Holiday Happenings Around South Walton
Santa’s arrival to our area is a highlight of the season! Where can you find him Around Town?
You can visit Santa at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at his sleigh at his arrival during the Tuba Christmas event on Sat., Dec. 11. If you miss that, you can still visit Wednesday nights Dec. 1-15 in the Village. Visit www.baytownewharf.com.
Santa Days at Pecan Jack’s 30A Saturday, Dec. 11th, Noon-3pm The best Ice Cream & Candy shop on 30A will feature a special guest again this year! Santa’s Day at Pecan Jack’s 30A is back featuring the most delectable holiday treats. Sample their sweets, shop for the holidays and meet Santa! The first 100 guests will receive a free gift. Pecan Jack’s makes every piece of Candy, Praline, Chocolates & Ice cream hand-crafted on site.
Hosted by the City of DeFuniak Springs, from Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, Chipley Park lights up with the annual Christmas Reflection Displays and more than 10 million lights reflecting off the lake. Open Nov. 26 – Dec. 31. Friday-Saturday, 5:30–9:30 p.m.; Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9 p.m. nightly. $5 per person, free for children under 5, Tuesday discount for military; $10 for carload up to five people. Carriage rides are available on select nights (Nov. 27 – Dec. 31), $10/person. (850) 978-2999.
The Festival of Trees at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Participating non-profit organizations compete to win cash prizes totaling $7,000. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. Grand Boulevard also is hosting photos with Elf On The Shelf in Grand Park at the Festival of Trees display on Saturdays, Dec. 11 & 18 from 2-4 p.m.
Main Street DeFuniak Springs brings back Merry Main Street! Free to attend, Merry Main Street boasts live music and theatrical performances, an outdoor market, food trucks, rides on the Choctaw Express Train, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, kids character appearances by The Character Clubhouse, and more family fun – all taking place outdoors along Baldwin Ave. in downtown DeFuniak Springs. Beginning Saturday, December 4th, events occur every Friday and Saturday up to Christmas. https://bit.ly/MSD_MerryMain, Info@mainstreetdfs.org, (850) 296-9051.
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. Ice rink is open now – Feb. 2nd. Hours vary daily. Visit BaytowneWharf.com.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts a special light show on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights from Dec. 1-22 during the 12 Nights of Lights where the tree lights in the events plaza will dance and blink to music at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Visit BaytowneWharf.com.
Join Sinfonia’s Holiday Pops Fri., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. at Village Church of Destin featuring singer/actor of the stage and screen Nicholas Rodriguez. From holiday classics to Broadway to the great American Songbook, this festive twist of music will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Tickets $29.50 – $55.00. sinfoniagulfcoast.org.
Eden Gardens State Park will be illuminated Sat., Dec. 11, 5-8 p.m. More than 2,000 luminaries will light the garden paths of Eden Gardens at nightfall. Music and carolers voices will fill the air throughout the evening and cookies and hot beverages will be provided by the Friends of Eden Gardens. The event is free and park entry fees will be waived from 5-8 p.m.
Santa Paws at AJ’s Grayton Beach is calling all dog-lovers! Santa will be on site at Aj’s Grayton Beach on Sunday, Dec 5th from 12-2 p.m. visiting with all his furry friends. Spend your Sunday with your favorite four-legged companion enjoying brunch and live music with Will & Linda. Bring your fur pup and your camera to get a great photo. Road Dogg Rescue will also be at AJ’s looking to find foster homes or get dogs adopted going into the holiday season.
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