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).
Festival of Trees
The Freeport Town Planter’s Festival of Trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Freeport Community Center. Closed during Parade Saturday and re-open after tree lighting. The trees have been decorated by individuals, organizations, and businesses and they will be competing for the People’s Choice Award. Admission is free, with monetary donations accepted. Bring a non-perishable canned food item for an extra vote. The food items will be donated to the First Baptist Church Food Pantry. Refreshments will be served both days
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 percnt off their tab.
Photos with Santa
Santa visits Grand Park in Grand Boulevard from 2-3 p.m. Saturdays though Dec. 16 at the Festival of Trees display. Free photos. Abrakadoodle will offer free holiday arts and crafts for kids of all ages.
Coastal White Christmas
The Town Center in Grand Boulevard will have thousands of white lights 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.
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.
Dock of The Bay
Give Santa Claus a big welcome from 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at The Bay in Santa Rosa Beach. Sit on Santa’s lap and get a photo. The dock will have holiday lighting and there will be a few surprises. Watch the moon rise in the Winter Wonderland (snow and all) on the beach.
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.
Ugly Sweater Party
The Louis Louis Ugly Sweater Party, hosted by Emerald Coast Toys for Tots, will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 9 at 35 Mussett Bayou Road in Santa Rosa Beach. Bring a toy and receive a drink ticket. Wear your ugly sweater and plan to have a fantastic time with Dj Michael Disciple.
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.
A Crazy Cranky Christmas
A Christmas musical revue for one night only begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at The Florida Chautauqua Theatre, 840 Baldwin Ave. in DeFuniak Springs. Stars of the production are the Fall Music and More Workshop students. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/children ages 2-18. For more information, call 892-9494.
Christmas Art Show
Elmore’s Landing 25th Annual Christmas Art Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at 24728 Hwy. 331 in Santa Rosa Beach. Visit local art and craft vendors, enjoy live music, art activities and face painting for the kids. Art show in honor of late Joe Elmore. Call 225-8827.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
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.
Tacky Christmas Party
Grab your ugliest Christmas sweater and join in the Tacky Christmas Party featuring Forrest Williams Band from 8 p.m. to midnight Dec. 23 at Local Catch Bar & Grill, 3711 W. County Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.
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.