Christmas at the Beach | Gulf Place, Santa Rosa Beach
“Christmas at the Beach” will be held from 12 to 3 p.m. December 5 at the Gulley Amphitheater at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. This free, family-friendly event will feature children’s activities including an inflatable, a stilt-walking balloon-maker, games, crafts and pictures with Santa. There will be free food and live music including caroling and performances by local school groups. There will also be a cakewalk. Monetary donations along with proceeds from the cakewalk and raffle will benefit the Walton County Sheriff Posse.
A Beachy Little Christmas | The Island, Fort Walton Beach
Join The Island, 1500 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Fort Walton Beach, December 5, for a new holiday tradition, A Beachy Little Christmas. This event is free to attend and open to all who seek the holiday spirit. Events include Professional Team Finalizes Island Sandcastle “Beach House” at noon; Community Sand Sculptures at 2; and Ornament & Cookie Decorating, Beverages, and more from 2-4 p.m.
Holiday Tour of Homes | Rosemary Beach
The Holiday Tour of Homes, a self-guided tour of six homes in Rosemary Beach, will take place at 11 a.m. December 5 and 6. Tickets available at https://www.rosemarybeachfoundation.org/rbhometour. All proceeds benefit Habitat For Humanity Walton County.
Mix, mingle and enjoy live musical selections when Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents Christmas Cabaret on the Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. December 8 and 15 at 560 Grand Boulevard, Suite 200 (Upstairs), in Miramar Beach. Enjoy classic holiday songs and join in some carols as well. Purchase tickets at https://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/.
Chanukah Celebration | HarborWalk Village, Destin
Join HarborWalk in a special Menorah lighting featuring traditional foods, crafts, live music and more at 5 p.m. December 10.
Destin Christmas Parade | Destin
The 36th annual “Joy to the World” Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. December 12. 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.
Olde Holiday Market | HarborWalk Village, Destin
This festive marketplace features holiday activities, live music and visits with Santa. Get your holiday shopping done early and support local vendors. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 12, throughout HarborWalk Village.
Café Thirty-A Charity Christmas Ball | Santa Rosa Beach
Café Thirty-A will host its annual Christmas Charity Ball benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton from 7 to 11 p.m. December 12. The restaurant will be transformed with festive holiday décor. Attendees will enjoy a glass of champagne and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet and a cash bar. There will be music by DJ 30A and a commemorative photo booth. Guests are encouraged to dress in evening attire, black tie optional. Tickets can be purchased at www.cafethirtya.com
Teddy Bear Brunch | The Palms Resort, Destin
The Palms Resort and Palms Bistro are adding their own twist to the traditional New Orleans Teddy Bear Tea with Teddy Bear Teas of their own. Seatings are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. December 12 and 19. Hot chocolate, teddy bears, storytime with Mrs. Claus, cookies, handwritten letters to Santa, Christmas caroling, photos and an amazing brunch all included in your ticket purchase. Plus, take home your cookies, a novelty mug and canvas tote.
The Grayt Santa Pub Crawl | Grayton Beach
The Grayt Santa Pub Crawl takes place December 12 featuring a bar crawl and good food and drink all afternoon and into the night in Grayton Beach. Crawl begins at 3 p.m. with check-in at Hurricane Oyster Bar. Additional stops include Red Bar, Chiringo, Hibiscus and AJ’s Grayton Beach. Cost is $60 per person to crawl with costumes required. Prizes will be awarded to the “most naughty Santa” and “most nice Santa.”
Dock The Halls Fundraiser | Boathouse Oyster Bar, Destin
Join the staff and management of Boathouse Oyster Bar as they support Children in Crisis from 2 to 4 p.m. December 13. Tickets are $30. Attendees are asked to bring gift cards for children’s stores, clothing and toys for extra drink tickets. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will also be held to help raise additional funds for families in need.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast will presents “D’Vine” at 10:30 a.m. December 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.
Harbor Boat Parade | Destin Harbor
The 34th annual lighted boat parade on the Destin Harbor will take place December 13. The evening begins at 5 p.m. and includes a performance of The Nutcracker and the Boat Parade at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks and fire-spinning. The parade will be visible up and down the harbor from Grand Harbor Condominiums to HarborWalk Village.
Ugly Sweater Party | Idyll Hounds Brewing Company Taproom, Santa Rosa Beach
Celebrate the season with your favorite ugly sweater, live music and food by Summer Kitchen from 5 to 8 p.m. December 17. There will be new beer releases, prizes and specials. Outdoor seating available.
Santa Paws + Sinfonia Concert | HarborWalk Village, Destin
Bring your pet for a free 4×6 photo with Santa from 1-4 p.m. December 19 at HarborWalk Village. PAWS will be there with adoptable dogs. Afterward, enjoy a live performance by the Sinfonia Youth Orchestra at 6 p.m.
Winter Wonderland | The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
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. December 19. Slide down the ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.
Tacky Christmas Sweater Cocktails Class | The Gathering Spot, WaterColor Inn
Put on your tackiest Christmas sweater and join in for a holiday-themed cocktail class with the bartenders from Fish Out of Water. Beginning at 8 p.m., December 19, guests will learn how to create handcrafted holiday cocktails and the basics for building your very own creative holiday libations at home.
Holiday Farmers Market | Rosemary Beach
The Rosemary Beach Farmers Market will be open for business on December 23 and December 30 for a holiday market beginning at 9 a.m. This is in addition to the normal Sunday market.
Christmas Eve Dinner | Havana Beach Bar and Grill, Rosemary Beach
Secure a reservation for a special three-course meal from 4 to 8 p.m. Cost is $85 for adults and $45 for children three to 12. Outdoor seating will be available.
Christmas Eve Dinner | Fish Out Of Water, Santa Rosa Beach
Enjoy a special holiday meal curated by the restaurant’s executive chef from 5 to 10 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Christmas Dinner| Havana Beach Bar and Grill, Rosemary Beach
Secure a reservation for a special three-course meal from noon to 8 p.m. Cost is $85 for adults and $45 for children three to 12. Outdoor seating will be available.
Wine & Song | NEAT Tasting Room, Alys Beach
Champagne-focused event to celebrate the holiday season with outdoor seating available. Event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m.
Baytowne Countdown NYE
Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, featuring two breathtaking fireworks displays. Enjoy a family-friendly evening from 5-8 p.m. with face painting, kids activities and live music on the Baytowne LIVE stage with DJ 30A from 5 to 7 p.m. Finish off the family-friendly evening with our first fireworks display at 8 p.m. Dance the night away with live music from GROOVY 7 from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m., featured on the events plaza stage. End the night with a spectacular midnight firework show.
New Year’s Eve at Fish Out Of Water | Santa Rosa Beach
Celebrate with special chef features, champagne, live music and special guests from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Reservations are not accepted.
New Year’s Eve at Havana Beach Bar & Grill | Rosemary Beach
Toast to the last evening of 2020 with a three-course menu and live entertainment. Pianist Michael Johnson will perform live from 5 to 9 p.m., and will be joined by visiting pianists Nate Sangsland and David Mark Butler for a dueling pianos performance from 9 p.m. to midnight. Cost is $125 per person with seating times between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Reservations are required.
New Year’s Eve at George’s at Alys Beach | Alys Beach
George’s at Alys Beach is accepting reservations for four seatings of their four-course New Year’s Even dinner. The menu will feature items like a seafood trio, crab coconut bisque, seared duck breast and crab-stuffed sea bass.
“Best of the Big Band” Rooftop Dinner | Pescado, Rosemary Beach
Ring in 2021 at Pescado, with a three-course dinner and live music by the David Seering Trio on the rooftop and Jamah Terry in the courtyard from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The evening will include a late-night dessert station and a toast at midnight. Reservations are required.
Last updated: December 9, 2020