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Destin Commons & Bass Pro Shops welcome Santa to light the Holiday Tree! Come out for holiday projects and character photo opportunities and live entertainment with Sinfonia and festive carolers. Then sit back and marvel at a holiday parade with Santa down Main Street as he arrives to light 50 feet of the most spectacular holiday tree on the Emerald Coast with a fireworks finale to kick off the Season! Free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops (select dates and times starting in November).

The beauty of the zoo comes to life at night with Zoo Lights 2017. Thousands of Christmas holiday lights will be on display for an evening at the zoo. DATES 2017 Dates TBA TIMES  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm –Last admission is at 8:30 pm.

This is one Christmas activity you don’t want to miss. Each year, the residents of Northgate Estates in Fort Walton Beach come together for an amazing display of luminaries and Christmas lights. Hundreds of houses within this neighborhood display massive Christmas decorations. The sense of community is incredible as you see many residents of the neighborhood celebrating the event with outdoor block parties surrounding a toasty, warm fire pit while waiving to the thousands of onlookers. As you slowly drive through the subdivision, you’ll see dancing lights on houses, religious displays, Santa Claus, and other Christmas characters. This will become a new favorite tradition to get you into the Christmas spirit. Check out the video below for a preview of what you will see (video from 2016). Northgate Estates Luminaries & Christmas Lights

Join the City of Fort Walton Beach and the residents of our great city to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with our annual Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade. This event will get you into the Christmas spirit with plenty of marching bands playing Christmas music, festive floats, candy, beads, and other throws. This fun Christmas event is great for all ages!Parade route is on Eglin Parkway beginning at First Street and ending at the Kmart parking lot.

If you really want to experience the true meaning of Christmas, the Cross Creek Hayride hosted by Ropin’ the Truth Ministries will take you through the life of Jesus Christ, starting with his birth, continuing through his crucifixion and into his resurrection. You will experience a series of dramatic scenes by volunteers while you ride through the woods on a hayride. Other activities are on site such as horseback riding, crafts, refreshments, and more! This event is completely free and everyone is invited.

Live Nativity Scene – 2017 dates TBA Everything is FREE! Free Photos, Apple Cider, Hot Chocolate, Christmas Cookies, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo and Bounce House! See the Christmas story come to life as you drive through scenes surrounding the birth of Jesus. Experience live animals including camels, llamas, donkeys and alpacas. Witness the angel making the announcement to the shepherds. See magic traveling from the east. Open Thursday, December 14th – Saturday, December 16th each night from 6 – 9PM. Navarre First Assembly of God 9594 Navarre Parkway Navarre, FL 32566 We are located at the corner of Hwy 98 and Whispering Pines Boulevard.

The annual Live Nativity presented by First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach will be December 15-20 from 6-8:30 pm. This event is FREE and includes real animals including goats, sheep, miniature ponies, and camels. Have your photo taken with Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus!

It’s an end-of-the-year family-friendly celebration at Baytowne Wharf from 6PM-8PM with face painting, kids activities, live music, and a fireworks display at 8PM. Adult celebrations will continue through 1AM.

HarborWalk Village will host a New Year’s Eve Street Party to wind down 2017 and welcome 2018. Party the night away with thousands of people and enjoy a live concert, great dining, drinks, dancing, and more. The 9th Annual Ball Drop over the harbor will be back again this year. Fireworks shows will be a 8:00 PM AND Midnight. More information to be posted closer to the date.