Ballet Conservatory and Destin School of Music and Dance present The Nutcracker at 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at South Walton Beach High School Auditorium, 645 Greenway Trail,  in Santa Rosa Beach. Reserved seating is $15 and available at Tickets are door are $20 cash. Call 837-1133.

Holy Kidz winter camps

His Greatest Gift camps, for those entering kindergarten through fifth grade in 2014, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at Coastline Calvary Church on Mountain Drive in Destin and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 23 at Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach.

Children make gifts to give to family members and friends for Christmas. Then we end the day by having a birthday party for Jesus. Call 586-8264.


Christmas Art Market

The Arts & Design Society’s members host the annual Christmas Art Market through Dec. 21 at The Gallery, 17 First Street, SE, in Fort Walton Beach. Works are all under $200, with most considerably less. Call 244-1271.

Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle

United for a Good Cause Inc. will host its second annual free Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Children’s Fiesta from 2-7 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, 21 First Street SE in Fort Walton Beach. The event will be a fun-filled “Latin-Flavored” party open to needy children/families regardless of race, ethnicity or creed.

There will be food, games, DJs, singers, church choirs, clowns, magicians, dance contests for bikes and more.  Santa and his elves will arrive aboard powerful Harley Davidson motorcycles courtesy of the Bikers Against Child Abuse Hurricane Alley Chapter. From 2-3 p.m. is only for families with special needs  children.

Craft Fair 

Chautauqua Winery, 364 Hugh Adams Road in DeFuniak Springs, will hold a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 21. Free vendor booth. Call 892-5887 
or email

Running of the Elves/Christmas Gift & Farmers Market

The first Running of the Elves for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Fort Walton Beach Landing. Dress like your favorite elf and have a ball as Roller Derby Santas with candy canes find out who's naughty or nice while jogging along a one mile course through downtown Fort Walton Beach. Also includes kids activities and a costume contest. Register online by Dec. 19. After party includes live music, food and drinks for all registered elves. Visit for registration info.

Festival of Trees

Grand Boulevard’s fourth annual Festival of Trees showcases a dozen uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations through Dec. 25 in Grand Park. The tree with the most votes will win the People’s Choice award, which will be announced by Santa Claus at 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in Grand Park.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

The Seaside Repertory Theatre brings back “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18-21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 21 in the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre.

Tickets are $25 (discounts for students, seniors, and military) and can be purchased at, Amavida in Seaside and Rosemary Beach, or call 231-0733.

Charity Gift Wrap

Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Shelter House have been chosen as the recipients of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets Annual Charity Gift Wrap through Dec. 24. Sinfonia and Shelter House volunteers will wrap holiday gifts while you wait or you can drop them off and pick them up later. Donations for wrapping range from $2-$15, depending on the size or items wrapped. Hours are 12-6 p.m. Dec. 18; 12-9 p.m. Dec. 19-23; and 12-6 p.m. Dec. 24.

Christmas Reflections

Enjoy a holiday family tradition as Christmas Reflections light up the Lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs through Dec. 31. More than three million lights reflect on to the lake glowing in holiday splendor. Admission is $3/person, children under 6 free. A season pass is available for $35 and is good for a vehicle with up to 6 people. Horse drawn carriage rides are available for an additional fee. Call 974-6774.

Harbor Lights

Dozens of boats of all sizes will illuminate the Destin harbor boardwalk during A Very Emerald Christmas through Dec. 31.

12 Nights of Lights

Baytowne Wharf inside Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort hosts a holiday light show from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Christmas in the Events Plaza. Festive lights are displayed and set to your favorite holiday music.

Santa’s Wonderland

Create new traditions and lasting memories at Bass Pro Shops Santa’s Wonderland through Dec. 24. In addition to games, kids can visit one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color, make holiday ornaments, a stuffed Christmas owl and Santa, a candy cane reindeer, and even decorate Christmas cookies from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 24, all for free. Also receive a free 4x6 photo with Santa.

Santa will be in residence from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 12-5 p.m. Sundays.

New Years Eve Celebration

Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village on Dec. 31. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as the HarborWalk Village Main Stage. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. and midnight. The sixth annual Ball Drop descends over the harbor to make this celebration Destin’s most exciting place to be on New Year’s Eve.

Baytowne Countdown

Dance the night away and enjoy live bands and breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight during Baytowne Countdown at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Event is free.

Kids’ Night Out

A Kids’ Night Out New Year’s Eve Bash will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at WaterColor Inn & Resort. Cost is $75/child; reservations required at 534-5975.

Polar Bear Plunge

The annual Polar Bear Plunge takes place at 9 a.m. Jan. 1 on WaterColor’s Beach. T-shirts available for purchase.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

The largest ice skating rink of its kind in Northwest Florida will line the Village Events Plaza through January, transforming the Village into a tropical winter wonderland