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Christmas events

Charity Ball

Café Thirty-A has rescheduled their annual Christmas Charity Ball benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton from Dec. 12 to Jan. 9, 2021, from 7–11 p.m.

Destin Christmas Parade

The 36th annual “Joy to the World” Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy. 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade.

Pancakes with Santa

To benefit the Empty Stocking Fund for the Salvation Army, the Magnolia Grill, 157 Brooks St. SE in Fort Walton Beach, will host Pancakes with Santa from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 12. 

Teddy Bear Brunch

The Palms Resort + Palms Bistro is bringing a whimsical twist to the traditional New Orleans Teddy Bear Tea from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 with hot chocolate, teddy bears, story time with Mrs. Claus, personally decorated cookies, handwritten letters to Santa, Christmas caroling, and brunch. Tickets are $32/adults and $22/kids 12 and under at Eventbrite. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. 

Breakfast with Santa

Join Santa for Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 12, 13, 19, or 20 in the Grande Ballroom at Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, a Santa letter writing station, build your own hot chocolate station, and visits with Santa. Kids are $18 and adults $25 plus tax and gratuity.Reservations recommended at 850-424-0622.

Olde Holiday Market

This festive marketplace features holiday activities, live music with Voices of Vahalla Singers, a performance by Fort Walton Beach High School, and visits with Santa from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at HarborWalk Village.

Harbor Boat Parade

The 34th annual lighted boat parade on the Destin harbor will be held Dec. 13. Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the harbor,with the lighted boat parade rolling at 6 p.m. Judging will take place at Margaritaville, but the parade will be visible up and down the harbor from Grand Harbor Condominiums to HarborWalk Village. The boat parade will be followed by a fireworks show over the harbor.

A Visit with Santa at the Destin Library

The Destin Library will transform into a Winter Wonderland featuring a socially distanced meet-and-greet with Santa Claus from 6-6:45 p.m. Dec. 15. Bring your children for a photo opportunity with Santa and pick out a special holiday-themed grab bag to take home with you along with crafts and sweet treats. Registration is required for this event to insure there are enough goodies for everyone. To register, go to, click on the Programs and Events page, and then click on A Visit with Santa. You can also call the library at 837-8572 to register or to ask questions. 

Santa Paws, Sinfonia Concert

Bring your pet for a free 4x6 photo with Santa from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 19 at HarborWalk Village. PAWS will be there with adoptable dogs. Afterwards, enjoy a live performance by the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra at 6 p.m.

Jolly Jubilee 2020

A series of holiday happenings will take place at Destin Commons now through Christmas. With a 50' Christmas tree as an anchor,  the premier holiday atmosphere has 10 large reindeer topiary shrubs, multiple Christmas trees, Christmas carolers, and live performances through Dec. 20. Times are 5-7 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Visits with Santa

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20 enjoy visits with St. Nick from 1-4 p.m. at HarborWalk Village. Receive a free 4×6 photo and $1 will be donated to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society for each letter written to Santa during the holiday season.

Wednesday Night Concert Series

Get in the winter spirit and listen to holiday classics from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 16 at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Concert will feature the Matt McCarty Band, a choreographed light show and visits with Santa.

Merry Main Street

Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” will take place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with The Character Clubhouse, rides on the Choctaw Express Train and live holiday performances by local groups.

Hospital Holiday Sale

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast's Guild Gift Shop hosts its annual Holiday Sale weekdays through Dec. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m

Christmas Reflections

More than 10 million LED lights will be illuminated each evening  through Dec. 31 in Chipley Park in DeFuniak Springs and reflect off beautiful Lake DeFuniak. Entrance remains at the DeFuniak Springs Library, 3 Circle Drive, and opens nightly from 5-9 p.m  Tickets are $3/person. Children 6 and under are free. Season passes available at the gate for $35.

Holiday Gospel Brunch 

Sinfonia Gulf Coast presents D'Vine at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 13 in the Coastal Ballroom at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Ticket price is $95 to $125 and includes performance, brunch and all gratuities. Cash bar also available. Purchase tickets at

Winter Wonderland

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. 19. Slide down the ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.

HarborWalk New Year

Ring in the New Year on the Destin Harbor! Enjoy an early performance by Flash Flood at 7:00 pm on the main stage and an 8:00 pm fireworks show! Make sure you've got your dancing shoes ready because Atlanta's hottest party band, the A-Town A-List, hits the stage at 9:30 pm performing covers of all your favorite songs. Our night will end with midnight fireworks to start 2021!