Key West Lighted Boat Parade

When: December 9, 2023 6:00 PM

Where: Key West Bight and Harbor, 202 William St, Key West, FL 33040

"32nd Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade: A Key West Holiday Tradition"

In Key West, the 32nd Annual Schooner Wharf Bar Lighted Boat Parade is set to grace our southernmost city on December 9th, 2023, at 8:00 PM. It's a celebration that pays homage to the season with a tropical twist, and it's an event that brings families and friends together in true Key West style.

The parade itself officially kicks off at 8:00 PM, but the festivities start two hours earlier, at 6:00 PM, along the Harbor Walk. This area comes alive with brilliant decorations, setting the perfect backdrop for a family-friendly evening. The Bahama Village Music Program's "House of Pan" steel band adds to the Caribbean ambiance by playing calypso Christmas carols, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere that's unique to Key West's holiday celebrations.

The rhythms of the island continue with the lively sounds of steel pans, reggae, soca, and calypso, offering a true Caribbean holiday experience. It's the ideal way to get into the festive spirit, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere that's hard to beat.

The real stars of the evening, though, are the illuminated boats that glide through the Key West Bight and Harbor, all competing for the most eye-catching displays and a shot at the fantastic prizes in the Free Raffle. Local seafarers go all out, investing hours in crafting inventive designs and festooning their vessels with garlands and icicle lights from bow to stern.

These boats take on a life of their own, with past years seeing everything from dolphins playfully jumping in and out of the water to manatees, pelicans, sea horses, and other charming island creatures. Forget about traditional spruce or fir; expect to see palm trees aboard these holiday vessels, a true homage to the tropical paradise that is Key West. And for that added touch of whimsy, conch shells, Grinches, spinning ornaments, dancing gingerbread men - you name it, you'll find it aboard the boats.

As the parade progresses, you'll witness the unique sight of Santa's sleigh arriving at the judges' stand at Schooner Wharf Bar. And why not? Alongside the traditional ham dinners, hot apple jack, eggnog, and other seasonal libations are readily available, creating the perfect atmosphere to toast the holiday season. It's an experience like no other. Regardless of your age, you'll be captivated by the creativity on display in the illuminated boat displays and can cheer for your personal favorites.

For additional event details and ticket information, please visit Schooner Wharf Bar.