MEMBER NEWS AND EVENTS
December Member Mingle
Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Benefitting the United Way of the Florida Keys
Key West Art & Historical Society
Annual Holiday Concert and Bazaar – December 8th, 5 pm – 9 pm
The KWAHS Holiday Bazaar is located on the sweeping historic porch and street in front of the Key West Museum of Art & History. The immensely popular celebration will feature some of Key West’s finest artisans, musicians and choirs, food and libations, and a holiday light show designed by Key West High School’s Conch 5 Studios, which will be projected on the face of the Custom House. There will be plenty of food and festive libations at this event that is free and open to the public.
The opulent Bazaar offers shoppers a trove of unique gift options to choose from, including handcrafted jewelry, clothing, textiles, home decor, salt scrubs, rum cake, with eggnog to lift the frazzled ‘final shopping days’ spirits. Santa will be on hand for last minute requests and ‘selfie’ photos.
Shoppers can enjoy live holiday music and, after dark and throughout the evening, Conch 5 Studios Key West High School Students will wow guests with a magical vector projections light show on the face of the museum, an annual crowd favorite.
50% off venue rentals for local businesses during the month of December!
Key West Art and Historical Society is offering 50% off venue rentals for the month of December for local businesses that would like to host their Holiday Parties on any of our properties – The Key West Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters, Fort East Martello and the Custom House. Email [email protected] to book directly!
Celebrate Key West’s world-famous sunset in style from the observation platform of the island city’s iconic and historic Lighthouse. 360-degree views of the historic district, Hemingway Home, the Southernmost Point, and Key West’s sparkling ocean make this the most exclusive sunset experience in the Florida Keys. Locals have known the secret for years, and it is now available to everyone looking for something unique.
Not just for newlyweds and honeymooners, the Lighthouse Sunset Experience is a new favorite on every small group or couple’s bucket list. The experience permits exclusive access to the Lighthouse, Keeper’s Quarters, and grounds for groups up to eight for 90 minutes. Each experience includes a complimentary bottle of wine or Prosecco from Uva Wine Shoppe and a charcuterie board from LoveGrub Grazes. Vegan and vegetarian options available.
Hard Rock Cafe
New Year’s Eve VIP Watch Party & Guitar Drop – December 31st, 9 pm – midnight
Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember!✨
Live DJ, Prime Rib Dinner, Cocktail, and Guitar Drop at Midnight.
VIP SEATING on our OUTDOOR PATIO & BALCONY overlooking Duval Street!
Sunday, December 31st 9 pm-Midnight
Doors Open at 8 pm- 21+
Tickets available on OPENTABLE- Reserve Now!
$150 PER TICKET -preferred VIP Patio/Balcony Seating, Dinner, and one Complimentary Cocktail
Key West Lighted Boat Parade – December 9th, 7:30 pm
Join us on our Parade Boat or our two Viewing Boats!
Join the Festive Flotilla on Our Parade Boat: Deck the hull and bow with holly, fa-la-la-la-la! Come aboard and be part of Danger Charters’ sparkling addition to our island’s Lighted Boat Parade! We’ll cruise the parade route in the Key West Bight, eating, drinking, and being merry as we go! Get your tickets now for an unforgettable evening of holiday cheer and dazzling lights on the sea.
Experience the Spectacle from our Viewing Boat: Prefer to watch the magic unfold? Our specially adorned viewing boat awaits! Boats of all sizes, from kayaks to dinghies to schooners, will be aglow with lights from bow to stern. We’ll set sail at 7:30 pm to catch the first boat launch at 8 pm. Enjoy festive nibbles and sips during this special, one-night-only holiday event! Grab your tickets here for a front-row seat to the shimmering spectacle!
Date: Saturday, December 9th at 7:30PM
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Parade and Viewing Boats depart from Opal Key Marina, 255 Front St. in Key West
Stock Island & Key West Lighted Boat Parade – December 8th and 9th
Fury Water Adventures invites you to sail away with us as we light up Stock Island & the Key West Holiday Boat Parade! This year we will be in the parade! We’ll be serving up fresh appetizers, drinks and live music for a night that is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!
Grab tickets here.
Fury’s Christmas Ultimate Adventure H2.0 – December 25th
I’m Dreaming of an Aqua Blue Christmas… Wait, that doesn’t sound like the old Christmas Song by Bing Crosby, unless you’re dreaming about a Key West Christmas Vacation! Get ready to set sail on one of Fury’s spacious catamarans for the Key West Christmas 2023 Ultimate Adventure H2.0. Breakfast, Special Holiday themed lunch & drinks included!
Get your tickets here.
Fury’s New Years Eve Sunset Sails & Cruises – December 31st
Hello 2024, I know you’re right around the corner! This is one of those Key West New Years Eve Events you just don’t want to miss. You can choose from a variety of different energy levels on your trip. Some of the options include the Commotion on the Ocean, which is the rocking Live Music Sunset Sail or a romantic Champagne Sunset Cruise, for you and your special someone.
Get your tickets here!
Key West Botanical Garden
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden has the following events planned for December 2023:
Tuesdays, 10 am – 11 am: Toddler Story Time (weather permitting) FREE Admission – Pre-school – Stories, crafts, music.
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9 pm – 12 pm : Garden Guardians Volunteer Program Volunteers help with Garden
Maintenance & Nursery care: Propagation, Transplanting, Trimming, Weeding, Installation along with instruction.
Yoga in the Garden Tues,Thurs, Sat. – 10 am to 11:15 am Hatha Yoga classes are held on the outdoor Lakeside Terrace. They are small and ideal for the first time or getting back into your practice and benefiting from individual attention.
Contact: Monica Haskell: [email protected]
Saturday, December 16, 2023: 9 pm – 12 pm: Native Nursery Plant Sale – More than 1600 bird & butterfly attracting plants propagated by nursery volunteers in sizes from 1-gallon to 15-gallon pots. Members receive a 15% discount. Memberships & Master Gardeners available on site.
Saturday, December 16, 2023: 1 pm – 2:30 pm: Speaker Series Presents Maria Quirico, Environmental Horticulture Agent I UF/IFAS Extension, Monroe County: Topic: Florida Keys Natives
Sunday, December 17, 2023: 1pm – 3 pm: Snowy Days Winter Concert for Children with live holiday themed performance with Mateo Jampol and Belle Jampol, activities include arts, crafts, games, face painting, food and fun.