2016 Holiday Events Around the Emerald Coast

Tis the season for shopping, wrapping, and stressing out over finding the perfect gift. When the holidays start to feel more like a hassle than the season of giving, it’s time to find something fun to do. It’ll help get you back in the spirit of things and take your mind off of everything you still need to do. And then of course, after Christmas is over, it’s time to get celebrate the New Year!


Check out these events around the Emerald Coast this holiday season.


Live Nativity Scene

December 15 thru December 20, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Corner of Shell and 2nd Street, Fort Walton Beach

Spend your holiday remembering the reason for the season and enjoy a live nativity scene hosted by First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach. It’s a free event for the whole family. There will be live animals and photo opportunities with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus so make sure your phone is charged and the kids are ready. Learn more.


Visit Santa

December 17 and 18, 2016

12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Emerald Grande

Have the kids bring their wish lists so they can talk to Santa. Every child will receive a treat before they leave. Tell them if they wait much longer, Santa won’t know what to bring them! Learn more.


Santa Pub Crawl

December 17, 2016

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

HarborWalk Village, Destin

Ready to let loose and relax? Put on your best holiday gear (including ugly Christmas sweaters) and come on out for this year’s Santa Pub Crawl! Learn more.


Chanukah Menorah Lighting

December 26, 2016

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Chabad of the Emerald Coast

Celebrate the lighting of the menorah with hot latkes, music, and activities for the kids. Learn more.


LuLu’s Annual Noon Year’s Eve Party

December 28, 2016

Starts at 10:00 a.m.

LuLu’s Destin

A family friendly event that lets kids celebrate the New Year without keeping them up until midnight. There will be food, arts and crafts, inflatables, kid-friendly music, face painting, fireworks, a sandcastle building contest, and a balloon drop at noon! Learn more.


Baytowne Countdown

December 31, 2016

6:00 p.m. until Midnight

Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach

Come on down for live music, fireworks at 8:00 p.m., kid-friendly activities and stay for the adult fun as the night goes on! Learn more.


Ring in the New Year at the Emerald Grande, Destin

Choose from multiple events on New Year’s Eve:


New Year’s Eve Street Party – free concerts, two fireworks show, and the Ball Drop over the Destin Harbor

Cocktails and Countdown – join us in the HarborView Room Bar to dance and drink the night away; $20 per person, 21 and up only

Grande Gala – like it more formal, make your New Year’s reservations for fine dining and champagne in the Emerald Grande Ballroom; $125++, 21 and up only

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