2017 Key West "Bight"  Before Christmas TM

Holiday Celebration

Part of the “Key west Holiday Fest”

Key West Historic Seaport Harbor Walk - Key West Bight Marina

Key West Holiday Fest


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  1. Wednesday November 22 - Kick off the season!

  2. Lighting of the Key West “Harbor Walk of Lights”

  3. FREE     6:00pm  - Even more lights this year!

  4. LOCATION: Gather on the Harbor Walk at Greene and Elizabeth St. to best see

  5. the official lighting of the ... 2017 Key West “Harbor Walk of Lights”. 

  6. The main features will light up the night, including the the Fishing Buoy Christmas

  7. Tree a real pine Nautical Christmas Tree and the Lobster Trap Christmas Tree

  8. all honoring the “Maritime History of Key West”.

  1. Stroll the entire Harbor Walk of Lights for a nautical infusion of holiday

  2. lights and decorations, and for gift shopping, watersports gift certificates,

  3. great dining and seasonal libations.

  4. The Harbor Walk of Lights is lit every evening through New Year’s eve!  

  1. Friday, December 1 - Click below for event info.

  2. Pet Pictures with Santa TM - Hosted by The All Animal Clinic

  3. FREE to attend.     6:00 - 8:00pm

  4. LOCATION: Look for Santa at the

  5. Nautical Christmas Tree at the

  6. foot of William St. on the

  7. Harbor Walk of Lights.   

  8. CLICK HERE to see and download your 2017 photos!

  9. Take a spin through the images at this link. When you find your photo, simply

  10. hover the mouse over the image. A “menu” box will pop up, and just select

  11. 'download - original.' it's that simple. The file will download directly to your

  12. computer.

  13. Should you decide to print this at a photo service, they may ask for copyright

  14. information. It might save you some grief if you print this out and show it to

  15. whomever is questioning the legality of the printing.

  16. I am granting the permission to print these images as much as you like!

  17. if you have any trouble downloading, feel free to email me at

  18. keywestphotos@gmail.com.

  19. Oh yeah, also feel free to visit my website, www.roboneal.com to get your own

  20. copy of my 2018 Florida Keys and Key West photo calendar.

  21. Happy holidays,  Rob O'neal

  1. Saturday, December 2 -

  2. Key West City “Hometown Holiday Parade”

  3. FREE     7:00pm

  4. LOCATION: Viewing starts on Truman Ave. (at White St.) then proceeds

  5. down to Duval St., then down Duval St.ending at Eaton St. 

  6. The most charming hometown parade you'll ever see with holiday floats,

  7. and tons of kids of all ages. Of course Santa will make a guest appearance!

  1. Sunday, December 3 - Click here for info on

  2. Schooner Wharf tree trimming party

  1. NEW DATE (because of weather) Friday, December 15

  2. Click below - SEE HOW TO ENTER YOUR BOAT!

  3. Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley

  4. 27th annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade

  5. FREE     Parade starts at 8:00pm.

  6. LOCATION: Viewing all along the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Seaport.

  7. Reviewing stand is at the Schooner Wharf Bar and Galley.

  8. Come early for great shopping, holiday music, dinner and drinks.

  1. Think about doing a “Holiday dine-around” before the Boat Parade at

  2. the Holiday Historic Inn Tour - see below for tickets!

  3. NEW DATE!!!!! Friday, December 15 - Click below

  4. Sebago Lighted Boat Parade Party

  5. Enjoy this annual holiday spectacle  from a front row seat on the water.

  6. Drinks and appetizers included! 7:30 - 9:30pm

  1. NEW DATE!!!!! Friday, December 15 - Click below

  2. Catamaran Echo Lighted Boat Parade Watch

  3. Your private charter Champagne party for up to 14 guests!

  4. Free Santa Hats for everyone!  Drinks and holiday appetizers included.  

  5. 7:30 - 9:30pm

  1. (Back in 2018)

  2. “Violins in Motion” children’s group Click for more

  3. Collecting donations for JDRF and Juvenile Diabetes Research

  4. LOCATION: On the Harbor Walk of Lights under the “Fishing Buoy Christmas

  5. Tree”, at Green and Elizabeth St.

  6. An uplifting holiday musical performance by children for the kid in all of us.

  1. Sunday, December 17

  2. Conch Republic Seafood “Holiday Classic Car Show”

  3. FREE to attend  11:00 - 3:00pm

  4. Please bring an unwrapped toy for Monroe Cnty. Domestic Abuse Shelter

  5. VOTE for the “Peoples Choice” award

  6. Awards for: BEST engine, interior, original & custom, Best in Show

  7. LOCATION: Conch Republic Seafood Company - Greene & Elizabeth St,

  8. (CR Seafood Website)

  9. Enjoy holiday specials - Classic Holiday music

  10. See classic cars from every era decked out for the holidays!

  11. Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club - Non-member cars may enter for $5 



The Harbor Walk of Lights

Lighting up every evening with a Nautical theme

honoring the maritime history of the Key West waterfront. 

The "Harbor Walk of Lights" stretches along the seawall past 

Greene St, William St, and Margaret St. to the K.W. Ferry Terminal

   2017 Key West “Bight” before Christmas

Waterfront schedule of Events

Key West

Escape to that Southernmost Holidays Spirit,

Before Christmas!

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Key West Holiday Fest

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  1. A special holiday night to remember - all on Friday, December 15 - only in 2017!

  2. Double your holiday fun this year only! Start with a Holiday party Tour of Historic Inns (6:00), then get dropped off at the Schooner Wharf Lighted Boat Parade (8:00ish)!

  3. What a magical night of food, fun, lights and holiday cheer. Wow!

  4. Next year the Lighted Boat parade will be back to the normal Saturday night, so act now.

  5. Friday, December 8 and December 15

  6. Key West Holiday Historic Inn Tour

  7. 6:00 - 8:00pm -   Click here for tickets  or call (305) 296-4959                             

  8. Key West is known for its beautiful historic inns, and the Holiday

  9. Historic Inn Tour is the perfect way to visit these magnificent

  10. properties decorated for the season, featuring art, fine food from top

  11. local restaurants and holiday libations at each stop.

Sunday, December 3  

          Old Stone Concert Series presents: Messiah 

7 p.m., at Key West United Metjodist Church, 600 Eaton St. - Free!

Old Stone Concert Series presents Christmas Community Chorus in the 35th annual performance.

Wednesday, December 6  Key West Lighted Bike Ride

For Holiday Helpers Toy Drive & holiday fun! 7:00pm - The ride is a family event beginning with a registration / checkin at 6 p.m. for with Helmet fitting and Santa Claus visit.

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 and Wesley House Family Services. Register online.

December 6 -23, 2017  Conch Tour Train Holiday Lights Tours

Join the Conch Tour Train for thier annual holiday lights tour of the island. To get things started we will serve up some holiday cheer with cider and cookies. Then it is all aboard for an hour tour that takes you to all of the island's most elaborately decorated houses, buildings and neighborhoods and caroling.  Call 305-294-5161 for reservations and information

December 6 - 23, 2017  Old Town Trolley Holiday Lights and Sights Tour

Celebrate the season aboard Old Town Trolley on their Holiday Lights and Sights Trolley. There won't be a white Christmas in Key West, but that doesn't stop the island from decking the halls with lights and decorations. Call 305-296-6688 for reservations and information.

December 9, 2017  2nd Annual Parade of Paws & Holiday Bazaar 

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 9, 2017  Studios of Key West's Holiday Artisan Market

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.

December 10, 2017  Christmas on the Sheriff's Animal Farm

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.

December 14, 2017  Sail with Santa on Fury Water Adventures

Festive trip to the reef including Holiday Music, Appetizers, Treats, Hot Chocolate, Beer, Wine, Champagne, Soda, Water & SANTA!!!  Call 305-292-4600.

December 17,2017   Monthly Artisan Market, A Holiday "Shop Local " Edition

Browse the vibrant open-air bazaar filled with Keys artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople and performers. Admission is free and the market is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Sunday of each month. Bring your own bags.

December 21, 2017  Second Annual Holiday Concert and Bazaar at the Custom House Museum

Key West Art & Historical Society is to host this second annual event, from 5-9 p.m. at the historic Custom House Museum, to feature Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, along with a spectacular holiday light show. Highlights of the evening gathering are to include performances by musicians and choirs, local artisans showcasing their wares, a light show and “selfies” with Santa. Open and free to the public.

December 24, 2017 Holiday Jazz in the Gardens

Festive outdoor jazz performance at the Gardens Hotel. Cash bar & large wine selection. 5:30 to 8:00 pm. Free.

December 27, 2017  58th Annual Key West House and Garden Tour

Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours from 3-7 p.m. each day showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day-of-tour. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s museum and programs.

December 31, 2017 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.

Back in 2018    Nutcracker Key West

Set to the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky, the production tells the story of The Nutcracker with a Key West twist. Features local children and original costumes and set.

December 31, 2017 

Key West New Year's Eve Celebrations   

Rooftop Conch Shell Drop - at Sloppy Joe’s, 305-296-2388

Drag Queen Drop in a giant Red High Heal - at Bourbon St Pub, 305-293-9800 

Pirate Wench descends the Schooner America 2.0 mast - at Schooner Wharf Bar, 305-292-3302

Key Lime Wedge drops into giant Margarita Glass - at the Ocean Key Resort, 305-296-7701

Park in the main parking lot located at Margaret & Caroline St. OR the Parking Garage  one block away at Caroline & Grinnell St. OR in the lot at Green & Elizabeth St.  
Please use FREE scooter parking areas and designated bike racks all around the 
Historic Seaport and Harbor Walk area. Please no locking bikes to the decorations!

Photos by Rob O’Neal

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Lighted Boat Parade Party

More events listed below!


Grand Champion!
Schooner Appledore

Click 2 sail

Lighted Boat Parade Watch “Santa Hat Party” on Echo

Your private charter with front row seats on the water.

Click for info.                       Drinks, food and Holiday Fun