Santa Patrol and Community Christmas
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is now asking for donations for the 2017 Gift Drive for Santa Patrol and Community Christmas. These are for children of all ages, including teens. Gift drive is for gift cards and unwrapped toys. Drop off locations are at north and south end offices as well as Walton County Fire Rescue stations. The goal this year is to provide for more than 500 children in need in Walton County. Email AFoushee@waltonso.org for more information.
South Walton Fire District is partnering with Caring and Sharing of North Walton and South Walton to put on its annual Angel Tree Program. Those who want to give can pick up one or multiple children's names with a wish list attached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Walton Fire District headquarters off County Road 393. Gifts are due back to the station by Dec. 8 to allow enough time for the presents to be delivered.
Coastal White Christmas
The Town Center in Grand Boulevard will have thousands of white lights Nov. 18 through Jan. 1. Every Friday and Saturday night in December enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park from 5-8 p.m. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickens Carolers will sing holiday carols from 5-7 p.m.
Stroll the streets of The Village of Baytowne Wharf, lined in twinkling lights and greenery, sip champagne and sample items from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 18 during the Fifth Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights. Enjoy live music and the first tree lighting of the season.
The spirit of the holidays will come alive at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast during the annual Holiday Sale in the Gift Shop. The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 20. All proceeds support new and expanded healthcare services for our community. Call 278-3081or visit the Guild Gift Shop on Facebook.
Festival of Trees
Kick-off is from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21 at Grand Boulevard for 12 non-profit organizations that will compete to win cash prizes totaling $7,000, including Best of Show and People’s Choice. The People’s Choice winner will be voted on and announced along with Best of Show, Second and Third Place winners, at the kick-off. Display will be up until Christmas,
Every Christmas Story
The Seaside REP’s “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” will have free performances at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 in North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach; 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at NatureWalk in Seagrove; at 10 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Amphitheater at Alys Beach; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Seaside Post Office during Turn on the Town festivities.
Moonlight & Movies
Bring the family for a free movie, “A Christmas Story,” under the stars from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 22 on the Western Green in Rosemary Beach. Chairs and blankets welcome.
Open House/Tree Lighing
The Rosemary Beach Merchant Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 24.
Visit Town Center merchants after the tree lighting for an evening of holiday shopping and refreshments.
The Polar Express
Watch a free holiday favorite, “The Polar Express,” from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 24 on the Events Plaza Lawn at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Holiday Open House
The 15th annual Holiday Open House will be Nov. 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gulf Place. Enjoy arts & crafts, music, and refreshments, each artist will have different holiday presents available to make which will range in price from $12 to $30. There will be live music by Jay and the BluJays on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and by Sammy Jackson on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. Santa Claus will drop by via firetruck on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with photos for $5 each.
Photos with Santa
Santa visits Grand Park in Grand Boulevard from 2-3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 25 though Dec. 16, at the Festival of Trees display. Free photos. Abrakadoodle will offer free holiday arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
Breakfast with Santa
Spend a magical morning in Santa’s Workshop from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 25 at Town Hall in Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $20/child and complimentary for adults and include boxed breakfast, photo and goodie bag. Purchase at door; cash only. Proceeds go to Angel Tree Program of Walton County.
Rosemary Beach Holiday Market
The annual Rosemary Beach Holiday Market takes place throughout the center of town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. Vendors will be on hand with a variety of fine art, handcrafted furniture and jewelry, yard art, wood and metal sculpture, pottery, stained glass, holiday gifts, and Christmas home decor.
Here Comes Santa Claus
Get in the winter spirit when Santa Claus comes to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 6-9 p.m. Nov 25. Kids will enjoy face-painting, crafts, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m.
Wreaths for Alaqua
The Fourth Annual Wreaths for Alaqua will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach. All proceeds will benefit the no-kill facility in Freeport. Auctioneer Helen “Redd” Vizard will present 20 wreaths created by local artists, businesses, and individuals during the auction. The wreaths, some of which will be packaged with bonus items and gift certificates, will each go to the highest bidder during this holiday fundraiser for Alaqua.
Café Thirty-A will present its annual Charity Christmas Soiree from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 1 with a buffet and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music by DJ 30A, a silent auction and a raffle. Dress is evening attire with black tie optional. Proceeds will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. General admission tickets will be $75/person and will be available for purchase on cafethirtya.com.
Sounds of the Season
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and co-presenters, Destin Assembly of God, Destin United Methodist Church, St. Peter Catholic Church and Village Baptist Church will present the 22nd Annual Sounds of the Season at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Admission is a new unwrapped child’s toy to be distributed among the participating church’s outreach ministries. A love offering at intermission will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s community outreach initiatives. This year’s concert will feature guest artist, Sarah Simmons Langston, and accompanying her on stage will be her husband Greg. In 2013, She wowed her way onto the NBC The Voice resulting in all four chairs turning and advancing her to the Final Eight.
Parade of Elves & Toy Drive
Bring the kids, dressed in their best-looking holiday elf costumes, to participate in a Parade of Elves at the new Seascape Town Centre in Miramar Beach from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Activities include face painting, food and drink specials and live entertainment by Chasin’ Jaymie. Kids can visit Santa and compete for best dressed Elf. 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).
Milk and Cookies with Santa
Santa Claus is comin’ to town! Children and their families can experience the joy and magic of the holiday season with Silver Sands Premium Outlets’ Milk and Cookies with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Santa will arrive on a fire truck, then enjoy face painting, cookie decorating and a special surprise treat from Santa. The first 25 families will receive special festive goody bags.
GRAYT Holiday Market
Grayton Beer Company will host its Second Annual GRAYT Holiday Market from 12-6 p.m. Dec. 2 at 217 Serenoa Road in Santa Rosa Beach. In addition to vendors, the event will include festive craft beers, live music, an appearance by Santa and food for purchase. The Market will be held in tandem with the regularly scheduled Dog Days Are (R)over where patrons who bring in their dog receive 10 perent off their tab.
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13 and 20 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
Christmas Charities Auction
The Seagrove Garden Club hosts the auction ata 10 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Sandestin Bayside Ballroom. All proceeds go to families in Walton County and surrounding counties and will benefit their direct needs for the holidays. Cost is $28 and includes a traditional Christmas meal. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 2.
12 Nights of Lights
Enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from Dec. 6-30 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Watch shows at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorale will ring in the season with the annual Holiday Pops concert and carol sing-a-longs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are $25/adult and $18/military and youth. Purchase tickets at mattiekellyartscenter.org.
Enjoy your favorite holiday classics with Tuba Christmas, a free unique holiday extravaganza at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas
Smooth jazz and jingle bells return with "Norman Brown's Joyous Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. The show is hosted by GRAMMY award winning guitarist Norman Brown along with vocalist Bobby Caldwell and saxophonist Marion Meadows. Tickets are $80 and $40 for this guest event and are available exclusively through the Arts Center's Box Office at 729-6000 or www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org.
Annual Elf Ride
The 10th Annual South Walton Elf Ride begins at 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Van Ness Butler Jr. Beach Access in Watercolor. Participants will walk, bike, long board, etc., approximately 1.5 miles to the Watercolor Fire Station. A gift or donation to benefit S.W. F. D.'s Angel Tree program may be made. Call 502-0017 or 267-1298 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Destin Boat Parade
The Destin harbor will dance with holiday lights and cheer during the 31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor, Destin Boat Parade, from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10. Fireworks follow the parade and then firespinning on the main stage with Just Add Fire. To participate in the boat parade, contact the Destin History & Fishing Museum's Executive Director, Kathy Marler Blue, at 837-6611 or email@example.com.
A Rockin’ Holiday
Mary Wilson of the Supremes brings her larger-than-life vocals and amazing energy to the Sinfonia stage for “A Rockin' Holiday with Mary Wilson of the Supremes" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. Sinfonia's full orchestra shares the stage with her and her band. Purchase tickets at Sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Christmas Candlelight Open House
The Annual Luminaries and Holiday Tour of the Historic Wesley House will be held from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at Eden Gardens State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Admission is free.
Lightwire Theater: The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 at Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive. Show is a magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. Box office prices for adults are $35 each and $15 for children 12 and under. Available in November.
Baytowne Countdown | NYE
A free family friendly evening from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 31 with face painting, kids activities, and live music on the Baytowne LIVE stage, finishing off with a fireworks display at 8 p.m. and another at midnight. Dance the night away with live music till 1 a.m., featured on the Events Plaza Stage.