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Christmas on the Coast 2015 (Dec. 16)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

“Oh, by gosh, by golly, It’s time for mistletoe and holly …”

Wednesday Night Concert Holiday Series

Enjoy a free special holiday edition with Niceville Opus One from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

The Repertory Theatre is bringing the smash hit, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, to the Destin Harbor Boardwalk from 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 16. Order tickets at http://lovetherep.com/every-christmas-story-ever-told-and-then-some-6/.

Gingerbread House Decorating

Make your own Gingerbread House at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Presented by Abrakadoodle, kids can ring in the holiday cheer with their own free gingerbread masterpiece.

Zoobilee of Lights

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zoological Park's second annual Zoobilee of Lights will be held from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 18-23 at 5262 Deer Springs Road in Crestview. Lights, entertainment, snowfall, cookie decorating, and a special appearance by Santa and friends highlight the evening. Admission is $7 and $4 for children 5 and younger. Food and beverage will be available for purchase via local food vendors. Exhibit viewing will be limited as some of the animals are taken inside at night.

A Dicken's Christmas

Share cookies and tea with family and friends in a cozy, festive atmosphere while experiencing a unique adaptation of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" by Emerald Coast Theatre Company at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at HarborWalk Village. Tickets are $20/adults and $10/children 5-12. For tickets, visit http://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/#!tickets/cnpp.

Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa for breakfast, story time and cookie decorating Dec. 19 at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl & Grill Destin. Reservations required at 269-6100.

Children's Fiesta

United for a Good Cause Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, hosts its 11th Annual “Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle” Needy Children’s Fiesta from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 19 at Striving for Perfection Ministries, 24 Bass Ave. SW in Fort Walton Beach. The event will be a fun-filled “Latin-Flavored” party open to needy children and families regardless of race, ethnicity or creed, and it will also include activities for special needs kids.

Everything will be free at this party including new toys for all that attend, food, games, DJs, singers, church choirs, clowns, magicians, dance contests for bikes and more. Free coats courtesy of the United Way’s “Coats for Kids” program will also be given out. Santa and his hard-working group of elves will all be there to ensure all the kids get a new toy. Visit www.unitedforagoodcause.org or call 368-3505 for information.

His Greatest Gift Camp

All Kidz grades K-5 can create unique gifts for family and friends and learn about the Great Gift of All from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Coastline Calvary Church in Destin and Dec. 21 at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach. Suggested donation is $35. Call 586-8264 to register or visit www.holykidzcamps.com to sponsor a child.

Destin Night’s 12 Pubs of Christmas

It’s that time of year to don your Christmas best and spread some cheer along the Destin Harbor Boardwalk from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 19. It will be a come and go style with a “shot gun” start and will end at Harry T's for a party at midnight. Cost is $10 to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Top prizes will be randomly drawn from everyone who gets all 12 stops and is in attendance at the party at Harry T’s. Passes are on sale at http://12pubsofchristmas.eventbrite.com/

Visit with Santa

Bring your wishlist and visit with Santa Claus on HarborWalk Village’s main stage from 12-4 p.m. Dec. 19-20. All of Santa’s guests receive a special treat.

Breakfast with Santa

Ring in the holiday cheer with breakfast with Santa Claus from 8-11 a.m. Dec. 19 and 20 at Grande Vista Bar & Grill in Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. Make reservations at 424-0621.

Holiday Baking

A class by Chef Jim Shirah will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21-22 at the Destin Community Center for children ages 8-14. Fee is $40/resident and $50/non-resident. Each student will learn how to bake and take home several holiday cookies, treats, and more. Please register early.

HH Arts Christmas Market

Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts of art (all mediums), jewelry, carved items, handmade candles, handmade clay items, and ornaments Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 24 at HH Arts, 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach. Call 218-2155.

12 Nights of Lights

Enjoy a festive light show set to your favorite holiday music at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 26 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees, an annual tree decorating contest where area non-profit organizations vie for $5,000 is cash prizes, has the trees on display through Dec. 25 in Grand Park in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Dinner

Everyone is welcome to a Christmas Day Community Dinner from 12-2 p.m. Dec. 25 at Destin United Methodist Church. There is no charge for the meal.

Geek Lights

The Geek Lights on the Corner Christmas lights and music show runs nightly through Jan. 3 at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. Shows begin on the hour and half hour starting at 6 p.m. with the last show starting at Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 on Fridays and Saturdays.

Street Party

Party all night with thousands at HarborWalk Village's free Street Party Dec. 31. There will be a live concert on main stage, fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight and the 8th Annual Ball Drop descending over harbor. Also, street performers and music by Flash Flood, 8 Second Ride and Phillip Lee Band. Just Add Fire, Fire Spinning Shows at 8 p.m. and 12 a.m.

The Grande Gala-New Year’s Eve Party

Countdown to the stroke of midnight with the annual ball drop and enjoy the best view for fireworks on the harbor from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at the Emerald Grande. $99/person includes dinner, live music by Cool Rayz and dancing. Cocktail attire encouraged. Call 424-0622 for reservations.

Baytowne Countdown

The Village of Baytowne Wharf's free end-of-year celebration begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Dance the night away and enjoy breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight. Live entertainment until 1 a.m. After 10 p.m., 21 and over and 20 and under must be accompanies by a legal guardian.

Cocktails and Countdown

An exclusive New Year’s Eve party with fine foods, cocktails, music and dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31 at HarborWalk Village. DJ Vladi turns up the volume as you raise your glass for a champagne toast as the ball drops over the Destin harbor and fireworks light up the sky. Cost is $30/person. Limited tickets available; call 424-0622.