Family Fun for the Holidays

The Fort Walton Beach Light Up The Night event is Friday, November 26th when the downtown Christmas lights and Landing Christmas tree will shine for the first time this holiday season. Festivities begin at 5pm at the Landing with Christmas music and fun for the family.

Get in the winter spirit with The Village of Baytowne Wharf during the Here Comes Santa event on Saturday, November 27th at 6pm. Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights the Village tree! Enjoy face-painting, kids crafts, and a beautiful fireworks display!

The Village of Baytowne Wharf Holiday 12 Nights of Lights and Wednesday night concert series December 22nd. Enjoy the festive light show every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday!

The City of Destin’s 33rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at the Destin Community Center on Thursday, December 2nd at 6 pm. The outdoor event will feature music, refreshments and more. For more information call the Destin Community Center at (850) 654.5184

Crestview’s Annual Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 4th.  The parade takes place on Main Street Crestview with the tree lighting at 5 p.m. followed by the parade at 5:30 p.m.

The Town of Shalimar annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony is Saturday, December 4th at 5pm with the lighting at 6pm. Join the countdown with the tree lighting in front of town hall and the lights in Marquee Park. Enjoy music from Megs Middle School and appearance by Santa!

Special Forces Association Chapter 7 presents the annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K/10K. It’s Saturday, December 4th in Crestview and includes a Kids Fun Run! The event is in its 43rd year and a virtual option is also available.

Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce “Christmas In The Park” is Saturday, December 4th from 9 to 4. There’s a Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk at 8am. Plus a Merry Market with local arts and craft vendors, and the Christmas parade at 1.

Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center will hold its annual Christmas Open House at the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum on Saturday, December 4 from 10 to 3. It’s a day of children’s crafts old fashioned games and free admission to the city’s museums for the day.

The City of Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade is Monday, December 6th at 6:30 p.m.  This year’s theme is “Christmas Characters.”  View the parade all along Eglin Parkway.

Join Sinfonia Gulf Coast for “Holiday Pops featuring Nicholas Rodriguez on Friday, December 10th at Village Baptist Church in Destin. The entire family will enjoy this performance of holiday favorites and timeless classics.

The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus presents “Wonderful Christmas Time,” at Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium. Enjoy the annual holiday concert performance on at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 12th at 3pm

Reindeer Dash 5K/10K on Saturday, December 11th at 8am. The run is through downtown Fort Walton Beach with an awards ceremony afterwards at KC’s Sandbar. The event benefits Toys for Tots

Emerald Coast Theatre Company performs “Christmas Cabaret on the Boulevard” Musical Revue on the stage at Grand Boulevard on December 14th & 13th at 7:30pm and a 2:30 matinee on December 18th.

The City of Destin’s 37th Annual “Jingle Bell Rock” Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 11th at 10 am. The floats will start at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west down Harbor Boulevard to Stahlman Avenue.

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida’s Yule of Yesteryear is December 11th! Crafts, food and entertainment, plus last-minute Christmas gifts, from 10 – 4 at the museum, in Valparaiso.

35th Annual Destin Boat Parade is Sunday, December 12th. The “Holiday on the Harbor” lighted boat parade starts at 6pm on Destin Harbor, plus entertainment along the Harbor with a fireworks finale.

The 2021 Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club Christmas Boat Parade is Sunday, December 19th at 5:30pm.  The parade route travels from Emerald Coast Marine to Tom’s Bayou, past Lincoln &  Lions Park, and then back. All proceeds raised will benefit Sharing and Caring.

The Gulf Breeze Zoo 3rd annual Christmas ZOObilee is December 11th & 12th and 19th & 20th from 11-3 at the zoo. The fun includes live music, performances, and so much more around the entire zoo. 

Experience the annual Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. See dazzling light displays with 3 million lights as you stroll the garden estate and tour the beautifully decorated home. The estate is open nightly through January 5th, except Christmas & New Year’s Day.

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