Emerald Coast

Holiday Events

This page lists Holiday events for families in the Okaloosa County, Walton County and Bay County, Florida area.
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"Beach Home for the Holidays" at Aaron Bessant Park

Create new holiday traditions this year in Panama City Beach! Thanksgiving Thursday may be the time for turkey, but that weekend, Santa Claus is comin ...

Nov 24 and 25
Hours: 3:30pm-fireworks each day
FREE
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
12 Nights of Lights at Baytowne

This December enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas. This Sparkling event will be featured during o ...

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Nights in December
Hours: 6, 7, and 8pm
free
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL
A Downtown Holiday In Fort Walton Beach

The Downtown Fort Walton Beach Organization and the City of Fort Walton Beach are excited to present our 4th Annual "A Downtown Holiday!" Located at t ...

Dec 1
Hours: 12-7
FREE
Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
139 Brooks St SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
An Emerald Coast Christmas

An Emerald Coast Christmas is a brand-new community event from Emerald Coast Fellowship and Woodstock Church // PCB happening December 8-10. It is a m ...

December 7 & 9
Hours: varies, see above
FREE
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Aaron Bessant Park, Panama City Beach, FL
Bass Pro Santa Wonderland

****NOTE DAILY TIMES FOR THIS EVENT CHANGE> SEE WEBSITE LINK BELOW FOR ANY UPDATES/CHANGES**** November 11 - December 1 FREE Photo with Santa: We ...

Daily beginning Nov 10-Christmas Eve
Hours: varies by day
Area: Destin/Niceville
Legendary Drive, Destin, FL, 32541
Baytowne Holiday Concert Series and Visits with Santa

Get in the winter spirit with us and listen to some of your favorite holiday classics. Every Wednesday this December enjoy our Holiday edition of the ...

Wednesdays in December
Hours: 6-8
FREE
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL
Baytowne On Ice

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Baytowne on Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, o ...

Oct 27-Feb 2
Hours: varies by day
$11 + $3 skate rental for 90 mins
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Baytowne On Ice Skating Extravaganza

Baytowne on Ice is hosting its third annual Ice Skating Extravaganza. The event will feature two performances by Emma Phibbs and Evan Roberts on Frida ...

Dec 14 & 15
Hours: 14th: 3:30 15th: 10:30
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Billy Claus Arrives at LuLus

Enjoy a memorable family Holiday experience at LuLu’s Annual Billy Claus and The LuLuBelles free event the afternoon of Sunday, December 9, at 1 p.m. ...

Dec 9
Hours: 1-
free
Area: Destin/Niceville
Christmas At the Beach at GulfPlace

Our Christmas Event includes lots of FREE things for families to enjoy. Parents can relax knowing that all the Christmas workshops, children’s games, ...

Dec 1
Hours: 1-4
FREE
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
95 Laura Hamilton Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 32459
Christmas in Candyland: Day Trip

Your winter wonderland adventure is waiting for you! Make lasting holiday memories, create beautiful photo opportunities and watch children's imaginat ...

Weekends in December, see website for times
FREE
Coastal White Christmas FREE CARRIAGE RIDES!

Visit Grand Boulevard during the holiday season to enjoy our celebritorial decor and programming. The Town Center will be awash with thousands of beau ...

Starts Nov 17
Hours: see above
FREE
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
495 Grand Boulevard, Sandestin, FL
Destin Christmas Parade

The City of Destin’s Annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

Dec 8
Area: Destin/Niceville
Main St. to Stahlman, Destin, FL, 32541
Destin CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

The 32nd annual Christmas Tree Lighting, hosted by the City of Destin, will be held at the Destin Community Center on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at ...

Nov 29
Hours: 6pm
FREE
Area: Destin/Niceville
Stahlman Ave, Destin, FL, 32541
Destin Commons: Jolly Jubilee

Jolly Jubilee features an array of holiday entertainment to include the following performance schedule: Saturday, November 24, 2018 (1:00 p.m ...

Several dates, see above schedule
FREE
Area: Destin/Niceville
Legendary Dr, Destin, FL, 32541
Festival of Trees at Grand Bouelvard

Festival of Trees held annually in Grand Park, showcases uniquely decorated Christmas trees from twelve local, non-profits. The trees debut the Tuesda ...

Starts Nov 20
FREE
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Grand Blvd, Sandestin, FL, 32550
Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade

December 3, join the City of Fort Walton Beach for the 2018 Parade! Submit your application now and kickstart your float planning or mark your calenda ...

Dec 3
Hours: 6:30
Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
Eglin Parkway from First Street to the Kmart parking lot, Fort Walton Beach, FL
FREE photos with Santa and Crafts at Grand Boulevard

Join us in Grand Park, at the Festival of Trees display to get your child’s picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus! Our friends at Abrakadoodle Art Education ...

Nov 24, Dec 1, 8, 15
FREE
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Grand Blvd, FL
Here Comes Santa Claus at Baytowne

Get in the winter spirit with us during our Here Comes Santa event November 24th. Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he light ...

Nov 24
Hours: 6-9
free
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL
Holiday Movie: The Polar Express at Baytowne

Watch a holiday favorite, and join us for a special showing of the Polar Express on our big-screen beginning at 6pm. Don't forget your lawn chairs and ...

Nov 23
Hours: 6pm
free
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin, FL
Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade

The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 32nd Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade! Bring the kids to vi ...

Dec 9
Hours: 1-8
free
Area: Destin/Niceville
Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
It's a Wonderful Life at Mattie Kelly

Northwest Florida State College is proud to present Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play. Set in a glamorous radio production studio, perf ...

Nov 29, 30, Dec 1
Hours: varies by day
Area: Destin/Niceville
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL
Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas

NFB brings back Lightwire Theater for A Very Electric Christmas on Fri., Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at the Destin United Meth ...

December 21 and 22
Hours: 7:30 and 2:30
Area: Destin/Niceville
200 Beach Dr., Destin, FL, 32541
Niceville's Christmas Parade

Time to start getting ready for the Niceville Valparaiso Community Christmas Parade. The Parade will be Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10:00am. Inte ...

Dec 1
Hours: 10a
free
Area: Destin/Niceville
Northwest Florida Ballet Nutcracker

3 show times, Friday-Sun. Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice," NFB produces the only full-length production with professio ...

nov 16-18
Hours: 3 show times
Area: Destin/Niceville
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL
OWA Holiday Events

Several Holiday events at OWA, and downtown OWA is always free. Mark your calendars for OWA’s 2nd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in the streets of ...

Dec 1-23
1501 South OWA Blvd., Foley, AL
Panhandle Pioneer Settlement Breakfast with Santa

A pancake and sausage breakfast complete with coffee and juice. Bring your camera to capture pictures of your children with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The ...

Dec 1
Hours: 7-10a
17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Rd, Blountstown, FL
Santa and Dolphins Display Behind the Back Porch Destin (photo op)

Behind the Back Porch in Destin is a wooden display of Santa and his sleigh, driven by his trusty dolphins (even Rudolph taking the lead!) Stop by an ...

Nov/Dec
free
Area: Destin/Niceville
1740 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin, FL, 32541

It's now becoming a tradition to welcome Santa Claus to The Bay restaurant in South Walton. For the second year in a row, you can bring your family an ...

Dec 4
Hours: 530-8
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
24215 US Highway 331 S, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Santa's Arrival at Destin Commons

Destin Commons & Bass Pro Shops welcome Santa to light our Holiday Tree! Enjoy free face painting, free photos with Rudolph & Frosty, as well as a hol ...

Nov 16
Hours: 6-8
FREE
Area: Destin/Niceville
Legendary Dr, Destin, FL, 32541
Santa's Arrival at Harborwalk Village

Bring the family to see Santa arrive at HarborWalk Village Nov 24th at 12:00pm! Celebrate with us as Santa & Mrs Claus make their grande entrance S ...

Nov 24
Hours: 1-4
FREE
Area: Destin/Niceville
Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
Seaside's "Turn on the Town" Event

At 5pm, it’s party time in the amphitheater with holiday festivities and of course pictures with the jolly-bearded one. Soon, the master of ceremonies ...

Nov 24
Hours: 5
free
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Seaside's Outdoor Cinema: ELF

Elf will be on the big screen in Seaside! Bring chairs and blankets!

Nov 23
Hours: 7-
free
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Seussified Christmas Carol

Drama Kids Jr Acting Academy performs this fun twist on a Christmas Classic. Start a new family tradition and join us for this family friendly perform ...

Dec 1
Hours: 7-8
Area: Destin/Niceville
Niceville High, Niceville, FL
Shard Shop Holiday Kidz Art Camp (Destin Location)

Are you looking for something new and creative for your kids to do over holiday breaks? You can let you can let them spend the afternoons with Miss Ta ...

various dates; see above
Hours: 1-4
$75/day or $200 3-day session (per child)
Area: Destin/Niceville
34940 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL, 32541
South Walton Chorus Winter Concert

The South Walton Children's Chorus is very excited to present our Winter Wonderland concert! Reception following the concert in Sandefur Hall. Join ...

Dec 9
Hours: 1-3
free
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
480 N. Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL
South Walton Holiday Parade

The parade begins at 9AM in Seagrove Beach and proceeds west to the town of Seaside. Meet Santa in town after the parade! He'll return for our Turn on ...

Nov 24
Hours: 8:30am
Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
Sowell's North Pole Christmas Light Display

We will be open November 23rd & 24th. We will reopen November 29- December 26th. We are open every single night between November 29-December 26th unle ...

open November 23rd & 24th. We will reopen November 29- ...
Hours: 5:00-9:00
7650 Sowell Rd, Milton, FL
Sunburst Merry Christmas Pageant

SUNBURST PAGEANT AND MODEL SEARCH IS COMING TO SANTA ROSA MALL… DON’T MISS THE FUN AND EXCITEMENT! The Merry Christmas Pageant will be at Santa Ros ...

Dec 1
see site
Area: Panama City/Panama City Beach
Panama City Mall, Panama City, FL
Village of Baytowne Wharf's Winter Wonderland

The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Event Plaza is turning into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow! Slide down our ice slide, make snow angels, and enj ...

Area: South Walton County (Miramar/Sandestin/Freeport/Point Washington/Santa Rosa Beach/30A)
9100 Baytowne Blvd, Miramar Beach, FL
Yule of Yesteryear at Heritage Museum

The Spirit of Christmas will fill the air with musical performances from local choirs, musicians and dancers. Enjoy free Museum admission, play in the ...

Dec 8
Hours: 10-4
free
Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
​115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso, FL
Zoo Lights at Gulf Breeze Zoo

November 23- 25, 30 December 1,2, 7-9, 14-29 Zoo Lights is open from 5PM-9PM (Last admission 8:30pm)

November 23- 25, 30 December 1,2, 7-9, 14-29
Hours: 5-9pm
Area: Fort Walton/Okaloosa Island
Gulf Breeze Zoo, Gulf Breeze, FL