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Subtropical Holiday Breeze to Blow Snow at Islamorada Holiday Fest Dec. 1

ISLAMORADA, Florida Keys — The forecast calls for blowing snow along with subtropical breezes during Islamorada’s 19th annual Holiday Fest set for 4-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, on the Great Lawn inside Founders Park, mile marker 87 bayside.

A 30-ton snow mountain is to attract kids wearing boots and mittens with their shorts and T-shirts. The celebration’s centerpiece, a 35-foot-tall holiday tree with “magical” snow blowing through its branches, is to be lighted at 6 p.m.

The annual holiday parade, themed “Happy Holidays and Best Fishes!” is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. featuring bands, businesses, church groups and other organizations with decorated floats — including one carrying “Santa” himself.

Other attractions include musical and dance performances on an outdoor stage throughout the event, as well as contests to choose “Little Miss Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Mister Gingerbread Man.” Photos with “Santa” are to add to the evening’s appeal.

The holiday gift bazaar is to be chock full of unique offerings including jewelry and crafts created by local artisans, holiday baskets and tempting food items. The much-anticipated online holiday ornament auction is to feature 50 one-of-a-kind, hand-painted pieces created and donated by local artists.

Attendees will find delicious food and beverages, plus tempting desserts and coffee at Santa’s Sweet Shoppe.  

Well-behaved four-legged mutts can strut their stuff in the Santa Paws Pet Parade and vie for prizes for best doggone holiday attire or best trick. Entry is free.

On-site parking is to be available for a $5 donation.

Festival information: islamoradachamber.com/holiday-fest/ or 800-322-5397

Islamorada visitor information: fla-keys.com/islamorada or 1-800-FAB-KEYS

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