Applications for Christmas Parade

Entry applications for the Destin Christmas Parade are available at and at the Destin Community Center. The deadline to apply is Nov. 29. In lieu of an entry fee, participants are asked to make toy and/or non-perishable food donations.

The parade will be held at 10 a.m. Dec.14 along Harbor Boulevard between Main Street and Stahlman Avenue.

Calling all singing voices

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation will present their annual Christmas concert, Sounds of the Season, at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Village Baptist Church in Destin.  All residents and winter visitors are welcome to join in this collaborative community chorus.  

Rehearsal date is 9-11 a.m. Nov. 16 at Village Baptist church in the music suite. A final rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. For more information, call 650-2226 or visit

Chamber invites boaters to enter the FWB Christmas Parade

The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce invites all boaters to enter the second Fort Walton Beach Christmas Boat Parade to be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in conjunction with the City of Fort Walton Beach Tree Lighting and Festival of Trees at the Landing, 139 Brooks Street. Each decorated boat that participates will receive a $50 gift certificate from Helen Back on Okaloosa Island. There is no entry fee. 

Entrants will compete for a variety of prizes in three categories: Best Decorated, Most Christmas Spirit and Judges’ Choice. There are four size divisions, one for sail boats up to 25 ft., and another for those greater than 25 feet in length. Power boats have two classes:  first, those up to 36 feet, and finally, those over. 

All entrants are required to register their vessels with the FWB Chamber by 5 p.m. Dec. 2.  The registration form is available at Skippers of all registered vessels must attend a mandatory Skippers’ Meeting at the Chamber offices at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4.