December brings in the Festive Season Key West in December is beaming with gregarious and sparkling activities offering many reasons for making our island as a choice of your holiday destination. December is when it starts to get busier as the world goes in search of sand and sunshine for Christmas and the New Year season. Key West offers an array of festive fun during the holiday season all encased in a gloriously warm atmosphere that feels a million miles away from the cold blast back home. It is just the place to enjoy the holiday spirit and get you in a jolly mood with our lighted boats and old town streets shining with holiday decorations.
Key West Holiday Parade – December 5, 2015
The island city shows its holiday spirit with this annual hometown parade. Featuring marching groups and motorized and non-motorized floats, the festive procession traditionally draws entries from churches, civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood and school groups. Route includes Truman Avenue and White Street, proceeds down Truman to Duval, where it takes a right and continues on to Eaton Street.
Christmas on the Sheriff’s Animal Farm – December 13, 2015
This one is for a whole family to enjoy. 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. The address is 5501 College Road, Key West, FL 33040. Admission is free but donations are very welcome.
Key West Theater Presents Winter Concert Series – December 19, 2015
Performance features Edwin McCain, country’s voice that is heard everywhere in songs like “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask for More,” alongside local favorite songwriter Nick Norman. Key West Theater located at 512 Eaton Street.For tickets visit www.keystix.com
New Year’s Eve Celebrations – December 31, 2015
New Year’s Eve Shoe Drop Celebration
The Southernmost City celebrates with a descending 6-foot red high heel shoe carrying drag queen Sushi at the Bourbon Street Pub/New Orleans House complex, 724 Duval St. Seconds before midnight, the high heel bearing a lavishly gowned and coiffed Sushi is to be lowered from the second-story balcony of the complex toward the cheering crowds below. As midnight strikes and the New Year officially begins, she will land and gleefully pop the cork on a ceremonial bottle of champagne. Location: 806 Duval Street
New Year’s Eve: Conch Shell Drop at Sloppy Joe’s
The arrival of 2016 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. Location: 201 Duval Street