CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST Dec. 18

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Visit Santa

Visit with Santa from 6-7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Destin Library. Make ornaments, listen to stories, and children can have photo taken with Santa. Snacks and apple cider will be provided.

Coastal White Christmas Holiday Lights

Visit Grand Boulevard during the holiday season to enjoy decor and programming. The Town Center will feature thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the Boulevard. Open to the public at no charge.

Wednesday Night Concert Series – Holiday Edition

Get in the winter spirit at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and listen to holiday classics with Niceville Opus One from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 18. Each concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19-21; 2 p.m. Dec. 22; and educational field trips at 10 a.m. Dec.18 and 19 at 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Miramar Beach. Tickets range from $28-$32 and are available at https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/on-stage.

This holiday tale is a charming celebration of fan favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice, honoring the legacy of Jane Austen’s humor, playfulness and wit in a family holiday theatrical production.

Kids Classics Club

The featured book for the Kids Classics Club for December is Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Children in third thru fifth grades are invited to join Destin Youth Services Librarian Laura Harris from 4-6 p.m. Dec. 19. Harris will read from the story each week and children will be provided snacks and enjoy free art expression with watercolors. Those who attend all three weeks will receive a gift copy of the book on Dec. 19. Don’t forget to bring a pillow.

Holiday Movie Night

Enjoy dinner at your favorite HarborWalk Village restaurant and then watch "Elf" under the stars from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 21.

Winter Wonderland

The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Event Plaza turns into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21. Slide down an ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.

12 Nights of Lights

Enjoy a festive light show from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through Dec. 21 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Photos with Santa Claus

Every Saturday through Dec. 21, Santa Claus will be visiting Grand Boulevard for photos from 2-4 p.m. Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties will offer free, kid-friendly, holiday arts and crafts while waiting.

Celebrate Chaunakuh

Join HarborWalk in a special Menorah lighting featuring traditional foods, crafts and more from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 22.

Visit with Santa

Celebrate the holidays on the harbor with free kid’s crafts, a Letters to Santa station and a visit with St.Nick from 1-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 22. All of Santa’s guests will receive a special treat and a free 4×6 photo.

Festival of Trees

Held annually at Grand Boulevard, the Festival of Trees showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from 12 local non-profits. The trees will remain on display through Christmas Day. Open to the public at no charge.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center in Grand Boulevard from 5-8 p.m. tthrough Dec. 28 while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickens Carolers will sing holiday carols between 5 and 7 p.m.

Noon Year's Eve

LuLu’s Fifth Annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration just for kids will be Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. There will be arts and crafts, inflatables, face painting, live music and a Countdown to Noon with kid-safe “fireworks” and a huge Beach Ball Drop.

Ring in 2019 at HarborWalk Village’s New Year’s Eve Street Party. On the Main Stage at 7 p.m. is Flash Flood and at 9:30 p.m. is The Resolutions. Fireworks' shows are at 8 p.m. and midnight, and don't forget the Ball Drop Countdown. Starting at 10 p.m. there will be free themed parties at Harry Ts | Karaoke the Night Away; Coyote Ugly | Party Like It’s 1999; Jackacudas | Neon & Retro DJ Dance Party; and Margaritaville | Masquerade Party. HarborWalk Village is giving back this holiday season by collecting supplies and donations for those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Visit the Hurricane Relief tent and join in recovery efforts.

Emerald Grande’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy a cocktail hour, 4-course dinner, fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight, dancing all night with The Midnight Kiss. Evening is $125++ per person. For reservations, call 850-424-0622.

Baytowne Countdown

Don't miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf's end-of-the-year celebration from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The family-friendly evening features face painting, kids’ activities, and live music on the Baytowne Live stage, finishing off with a firework display at 8 p.m. and midnight.

Countdown Seaside

Head to Seaside to bring in the New Year at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Seaside Amphitheater with live music, face painting, street performers and crafts. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Ring in the New Year aboard SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris yacht from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dine. Dance. Cruise into 2020. The New Year’s Eve Cruise is exclusively for guests 21+ and includes five chef-inspired courses, a midnight champagne toast, live entertainment, party favors, and the best view of the fireworks show at midnight. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.

Marlin Grill New Year’s Eve Dinner

Marlin Grill in Miramar Beach will celebrate 2020 with an elegant New Year’s Eve Dinner Dec. 31.Seatings will be at 6 and 9 p.m. and diners will enjoy a four-course dinner menu. Reservations are required and the price for the 6 p.m. dinner is $109 per person while the 9 p.m. dinner is $129 per person. Call 351-1990 to book.