Tropical Holidays in Key West

There is nothing quite like a tropical holiday, especially when the rest of the country is shivering in its boots! Here in Key West we make the most of our warm weather during the holiday season, and we keep the party going even as the year winds down.

On Saturday, December 8, the annual Key West Holiday Parade kicks off at Truman Avenue and White Street at 7 p.m. with marching groups as well as floats entered by churches, civic organizations, businesses, neighborhoods and schools. The marchers head down Truman as far as Duval Street, where they turn right to continue on to Eaton Street.

All through the month of December, the Key West “Bight” Before Christmas Holiday Celebration lights up the Key West Bight Marina and Harbor Walk at the Seaport. The Harbor Walk of Lights stretches from the ferry terminal to Green Street and is lit every night through New Year’s Eve. Live holiday music, kids’ games, and a chance to catch up with Santa complete the festivities. The gala, produced by the Key West Bight Preservation Association and the tenants of the Key West Bight, is a gift to the community.

On Saturday, December 15, the lights at the Bight move to the water with the Schooner Wharf Bar 22nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade. Anything that floats – from kayaks to tall ships – will be decked out for the season and paraded around the Seaport and harbor areas. The flotilla can be viewed from bars, restaurants, and resorts in and around the Seaport.

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition, but here in Key West we have our own spin on it since 2005. From December 19 through 22, producer and artistic director Joyce Stahl offers Nutcracker Key West, with a nationally-cast corps de ballet supplemented with local children, adults, and community leaders, set in the Keys environment. Clara and her Prince encounter snowy egrets on shining salt ponds, a wicked Rooster King, a lovely Sea Star Fairy, and stunning underwater sequences. Shows are held at the Tennessee Williams Theatre and tickets are available at Check the website for show times.

Join us as we celebrate the excitement that makes Key West such a great place to live. I have been selling Key West real estate for over 29 years to people from all corners of the world, and my free relocation packet and personalized, professional service can guide you to your perfect Key West home. Contact me today by phone at Margarita Villoch, 305-304-8505, by email at, or on the web at and celebrate Key West!