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Christmas on the Emerald Coast | 2017

Baytowne on Ice

When: November 1 - February 3, 2017

Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Website | For parties and reservations, please email Darrell Price or call at 850-714-7614.

31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

When: Thursday, November 30, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST

Where: Destin Community Center

The 31st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is hosted by the City of Destin. This will be an outdoor event for the entire family with a visit from Santa Claus. There will be entertainment from local choruses, musical groups, etc. with refreshments being served after the lighting of the tree.

**Donations of Canned food will be collected for families in need.**

Coastal White Christmas at Grand Blvd.

When: Every Friday & Saturday night in December, beginning on the 1st | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: Town Center

The Town Center will be awash with thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the Boulevard. 

Enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park.

To add to the festivities, Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickensian Carolers will sing popular holiday carols on these evenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

22nd Annual Sounds of the Season Concert

When: Friday, December 1, 2017 |  7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

Where: Village Baptist Church

Admission is a donation of a new unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries to provide a brighter Christmas for families in need during the holidays. 

A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community outreach initiatives benefiting students, adults, and children with special needs, at-risk youth and wounded warriors with visible and invisible injuries in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

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Niceville Christmas Parade

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where: The Christmas Parade begins on John Sims Parkway at the intersection of Palm Blvd and to Partin Drive where the Parade turns and travels up Partin Drive to the Children's Park and Ruckel Middle School.

"Christmas Making a Difference" - The Niceville-Valparaiso Rotary Club presents the Annual Niceville Christmas Parade featuring Santa, floats from various community clubs and organizations, performing units, candy and more!

**Please keep children supervised and behind the barriers for the safety of all involved.**

Parade of Elves & Toy Drive

When: Saturday, December 2, 2017 |  2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Where: Seascape Town Centre in Miramar Beach

Bring the kids, dressed in their best-looking holiday elf costumes, to participate in a parade of elves.

It will be a family-friendly afternoon of fun with special activities provided at each shop in the Towne Center, including face painting, food and drink specials and live entertainment by Chasin’ Jaymie. Kids can visit Santa and compete for best dressed Elf.

Elves will parade by local judges for a chance to win best dressed in age categories, under 5, 5-8, and 9-12 years old with prizes awarded to the winners. 

Admission is $5 to enter the elf costume contest, or bring a new toy donation. Proceeds and toys will benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) and their mission to prevent child abuse and restore the lives of impacted children in Walton and Okaloosa Counties.

Emerald Grand at HarbourWalk Village Visit with Santa

When: Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Where: Emerald Grand at HarbourWalk Village


It’s time for the children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa’s guests receive a special treat and FREE 4x6 photo. All through December, bring your letter to Santa and drop it in our special mailbox located near the main stage. For every letter received, we will donate $1 to the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. Pets also welcome!

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"A Wrinkle in Time" Performance

When: December 7th - 23rd 2017 | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Emerald Coast Theatre Company

One of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back- stubbornness, braces, and all. Once again, she's joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe, and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. 

Runtime is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Appropriate for ages 5 and up (no lap children please).

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Wednesday Night Concert Series - Holiday Edition & Visits with Santa

When: Wednesday, December 6th - Wednesday, December 20th | 6:00 PM

Where: Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza


Get in the Holiday Spirit with us and listen to some of your favorite holiday classics. Every Wednesday this December enjoy our holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Each Concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
December 6
December 13
December 20

12 Nights of Lights

When: Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, December 6th - 30th |  6 pm, 7 pm, and 8 pm

Where: Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza


This December enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas! 

This sparkling event will also be featured during our special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6 pm, 7 pm, and 8 pm.

2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run

When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST
5K Run/Walk | 9:00 AM (Open to All Ages)
1 Mile Fun Run | 10:00 AM (Open to Kids 12 & Under)

Where: The race will start and finish at Hurricane Grill and Wings in Bluewater Bay. 

Tis the season to be tacky, so put on your worst apparel for the 2nd Annual Niceville Ugly Sweater Run/Walk. 

There will be chances to win prizes with raffles and a costume contest (while the theme is 'Ugly Christmas Sweater', your most festive holiday outfit will do nicely). Join us for fun, music, and tackiness at this USA Track & Field sanctioned event!!!

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**$35 for 5k if registered by December 7th. $25 for 1-mile fun run if registered by December 7th.**

Breakfast with Santa

When: December 9th & 10th | 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
December 16th & 17th |  8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where: HarborView Room inside Emerald Grande

Brighten your season with a festive holiday breakfast. Child’s menu includes Santa Pancake, bacon, drink & donut.

Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy a morning of holiday crafts & story time while visiting with Santa and his helpers. After breakfast, each child will take home a special treat!

Three seatings are held promptly at 8 AM, 9 AM, & 10 AM.

**All attendees must purchase breakfast. $15 kids, $16 Adults (plus tax and gratuity)**

31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST

Where: The Destin Harbor

The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor, Destin Boat Parade! 

Visit with Santa Claus from 12:00 - 4:00 PM at HarborWalk Village’s Main Stage. 

Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM with fireworks following the parade and fire spinning on HarborWalk Village’s main stage with Just Add Fire.

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**To participate in the boat parade, contact the Destin History & Fishing Museum’s Executive Director, Kathy Marler Blue at (850) 837-6611 or [email protected]**

Santa Cause Pub Crawl

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017 - Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 12:00 am  

Where: HarborWalk Village

Deck the halls dressed in your Christmas best (tacky sweaters, Santa outfits, elves, etc.) to spread Holiday Cheer through HarborWalk Village with jolly drink specials at each of our stops! 

Proceeds will benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast toward restocking their clothing closets for children in the community.

6 pm - 8 pm FishHeads & Margaritaville
8 pm -10 pm Jackacudas & Harry T’s
10 pm -12 am Jester’s & Crab Island Cantina
12 am - Until Coyote Ugly

Baytowne Countdown | NYE

When: Sunday, December 31st | 6:00 pm - 1:00 am

Where: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
You don't want to miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf's end-of-the-year celebration! Enjoy our family-friendly evening from 6-8pm with face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on the Baytowne LIVE stage, finishing off with a fireworks display at 8 pm. Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays at 8p & midnight. Dance the night away with LIVE music till 1 am, featured on the Events Plaza Stage.

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