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Florida Keys Events Calendar

Florida Keys Calendar of Events for December, 2014

Marathon /
October 13
December 19
Visitors who participate in DRC's 'Meet the Dolphin' program can bring their own Santa hats, reindeer antlers or other accessories to use while posing. DRC's experienced photographers will shoot the pictures using high-resolution digital cameras guests go onto a floating dock to give backrubs and share a "flippershake" with a dolphin and have their photo taken.

Contact: 305-289-1121
Key West /
December 4
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Key West Holiday Fest features a series of enchanting holiday-themed events through December. It kicks off with the Lighting of the Harbor Walk of Lights at the Historic Key West Bight on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Gather at Green and Elizabeth Streets for the best viewing, and visit Seaport restaurants and shops. The Harbor Walk of Lights stretches the entire length from Green Street to the Ferry Terminal. Other Dec events include holiday inn tours, jazz concerts, snorkeling trips, pet photos with Santa and much more. Complete schedule of events online.

Key West /
December 13
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Inspired by the unique and colorful environment of the Florida Keys, Clara and her young Prince encounter enchanted landscapes complete with snowy egrets on shimmering salt ponds, a wicked Rooster-King, an exquisite Sea-Star Fairy, and "underwater" sequences of almost unimaginable beauty. Local children, adults and community leaders are cast alongside a nationally-cast corps de ballet in this spectacularly crafted semi-annual production of a beloved classic. Shows held at the Tennessee Williams Theatre.

Contact: Box office 305-295-7676
Key West /
December 16
January 10
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Winner of the Drama Desk and Evening Standard Award for Best Play, NOISES OFF is a delirious romp of slamming doors, bickering actors, pretty girls in their underwear, mayhem and errant sardines. The New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written!" Showtime 8 p.m.

Contact: Box Office 305-294-5015
Email: Box_Office@waterfrontplayhouse.org
Key West /
December 16
January 17
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Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play ... A romantic comedy full of revelations set in 1939 Atlanta on the eve of World War II and the opening night of Gone With the Wind.

Contact: 305-296-9911
Email: moreinfo@redbarntheatre.com
Islamorada /
December 18
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Showcasing the fine arts, performance art, music and culinary nuances, the walkabout features national and local artisans who are showcased in galleries at Morada Way between mile marker 81 and 82 from 6-9 p.m. Free admission. Art Walk is held the third Thursday of each month.

Contact: 305-664-9100
Email: moradawayarts@gmail.com
Islamorada /
December 19
Islamorada Marketplace on 90
Islamorada's newest farmers' market, Islamorada Marketplace on 90, will be celebrating it's grand opening from noon to 6 p.m.Located near the Old Tavernier Restaurant on 90311 Old Highway, by mile marker (MM) 90, between Plantation and Ocean Drives. Enjoy local fresh produce, local artisan goods, homemade crafts and more.

Contact: 305-318-6148
Email: info@islamoradamarket.com
Islamorada /
December 19
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NEW DATES: Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament
Recreation for teens in the Florida Keys can mean learning from experienced local captains and mates to tie a bimini or rig ballyhoo. One weekend each year anglers aged 16 and younger can apply such lessons in this competition. A maximum of six anglers is allowed per boat. Proceeds help benefit Toys for Tots of Monroe County.

Contact: Tammie Gurgiolo 305-240-9337
Email: fishnbully@msn.com
Islamorada /
December 20
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An extra special holiday concert, to be held at the ICE amphitheater at Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside. The family-friendly concert features traditional music of the holidays. Starts at 4 p.m.; free admission. All seats are outdoors, chairs and blankets recommended to bring. Presented by Keys Community Concert Band

Contact: Donna Heiner 305-853-7294
Email: keyscommunityconcertband@yahoo.com
Marathon /
December 20
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Two shows are slated to ring in the holiday cheer, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children. Visit website for ticket details.

Contact: 305-743-0994
Email: gm@marathontheater.org
Key West /
December 20
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Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (35 East Quay Road, Key West) from 10-11 a.m. Many Keys' critters are experts at playing hide and seek. Play a game of Can You Find Me? Learn how animals use camouflage and their surroundings to survive. Free admission, free parking. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. Pre-registration is recommended. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is located at 35 East Quay Road on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West.

Contact: 305-809-4750
Email: rachel.pawlitz@noaa.gov
Key West /
December 21
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The Key West Artisan Market is a vibrant, open air bazaar filled with artists, authors, chef-made cuisine, craftspeople, performers, fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses and flowers, craft beer & wine from residents representing the diversity of creativity, ingenuity and locally made products of the Keys & Key West. Held the first Sunday of the month, during season (thru May) outdoors at the Restaurant Store, 1111 Eaton. Free family & pet friendly event.

Contact: Sean Krikorian 573-619-2200
Email: sean@dailyplan-it.net
Key West /
December 26
January 11
Estranged brothers. Old scores. An ancient furniture appraiser. A look at family relationships, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions. Performances at 8 p.m., at Mel Fisher Maritime Museum (The Garret), 200 Greene Street.

Contact: 786-529-2281
Key West /
December 27
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Presented by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the annual self-guided tours showcase festively dressed Key West homes and gardens. December tours are from 4-7 p.m., both evenings. Transportation between homes is NOT included. Tickets and times available online. Proceeds benefit the Old Island Restoration Foundation's museums, collection and education, grant and scholarship programs.

Contact: 305-294-9501
Marathon /
December 27
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To be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Marathon Community Park & Amphitheater, enjoy craft beers, white and red wines, champagne, sparkling wines, and more. More than 30 retail vendors are planned, and VIP tickets to be available. Other highlights include a food truck invasion, live local music, and community fellowship. Presented by Marathon Chamber of Commerce and Fishermen's Hospital Foundation.

Contact: 305-743-5417
Key West /
December 31
Key West Dachshund Walk
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Frost-free Key West becomes a "wiener wonderland" when about 200 dachshunds and their owners take a noontime New Year's Eve stroll through the island's picturesque downtown. Spectators can watch the fun and meet the canine participants on Fleming Street between Whitehead and Duval streets.

Email: keywestdachshundwalk@gmail.com
Key West /
December 31
New Year's Eve Shoe Drop Celebration
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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.

Contact: Bob Oberle 305-304-2643
Email: boboberle@hotmail.com
Key West /
December 31
The arrival of 2015 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.

Islamorada /
December 31
New Year's Eve Celebration
Revelers in Islamorada can find appealing New Year's activities at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, MM 82 oceanside, who is staging a New Year's Eve celebration and midnight fireworks display. Attractions include live music, dancing on the beach and a gourmet dinner. Contact Cheeca Lodge for more information, costs and reservations.

Contact: 305-517-4580
Key West /
December 31
For piratical partiers, a New Year's Eve salute to Key West's rowdy seafaring roots is scheduled at the island's Historic Seaport. At midnight, a winsome pirate wench is to descend from the top of the mast of the tall ship America 2.0 as cannon blasts welcome 2014. Scallywags in attendance can expect live music, dancing and festivities at the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St.

Key West /
December 31
New Year's Eve: A Key Lime Wedge "Drop"
At the Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St. on Key West Harbor, a huge replica of a Key lime wedge splashes down into a larger-than-life margarita glass as crowds welcome the new year on the property's Sunset Pier.

Contact: 305-295-7005
Key Largo /
December 31
The back bay is the setting for the annual New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganza hosted by Sundowners, Jimmy Johnson's Big Chill, Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jacks, Gus' Grille at the Marriott Key Largo Beach Resort and the Caribbean Club, MM 103-104. Check website for details.

Contact: 305-451-4502

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