Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, salty sea waves brushing along the white sand shore…. The Emerald Coast LOVES the holiday season and is chalk-full of events for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for live performances, festive gatherings, or the perfect cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows and whipped cream, there is plenty of holiday cheer to be spread from 30A to Navarre!
FEATURED HOLIDAY EVENTS
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage
Emerald Coast Theatre Company | Sandestin
Discover the true meaning of Christmas with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang in this classic adaptation of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Presented by Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s talented Junior Company teen players. Public Performances and School Field Trip showings are provided in the link below. ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theatre; it operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community.
Café Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball
Café 30A | Seagrove Beach
December 3rd | 6-10pm
Transformed into a winter wonderland, Café 30A is doused in festive holiday décor shining merry and bright for the annual evening event. In 2021, the coveted Christmas Charity Ball raised over $35,000 through ticket sales, donations, raffle tickets, and silent auction sales with all proceeds benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton’s efforts to provide food and financial assistance to local area families and individuals in need. Guests are encouraged to dress in evening attire, black tie optional.
12 Nights of Lights
December 3rd-4th | 6-8:15pm
Festive light shows flood the sky of every December Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night leading up to Christmas! This sparkling event will be featured during Baytowne Wharf’s Wednesday Night ‘Holiday Edition’ Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village Christmas tree and Event Plaza Lawn at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm!
12th Annual Navarre Jingle Bell Run
Navarre Main Fire Station
December 3rd | 8-9:30am
This Non-Competition Pet & Family Friendly Run or Walk event has three distances, 3mi, 2mi, and 1mi through the residential streets of Navarre’s Town Center. Awards for the most festive holiday attire for both humans and leashed pets as well as random door prizes. Best long sleeve T-Shirts you will find to the first 200 that register. Enjoy cookies and hot chocolate at the fire station.
Annual Navarre Christmas Parade
Presidio Street | Navarre
December 3rd | 1-2:30pm
Santa Claus is coming to town! The Annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade – Presented by PrimeLending will kick off the start of the holiday season for Navarre. Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus at 1pm at the Navarre Library as they roll along Presidio on a fire truck. Parade ends in the back parking lot of Centennial Bank near Esplanade Street. Santa Claus will be available for photos with children in Navarre Park as soon as the parade ends.
Holiday Pops Concert Featuring Doo Wop Project
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
December 9th | 7:30-11:30pm
Ready for some “harmony” this holiday season? From street sounds to its biggest hits; experience the evolution of the classic Doo Wop sound. In their epic shows The Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey featuring foundational tunes from the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through the vocal artistry of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and The Four Seasons all the way to “DooWopified” versions of modern hits from Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and Sam Smith. For tickets and reservations, follow the link below!
Holiday Pops Concerts
December 10th | 5-6pm
Couldn’t make it the night before? You can still catch the sounds of Sinfonia of Gulf coast perform holiday classics in the SEASIDE® Amphitheater as they fill the town with the holiday spirit. This is a complimentary event proudly presented by the Merchants of Seaside blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.
“Elf on the Shelf” Christmas Parade
Harbor Boulevard | Destin
December 10th | 10am
You got off lucky yesterday, the Elf on the Shelf left his post last night to lead the The City of Destin’s 38th Annual “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas parade! The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade the application is available online. Applications must be received no later than Thursday, December 1st, and can be dropped off in person at the Destin Community Center.
7th Annual Prohibition Repeal Dinner
82 South Barrett Square | Rosemary Beach
December 10th | 6:30pm
Restaurant Paradis is proud to present their 7th annual Prohibition Repeal Wine Dinner, presented by 30A Luxury Vacations and benefitting Food for Thought Outreach. The restaurant will be closed for the private event and transformed into an elegant event space that emulates the Prohibition era, where guests are encouraged to dress in 1930s, Gatsby-theme attire. Experience a special, four-course meal Prepared by Paradis’ award-winning chef, March Eichin and his culinary team, each course will feature the local produce, fresh Gulf seafood, and fine meats that Paradis is known for.