Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade
"A don't miss event" This is the highlight of the "Bight Before
Christmas Celebration" on the Harbor Walk of Lights!
2012 Lighted Boat Parade Results and Boat Photos
2012 Lighted Boat Parade Awards Ceremony
Results and Photos
The holiday season in Key West is decidedly
it is in northern climes. Take Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted
Boat Parade --- set to sail into our southernmost city’s Key West Bight and Harbor on
Saturday, December 15th at 8:00 pm. For Key West and the Florida Keys, it’s a
tropical tribute to the season and a big family affair. Parade participants and
spectators on the docks watching the parade feel as if they are part of one big
The Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band kicks off the
festivities at 6:00 p.m. with a set of holiday tunes and standards on stage at
Schooner Wharf, followed by The Doerfels, an incredibly talented family
including young kids to young adults, who sing more Christmas favorites.
real stars of this Parade, however, aren’t the entertainers. They’re the scores
of delightfully decorated motor and sailing vessels that compete for bragging
rights, more than $20,500 in prizes as well as a free raffle valued at over
$4,000. The prizes are guaranteed to spur our local creative seafarers to reach
their artistic peaks. Long hours go into crafting inventive designs and
stringing garlands and icicle lights from bow to stern.
Vessels have ranged from a kayak with battery-powered lights, to fishing
vessels, to classic schooners. Past winners have included dolphins jumping in
and out of the water, as well as manatees, pelicans, sea horses, and other
island creatures. Look for palm trees—not spruce, fir or pine—aboard the holiday
And don’t forget the conch shells, this is the Conch Republic after all. Add a
sprinkling of the Grinch, spinning ornaments, dancing gingerbread men, and you
have the makings of a Key West maritime holiday tradition.
Entries brings Santa’s sleigh directly to the judges’ stand at Schooner Wharf
Bar. And why not? Along with a traditional ham dinner, hot apple jack, eggnog
and other seasonal libations are available to toast the holiday while watching
for jolly old Saint Nick to climb up the fireplace on a mast (as did one winning
Children will delight in the chance to catch candy and beads thrown to
spectators from ships’
decks, while viewers of all ages will admire the creativity of light displays
and cheer for their favorite vessels.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Keys has an exciting prize booth along the Harbor
Walk, where participants can spin the giant wheel and win a prize. Handmade
ornaments and holiday beverages are on sale throughout the afternoon and evening
to raise money for their club.
A starry night, a festive crowd and thousands of twinkling lights climbing
heavenward from the sea—that’s Key West’s way of saying “Happy Holidays!” So
join in spreading the spirit where mistletoe hangs from the mast and strings of
lights adorn the riggings: at the Annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade.
The captains’ meeting is on Friday, Dec.
14th at 8 p.m. on Schooner Wharf’s upper
deck. For more info., please contact Schooner Wharf Bar at (305) 292-3302 or
Holiday events and celebrations in Key West Florida
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