRC's 'Meet the Dolphin' program can bring their own Santa hats, reindeer antlers or other accessories to use while posing. DRC's experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a "flippershake" with a dolphin and have their photo taken.
Contact: 305-289-1121


December 04 to December 21,  in Key West
Key West Holiday Fest
December 04 to December 21
Key West Holiday Fest features a series of enchanting holiday-themed events through December. It kicks off with the Lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Key West Bight on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Gather at Green and Elizabeth Streets for the best viewing, and visit Seaport restaurants and shops. The Harbor Walk of Lights stretches the entire length from Green Street to the Ferry Terminal. Other Dec events include holiday inn tours, jazz concerts, snorkeling trips, pet photos with Santa and much more. Complete schedule of events online.


December 13 to December 21,  in Key West
Nutcracker Key West
December 13 to December 21
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 at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.
Contact: Box office 305-295-7676


December 19 to December 21,  in Islamorada
NEW DATES: Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
December 19 to December 21
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 help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County.
Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com

December 19 ,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Marketplace on 90
December 19
Islamorada's newest farmers' market, Islamorada Marketplace on 90, will be celebrating it's grand opening from noon to 6 p.m.Located near the Old Tavernier Restaurant on 90311 Old Highway, by mile marker (MM) 90, between Plantation and Ocean Drives. Enjoy local fresh produce, local artisan goods, homemade crafts and more.
Contact: 305-318-6148
Email: info@islamoradamarket.com

December 20 ,  in Islamorada
Free Pops-in-the-Park; Winter Wonders Concert
December 20
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. 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 20 ,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: Holiday Concert
December 20
Two shows are slated to ring in the holiday cheer, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children. Visit website for ticket details.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

December 20 ,  in Key West
Discovery Saturday Educational Series: Hidden Creatures of the Keys
December 20
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Many Keys' critters are experts at playing hide and seek. Play a game of Can You Find Me? Learn how animals use camouflage and their surroundings to survive. Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.
Contact: 305-809-4750
Email: rachel.pawlitz@noaa.gov

December 21 ,  in Key West
Monthly Artisan Market -- Holiday/Shop Local edition
December 21
The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.
Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net

December 27 ,  in Marathon
Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest
December 27
To be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Marathon Community Park & Amphitheater, enjoy craft beers, white and red wines, champagne, sparkling wines, and more. More than 30 retail vendors are planned, and VIP tickets to be available. Other highlights include a food truck invasion, live local music, and community fellowship. Presented by Marathon Chamber of Commerce and Fishermen's Hospital Foundation.
Contact: 305-743-5417


December 27 to December 28,  in Key West
55th 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 and times available online. Proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation's museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.
Contact: 305-294-9501


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


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: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe's
December 31
The arrival of 2015 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 Celebration
December 31
Revelers in Islamorada can find appealing New Year's activities at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, MM 82 oceanside, who is staging a New Year's Eve celebration and midnight fireworks display. Attractions include live music, dancing on the beach and a gourmet dinner. Contact Cheeca Lodge for more information, costs and reservations.
Contact: 305-517-4580


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 2014. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music, dancing and festivities at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.


December 31 ,  in Key West
New Year's Eve: A Key Lime Wedge "Drop"
December 31
At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, a huge replica of a Key lime wedge splashes down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome the new year on the property's Sunset Pier.
Contact: 305-295-7005


Calendar of Events for December
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All events are subject to change. Contact the event coordinators for the most current dates and times.

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