Florida Keys
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December 13,  in Big Pine
Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade
December 13
All boats are welcome to enter the Pine Channel Causeway parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from Kiki's Sandbar, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.
Contact: Steve Estes 305-923-5370
Email: bigpinenews@aol.com

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 03,  in Key West
Symphony Pop Series I -- Life Through Music
December 03
Honoring World AIDS Day, the Symphony will perform music of the theater, Old Blue Eyes, Louis Armstrong with special guest singers to perform your favorites. Starts at 8 p.m., at Key West High School, 2100 Flagler Ave.

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 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 06,  in Marathon
December 06
If you have a youngster who does not know how to fish, or who is just learning how to fish,come to the free fishing clinic from 9 a.m. - noon, behind City Hall. Turn off US1 at 98th Street and turn into City Hall. The event is at the field, docks and shoreline. Everything will be provided to have a great morning learning fishing skills. This is a beginner's clinic. It is educational in nature, as well as fun. Sponsored in part by City of Marathon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Organized Fishermen of Florida Marathon Chapter, and Fish Florida.

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 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 05 to December 07,  in Key West
Fort Taylor Pyrate Invasion
December 05 to December 07
Experience three days of piracy as Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park transforms into a British stronghold defending her shores against an invasion of pirates. Step back in time to encounter piracy from 1675 through 1825 with pirate encampments, living history demonstrations, live battles, activities for the kids, and more, from 10 am. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit website for details and activities schedule.
Contact: Jai Somers 305-797-1659
Email: jaisomers@yahoo.com

December 14,  in Marathon
Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade
December 14
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. An after-party with awards for captains and crews is held at Key Colony Inn with a free buffet and cash bar.
Contact: 305-743-7214

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 05,  in Islamorada
Florida Keys Holiday Festival
December 05
This extravaganza begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at Founders Park, MM 87. A holiday parade follows, featuring Santa, food, kids activity booths and live "on stage" performances. A mountain of snow is the favorite among mitten-clad munchkins. From 4-10 p.m., the big event features the Holiday Fest Parade which begins at 7 p.m. and includes the Coral Shores Hurricane Marching Band.
Contact: 305-664-4503

December 13,  in Key West
Schooner Wharf Bar 24th Annual Lighted Boat Parade
December 13
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.
Contact: 305-292-3302

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 13,  in Key Largo
Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade
December 13
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.
Contact: Sue Finney 305-394-3736
Email: suefinney4@gmail.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

November 13 to December 06,  in Marathon
Marathon Community Theater presents: A Tuna Christmas
November 13 to December 06
It's right before Christmas in Tuna, Texas. Arles & Thurston, local radio hosts, regale us with farm reports, Klan 249's Skeet Shoot, and the Little Theatre's Christmas program. Tuna citizens come alive with angst, sweetness, and humor. The spirit of Christmas resonates. This hilarious portrayal of Americana will keep you smiling all holiday season. Visit theatre's website for tickets. Showtime 8 p.m., matinee 3 p.m.
Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org

December 13,  in Marathon
Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade
December 13
A middle Keys holiday kick-off event for more than 15 years; watch as dinghies, mega-yachts and anything in between turn the harbor into a sparkling procession along the parade route. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, Marathon Marina, Sombrero Dockside Lounge and Burdine's Waterfront. Starts at dusk, near 5 p.m.
Contact: Greg 305-849-0285
Email: CapnGreg@BootKeyHarbor.com

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 18,  in Islamorada
Morada Way Arts & Cultural District presents: Third Thursday Art Walk
December 18
Showcasing the fine arts, performance art, music and culinary nuances, the walkabout features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.
Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@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 17,  in Islamorada
History of Diving Museum presents: “Helmet-Making in Tarpon Springs”
December 17
The History of Diving Museum at MM 83 continues the free, "Immerse Yourself!" series, to begin at 7 p.m., with a very special event: "Helmet-Making in Tarpon Springs" presented by renowned artist and helmet-maker Nicholas Toth. The Museum is open daily from 10am-5pm. Extended hours on the night of the program until 7pm. Enjoy the Museum's exhibits before the event.
Contact: 305-664-9737
Email: programs@divingmuseum.org

December 04 to December 07,  in Key West
TRIKW Swim-Bike-Run in Paradise
December 04 to December 07
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. Race day is Dec. 6.
Contact: Doug Bradshaw 305-797-8361
Email: dougtrikw@gmail.com

December 04 to December 07,  in Islamorada
Islamorada Sailfish Tournament
December 04 to December 07
The first leg of the triple-crown Florida Keys Gold Cup Championship Series is characterized by high-flying sail action, conservation and sportsmanship. It's also the only tournament in the Gold Cup series to offer a junior division for anglers aged 16 and younger. Unlimited anglers are allowed per vessel.
Contact: 305-522-4868
Email: ditournaments@aol.com

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

December 06,  in Key West
Key West Holiday Parade
December 06
The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. Featuring marching groups and motorized and nonmotorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Starting at Truman Avenue and White Street, it proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street.
Contact: 305-809-3881

December 14,  in Key West
Christmas on the Sheriff's Animal Farm
December 14
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.
Contact: 305-293-7300

December 04 to December 07,  in Key West
Pirates in Paradise
December 04 to December 07
The historic seafaring town of Key West is a pirate stronghold as "brethren of the coast" and winsome wenches invade the island for the annual Pirates in Paradise Maritime Heritage & Music Festival.
Contact: 305-296-9694
Email: info@piratesinparadise.com

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 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 26 to January 11,  in Key West
Fringe Theater Key West presents: The Price
December 26 to January 11
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

December 16 to January 10,  in Key West
Waterfront Playhouse presents: Noises Off
December 16 to January 10
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
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org

December 05,  in Key Largo
Ocean Life Lecture Series: Invasive Lionfish, Management Successes & Challenges
December 05
The Ocean Life series brings renowned researchers and academics to the Keys to educate, entertain and inspire audiences of all ages. Hosted by Florida International University's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the series features interdisciplinary experts from FIU and the Keys. This series is free and open to the public.
Contact: Linda Kaplan 305-396-7000
Email: linda@fklcc.org

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 16 to January 17,  in Key West
Red Barn Theatre presents: The Last NIght of Ballyhoo
December 16 to January 17
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
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com

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 06,  in Islamorada
A Lignumvitae Key Christmas
December 06
Take a boat ride into the past for a family-friendly celebration! A $5 donation (free for students 12 & under) includes a catamaran boat ride to the island and a look at the historic Matheson House decorated for the holidays and Free Guided Tours of the Island. Stop by the art room and paint your own sea bean ornament. Enjoy music by our local dulcimers. Food & beverages available. Silent auction and painting demonstration by local artist BJ Royster. Need not be present to win. Boats will be leaving Robbie's Marina at MM77.5 Bayside (Lower Matecumbe Key).
Contact: 305-664-2540

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