From Santa’s grand arrival in the Destin Boat Parade to an enthralling rendition of the Nutcracker performed in Seaside, there are so many fun ways to welcome the holidays on the coast. Scroll below for all the top holiday events from Destin to 30A!
*Due to COVID-19, events may be cancelled or rescheduled without notice. Please contact event organizers directly to confirm details of events.
FEATURED HOLIDAY EVENTS
Destin Commons Christmas Tree Lighting
Friday, November 19th | 6-8PM
Join Santa at the Destin Commons as he lights one of the most spectacular Christmas trees on the Emerald Coast! From visits with some of your favorite holiday characters to face paintings, photo booths, music & more… you don’t want to miss the festivities on Main Street!
Nutcracker Ballet at Seaside
Sunday, November 21st | 5PM
Catch an enthralling rendition of the Nutcracker performed at the Seaside Amphitheater by Ballet Pensacola. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show at the free event, open to the public in the heart of Seaside. What better way to ring in the holiday season than with this Christmas classic!
Santa and S’mores at AJ’s in Grayton
Wednesday, November 24th | 4PM
AJ’s Grayton Beach
Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa and S’mores returns to AJ’s in Grayton Beach for its third year of fun. Welcome the holiday season with hot cocoa & s’mores, pictures with Santa, and all of your favorite Christmas carols.
Old Florida Holiday and Winter Market at WaterColor
Saturday, November 27th | 3PM – 9PM
WaterColor Town Center & Cerulean Park
If you’re looking for the picture perfect holiday event to kick off the season, look no further! The annual Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market brings ‘Winter Wonderland’ to the beach with a Christmas tree lighting, pictures with Santa, a horse-drawn carriage, bonfire with s’mores, and of course… snow! Enjoy a variety of vendors and festivities for a holiday extravaganza you don’t want to miss. Free and open to the public!
Here Comes Santa at Baytowne Wharf
Saturday, November 27th | 6PM to 9PM
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus! Start your holiday season off right with a spectacular firework show, lighting of the Village tree, holiday games, crafts and more! The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the perfect place for a stroll during the holiday season, with a variety of shops, restaurants and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Seaside Turn on the Town
Saturday, November 27th | 4-8PM
This holiday jubilee is one you don’t want to miss! Spread some holiday cheer as Santa “turns on the town” at the annual Seaside Christmas tree lighting. Enjoy carols from the kids, pictures with Santa and all of the lovely events and festivities that Seaside has to offer this holiday season.
Destin Lighted Boat Parade
Sunday, December 12th | 6PM
There’s nothing like the holidays on the harbor! Catch all of the dancing lights and cheer at the Destin Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks show. Whether you’re enjoying the fun from HarborWalk Village, watching from the Destin Bridge or anchoring down in the water, there are plenty of ways to join in on this local holiday tradition.
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