Tons of Snow Forecast for the Florida Keys

By: Lauren Tjaden


I’ve enjoyed many experiences in the Sunshine State, like horseback riding on the beach, surfing, and even jumping out of perfectly good airplanes. But there’s one thing I’ve never done in our subtropical corner of the world: throw a snowball!

I’ll soon have the chance to do exactly that – as you wil l– because snow is forecast for the Florida Keys.

If you’d like to see this highly unusual weather event, grab your mittens and sled over to Islamorada's Founders Park (mile marker 87, bayside) for the ninth annual Holiday Festival , from 4-10 p.m., Dec. 6, 2013.

The festival centerpiece is a magical 35-foot-tall holiday tree that blows snow from its branches. We’re not talking a little snow, either, but enough to result in a 20-ton snow mountain. That’s some magical tree.

Besides the frosty fun, the festival features:

  • The tree lighting
  • A pet parade contest and costume contest
  • Live musical and dance performances on the outdoor amphitheater's stage
  • A holiday-themed shopping bazaar with gift items, baked goods and gift baskets
  • A silent auction for hand-painted holiday ornament pieces donated by local artists
  • Fine wines and Hors d'oeuvres
  • Contests to choose the Best Baked Goodie, Little Miss Sugar Plum Fairy and Mr. Gingerbread Man.

And let’s not forget the Holiday Fest Parade, beginning at 7 p.m. It includes the Coral Shores Hurricane Marching Band and jolly old St. Nick, too. That's guaranteed to make you feel jingly all over.

Admission is free; parking is $5. For more information call 800-322-5397

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