Christmas and New Years’ Happenings in the Florida Keys, with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!


Christmas and New Years’ HAPPENINGS in the Florida Keys!!!-Beer and Bubbly Fest in Marathon and in the Lower Keys; PARTY PARTY PARTY! All with KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas & Marinas!


The Upper Keys:

In Key Largo and Islamorada, where KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has two exclusive locations -Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn


Islamorada / December 31

New Year’s Eve Celebration

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


The Middle Keys:

In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas & Marina vacation rentals in Marathon

Marathon /


Marathon / December 27

Florida Keys Craft Beer & Bubbly Fest

 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


Lower Keys:

In the Lower Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts and Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina & Condominiums vacation rentals 

Key West /

December 16– January 10

Waterfront Playhouse presents: Noises Off

 Winner of the Drama Desk and Evening Standard Award for Best Play, NOISES OFF is a delirious romp of slamming doors, bickering actors, pretty girls in their underwear, mayhem and errant sardines. The New York Post called “the funniest farce ever written!” Showtime 8 p.m.  Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015


Key West /

December 16– January 17

Red Barn Theatre presents: The Last NIght of Ballyhoo

 Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play … A romantic comedy full of revelations set in 1939 Atlanta on the eve of World War II and the opening night of Gone With the Wind.  Contact: 305-296-9911


Key West /

December 26– January 11

Fringe Theater Key West presents: The Price

 Estranged brothers. Old scores. An ancient furniture appraiser. A look at family relationships, the price of furniture and the price of one’s decisions. Performances at 8 p.m., at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum (The Garret), 200 Greene Street.  Contact: 786-529-2281



Key West / December 27– 28

55th Annual Key West House & Garden Tours

 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


Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration

 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.   Contact: Bob Oberle 305-304-2643


Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe’s

 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.


Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve: Pirate Wench Drop at Schooner Wharf

 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.


Key West / December 31

New Year’s Eve: A Key Lime Wedge “Drop”

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


Key Largo / December 31

New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Blackwater Sound

 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


Key West / December 31

Key West Dachshund Walk

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:


These are some of my favorite happenings this week and next in the Florida Keys. If you’re comig down to visit and stay with us at the KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas in our vacation rentals, share some of your favorite experiences with us …

























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