12 Nights of Light
A free festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas has shows at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.
Coastal White Christmas
Visit Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach during the holiday season to enjoy decor and programming from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 1. The Town Center will be awash with thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to Grand Boulevard. Weekends through Dec. 15 feature Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, faux snow and caroling in Grand Park on Friday and Saturday evenings and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday afternoons.
Christmas Light Tours
What better way to celebrate than with the traditional Christmas Light Tour through historic DeFuniak Springs. Sunshine Shuttle has tours beginning from 5-9 p.m. nightly. Pick-up and drop-off locations at your request. Adults/$30 and children/$15 (minimum of 4 people. Group discounts available. Visit www.sunshineshuttle.com or call 650-6333.
Wednesday Night Concert Series - Holiday Edition
Get in the holiday spirit and listen to holiday classics with Niceville Opus One at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Each concert will feature a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
A Peter White Christmas
It will be a White Christmas on the Emerald Coast with Peter White, Rick Braun and Edge Groove at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College. Tickets are $80/front section and $40/general admission. Order tickets at 729-6000 or seabreeze.fm.
A unique holiday event at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin is holiday classics played during the Tuba Christmas program from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Events Plaza. Then visit with Santa.
Tee Off For Toys
People are asked to donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards with a value of $15 or more and in exchange they can play Sandestin’s golf courses for just the green and golf car fee, $20, on Dec. 8 and 9. Sandestin will offer golf at all three of its public courses, Raven Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club and The Links Golf Club. All toys and donations will be given to Harvest House’s “Hope for Holidays” and Children in Crisis programs, both benefiting children and families in need this holiday season. Tee times are available all day and can be made at 267-8155.
Chris Mann of “The Voice” joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tickets range from $29.50-$55/person and can be purchased at sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
The Town Center at Grand Boulevard will be awash with thousands of white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the boulevard. Enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride from 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15 around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park. To add to the festivities, Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickensian Carolers will sing popular holiday carols on these evenings between 5 and 7 p.m.
Photos with Santa Claus
Have your child's picture taken with Santa from 2-4 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 15 in Grand Park at the Festival of Trees display in Grand Boulevard. Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties will offer free, kid-friendly, holiday arts and crafts while you wait.
Merry Little Christmas Concert
Celebrate the season of giving by joining the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast for a holiday-themed concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at the South Walton Club. Local musicians, including Chris Alvarado, Jacob Mohr and others, will take the stage and sing the season's favorite holiday tunes. General admission, $35, and VIP, $50, tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Additionally, VIP guests will have reserved seating at the concert and receive a complimentary glass of champagne. A cash bar will also be available. Do some holiday shopping at the silent auction. Purchase tickets at www.emeraldcoastbgc.org.
Festival of Trees
Held annually in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard, the Festival of Trees showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from 12 local non-profits. The trees remain in the park through Christmas for the public to enjoy and learn more about the missions of these organizations.
Holiday Gift Shop Sale
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast hosts its annual Guild Holiday Gift Shop Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 20. Unique gifts, holiday decorations, nativity sets, angels, jewelry, and much more will be available for purchase at 20 percent off regularly marked prices. All proceeds support new and expanded healthcare services for our community. Call 278-3081 or visit the Guild Gift Shop on Facebook.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Event Plaza is turning into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 22. Slide down the ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.
Holiday Deck the Walls
As part of the Art in Public Places, 18 local artists will be featured at the Coastal Branch Library during December. Original art will be on sale for $100 or less.