“Oh, by gosh, by golly, It’s time for mistletoe and holly ...”
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13 and 20 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
12 Nights of Lights
Enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from Dec. 6-30 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Watch shows at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorale will ring in the season with the annual Holiday Pops concert and carol sing-a-longs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $25/adult and $18/military and youth. Purchase tickets at mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Destin Christmas Parade
The City of Destin’s 33rd Annual Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 from Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) to Stahlman Avenue. This year’s theme is “All I want for Christmas.” Please stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the floats. For those who wish to put a float in the parade, applications are available at the Destin Community Center. In lieu of an entry fee, each entry must make a donation of a new toy for a local charity, to be dropped off at the Destin Community Center with the application before Nov. 30. Call 654-5184 for more information.
Lunch with Santa
Join Santa for lunch at AJ's on the Destin Harbor after the Destin Christmas parade from 12-2 p.m. Dec. 9 at 116 Harbor Blvd. Hosted by Kids On The Coast Foundation, event will have activities that include Home Depot Kids Workshop, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, Apple Jacks candy cane making, holiday Christmas ornament, face painting, spin art, letters to Santa, and of course a visit with Santa. Cost is $10 and is served with lunch, either kids chicken fingers or kids hamburger, with fries and Sprite. Funds are to support this year’s Angel Tree Program. Tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.
Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas
Seabreeze Radio (Smooth Jazz 106.6) presents Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this guest event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center's Box Office at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
Enjoy your favorite holiday classics with Tuba Christmas, a free unique holiday extravaganza at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
A Christmas Celebration Concert
The 12th annual Christmas Celebration Concert, under the direction of Rev. Kim Cannon and featuring the New River Quartet, ONE, Alleluia Orchestra and Singers, will be at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Dec. 10 at Destin United Methodist Church.
Destin Boat Parade
The Destin harbor will dance with holiday lights and cheer during the 31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor, Destin Boat Parade, from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10. Fireworks follow the parade and then firespinning on the main stage with Just Add Fire. To participate in the boat parade, contact the Destin History & Fishing Museum's Executive Director, Kathy Marler Blue, at 837-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles
Enjoy a memorable family holiday experience at LuLu’s Third Annual Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles free event at noon Dec. 10. Billy Claus, Santa’s warm weather-loving brother who lives in the Caribbean, will help Santa with The LuLuBelles, Billy’s version of Santa’s elves. Billy will visit with the children to hear their wish list to pass on to Santa. Billy and the LuLuBelles will be available for photos with the children. In addition to kid’s arts and crafts activities, Lucy Buffett will read her children’s book, Billy Claus and the Spirit of Christmas.
Visit with Santa
It’s time for children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa at HarborWalk Village from 12-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 17. Children will receive a treat. Event is free.
The spirit of the holidays will come alive at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast during the annual Holiday Sale in the Gift Shop. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 20. All proceeds support new and expanded healthcare services for our community. Call 278-3081or visit the Guild Gift Shop on Facebook.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees display will be up until Christmas at Grand Boulevard with 12 trees decorated by area non-profit organizations.
Coastal White Christmas
The Town Center in Grand Boulevard will have thousands of white lights through Jan. 1. Every Friday and Saturday night in December enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park from 5-8 p.m. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickens Carolers will sing holiday carols from 5-7 p.m.
Celebrate Chanukah with Chabad of the Emerald Coast at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 on the HarborWalk Village Main Stage. Event is free.
A Rockin’ Holiday
Mary Wilson of the Supremes brings her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her and her band. Purchase tickets at Sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Kids Christmas Crafts
Children ages 4 to 12 years, along with their parents, are invited to stop by the Destin Library from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 16 and create a Christmas craft. Ornaments to make include Reindeer Clothespin, a Candy Cane Antler or a Prancing Reindeer. Event is free.
Santa Cause Pub Crawl
Deck the halls dressed in your Christmas best (tacky sweaters, Santa outfits, elves, etc.) to spread holiday cheer through HarborWalk Village with jolly drink specials at each of the stops beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 16. Proceeds will go to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast toward restocking their clothing closets for children in the community. Stops include FishHeads and Margaritaville from 6-8 p.m.; Jackacudas and Harry T’s from 8-10 p.m.; Jester’s and Crab Island Cantina from 10 p.m. to midnight; and Coyotes Ugly from midnight until closing.
The 13th annual Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Needy Children’s Fiesta will be held from 1-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. There will be food, games, DJs, singers, church choirs, clowns, magicians, dance contests for bikes, free coats from “Coats for Kids” and Santa and his elves. From 1–2 p.m., only families with children with disabilities will be allowed. Others may enter at 2.
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Show is a magical and cap-tivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under.
Snowman Building Competition
The Henderson will host its Annual Snowman Building Competition from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Whether trying to build Olaf or Frosty, this is a blast for families and people of all ages with the winner receiving a grand prize of a complimentary resort credit. Tickets start at $38 for adults.
Christmas Community Dinner
Enjoy a wonderful dinner, fellowship, music and much more at the free Christmas Community Dinner from 12-2 p.m. Dec. 25 at the Life Center at Destin United Methodist Church.
New Years Eve Street Party
Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village from 7 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as two firework shows at 8 p.m. and midnight and the 10th Annual Ball Drop Countdown over the harbor. Live concert with January Noise.
Grande Gala New Year's Eve Celebration
Dine and dance into the New Year from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31 at the Emerald Grande Ballroom. Includes a chef selected menu and dinner, reserved seating, live music by Cool Rayz, and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress to impress in formal attire and enjoy the ultimate view of the ball drop and fireworks. Tickets are $125+per person, over 21 only. Call 424-0622 to make your reservations.
Baytowne Countdown | NYE
A free family friendly evening from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31 with face painting, kids activities, and live music on the Baytowne LIVE stage, finishing off with a fireworks display at 8 p.m. and another at midnight. Dance the night away with live music till 1 a.m., featured on the Events Plaza Stage.