The city of Key West is the” key to the Caribbean”, with average yearly temperatures in the mid-70s, but many visitors overlook the beauty of Christmas in Key West. The Holiday season in Key West is full of yuletide events for visiting families. Seasonal and Christmas events are a part of the annual Key West Holiday Fest.
Festivities usually kick off in late November with The Lighting of the Harbor Walk, a spectacular light display with best views on the Harbor Walk and Green St. The water shimmers with blues, greens and reds as boaters pass by showcasing their own holiday spirit.
December marks several major community events - The Key West City Hometown Holiday Parade in early December. Colorful and creative floats starting at Truman Ave. have a charming hometown feel. And, of course, Santa will make his first appearance!
The Key West Holiday Historic Inn Tour is a must-see event, as well. Key West is known for its beautiful historic inns and the Historic Tour is a perfect way for visiting friends and family to see these magnificent properties. Foods from local restaurants are featured along with lively decorations and art.
Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade is a community favorite and tropical tribute to the Christmas season. The detailed motorists show off their spectacular light displays for big prizes. Add a sprinkling of spinning ornaments, dancing gingerbread men and the Grinch and you’ll forget you are in the tropics.Changing gears, the Holiday Classic Car Show marries classic cars from every era on the plaza at Margaret St. near the decorated Lobster Trap Tree…yes, that’s right. Stop by many of the shops and restaurants around the car show and enjoy a beautiful day out.
Be prepared for ever-changing weather. Christmas in Key West is a magical time but temperatures can drop to the low 50’s and weather can be unpredictable. If you’ve never been to Florida during Christmas, take in all the new sites and festivities during your stay.