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.
A Wrinkle in Time
Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22 at 560 Grand Blvd. Upstairs. Purchase tickets at https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/tickets.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Wednesday Night Concerts — Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to favorite holiday classics free at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Dec. 13 and 20 in the Events Plaza in Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
Much like the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” the Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Improv Uncensored at 9 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22. Patrons are invited to arrive early to allow time to peruse the local artists gallery located in the ECTC Lobby. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or at the door.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Break out the hideous Christmas sweaters and put on your party pants, AJ’s at Grayton Beach is hosting their Ugly Christmas Sweater party at 9 p.m. Dec. 15 featuring live music, drink specials, $250 in cash and prizes and more. A contest awarding the best male, female and couple ugly sweater will also take place. Food available for purchase.
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.
The lake in downtown DeFuniak Springs is a must see during the holiday season. Christmas Reflections offers a lights display with millions of lights surrounding the lake. Discover the Christmas-themed lights by walking, driving or even taking a romantic horse and carriage ride from 5-9 p.m. nightly through New Year’s Eve. Cost is $3/person with children ages 6 and under free. Carriage rides available for additional fee on select nights. For more information visit http://www.defuniaksprings.net/index.aspx?nid=1097.
The Grayt Santa Pub Crawl
The Grayt Santa Pub Crawl, benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, begins at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in Grayton Beach. Put together your best holiday themed costume and crawl your way around The Red Bar, Craft Bar 30A, AJ’s @ Grayton and Hurricane Oyster Bar. Ticket includes food, drink and shot specials, shuttle rides to each stop, keepsake photos, costume contests with prizes and live music at each stop. Wristbands can be purchased for $70 online or $75 at the event. Check-in will be at Hurricane Oyster Bar.
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.
12 Nights of Lights
Enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday through Dec. 30 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Watch shows at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
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.
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.
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees display will be up until Christmas at Grand Boulevard with 12 trees decorated by area non-profit organizations.
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.
Holiday Champagne Tasting
Get bubbly with some bubbly at the NEAT Holiday Champagne tasting from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 28 at 11 North Castle Harbour Drive in Alys Beach. Enjoy live music, champagne offerings and Henry’s Pizza Truck (not included). Tasting cost is $35/person, advance reservation not required.
Indulge in some afternoon treats while participating in this Alys Beach New Year’s Tradition from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fonville Press featuring Chris Alvarado. Leisurely enjoy light refreshments, cocktails and music while gearing up to say goodbye to another year.
New Year’s Eve Bash
Ring in the New Year at The Red Bar in Grayton Beach beginning at 5 p.m. featuring the Red Bar Jazz Band followed by a DJ pumping out dance hits to take you into 2018. From 5-9 p.m. guests can enjoy regular menu pricing and seating, but from 9 until midnight enjoy a 4-course set menu with party favors and complimentary champagne! Reservations required at 231-1008.
Toast the New Year with Surfing Deer
Join the folks at Surfing Deer in Seagrove for the New Year’s Dinner Celebration from 6-10 p.m. The $130 seat cost includes a five-course meal and for $55 more you can add-on wine pairings for each course. Advance reservations are required.
New Year’s Eve at AJ’s Grayton
Get ready for an interesting night at AJ’s in Grayton Beach beginning at 9 p.m. with Luke Langford Band helping you sing and dance your way into 2018. Live music, drink specials and more await you at this local hot spot. Advance reservations not required.
Café Thirty-A New Year’s Dinner
Ring the new year in with a three-course meal from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Café Thirty-A in Seagrove. Reservations accepted from 6-10:30, call to reserve at 231-2166.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Dine, dance and cruise your way into 2018 on the SOLARIS yacht, leaving at 8 p.m. from Baytowne Marina. Cruise the waters of the Bay and enjoy live music, party favors and a champagne toast with a fireworks display. Advance reservations required, seats are $125 per person.
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.