‘Tis the Season! As the holiday season sweeps over the scenic Forgotten Coast, get ready for a lineup of enchanting events that will truly make this December magical. Here’s 7 can’t-miss events along the Forgotten Coast that’ll transform your December into a winter wonderland:
St. George Island Lighting of the Palms
St. George Island Lighthouse
December 1st, 2023 | 6PM
Kick off the holiday season in coastal style at the St. George Island Lighting of the Palms. With Christmas crafts, hot chocolate, cookies, and a festive golf cart parade, it’s an evening that combines coastal charm with holiday magic!
Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3rd, 2023
Experience the magic of the Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. From a warm holiday welcome to a golf cart parade and the grand arrival of Santa, it’s an evening filled with joy. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped gift to contribute to The Mexico Beach Fire Department, who will be speading holiday cheer around the community to those in need.
Eastpoint Christmas Parade & Celebration
South Franklin Street | Eastpoint
December 8th, 2023 | 4PM
Watch Eastpoint transform into a winter wonderland as the 14th Annual Eastpoint Christmas Parade & Celebration rolls into town. The Eastpoint Fire Station is gearing up for a celebration that is sure to be filled with joy, laughter, and smiles, as Santa himself jumps in to spread the magic of the season! Get ready for an unforgettable celebration that will warm your heart and have you grinning from ear to ear!
Christmas on the Coast Parade
Port St. Joe
December 9th, 2023 | 5PM ET
Prepare for a dazzling display of festive floats at the Annual Christmas on the Coast Parade in Port St. Joe. With floats competing in various categories, this parade is a visual feast. Afterward, meet Santa in the Gazebo next to City Hall and extend the holiday cheer. The parade is cruising down Hwy 98 to Marina Drive, looping back to the red light at 5th and 98. After that, it’s taking a casual route back along Monument and 9th Street to disperse. Be sure to get there early to get a good view!
Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights
Downtown Carrabelle, FL
December 9th, 2023 | 12PM-7PM
Dive into the heart of the holidays with the Holiday on the Harbor Street Festival and Boat Parade of Lights. Imagine live music, festive shopping, and activities for the kids, all leading up to a mesmerizing boat parade along the Carrabelle River. The grand finale? A fireworks display that will leave you in awe.
Bay Area Choral Society Christmas Concert
Trinity Episcopal Church | Apalachicola
December 10th | 4PM
Let the harmonious voices of the Bay Area Choral Society fill your holiday season with joy. Join as they present “It’s Christmas!” on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Blues and BBQ under the Full Moon
Crooked River Lighthouse | Carrabelle
December 26th, 2023 | 6PM- 8PM
Experience the magic of Carrabelle’s Crooked River Lighthouse on December 26 with live Blues music by “Blues Meets Girl” and a delectable BBQ feast. Secure your spot for $17 (by December 18) or $20 thereafter, offering access to live music, a BBQ plate, and the museum. For adventurous souls, climb to the top of the lighthouse for $10 and enjoy breathtaking bay views.