A Walton County Christmas 2014

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

Singing carols, decorating trees, visiting Santa, shopping, dining and more are all a part of a Walton County Christmas.

Nutcracker: The Merchants of Seaside will host the third annual Nutcracker ballet with Northwest Florida dancers and Alpharetta Dance Theatre at 5 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Seaside Amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, the performance will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 23. Call 231-6179.

Taking it to the Streets: Listen to your favorite holiday songs with a New Orleans jazz twist as the Village Brass Band strolls through Rosemary Beach from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 24.

Breakfast with Santa: Get your picture made with Santa while enjoying breakfast overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 28 at Fish out of Water.

Family Movie Night: Enjoy the free animated musical Christmas fantasy Polar Express at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 on Baldwin Avenue between Seventh and Eighth Streets in downtown DeFuniak Springs. Bring blankets and chairs. Concessions will be available.

Grayt Holiday Break: Paint Your Art Out with Kristy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 and Dec. 22-Jan. 2 (excluding Christmas Eve and Day and New Year’s Eve and Day) in the Gardens at Grayt Coffee House. Cost is $25/child and includes art supplies and PB7J wrap or grilled cheese, chips and drink. Children under 3 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservatiions required at 231-1090 or email graytcoffeehouse@gmail.com

Holiday Wine Tasting: Enjoy cocktails, lite fare, and live music from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Fonville Press, 147 N. Charles Street in Alys Beach. Cost is $10 per tasting, and of course, 21 and up.

Old Town Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony: “Turn on the Town” with musical performances by the Charles Dickens Carolers and the Village Brass Band, see Santa’s big arrival and take a carriage ride through town from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 28 in South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

Holiday Movie Night: Enjoy the start of the holiday weekend with a special Central Square Cinema holiday movie, “Elf,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 28 under the stars in Seaside.

Holiday Parade: The annual South Walton Holiday Parade begins at 4 p.m. Nov. 29 in front of the Seagrove Plaza and rolls down 30A and ends in Seaside. The celebration continues with Turn on the Town as Santa and Mrs. Claus take the stage in the Seaside Amphitheater for a sing-a-long and the countdown to lighting the tree and all of downtown. Bring your camera for photos with Santa from 5:30-8 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa: Bring the kids to Santa’s Workshop for a magical morning filled with delight from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 29 in Rosemary Beach. Tickets are $15 and include a bagged breakfast, a professional color photo with Santa and a special goodie bag from Gigi’s. Tickets available at the door. Call 231-7388. 

Geek Lights: Season 7 of the “Geek Lights on the Corner” Christmas lights and music show take place from Dec. 1-Jan.4 at the corner of Bluewater Boulevard and Antiqua Way in Bluewater Bay. Shows begin on the hour and half hour starting at 6 p.m., with the last show starting at 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

This year’s display features approximately 85,000 lights. There is an all-new story to open the show and guests should always be prepared for a surprise. All donations will go to the Junior League of the Emerald Coast’s Child Clothing Project in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

12 Nights of Lights: Enjoy a festive light show set to your favorite holiday music at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in December in the Events Plaza at Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. The light show will also be featured during the holiday editions of the Wednesday Night Concert Series.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: Enjoy a free holiday concert from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays in December in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.

Gingerbread House Decorating: Come decorate your own gingerbread house at this family event from 3-4:45 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Rain date is 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Sponsored by Abrakadoodle and Emerald Coast Theatre Company, the cost is $50/house and includes all decorations and box. Bring a chair and/or blanket to enjoy the Improv-ing Elves of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company as they perform at 5 p.m. on the stage. Reservations required at www.abrakadoodle.com/FL07 or call 424-5058.

Tuba Christmas Concert: The free Tuba Christmas Concert begins at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The annual Holiday Lantern Parade, with commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday, will follow at 6 p.m. All individuals and groups are invited to participate by making their own paper lanterns. A showing of the movie “Elf” begins at 7 p.m.

Peter White Christmas: A Peter White Christmas featuring Rick Braun and Mindi Abair returns at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College with smooth jazz and jingle bells. Tickets are $40/general admission and $80/front section and are available at 729-6000 or http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=21891.

Baytowne Countdown: The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s free end-of-year celebration begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Come dance the night away and enjoy fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight.

Here Comes Santa Claus: November 28- 29, 2014. Friday night kicks off our Holiday celebration with a movie on the lawn featuring The Polar Express at 6 p.m. The fun continues Saturday with the arrival of Santa Claus, a 12 Nights of Lights show and our Tree Lighting. Welcome Santa to Baytowne and cheer him on as he lights the Village Christmas Tree. Stick around for a preview to our choreographed light show, 12 Nights of Lights, and watch as fireworks light up the sky over the lagoon. And last, but not least, visit Kris Kringle himself! Hop on Santa’s lap and tell him your Christmas wish! Admission is free. Open to public. For more information, visit www.sandestin.com/events.