It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we are celebrating all month long! Visit with Santa, shop at a local holiday market, or sit back and enjoy live Christmas music and entertainment all before before ending the year at one of the area’s most fabulous New Year’s Eve parties!
Every Friday and Saturday Prior to Christmas
Downtown DeFuniak Springs
Free to attend “Merry Main Street” boasts live music and theatrical performances, an outdoor market, food trucks, rides on the Choctaw Express Train, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kids character appearances by The Character Clubhouse, and more family fun – all taking place along Baldwin Avenue in downtown DeFuniak Springs.
Every Thursday and Friday December 9-30 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Hotel Effie, located at The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, invites you celebrate the season with live holiday melodies and vocals from local legend Cheryl Jones of Jones & Company. The Holiday Music Series will take place in The Lobby Bar from 4 PM -6 PM every Thursday & Friday ( Dec. 9 – 30th).
Visits with Santa
Every Saturday and Sunday Through December 19
From November 27 through December 19, enjoy a letter to Santa station and visits with St. Nick! All of Santa’s guests will receive a free 4×6 photo.
Coastal White Christmas Holiday Lights
Daily Through January 2
Featuring thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the holiday season.
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Carolers and Crafts
Fridays and Saturday through January 1 5:00 – 8:00pm
Join us every Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3, 2021 – Jan 1, 2022, 5-8 pm CT (excludes Christmas weekend) for horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and crafts for the little ones in Grand Park!
12 Nights of Lights
Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm Through December 22
This December enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas! This sparkling event will also be featured during our special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday through December 19
Jolly Jubilee is an enjoyable series of holiday happenings that take place here at the center now through Christmas. With our 50′ Christmas tree as an anchor, we create the premier holiday atmosphere with ten large reindeer topiary shrubs, Christmas carolers, and live performances!
Santa’s Arrival at Pier Park
Friday, December 3 11:00am
Santa arrives–by a red and white 55 Chevy convertible–on Friday, December 3 at 11 a.m. He’ll cruise through the mall before settling into his Pier Park home and will be available for photos daily until Christmas Eve.
Every Christmas Story Ever Told
December 10,11,12,17,18,19,20,21,22,23 at 11:00am
Grab your chairs and pick the perfect spot in front of the Seaside Post Office for the magical holiday tradition of Every Christmas Story Ever Told performing in Downtown Seaside.
City of Destin Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 11 at 10:00am
This year’s theme is “Jingle Bell Rock”. The floats will start at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Blvd. (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Please stand on the north side of Harbor Blvd. to watch the floats.
Olde Holiday Market
Saturday, December 11 11:00am – 6:00pm & Sunday, December 12 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Join us for two joyous days on the Harbor! This event features a festive marketplace, holiday activities, live music, and Visits with Santa from 1:00-4:00pm
Origin of Christmas Family Event
Sunday, December 12 12:00pm – 3:00pm
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We invite you to join us for an incredible Christmas event right here in 30a, which will include live music, ornament creation station, bonfire, food trucks, and snowball fights! This will be a free event.
Destin Boat Parade
Sunday, December 12 6:00pm – 6:30pm
The Harbor will be dancing with lights and cheer during the 35th Annual Destin Boat Parade followed by a fireworks finale and fire spinning!
Emerald Coast Theater Company: Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
Thursday through Saturday, December 9 – 19, 7:30pm with Sunday matinees at 2:00pm
Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) announces its ninth annual season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. All ECTC productions will be staged at ECTC’s space located upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, located in Miramar Beach, Florida.
Photos with Elf on the Shelf
Saturdays through December 18 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Join in the holiday cheer as Grand Boulevard hosts Photos with Elf on the Shelf in Grand Park, at the Festival of Trees display.
Santa’s Camp Christmas
Friday, December 17 4:00pm – 9:00pm & Saturday December 18 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to join them for Santa’s Camp Christmas in the park on Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th. Celebrate the season with music, food, games, smores, a silent auction and Santa’s Express to the North Pole!
Holiday Cheers! Live Music, Sips & Santa
Friday, December 17 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Live music with Casey Kearney! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be under the covered pavilion spreading holiday cheer and taking photos. Wine tasting details TBA.
Friday, December 31 6:00pm – 1:00pm
Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays at 8pm & midnight. Enjoy our family friendly evening from 6pm-8pm with face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on the Baytowne LIVE stage from 6pm-7pm. Finish off the family friendly evening with our first fireworks display at 8pm. The fun doesn’t stop there! Dance the night away with LIVE music from 7pm until 1am, featured on the Events Plaza Stage! End the night with a spectacular midnight fireworks show. There is no better place to ring in 2022!
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Friday, December 31 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Join us as we ring in 2022 with a New Year’s Eve Celebration, including a DJ dance party with DJ Dan Davis and an early countdown and beach ball drop!
New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop
Friday, December 31 5:30pm
Say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022 with a great celebration on December 31 with a New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show in Panama City Beach. The fireworks will be held at three locations along Panama City Beach; Russell-Fields Pier, M.B. Miller Pier and Schooner’s. For young revelers, there’s even an 8 p.m. countdown, with over 10,000 inflated beach balls dropped from nets stretched over the street, followed by fireworks. This FREE event is family friendly and a lot of fun! On the way to midnight, bands perform for the gathering crowd, anticipating the countdown to 2022 when a huge, glowing beach ball is lowered to signal the start of the New Year, and another great fireworks display. Time Square has nothing on this Panama City Beach NYE party!
New Year’s Eve at Ara Rooftop Pool and Lounge
Friday, December 31 8:00pm
Bring in 2022 at Hotel Effie’s Ara Rooftop, the only rooftop pool and lounge on the Emerald Coast with friends and family while watching the spectacular Village of Baytowne Wharf New Year’s Eve firework show.
New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras Ball
Friday, December 31 8:30pm – 2:00am
Free drinks from 8:30-9:30, Blinky beads, & Champagne Toast at midnight. Enjoy your favorite party music and host Corey Mack this New Year’s Eve!
Countdown Seaside, a New Year’s Eve Celebration
Friday, December 31 9:00pm – 12:00am
Countdown Seaside! A New Year’s Celebration! An annual NYE tradition for a special night under the stars in Seaside, Florida. The perfect family friendly way to usher in 2022. Bring a blanket or chairs to the amphitheater in the square and enjoy an exciting night under the stars in Seaside from 9PM to 12:00AM.