29th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade
DECK THE HULLS!!!
2019 Lighted Boat Parade
The holiday season in Key West is decidedly
it is in northern climes. 29th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar/Absolut Vodka Lighted Boat Parade --- set to sail into our southernmost city’s Key West Bight and Harbor on
December 14th at 8:00pm. 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 parade starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, but the family fun begins at
6 p.m. along the brilliantly decorated Harbor Walk, while the Bahama
Village Music Program “House of Pan” steel band chimes in with Caribbean,
calypso Christmas carols to please the crowds along the warm winter
waterfront. The festivities continue with the island vibe of the Last
Mangoes Band - Get your holiday Caribbean on with reagge,soca and calypso!
There are scores of delightfully decorated
motor and sailing
vessels that compete for bragging rights, more than $25,000 in prizes with a
Free Raffle. 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.
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 29th Annual Schooner Wharf Bar & Galley Lighted Boat Parade.
Great Place to Stay. Right on Parade Route
Atlantic Side of Island
Lighted Boat Parade Registration Form
Holiday events and celebrations in Key West Florida
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2013 Results and Boat Photos
2013 Awards Ceremony
Results and Photos |
2014 Results & Boat
Photos | 2015 Results & Boat Photos
2016 Lighted Boat Parade
2016 Lighted Boat Parade
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2017 Lighted Boat Parade Winners and Photos |
2018 Lighted Boat Parade Winners