Christmas On The Coast 2015 (Dec. 23)
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.
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.
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.
LuLu’s Noon Year’s Eve for kids
LuLu’s 1st Noon Year’s Eve just for kids begins at 10 a.m. Dec. 31 at the foot of the Mid-Bay Bridge. Non-stop kid-friendly fun for the whole family, with excitement around every corner as LuLu’s celebrates and rings in the New Year. There will be a sandcastle building contest, arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, live music from kid friendly band Kathleen Rees & Pelican212 for the kids and more on the sandy beach overlooking the bay. So the kiddies can have their fun, countdown to Noon with kid-safe “fireworks” and a huge Beach Ball Drop.
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.
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.