HarborWalk Village is holiday central, from Thankgiving to New Year’s Eve. Here are some of the events happening at the village.
Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 — Kid’s Holiday Art Camp with Abrakadoodle
Hands-on creative workshop where imaginations blossoms into a Christmas keepsake for parents to take home. From 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., professional art teachers guide kids through a fun afternoon with special holiday guests and snacks. From ages 4-12 yrs, cost is $30 per child. Call 850-424-0613 for more information.
Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving on the Destin Harbor
Enjoy a relaxing holiday at Emerald Grande where a chef-prepared dinner can be delivered to your private suite overlooking the lights of Destin harbor. A full service staff will return and clean, pack and pour after-dinner drinks and serve dessert for your family of 8 or more. Unit sleeps 6 to 8 people. Chef prepared Christmas dinner is also available. Harry T’s and Grande Vista restaurants are also open on Thanksgiving.
Nov. 29 — Santa’s Arrival
Santa makes his grand entrance on a parade float surrounded by costumed characters throwing sweet treats to all the children that welcome him to the Destin harbor at this Christmas season kick-off. Kids will enjoy free activities and can visit with Santa Claus. The event is free and open to the public.
Nov. 30 — Holidays are Magic
It’s time for the children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa Claus. All of Santa’s guests receive a special treat! Create take home memories or just visit with family at the many unique eateries, cafes and shops along the quaint waterfront boardwalk decorated magically for children of all ages.
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Dec. 7 — The Giving Trees, A Holiday Benefit
Between 12-4 p.m. there will be family fun, crafts and hands on activities throughout the harbor. That evening starting at 5 p.m., guest can enjoy a wonderland of designer Christmas trees and wreaths lit up and ready to take home. Enjoy champagne tastings, samplings from HarborWalk Village restaurants and live entertainment. Bid on your favorite trees, with your donation benefiting the Children’s Advocacy Center and Horizons of Okaloosa County. The event is a ticketed benefit and open to the public. For tickets visit thegivingtrees.charityhappenings.org/
Dec. 14 — Santa “Cause” Pub Crawl
The 7th Annual Destin Night’s Santa “Cause” Pub Crawl through HarborWalk Village is a festive progressive party benefitting a local charity starting at 9 p.m. For more information go Destin Nights on Facebook
Dec. 15 (Rain date Dec. 22) — Destin Harbor Boat Parade
The Destin harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 27th Annual Destin Boat Parade. Come enjoy live music, take home keepsakes, and children’s hands-on unique arts and crafts. Free hot chocolate and candy for children! Visit with Santa Claus from 12-4 p.m. with special evening hours. Boat Parade begins approximately p.m. Live entertainment by Emerald Coast Community Band and excerpts from The Nutcracker will be performed by The Ballet Conservatory. A big fireworks finale follows the parade.
Dec. 15 — ARTwalk on the harbor
This art event along the Destin Boardwalk from HarborWalk Village to AJ’s features local and regional artists and vendors. This event is free to the public and will take place on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.DestinBoardwalk.com for more info.
Dec. 31 — New Years Eve Celebration
Dine, drink and dance into the new year throughout HarborWalk Village. There will be two exclusive celebrations,
one huge street party and the memories of a lifetime. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as the HarborWalk Village Main Stage. There will be two fireworks shows and the 6th annual Ball Drop descending over the harbor make this celebration Destin’s most exciting place to be on New Years Eve. There will also be live music by The Andy Velo band, Gypsy Riot on the main stage and dozens of live music venues and street performers. Partiers can take the elevator home and stay at Emerald Grande. There will also be an Emerald Grande Ballroom Party including live music from dance band, Cool Rayz. That’s not to mention The Big Party at Harborview Room featuring Vegas style gaming, dinner and dancing. Call 850-424-0622 for reservations. Both parties include party favors and champagne toast at midnight. Cost for both parties is $99 per person plus tax and gratuity.