Holiday Celebrations on the Emerald Coast

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Holiday Celebrations on the Emerald Coast

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The holidays are in full swing along the Emerald Coast! Decorations, lights, and spirits are all lit up with Christmas joy! The radio stations are playing holiday tunes and everybody is humming right along. It’s easy to see why this is everyone’s favorite time of year.

Most people think of a white Christmas consisting of freshly fallen snow on the ground. Our crystal-clear turquoise waters and sugar-white sands offer a slightly different version of a white Christmas. There are plenty of activities to see and do around the Fort Walton Beach area. Ft. Walton Beach’s milder temperatures allow us to make the most of the beautiful scenery around us and continue to participate in outdoor activities, well into the winter months.

As we approach the peak of holiday season, we’ve put together a few ideas of holiday celebrations you may wish to attend:

12/6-12/20: Baytowne Wharf 12 Nights of Lights offering a festive light shows every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights through Christmas. Every Wednesday night features an amazing concert series. Also be sure to check out what’s going on each night at the Christmas Tree from 6 – 8 pm.

12/9: 33rd Annual Destin Christmas Parade Annual Christmas parade featuring some of your favorite Christmas characters

Yule of Yesteryear Christmas Festival An amazing festival that offers children’s activities, arts and crafts, bake sale, and pictures with Santa. Shopping and food vendors will also be present.

12/10: Arrival of Billy Claus at Lulu’s Be sure to witness the arrival of Billy Claus, Santa’s sun-loving brother, at Lulu’s at 1 pm. This is a must-see for any beach-loving patron. You can’t pass it up as it is a FREE event! Also be sure to get your picture taken with Billy and enjoy face painting, inflatables, and arts and crafts.  

31st Annual Holiday on the Harbor Boat Parade The Boat Parade lights up the waters surrounding the harbor at 6 pm. Fireworks afterwards can be enjoyed along the boardwalk.  

12/20, and 12/27: Maximum Magic Dinner Theater features an awesome magic show and amazing illusions mixed with comedy and audience interaction.

12/16-12/28: Every Christmas Story Ever Told and Then Some A wondrous theater performance featuring all of your favorite Christmas stories. The theater has seating for seventy-five viewers so be sure to book early.

12/22: Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas This awesome performance offers you the opportunity to see cast members wearing costumes fitted with electroluminescent lights. Their bodies become illuminated puppets as they perform movements and dance with lights enhancing every movement. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under.

Don’t forget to visit Santa. You can see him every Sunday at HarborWalk Village during the festive season. Bonus: You can do your last-minute Christmas shopping after having a word with that jolly old elf! All of us here at hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

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