Seasonal celebrations in a subtropical setting characterize the Key West Holiday Fest, set for Nov. 27 through New Year’s Eve in the continental United States’ southernmost city. Scheduled highlights include festivities at the Key West Bight Marina, the historic heart of the island’s seaport commerce.
Events are to begin Thanksgiving Eve with the ceremonial illuminating of the Key West Harbor Walk of Lights, stretching along the harbor area from Greene to Grinnell streets, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Nautical holiday displays and island-style decorations are to add seasonal sparkle to the unique waterfront landscape, as are tempting food and drinks, intriguing gift possibilities and a variety of watersports options offered by area emporiums.
Visitors can explore Key West’s historic inns, beautifully decorated for the holidays, during tours on two consecutive Fridays, Dec. 6 and 13. Even pets can catch the holiday spirit Friday, Dec. 13, during a pet photo session with Santa set for 5-8 p.m. beside the harbor walk Christmas tree at the foot of William Street. Admission is free and the $10 photo charge benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Key West.
Admission also is free for a 6-8 p.m. concert Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Greene and Elizabeth streets plaza on the harbor walk. Classical violin and Celtic fiddle compositions of favorite seasonal tunes are to be performed by Violins in Motion, consisting of talented South Florida and international students.
Additional events during the festival include the island city’s hometown holiday parade Saturday, Dec. 7, the annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade Saturday, Dec. 14, and a holiday-themed classic car show set for the following day.
Decorations along the Harbor Walk of Lights are to remain on display through Dec. 31.