Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights

Start the holiday season with a special sparkling event during the Seventh Annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. This sparkling event will feature more than 30 champagnes and delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers and a sneak peek of the first tree lighting of the season.

Santa Arrives at Silver Sands

Silver Sands Premium Outlets welcomes Santa as he arrives on a fire truck at 11 a.m. Nov. 23. Kids can look forward to a variety of cheerful activities, including photos with Santa, face painting and a special surprise from Kris Kringle.

The Nutcracker at Seaside

Join Ballet Pensacola for the seventh annual performance of The Nutcracker at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Seaside Amphitheatre.

Coastal White Christmas Holiday Lights

Starting Nov. 23, visit Grand Boulevard during the holiday season to enjoy decor and programming. The Town Center will feature thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the Boulevard. Open to the public at no charge.

Festival of Trees

Held annually at Grand Boulevard, the Festival of Trees showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from 12 local non-profits. The trees debut from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 26 for the public to enjoy and learn more about the missions of these organizations. The trees will remain on display through Christmas Day. Open to the public at no charge.

Alys in Winter Wonderland

Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 29 at Central Park in Alys Beach. Cookies to decorate will be available for purchase, two cookies for $5. Unwrapped children’s toys will be accepted for donation to a local Angel Tree program and nonperishable, non-glass food items for Food For Thought Outreach Inc.

The Polar Express

Watch a holiday favorite, "Polar Express," at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 on the Events Plaza Lawn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Event is free.

A Very Merry Tree Lighting

Head to Alys Beach for a tree lighting ceremony and Christmas concert at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Live music will be performed by Ben Loftin and the Family.

Here Comes Santa Claus

Get in the winter spirit with Here Comes Santa Claus from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 30. Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights the Village tree. Enjoy face-painting, kids crafts, and a fireworks display.

Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market

The WaterColor Community Association will host the 12th annual Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market in WaterColor’s Town Center & Cerulean Park from 5-9 p..m. Nov. 30. This event is a holiday extravaganza complete with snow, carriage rides around the park, bonfires and s'mores, pictures with Santa, lighting of the tree, holiday music and a winter market full of gifts, sights, smells and tastes of the season. This event is open to WaterColor residents, guests and the public and is free of charge for attendees.

Annual South Walton Christmas Parade

Head to 30A for South Walton’s annual parade at 9 a.m. Nov. 30 beginning in Seagrove Beach and proceeding west to the town of Seaside. Meet Santa in town after the parade.

Photos with Santa Claus

Every Saturday Nov. 30-Dec. 21, Santa Claus will be visiting Grand Boulevard for photos from 2-4 p.m. Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties will offer free, kid-friendly, holiday arts and crafts.

Wednesday Night Concert Series – Holiday Edition

Get in the winter spirit at the Village of Baytowne Wharf and listen to holiday classics with Valhalla Choir from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4. Each concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.

• Dec. 11: Matt McCarty

• Dec. 18: Niceville Opus One

Photos with Santa Claus at North Beach Tortilla Co.

Each year Chef Jim Shirley provides free photos with Santa Claus to the community. This year the event will take place at North Beach Tortilla Co. across from The Bay restaurant at the foot of the 331 bridge in South Walton from 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 3. Bring family and friends to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him your Christmas wishes, then enjot Winter Wonderland (snow and all!) on the beach of NBTC.

12 Nights of Lights

Enjoy a festive light show from 6-8 p.m. every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from Dec. 4-21 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides

Enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center in Grand Boulevard from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6-28 while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickens Carolers will sing holiday carols between 5 and 7 p.m.

Café Thirty-A Christmas Charity Ball

Café Thirty-A presents its annual Christmas Charity Ball from 7-11 p.m. Dec. 6 at 3899 East Co. Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach. Enjoy a buffet and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a photo booth. Dress is black tie optional, and there will be a cash bar. A large silent auction and raffle will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton. Tickets are $75 and available at 850tix.com.

Grayt Holiday Market

Grayton Beer Company will host its Fourth Annual Grayt Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7. In addition to vendors, the event will include festive craft beers as well as the local brewery’s year-round styles, an appearance by Santa at noon and food for purchase by Grayton Beer Brewpub. The Market will be held in tandem with the Taproom’s regularly scheduled Dog Days Are (R)over where patrons who bring in their dog receive 10% off their tab. The local brewery is currently accepting applications for local vendors, artists and merchants who are interested in selling their handmade goods during the event. A vendor fee of $50, along with the completed vendor application, is required in advance. All vendors are required to provide their own 6’ table. This market is hosted indoors, and vendor space is limited. For more information, email Chelsea@GraytonBeer.com or call 850-399-7004.

Brunch with Santa

Food For Thought Outreach will hold its first Brunch with Santa from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Food for Thought Outreach Full Circle Kitchen, 132 Market Street in Santa Rosa Beach. 100% of the proceeds will support FFT's work fighting child hunger in Walton and Okaloosa Counties. Brunch with Santa will include a special holiday craft area for children, along with holiday decor, music and photos with Santa. Tickets will also include brunch, provided by Maple Street Biscuit Company, along with bottomless mimosas, beer or cocktails. Tickets are $30/adults and $5/children and can be purchased at https://fftfl.org/collections/brunch-with-santa.

Merry Little Christmas Concert

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast's Second Annual Merry Little Christmas Concert, presented by Pizza by the Sea, will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Grayton Beer Taproom. Enjoy the sounds of the season with live music by Chris Alvarado, Jacob Mohr and Jessie Ritter. Get a head start on holiday shopping with a silent auction. Tickets are$40/person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary beer ticket. Purchase tickets at https://850tix.com/events/. A cash bar will also be available.

Holiday Pops Concert

Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents its Holiday Pops Concert from 7:30-10 p.m. Dec. 13 at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd. in Destin. Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated singer/actor of the stage and screen Matthew Morrison will be featured. He joins Sinfonia’s full orchestra for an evening of the most cherished holiday medleys, plus many of the songs that he has performed throughout his career including his role as Mr. Schuester on Fox’s musical comedy series, “Glee.” Tickets range from $29.50 to $55 per person, with student tickets $20. Guests can purchase tickets at sinfoniagulfcoast.org or call 460-8800.

Tuba Christmas

From 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin enjoy some of your favorite holiday classics with Tuba Christmas and visits with Santa.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and 19-21; 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22; and educational field trips at 10 a.m. Dec. 13, 18 and 19 at 560 Grand Boulevard, upstairs, in Miramar Beach. Tickets range from $28-$32 and are available at https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/on-stage.

This holiday tale is a charming celebration of fan favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice, honoring the legacy of Jane Austen’s humor, playfulness and wit in a family holiday theatrical production.

Ice Skating Extravaganza

Baytowne on Ice hosts the fourth annual Ice Skating Extravaganza at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. The event will feature two performances by Dylan David Moscovitch and Kristin Cowan. Both shows are free. Before and in between the shows, skate around with the pros who will be on the ice sharing tips and tricks.

Tuba Christmas

From 5-7 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin enjoy some of your favorite holiday classics with Tuba Christmas and visits with Santa.

Winter Wonderland

The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Event Plaza turns into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 21. Slide down an ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.

Baytowne Countdown

Don't miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf's end-of-the-year celebration from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The family-friendly evening features face painting, kids’ activities, and live music on the Baytowne Live stage, finishing off with a firework display at 8 p.m. and midnight.

Countdown Seaside

Head to Seaside to bring in the New Year at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Seaside Amphitheater with live music, face painting, street performers and crafts. The fireworks show will begin at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Ring in the New Year aboard SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris yacht from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dine. Dance. Cruise into 2020. The New Year’s Eve Cruise is exclusively for guests 21+ and includes five chef-inspired courses, a midnight champagne toast, live entertainment, party favors, and the best view of the fireworks show at midnight. The 125-foot Solaris yacht is docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Reservations required at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 650-2519.