Wesley House outdid itself with this year’s Holiday Village and BeLighted Bike Ride, transforming the Coffee Butler Amphitheater into a kids’ Christmas spectacle. 

The Holiday Village on Dec. 1 featured pony rides, kiddie rides, a giant slide and real snow. 

It was followed by the annual BeLighted Bike Ride, which has grown exponentially in recent years. More than 500 people of all ages, riding festively decorated bicycles, gathered at the Truman Waterfront, then pedaled down Whitehead Street and up Duval to the delight of onlookers lining the sidewalks.

Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.