Holiday Fest plans a glittery celebration

Carol Shaughnessy of Key West admires a Christmas tree made of lobster traps Tuesday evening, one of several unusual and festive trees now on display along the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Key West Historic Seaport during Key West Holiday Fest. CAROL TEDESCO / KEY WEST HOLIDAY FEST

Carol Shaughnessy of Key West admires a Christmas tree made of lobster traps Tuesday evening, one of several unusual and festive trees now on display along the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Key West Historic Seaport during Key West Holiday Fest. CAROL TEDESCO / KEY WEST HOLIDAY FEST

While Key West Holiday Fest 2020 has been scaled down because of COVID- 19, festive events are still taking place throughout the island city that locals and visitors can enjoy while observing the current community health ordinances.

Historic Tours of America Holiday Lights & Sights Home Decorating Contest — Through Dec. 23. Spectators can enjoy the spectacle while residents from Key West to Key Haven enter HTA’s competition for the most beautifully decorated house on the block, with public votes determining the winners. Information and entry form available at www.trolleytours.com/key-west/holiday light-contest.

The Studios of Key West Holiday Artisan Market — Through Dec. 24. The annual event featuring marvelous holiday treasures produced by local artisans has been moved online this year. Visit www.TSKW.org for offerings from 25 featured artists, including jewelry, sculpture, fabric and fiber art, apparel, artisan soaps and more.

A Menorah and a Christmas tree illuminate Bayview Park in Key West on Thursday, Dec. 10, the first night of Hanukkah COURTESY PHOTO

A Menorah and a Christmas tree illuminate Bayview Park in Key West on Thursday, Dec. 10, the first night of Hanukkah COURTESY PHOTO

Key West Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Seaport — Through New Year’s Eve. Revel in an enchanting wonderland of light-bedecked palm trees, Christmas trees, ships, shops, restaurants and watering holes, dazzlingly decorated for the holiday season from Lazy Way Lane at the Green Street Plaza to the Ferry Terminal at Grinnell Street.

Historic Fort West Martello Tower — Through the end of the holidays. The Key West Garden Club, stewards of the

Civil War era property, have decked out the fort and surrounding grounds and gardens with luscious holiday decorations and lights. Open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at 1100 Atlantic Ave., admission is free; donations cheerfully accepted.

Much of the festive décor will be visible at nighttime for walking, biking and drive-by enjoyment. For information, email keywestgardenclub@gmail.com.

Parade of Paws fundraiser for

the Florida Keys SPCA — Through the end of the holidays. Each year, the Florida Keys SPCA hosts the popular holiday Parade of Paws event that raises money for the animal shelter. This year, the event is going online. Competitors can visit www.fkspca.org and set up an online gallery where you can show off your pet’s charms and invite your friends to buy votes with dollars. Questions? Email Tiffany at tiffany@fkspca.org or call 305-294-4857.

Conch Tour Train Holiday Lights Tours — Through Dec. 23. Multiple nightly hourlong tours (with the exception of Dec. 17) convey caroling passengers through streets and neighborhoods to revel in the streets of Key West. Visit www.conchtourtrain.com for tickets and information or call 305-294-5161.

Old Town Trolley Holiday Lights and Sights Tour — Through Dec. 23. Multiple nightly tours at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. (with the exception of Dec 5) take revelers on an hourlong tour of the island’s most elaborately decorated houses, buildings, and neighborhoods. Visit www.trolleytours.com/key-west/ for tickets and information or call 305- 296-6688.

The Studios of Key West Holiday Movie Challenge Virtual Screening — Through Dec. 26. What would “Love Actually” sound like with a Conch accent? What if “It’s a Wonderful Life’s” George Bailey grew up in Key West instead of Bedford Falls? Since Dec. 3, teams of filmmakers have been writing and filming shorts that riff off of favorite classic holiday movies. Online stream-

ing begins Dec.19. Visit www.TSKW.org for ticket information.

Conch Republic Seafood Holiday Classic Car show — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 20. See classic cars from a variety of eras at the official show of the Florida Keys Southernmost Car Club and choose a People’s Choice winner. At the Conch Republic Seafood Company parking lot, at the corner of Greene and Elizabeth Streets. Attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for the Monroe County Domestic Abuse Shelter.

The Fury Key West Christmas Ultimate Adventure — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 25. A six-hour voyage on a Fury catamaran with activities including snorkeling, parasailing, jet-skiing, bananaboat ride, fun at a water park with aqua slide, action climbing tower and water trampoline, plus beverages, and breakfast and lunch featuring a special holiday-themed menu. For tickets and information, visit www.furycat.com/ key-west/christmas or call 305-292-600.

Christmas Day Sunset Sail — On the festively decorated catamaran SV Argo Navis. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 25. See Key West Historic Seaport, Mallory Square and Sunset Key by sea on the 75-foot vessel, with plenty of room to spread out for social distancing. Limited to 26 passengers, the all-inclusive excursion includes festive beverages and holiday appetizers served by the crew. Temperatures taken prior to boarding. For reservations, call 305-509-1771 or visit www.sailargonavis.com.

New Year’s Eve sunset sails — On Fury Catamarans. 5 p.m. Dec. 31. Choose from “Commotion on the Ocean,” which sets sail at 5 p.m. for a two-hour cruise, with live music, light appetizers and cocktails, or the Champagne Sunset Cruise, also departing at 5 p.m. for a 1½-hour sail. For reservations, visit www.furycat.com/key-west/new-yearseve.

New Year’s Eve sunset sail — On the catamaran SV Argo Navis. 7-9 p.m. Dec. 31. Depart from 0 Margaret St. at the Key West Historic Sea Port on the 75-foot vessel and toast the incoming New Year with cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, party favors and a champagne countdown on the hour. Limited to 26 guests. For reservations, call 305- 509-1771 or visit www.sailargonavis.com.

Facial coverings are required both indoors and outdoors with the exception of when inside a residence or lodging

place such as hotels, resorts, and inns. Some events may be canceled or rescheduled. It is recommended that you reconfirm all events and bookings in advance. Key West Holiday Fest is presented by the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West, the Monroe Country Tourist Development Council, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Keys Real Estate, Knight & Gardner Realty. For more information, contact the Lodging Association at 305-296-4959 or visit www.keywestholidayfest.com. ¦

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