1. Christmas Tree Lighting
The 31st annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the city of Destin, will be held at the Destin Community Center at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. This will be an outdoor event for the family with a visit from Santa Claus, entertainment from local choruses, musical groups and more. Refreshments will be served after the lighting. Donations of canned food will be collected for families in need.
2. Sounds of the Season
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and co-presenters, Destin Assembly of God, Destin United Methodist Church, St. Peter Catholic Church and Village Baptist Church will present the 22nd annual Sounds of the Season at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Admission is a new unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community outreach initiatives. Guest artist Sarah Simmons Langston will not appear due to medical emergency. Sacred and classic Christmas music from the Mattie Kelly Chorus, solos and ensembles from the four churches — Destin Assembly of God, Destin United Methodist Church, St. Peter Catholic Church and Village Baptist Church — will be heard.
3. Parade of Elves/Toy Drive
Bring the kids, dressed in their best-looking holiday elf costumes, to participate in a Parade of Elves at the new Seascape Town Centre in Miramar Beach from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Activities include face painting, food and drink specials and live entertainment by Chasin’ Jaymie. Kids can visit Santa and compete for best dressed elf. Admission is $5 to enter the elf costume contest or bring a new toy donation. Proceeds and toys will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.