Christmas on the Coast 2016 (Dec. 14)

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

"Have a holly, jolly Christmas;

It's the best time of the year"

Holiday Concert Series

Listen to favorite holiday classics, see a festive light show and visit with Ole' St. Nick from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 on the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf. Event is free.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Annual Holiday Concert

The Manhattan Transfer headlines Sinfonia’s annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Destiny Worship Center and features orchestral arrangements of seasonal classics paired with exhilarating vocals. Tickets are $45 for preferred (floor) seating and $29.50 for balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 460-8800.

Rat Pack Christmas Show

Spread a little holiday cheer while experiencing a special Christmas show, the Rat Pack Tribute Show with Ron Adams — a Swinging Christmas, at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at Club LA. 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin. General admission is $15 and an unwrapped toy for the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Angel Tree. Gifts need to be appropriate for a child ages 5-14, new, unopened and unwrapped. Tickets can be purchased at

Children's Fiesta

United for a Good Cause Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, hosts its 12th Annual “Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle” Needy Children’s Fiesta from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The event will be a fun-filled “Latin-Flavored” party open to needy children and families regardless of race, ethnicity or creed. Activities for families with special needs kids will be held from 1–2 p.m., providing them an opportunity to enjoy the activity before the general public comes in.

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 or call 368-3505 for information.

Arts and Crafts Christmas Market

The Arts & Design Society's members host their annual Arts and Crafts Christmas Market through Dec. 17 at the Art Center, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. An assortment of gifts, including jewelry, paintings, clay works, decorations, photographs, and note cards, are all created by the members. Visit or call 244-1271.

Visit with Santa

Kids, bring your wish list and visit with Santa Claus on HarborWalk Village’s main stage and receive a special treat from 12-4 p.m. Dec. 17-18.

Menorah Workshop

Chabad of the Emerald Coast will host a Menorah Workshop at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 18 at Home Depot in Destin. Build your own menorah and enjoy Chanukah treats and music. Fun for the whole family.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP required at or text 850-368-8387.

Rocky Mountain Christmas Show

James Garrett performs his special Rocky Mountain Christmas Show, a Tribute to John Denver, at 8 p.m. through Dec. 23 at The Rockett Theater on the second level of HarborWalk Village. Tickets are $25/adults with kids 12 and under free. Group rates for 15 or more are $15/each. For concert and ticket information, call 417-527-6598. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before showtime.

HH Arts Christmas Market

HH Arts will hold its Arts and Crafts Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Dec. 23 at 100 Beal Parkway SW in Fort Walton Beach. There will be a variety of art, jewelry, ornaments, cards, photographs, clay works, concrete, mosaic and crushed glass picks and driftwood/glass mobiles all created by local artists from the Emerald Coast. Call 218-2155.

Holiday Cooking Demo

Whole Foods Market Chef Kyle McKeever will prepare holiday favorites at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at 4402 Legendary Drive in Destin. Also, enter to win a basketfull of some Whole Foods' premium products. Come ready to learn, sample and sip.

Holiday Baking

A Holiday Baking Class, led by Chef Jim Shirah, will be held for ages 8-14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 at the Destin Community Center. The fee is $40/residents and $50/non-residents. Each student will learn how to bake and take home several holiday cookies, treats, and more. Please register early or call 654-5184 for more information.

Gingerbread Workshop

Kids can create their own gingerbread house with Abrakadoodle while mom and dad finish the shopping and the wrapping at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23 Rise Dance Center, 4489 Commons Drive W in Destin.

A Dickens Christmas

Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present its revised holiday show “A Dickens Christmas, A Ghostly Story,” throughout weekends in December. The production runs through Saturday, Dec. 24, at the new ECTC performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matinees are 2 p.m. Sundays. A Saturday matinee performance designated for special needs families is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. and a special Saturday matinee has been added for Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. Not recommended for children under 5. To purchase tickets or make a tax-deductible donation, visit or call 850-684-0323.

Breakfast with Santa

Ring in holiday cheer and have breakfast with Santa Claus from 8-11 a.m. Dec. 17 and 18 at Grande Vista Bar and Grill at the Emerald Grande. For reservations, ring 424-0621.

The Niceville Christmas Lady

The Christmas Lady’s annual show, “Animation in Motion” is open once again in the old K-Mart building, 1140 E John Sims Parkway in Niceville. The show is open from 6-9 p.m., 7 days a week through Dec. 27.

This year’s show features several new theater sets and backdrops along with live performances by local talent, Christmas karaoke, character actors, storytellers and, of course, Santa. Our collections of animated dolls, nutcrackers, angels and the miniature Christmas Village all have new additions for you to explore. And don’t forget the trains. Most importantly, at the center of the whole display is the central story of Christmas — the birth of Jesus.

12 Nights of Lights

Enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. through Dec. 30 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Community Dinner

Destin United Methodist Church will hold its 3rd annual Christmas Day Community Dinner at noon Dec. 25 at 200 Beach Drive. Walmart provides the turkeys; Publix the hams. Bertulo’s, La Famiglia, 790, Fudpuckers, Harbor Docks and Crab Island Cantina provide the dressing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, mac & cheese and salad.

Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting

A grand menorah lighting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 26 on the main stage at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy hot latkes and donuts, Chanukah music and kids activities. For more information visit

New Year's Eve Street Party

Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as two firework shows and the 9th Annual Ball Drop descending over the harbor.

Baytowne Countdown

The Village of Baytowne Wharf will rock in the New Year with a free end-of-the year celebration. Our family-friendly early evening starts from 6-8 p.m. with face painting, kids activities, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m. Ring in 2017 with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays and dance the night away with live music till 1 a.m.

Geek Lights on the Corner

The Christmas lights and music show performances will be held through Jan. 1 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 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Donations will benefit the United Service Organization (USO) Northwest Florida. Check for up-to-date information.

Polar Bear Club

Be cool and join in the original plunge into the Gulf on New Year's Day, rain or shine, behind Crab Trap in Destin. Registration is at 10 a.m. with swim at 10:30. Sponsored by Destin Fire Rescue Foundation, there will be a lifeguard on duty. $20 donation requested.

Penguin Plunge & Paddle

Start the new year off right at the 8th Annual Penguin Plunge & Paddle Jan. 1 at Juana’s Pagodas Sailors’ Grill in Navarre Beach. Participants can show off their paddle skills in a stand-up paddle board adventure course at 12:30 p.m. At 1:30, participants will take a dash from the beach and plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound. Afterwards in Juana’s beach tent, participants can “chill” and enjoy complimentary food, drink, live music, awards and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Santa Rosa Kids House and the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Entry fee per person for the Plunge starts from $20 and the SUP Adventure starts from $30. The sooner one registers, the less the cost is, and one can register on the day of the event. All participants will receive a long sleeve T-shirt. Register at Call 850-833-9237, ext. 283, or email for information.