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.
The Northwest Florida Ballet presents Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas at 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.