A WALTON COUNTY CHRISTMAS 2016 (Dec. 10)

Staff Writer
Walton Sun

Holiday Pops

The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra's 30th Season continues with the annual Holiday Pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Ring in the season with all your holiday favorites as the NFSO is joined by the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, NWF State College Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci Women's Ensemble. Tickets are $25 and $18 with NWFSC students eligible for one free ticket on a space available basis.

Breakfast with Santa

A benefit breakfast will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. Dec. 10 at The Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard Bistro in Miramar Beach. Fifty percent of all sales will go to Food For Thought Outreach. Children will receive a free small keepsake photo with Santa. Email contact@howardhsp.com for more information.

Annual Christmas Parade

The City of Destin’s 32nd Annual Christmas Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. This year's theme is “A Fishing Village Christmas.” Floats will start at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy. 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Please stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the floats.

Smooth Jazz and Jingle Bells

"A Peter White Christmas," the annual smooth jazz holiday show, is set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at NWFSC in Niceville. All seats are reserved, with front section seating at $80 and general admission $40. Order online at www.MattieKellyArtsCenter.org, Seabreeze.fm or call 729-6000.

Tuba Christmas

Playground Music Center presents a Tuba Christmas with more than 30 brass instruments playing holiday classics Dec. 10 on the Events Plaza Stage in Baytowne Wharf. A stilt-walker will make balloon animals, and a 12 Nights of Lights show caps off the evening.

Olde Fashion Christmas

Join Dog-Harmony for an Olde Fashion Christmas at Clay30a in Seagrove from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10. The perfect time to get your holiday shopping done for everyone on your list ... even Fido. Will have handmade dog toys, refreshments, hot chocolate, and baked goods.

30th Annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade

The Destin harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

Holiday Concert Series

Listen to favorite holiday classics, see a festive light show and visit with Ole' St. Nick from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21 on the Events Plaza Stage at Baytowne Wharf. Event is free.

Christmas Reflections

Six million Christmas lights multiply to 12 million from 5-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31 when reflected on the lake on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. Charge is $3/person, $35/season passes, and 6 and under free. Carriage rides by High Horse Farm LLC will be available for an additional fee on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s Annual Holiday Concert

The Manhattan Transfer headlines Sinfonia’s annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Destiny Worship Center and features orchestral arrangements of seasonal classics paired with exhilarating vocals. Tickets are $45 for preferred (floor) seating and $29.50 for balcony. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 460-8800.

Dickens Christmas

Emerald Coast Theatre Company will present its revised holiday show “A Dickens Christmas, A Ghostly Story,” throughout weekends in December. The production runs through Saturday, Dec. 24, at the new ECTC performance space, 560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Matinees are 2 p.m. Sundays. A Saturday matinee performance designated for special needs families is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. and a special Saturday matinee has been added for Saturday, Dec. 24 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. Not recommended for children under 5. To purchase tickets or make a tax-deductible donation, visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 850-684-0323.

Christmas Services

Good News United Methodist Church in Santa Rosa Beach will have a Longest Night Service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21 for those not feeling so "joyful" during the holiday season — stressed, grieving, etc. It's a service of hope and peace.

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion services will be held at 2, 4, and 6 p.m. and Christmas Day will have one service only at 11 a.m.

Christmas Mass

St. Rita Catholic Church, 137 Moll Drive in Santa Rosa Beach, will have a Children's Christmas Vigil Mass Practice at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 23. On Christmas Eve, Vigil Children's Christmas Mass will be at 5 p.m., followed by Hispanic Christmas Mass at 7 p.m. and Christmas Night Mass at 10 p.m.

On Christmas Day, there will be a Christmas mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Christ The King Mission will have Mass at 8 a.m. Dec. 25.

Holiday Champagne Tasting

Get bubbly for a special champagne tasting with live music and pizza from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 28 at NEAT in Alys Beach. Cost is $15/person, ages 21 and up.

Holiday Movie

Bring blankets and low back chairs to enjoy the holiday move "The Santa Clause" at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre.

12 Nights of Lights

Enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. through Dec. 30 in the Events Plaza at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.

New Year's Eve Street Party

Dine, drink and dance into the New Year throughout HarborWalk Village from 6 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1. Enjoy live music in the restaurants as well as two firework shows and the 9th Annual Ball Drop descending over the harbor.

Salute 2016

Before you ring in the New Year, join NEAT in Alys Beach for lite fare, cocktails, and live music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31.

Baytowne Countdown

The Village of Baytowne Wharf will rock in the New Year with a free end-of-the year celebration. Our family-friendly early evening starts from 6-8 p.m. with face painting, kids activities, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m. Ring in 2017 with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays and dance the night away with live music till 1 a.m.