A Walton County Christmas 2014 (as of Nov. 27)
Singing carols, decorating trees, visiting Santa, shopping, dining and more are all a part of a Walton County Christmas. For a complete list of events, visit waltonsun.com.
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.
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. Reservations required at 231-1090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Santa will schedule a pre-flight check-in from 5:30-7 p.m.
Alys in Winter Wonderland: Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 28 in the Amphitheatre at Alys Beach. Cookies are $1/three cookies. Bring unwrapped children’s toys for a local Angel Tree program and/or non-perishable, non-glass items for Food For Thought.
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.
Old Florida Holiday: The seventh annual Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market takes place from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29 in WaterColor’s Town Center. The holiday extravaganza includes falling snow, horse-drawn carriage, a bonfire with s’mores, pictures with Santa Claus, lighting of the tree, live music, and lighting throughout the WaterColor community. Vendors will sell holiday gift including clothing and accessories, candies, soaps and bath products, soy candles, jewelry, art of all genres, pastries and desserts, children’s books, delicious food bites and savory drinks, Christmas ornaments, driftwood wreaths and trees, photography, custom embroidery and much more. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
Holiday Market: The annual Rosemary Beach Holiday Market takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 on the North Barrett Square, eastern and western lawns of the property. More than 100 vendor booths will be filled with a variety of art and décor including holiday decorations; holiday gifts; pottery; oil, pastel and watercolor paintings; wood and metal sculpture, handcrafted jewelry and furniture.
Here Comes Santa Claus: Join in the Here Comes Santa Claus Weekend, complete with the annual Village tree lighting, carriage rides and more, at Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Events begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 with the movie Polar Express under the stars.
Santa Claus arrives at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 to much fanfare. Fireworks will directly follow his arrival and live music and kid’s activities will be featured. Get your photo taken with the man himself until 9 p.m.
Photos with Santa: Get free photos made with Santa from 2-3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 20 at Grand Park at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin.
Christmas Reflections: See how eight million Christmas lights multiply to 16 million when reflected on the perfectly round lake, the centerpiece of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District, from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. Prices TBA.
Breakfast with Santa: Bring the kids to Santa’s Workshop for a magical morning filled with delight from 8-10 a.m. Nov. 29 at Town Hall 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, $15/children, available at the door. Adults are complimentary. 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 with Boukou Groove from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. Call 267-8186.
• Dec. 10: Heritage
• Dec. 17: Niceville Opus One
Biophilia Winter Wonderland: The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Centerâ€‹ hosts a Winter Wonderland from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Activities include a live penguin show at 11 and 11:45 a.m., holiday themed photo-booth, gingerbread house decorating, Florida snow machine, games, storytime, childrenÂ’s crafts, plus an appearance by Santa at 1 p.m. â€‹General admission is $8/adults and $5/children. Children two and under free. Call 835-1824.
Festival of Trees: Enjoy a display of trees and wreaths from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 5; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 and 1-9 p.m. Dec. 7 in the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Admission is free with donations accepted to held fund an elevator for the historic building. Light refreshments served. Call 892-7625.
Supper with Santa: Butler Elementary PTO will hold its annual Supper with Santa fundraiser from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 5. Kenny D’s will provide the dinner. Activities include a silent basket auction, hay rides, giant “snow” mound, visits with Santa, carnival games, bouncy houses and a photo booth. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 10-and-under while kids below two years are free. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
Sounds of the Season: The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation’s 18th annual holiday music spectacular will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Village Baptist Church in Destin. Admission is an unwrapped child’s toy.
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.
Elf Ride: The South Walton Fire District’s Seventh Annual Elf Ride will be held Dec. 7. Elves of all ages will meet at 1 p.m. at the Seaside Post and bicycle/walk to the SWFD’s WaterColor Station at 2109 CR 395 South in Seagrove (approx. 1.5 miles).
Please bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the SWFD Angel Tree. Refreshments and a tour of the fire station as well as the fire trucks will be available. Wear your Santa or Elf hat and decorate your bike. Parent(s) must accompany all children. In case of inclement weather, toys may be dropped off at the WaterColor Station Dec. 7.
Christmas Spectacular: Point Washington United Methodist Church presents “Christmas Spectacular” at 10 a.m. Dec. 7 in the Family Life Center at 1290 N. County Hwy. 395 in Santa Rosa Beach. The joyful Christmas celebration includes a musical cantata with choir, a 20-piece professional orchestra and a congregational sing-a-long. Call 231-4928.
Holiday Pops Concert: The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra will ring in the holiday season in festive style at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville with a Holiday Pops concert. The sounds of the season will fill the air as the NFSO, joined by the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, performs some of the most beautiful season music ever written and have a carol sing-along with the audience. Tickets are $25/adults and $18/Active Duty Military and their guests and youth age 18 and younger.
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.
Holiday on the Harbor ArtWalk: A special edition of ArtWalk from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 at HarborWalk Village.Local and regional artists and vendors display their work with entertainment from the Village Brass Band and the Emerald Coast Community Band. The event is free.
The UPS Store at Grand Boulevard, 755 Grand Blvd. in Miramar Beach, will offer complimentary gift wrapping Dec. 13-22 and sell donation cards for donations to benefit Toys for Tots Literacy Program. One hundred percent of each dollar donated helps purchase books for children who need it most in Okaloosa and Walton counties. Call 267-6050. For more information on the Toys for Tots Literacy Program, visit toysfortots.org/literacy.
The Nutcracker: Join Ballet Conservatory and Destin School of Music and Dance for its annual presentation of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, at 2 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 in the South Walton High School auditorium in Santa Rosa Beach. Tickets are $15/reserved seating before Dec. 17 and $20/cash only at door. Call 837-1133.
Breakfast with Santa: A amily friendly fun holiday breakfast with Santa includes choice of breakfast from the daily menu from 8-10 a.m. Dec. 21 at The Pearl on Rosemary Beach. For reservations, call 850-582-2882.
Gingerbread Tea: Have afternoon tea and decorate individual gingerbread houses with a variety of holiday candy from 2-5 p.m. Dec. 23 at The Pearl on Rosemary Beach. For reservations, call 588-2882.
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.