The Florida Keys Are Back in a BIG Way for the Holiday Season!!!!!!

The Upper Keys

Dec. 7, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017
RESCHEDULED: REEF Fest
305-852-0030  Website
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
305-451-4747 Website
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. 9, 2017
Keys Community Concert Band Holiday Concert
Donna Heiner 305-853-7294 Website
The family-friendly free-admission event, themed “Not So Frozen,” offers traditional and pops music performed by the Keys Community Concert Band, sing-alongs, stories and Santa as well as a children’s ballet troupe performance. Concert is to be held at Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center, mile marker 104 bayside.


Dec. 9, 2017
Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
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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.

Dec. 9, 2017
Key Largo 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 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/checkin at 6 p.m. with the Lighted Bike Ride beginning at 7 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 Largo Holiday Store. Register online.

The Middle Keys

Dec. 6, 2017
Pet Pictures with Santa
305-743-DOGS
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.

Dec. 9, 2017
Marathon Community Theater presents: It’s a Wonderful Life
Jenn 305-394-1588 Website
The Fringe Theater of Key West will perform “It’s A Wonderful Life” as a special fundraiser for MCT’s rebuilding. The Fringe Theater is graciously donating their time and talents for this evening’s reading. Show starts 8 p.m., donations accepted at the door only, first-come, first-serve basis.

Dec. 10, 2017
Marathon 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 Marathon 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 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 Marathon Holiday Store. Register online.

Dec. 10, 2017
Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade
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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.

The Lower Keys

Dec. 6, 2017
Key West Lighted Bike Ride
Claire Hiller at 305-809-5000 Email 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. 7, 2017 Location:
Key West Theater presents: Rickie Lee Jones
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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. 8, 2017
Holiday Historic Inn Tours
305-296-4959 Website
Enjoy an enchanted evening to include trolley transportation between several participating inns, each decorated for the holidays. Treats and libations are offered at each inn. Event-goers also can provide their own transportation or bicycle to the inns. Contact the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West to purchase tickets, priced at $30 per person.

Dec. 8, 2017
Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade
Stock Island Lighted Boat Parade is a free event. Activities begin at 6 p.m., with the parade scheduled for 7 p.m. Guests will delight in seeing the bright lights on everything from tri-masted schooners to dinghies to the shrimp boats that call Stock Island home. The boat parade is presented by Sunset Watersports with free viewing events at Stock Island Marina Village and Safe Harbor. The Howard Livingston Trio is to perform live at the official after party at Hogfish Bar & Grill.

Dec. 8, 2017
Key West Theater presents: JJ Gray
305-985-0433 Website
Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey’s grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears. Show starts 8 p.m.

Dec. 8, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017
Inaugural Southernmost Spirits Festival
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Enjoy what organizers expect to be the cocktail, culinary and cultural extravaganza celebrated annually each fall in Key West Florida. Appealing to  industry insiders, consumer cocktail and culinary lovers alike, the event is to encompass product innovation, education, and of course, a good time filled with entertainment camaraderie and just good fun.  Tastings, celebrity bartender competitions and more. Visit website for details.

Dec. 8, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017
Inaugural Key West Grand Prix of the Sea
(407) 985-1938 Website
Experience non-stop racing action as Sea-Doo, Yamaha, and Kawasaki personal watercraft racers take to the water averaging 75 mph. This race is the final round in 2017 and serves as the overall championship for the PRO Enduro and International Amatuer Championship. Jetcross Jet Ski stand up races will also be a part of this family friendly event free to the public.

Dec. 8, 2017 – Dec. 10, 2017
I Love Stock Island
Jill Snodgrass 573-680-5468 Website
Celebrate Stock Island’s culture and heritage with culinary offerings featuring fresh-off-the-boat seafood, wine and beer tastings, history and art studio tours, live music and other elements that showcase the eclectic island and its working waterfront. Highlights include a lighted boat parade from Stock Island Marina Village; kid’s activities & Little Mr. & Miss contest, and more.

Dec. 9, 2017
Fourth Annual Parade of Paws and Holiday Bazaar
305-294-4857 Website
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.

Dec. 9, 2017
Schooner Wharf Bar Annual Lighted Boat Parade
305-292-3302 Website
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.

Dec. 9, 2017
Key West Triathlon and Expo
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The Key West Triathlon and Expo expects to host a maximum of 1,000 participants and some of the sport’s best known triathletes; TRIKW allows you to bask in the warm weather and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean while the rest of the country is experiencing winter. Olympic and Sprint distances.

Dec. 9, 2017
Studios of Key West’s Holiday Artisan Market
305-296-0458 Website
Make holiday shopping fun! Enjoy cookies and coffee as you stroll through a friendly, festive indoor market. Over 20 artisans present unique and locally produced gifts: jewelry, textiles, home accessories and quality crafts. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 533 Eaton Street.


Dec. 9, 2017
Studios of Key West presents: Erin McKeown
305-296-0458  Website
Internationally known musician, writer, and producer, McKeown returns to The Studios to present selections from According to Us (written in part during her 2016 residency) as well as selections from her musical Miss You Like Hell. Performance at 8 p.m., 533 Eaton Street.

Dec. 10, 2017
The Studios of Key West presents: Kumbaya on the Island of Stock
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Remember singing Kumbaya? S’mores over a real campfire. Delicious BBQ from Charlie Mac’s Smokehouse and Seafood. Guitars, banjoes, ukuleles, aerialists, circus performers, open artist studios and general chaos. From 5-7 p.m. The 1920′s spiritual “Come By Here” became the beloved Kumbaya and was originally a simple appeal to come and help those in need. Let’s celebrate what the Keys have accomplished! If you have an instrument, please feel free to join the troupe. Limited tickets available online. Event will be held on Stock Island, directions will be provided to ticket holders upon purchase.

Dec. 10, 2017
Christmas on the Sheriff’s Animal Farm
305-293-7300 Website
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.

Dec. 11, 2017
Lower Keys Choir and Orchestra to present “Festival of Lessons and Carols”
Lower Keys Community Choir and Keys Chamber Orchestra invite you to attend their annual  Christmas concert at Big Pine Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key. A Festival of Lessons and Carols will be featured this year.  It uses the English tradition of a service that alternates between the singing of familiar Christmas carols and the readings from scripture that are appropriate for Christmas.  The audience will be provided with all the words and will be invited to join in singing the Christmas carols with the choir and orchestra.  There will also be several pieces performed by the choir and orchestra. The service will also include  “Christmas Benediction” by John Purifoy, with  the familiar carol “Silent Night”, which will be sung by all by candlelight. The choir and orchestra are comprised of local volunteers who live from Marathon to Key West.  They represent over a dozen churches in the area, and have been offering Christmas and Easter concerts in the Lower Keys for over 25 years.  They are directed by Wayne Hulting, and the accompanist is Jim Fogle. Performance at 7:30 p.m.  There is no admission cost to attend, but a free-will offering will be taken which will be distributed to local hurricane relief agencies.

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