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Key West Gay Events December 8, 2011

The holidays hit historic Key West with their Lighted Inn Tour on December 9. Get into the holiday spirit by touring the historic inns including Rose Lane Villas (522-524 Rose Lane), Cypress House (601 Caroline Street), Tropical Inn (812 Duval Street), Mermaid & The Alligator, (729 Truman Avenue), Wicker Guesthouse (913 Duval Street) and Artist House on Fleming (1016 Fleming Street). Participants can visit the inns on their own each evening or in conjunction with a holiday trolley tour presented by CityView Trolley Tours. Tickets are $25 per person for the tour itself or $40 per person with the trolley tour. For more information, call 305-295-1334.

On Friday, December 9, The Keys Chorale at Florida Keys Community College will present its annual Holiday Concert which while feature holiday favorites from all around the world. The evening will include selections such as “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi and will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. Tickets are $30 for reserved seating and $20 for general admission. Staged at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, 5901 College Road. Call 305-296-1520 for more details.

Schooner Wharf Bar will be presenting their 21st annual Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, December 10. Decorated boats from rowboats to yachts will be cruising around Key West’s Seaport and harbor areas. Prior to the parade at 6 p.m., the Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band will entertain the audience with songs of the holiday season. Holiday revelers can watch and applaud from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the Historic Seaport. For more information, call 305-292-3302.

On Sunday, December 11, board the Conch Tour Train to go to the Southernmost Point in the continental United States to check out the southernmost Christmas Tree at sunset overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This is an annual party presented by the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens. The fun starts at 1401 Seminary Street. For more information, call 305-294-9526.

On Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. both evenings, enjoy traditional Christmas music under the stars on the Key West Harbor Walk of Lights.

Classical violin and Celtic fiddle compositions of favorite holiday tunes are to be performed by “Violins in Motion” from Fort Lauderdale, consisting of talented 4 to 18 year-old South Florida and international students. The event is free, but donations will be accepted for the fight against childhood diabetes.