Looking for a place to spend Christmas wearing flip flops instead of a parka?
Although many people enjoy spending the holiday season at home with loved ones, others seek to get away and soak up tropical breezes and warm sun. A white Christmas may be the picture perfect setting for some, but making a snowman out of fluffy white sand is a dream for others.
Sitting by the fire and drinking hot chocolate has its appeal, but there’s a growing trend of people heading to the tropics to celebrate Christmas. Perhaps disenchanted with the commercialised slant of Christmas in the states, or just tired of the snow and cold. Whatever the reason, more and more people are looking to spend their Christmas holiday on a warm tropical beach.
You have several choices in the U.S. when in search of a white beach Christmas. One of our favorites is Key West, Florida. An escape to Key West is almost certain to guarantee a summer-like Christmas in the southernmost city in the continental U.S. With an average daily high temperature of 76°F (24°C) and a balmy 67°F (21°C) average temperature at night, it makes for the perfect tropical getaway.
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December is the beginning of the festive season when the island starts to buzz with activities offering idyllic reasons for visiting Key West. The first half of the month is very quiet and the perfect time to catch a deal before the holiday crowds start to arrive for Christmas shopping. The second half of the month gets busier as the world goes in search of sunshine for the holidays. If you plan to visit Key West between Christmas and New Year, be sure to book in advance as this is a very busy season on the island.
You'll find a variety of festivities during the holiday season including sparkling events and lighted boat parades, all encased in a warm tropical environment that feels a million miles away from the cold blast back home.
2016 will mark the 26th annual Key West Lighted Boat Parade. This annual parade brings in thousands of viewers and an esteemed panel of judges to vote for the winners in several categories. Each year a variety of boats decorate their sails, masts, and hulls with Christmas Lights and festive cheer for this extravaganza. Learn more…
Want to know the best way to see all the holiday lights across the island? It’s the Holly Jolly Holiday Tour presented by Old Town Trolley. Enjoy cookies, cider and a 60-minute Key West tour that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Check out the Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square, and then jump on the trolley at 6:00pm for the start of your tour. Learn more…
Historic Inns Holiday Tour
The historically charming architecture of Key West is one of the top reasons people choose to vacation in this tropical paradise. Many bed and breakfast hotels and homes decorate their properties and provide an enjoyable evening touring the sites.