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June 16th
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How to Have an Amazing Vacation and Christmas in Key West

You've stayed at home, washed your hands a trillion times, and given up most of your leisure routine so far this year. Don't let circumstances take your Christmas too!

It is possible to enjoy a safe and festive holiday season this year and one way to stack the odds in your favor is to head for a warm destination. With average temperatures in the high 60's and 70's, Key West holds the key to your December break this year.

Christmas in Key West sandman with sunglasses

So, start planning the ultimate Christmas in Key West with this quick guide to the best things to see and do.

Beach Activities in Key West

The first highlight on your list of Key West activities in December should be visiting the beach. After all, there's no better way to make the best of warm December weather. All the beaches in Key West are currently open from dawn to dusk, so you'll still be able to catch some rays as normal this year.

Some of the best beaches in Key West include:

  • Smathers Beach

  • Higgs Beach

  • Rest Beach

  • Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

  • Bahia Honda

These lovely shores offer something for everyone. You can snorkel, scuba dive, swim, enjoy boat rides, or simply take a moment to lap up the gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Things to Do in Key West

Apart from seaside outings, some of the key activities that vacationers enjoy are hiking, biking, kayaking, and lots of sightseeing. Key West has many historic and scenic gems within its bounds including the little White House and the Southernmost Point of the USA, which boasts a Christmas Tree in December.

If you're not ready to take your chances in public just yet, one of the best things about Key West is that you can stay at home and still have a great time. When you rent a Key West villa or apartment, you can spend lazy days around the pool, take walks on the nearby beach, or simply relax in luxury. Whether you're looking for fun or some time out, there's no better place to vacation than Key West in December.

Key West Events Alternatives

Some of the usual December events may face postponement or cancellation in Key West. However, there's still plenty of seasonal fun to be had in the Florida Keys this December. These are some of the other things you can get up to in Key West this December:

Tour the Neighborhoods Christmas Decorations

Enjoy a balmy evening admiring all the lights draped around Key West's most colorful neighborhoods. Residents of Key West love a chance to celebrate and the streets come alive with Christmas lights throughout the holiday season.

Many residential homes, businesses, and Inns all over the island are lit up with holiday lights and decorations on their buildings and in their gardens. It's the best way to lap up the meaning of Christmas in the tropics and you could even enjoy a lucky sighting of Santa.

christmas lights decorated on the boat docks

A great way to see the Christmas lights is to take a Holiday Lights & Sights Tour with Old Town Trolley Tours. Ask about booking a private tour for your group and you can have a Conch Train or Trolley all to yourselves!

key west holiday lights contest

According to Key West lore, Key West is the last stop for Santa Claus. So, you might catch him lounging in his swim trunks on a hammock after a long night of delivering gifts all over the world.

Build a Key West-style Snowman

There's no snow in this part of the world over Christmas, but you can still build a snowman out of the next best thing: white sand. Head down to the beach and build a 'sandman' out of tightly packed sand.

You can decorate it with shells, palm fronds for arms, a beach hat, and sunglasses. Then snap the ultimate holiday selfie with your family posing in beach gear around your seasonal sandman.

The Sunset Series at the Truman Waterfront Amphitheater

The Coffee Butler Amphitheaters are the place to be on Saturday evenings on the Key West Truman Waterfront. Here you'll get to enjoy a festive vibe in a socially distancing appropriate setting.

The venue features a new state-of-the-art stage where local and visiting acts will be strutting their stuff this December. There are lovely sloping grassed areas for a holiday picnic, so bring your beach blanket and chairs and lap up an evening of laid-back entertainment.

Splash Out at the Waterfront Park

The Splash Pad at the Waterfront Park's designed for safe family fun this December.

Located in Key West's beautiful green park, you'll find water activities for everyone to enjoy at this venue.

Some of the water activities up for grabs include sprinklers, slides, and bucket drops. There are seating and shade structures, and restrooms on-site so you're assured of a comfortable and convenient visit to this popular Key West attraction.

You Deserve to Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Key West

The best reason to head to Key West is that there's no better way to say goodbye to 2020 than with a sunny beach escape to make up for a lost summer.

With plenty of wide-open spaces to enjoy, lower crowd capacity expected than usual, and a laid-back festive atmosphere, Key West is the ultimate reward for a year of deprivation. Time spent in this tropical paradise is by far the best way to launch yourself into a bright new year full of promise.

Planning Your Vacation in Key West for Christmas 

You owe it to your family to save Christmas this year, and the first step towards planning an awesome Christmas in Key West is to book your accommodation. Remember, everybody's itching to let their hair down after months of deprivations, so you'll need to move fast if you want to secure your spot in the sunshine this December.

Browse our excellent selection of options here and start dreaming of your vacation in Key West for Christmas.

Sandman. New year in the tropics. Christmas at sea. Snowman made of sand on the shore. Happy new year on the island.

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