What’s Happening in Key West for November and December
Now is the best time to plan your next visit to Key West. Here is a calendar for upcoming events.
Thanksgiving in Key West – November 26, 2009
A nice long weekend in Key West is really a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving 2009. Most of the local restaurants will have a special Thanksgiving menu with traditional fixin’s in addition to their regular menu offerings. So don’t worry about missing out on turkey and pumpkin pie, if that’s what your personal tradition includes. Bring your family and/or friends and start a new Thanksgiving tradition in Key West.
Pirates in Paradise 2009 – November 29 – December 06
This festival celebrates the rich maritime history of Key West complete with tall-ships, pirate attacks and sunset sails. It all takes place at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and on the waterfront. Bring your pirate costumes (or not) and revel in the buccaneer adventures. For more info on this event call 305-296-9694.
Key West Holiday Parade — December 5th
Our annual Holiday Parade is small-town charm at it’s best. Come enjoy our high school marching band, civic and social clubs, local politicians, veterans, and community volunteers as they show off their Key West pride and holiday spirit. The parade route follows Truman Avenue past Key Lime Inn and Chelsea House and then makes the turn down Duval Street. The best viewing is from the sidewalk along Truman Avenue in front of our inns. We will be serving spiced cider at Chelsea House during the parade. The public is invited and it’s all free.
Key West Lighted Boat Parade – December 12th
Deck the hulls with festively decorated boats as they cruise through Key West Harbor and the Historic Seaport. This magical movement of color through the waters is a wonderful tribute to Key West’s maritime history, and its a lot of fun too. There is good parade viewing all along the waterfront at the Seaport, Simonton Street beach, and Mallory Square. You can walk to good viewing from all of the Historic Key West Inns. This is a free event.
Last Days of 2009 Super Travel Values, thru December 23rd
At Historic Key West Inns, we responded to the 2009 recession with a five year rate roll-back. The lowest rates of all, our “fall rates” have been extended through December 23. This is the last great opportunity to visit Key West on a frugalista budget before winter season and holiday rates take effect, and 2009 becomes history.
Christmas in Key West — December 24th to 26th
Key West is absolutely charming at Christmas time, with tropical holiday decorations, Christmas concerts, and special menus at local restaurants. All of our hotels will serve our special Chelsea’s eggnog with the breakfast on Christmas Day. You can even ride your bicycle or walk to one of the many local churches and parishes for services. Our reduced holiday rates apply with no minimum stays over Christmas.
New Year’s Eve in Key West — December 31
New Year’s is a great celebration every year in Key West, but this year, saying a hearty goodbye to 2009 will be especially sweet. There are several midnight countdowns on Duval Street as well as parties at restaurants and bars all around town. Our favorite place to be at midnight is in the 800 block of Duval Street to watch Sushi, a famous local drag queen, descend in a giant version of Dorothy’s red slipper (think: Wizard of Oz) for the midnight countdown.
CNN is usually here to cover all the action with a live feed to their New Year’s Eve coverage at Times Square…..Hey, would you rather be freezing your booty off in Times Square, or be down in Key West in 72 degree tropical weather?
If you stay at any of the Historic Key West Inns for New Year’s you will be a short stroll from all the countdowns on Duval Street.
When it comes time to plan your next trip to Key West, Historic Key West Inns is here for you! You can check availability and rates for all the inns 24/7 on our website, or call our reservations desk at 800-549-4430.
I hope to see you soon.