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Visitors will find the Key West and Marathon airports open as usual, and the Port of Key West hosting cruise ships again. The Florida Keys Overseas Highway is an easy drive throughout the 125-mile island chain.
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Dec. 2, 2017
Light Up Key Largo!
Sponsored by the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce, holiday happenings with live music, decorations, food and drinks are to spark the seasonal spirit. The annual tree lighting is to be held at the Murray E. Nelson Government Center and Key Largo Cultural Center, MM 102, from 5-9 p.m. Eggnog, caroling and an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus are virtually guaranteed to put everyone in a festive mood.
Nov. 30, 2017 – Dec. 3, 2017
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship series is the only tournament in the series to offer a junior division for anglers age 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.
Dec. 1, 2017
Florida Keys Holiday Festival
Frolick in a 30-ton magical mountain of snow at Founders Park at mile marker 87 during the 4-10 p.m., watch the ceremonial lighting of a 35-foot-tall tree and bid on a Keys-designed, one-of-a-kind creation during the popular ornament auction. Inspired by the Burl Ives song, the “Silver and Gold” themed parade is to usher in Santa Claus, amidst food, drink, music and kids’ activities. A Santa Paws canine competition for dogs and owners awards the best doggone holiday attire.
Dec. 7, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017
RESCHEDULED: REEF Fest
Join Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) in a celebration of marine conservation. Morning activities include ocean adventures of kayaking, snorkeling and diving, all alongside marine life experts. Afternoons feature free seminars from renowned experts in topics like Marine Mammals, Shark Behavior, Deep Sea Exploration and Emerging Ocean Issues. Evenings boast food, drinks and fun with friends old and new. All events are open to the public.
Dec. 7, 2017
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce’s 36th Annual Cook-Off
The culinary competition, held at the Holiday Inn, mile marker (MM) 100 in Key Largo, is open to professional and amateur cooks and chefs, as well as young aspiring chefs. Categories include soups and chowders, appetizers, main dishes, sides and salads, and desserts. The event is to be held from 6 – 8:30 p.m., and public sampling starts at about 7 p.m. Awards are to be announced afterward. Sampling tickets are to be sold at the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce.
Dec. 6, 2017
Pet Pictures with Santa
Hosted by Keys Animal Hospital. Santa is to pose for photos with pets from 4-8 p.m. The event supports the medical and special needs for the shelter animals at Florida Keys SPCA campus in Marathon. Cost of photos is free, although contributions of pet food, toys, beds or financial donations are welcomed.
Nov. 29, 2017 – Dec. 2, 2017
Zonta’s Festival of Trees
Charlotte Quinn 305-393-9501
The annual Festival of Trees is to take place at the Florida Keys Country Club. Holiday trees are festively displayed, and decorated by members of the Zonta Club of Marathon, a humanitarian service organization. Visitors and residents can bid to purchase the decorated trees.
Dec. 7, 2017
Key West Theater presents: Rickie Lee Jones
Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. at Key West Theater, 512 Eaton St.
Dec. 6, 2017
Key West Lighted Bike Ride
Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 Website
The Lighted Bike Ride helps to gather the needed toys for the struggling, working families of Key West 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/checkin at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 7:00 p.m. 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 West Holiday Store. Register online.
Dec. 3, 2017
The Key West Art Center presents: Celebrate the Season
Juniper Deja (305) 294-1241
The Key West Art Center is pleased to host its annual opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Step inside the Art Center to view new work by Florida Keys Artist Members, enjoy festive treats and indulge in a glass of wine alongside talented local artists. This show features new works by over 40 well known local artists such as Martha dePoo, Elizabeth Chamberlain, and Susan O’Neil, just to name a few. Also on exhibit will be the work of three new Artist Members: Gabrielle Wilson, Donna Nadeau, and David Klein. The Key West Art Center is a non-profit community art center dedicated to promoting visual arts and to the advancement of local artists. The gallery is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Remember local art makes a beautiful gift your friends and loved ones are sure to treasure. Key West Art Center is located at 301 Front Street.
Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade
Charming holiday spirit abounds in this annual parade in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. Local flavor prevails with marching bands, school groups, motorized and non-motorized floats and lively community participation. Catching the tossed candy is a highlight for kids. The route begins at Bayview Park and the best viewing spots are along Duval Street and Truman Avenue.
Dec. 2, 2017 – Dec. 3, 2017
SoMo Marathon & Half Marathon
This event is one of a kind! Imagine running through the southernmost island in the United States while enjoying a break from the ordinary. The Southernmost Marathon & Half promises just that- 26.2 or 13.1 miles of ocean and gulf views, as well as iconic Key West landmarks. A full weekend of events including a 10k and 5k are planned.
Dec. 1, 2017
SALT Gallery presents: Karen Luknis’ “Mystical Entities” Opening Reception
For the month of December, SALT Gallery, located at 830 Fleming St., will feature “Mystical Entities”, a new collection of unique mixed media sculptures by local artist and Captain Karen Luknis. To celebrate the opening of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Karen is a self-taught artist who has lived in Key West since 1990. SALT Gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, local sea salts, jewelry, pottery, wine, and Florida Keys honey. Gallery owners Maria Sharpe and Laura Richardson feature a new artist each month at SALT.
Nov. 30, 2017 – Dec. 1, 2017
COAST presents: The Coast is Clear
The crew at COAST — the Stock Island based artist and craftsman collective — has organized a two-day benefit concert festival, aptly named “Coast Is Clear”, with the goal of raising money and spirits for the Florida Keys community in the wake of hurricane Irma. To date, the lineup includes national touring artists G. Love, Langhorne Slim, Rayland Baxter and Rorey Carroll. In addition, local favorites Patrick and The Swayzees and The Skank — among others — will add local flavor to the stages over the two-day event. Thursday (11/30) performances are to take place in the Bahama Village neighborhood with events shifting between Blue Heaven, Green Parrot and The COAST Outpost (803 Whitehead Street). Friday (12/1) shows will take place on Stock Island at Hogfish and COAST — both located on Front Street.
Nov. 22, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017
Key West Holiday Fest
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.
Nov. 2, 2017 – Nov. 30, 2017
The Studios of Key West presents International Art Show
The Studios of Key West kicks off its eleventh season of exhibiting the finest in local and international art by filling their galleries with work from around the world.On view at The Studios, 533 Eaton Street. Exhibitions can be viewed during normal gallery hours, Tues. through Sat. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. A special opening events and a book signing will take place Thurs., November 2 from 6-8 p.m. during the First Thursday Gallery Walk
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