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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!

December 15th

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 different than 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 family.

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.

The 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 vessels.

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 entry’s boat).

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 visit Schoonerwharf.com.  

 

KeyWestChristmas.org - Christmas Holiday events and celebrations in Key West Florida
Christmas Holiday events and celebrations in Key West Florida


Angels Just 4 Kids
Its Just 4 Kids, a charitable organization with lots of dedicated volunteers,
is located right here on our beautiful island of Key West, Florida.

 


2004 Results | 2005 Results | 2006 Results | 2007 Results | 2008 Results
2009 Results |
2010 Results | 2011 Results

 

 

 "Tis the Season to be Jelly"
Annie Talley trailered this boat entry all the way from North Carolina


Working Lobster Boat - The Key Limey. It is Captain Simon and Mimi Staffords annual holiday tradition to enter the maritime parade.

Sebago & Cypress House - "Excess in Moderation"


2012 Flyer


Entry Form and Route ~ click for printable view


 

 


 

 

For more information, do not hesitate to call Evalena or Sheree at 292-3302

MEDIA: Contact Barbara K. Wright at 305-296-7182 for more information

 

 

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