2016 Holiday Events List


Christmas EventsThe Christmas season is here on the Emerald Coast and it will be quickly followed by several New Year’s Eve celebrations. Christmas events and activities can be found in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and 30A as well as in Navarre, Niceville, and Crestview.

There are so many fun holiday events around the Emerald Coast it can be overwhelming to choose where to go. Below we have a list of exciting Christmas holiday events in the area. As dates and times for new events become available this post will be updated so keep checking back!

New Year’s Eve at The Landing – Bring in 2017 in Fort Walton Beach at The Landing with live music, kids activities, downtown hangouts and specials, and fireworks at Midnight.

When: December 31, 2016, 7:00 PM – MIDNIGHT
Where: The Landing, Fort Walton Beach
Cost: FREE

Baytowne Countdown – New Year’s Eve celebration with live music, kid-friendly events, and fireworks, followed by adult fun music and entertainment. Fireworks at Midnight.

When: December 31, 2016 6:00 pm – MIDNIGHT
Where: Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach
Cost: FREE

New Year’s Eve Street Party at HarborWalk Village – Plenty of live music, food, drink, dancing, and the 9th Annual Ball Drop over the Harbor! Fireworks at 8pm & Midnight.

When: December 31, 2016, 7:00 pm – MIDNIGHT
Where: HarborWalk Village, Destin, FL
Cost: FREE

New Year’s Eve Countdown Seaside – Ring in the New year with live music, food, drink, street performers, children’s activities, & Fireworks at Midnight.

When: December 31, 2016, 7:00 pm – MIDNIGHT
Where: HarborWalk Village, Destin, FL
Cost: FREE

Santa’s Arrival at Destin Commons – Annual tree lighting at Destin Commons, photo opps with Santa, fireworks, and more!

When: November 18, 2016 7:00 pm
Where: Destin Commons
Cost: FREE

Sparking Wine & Holiday Lights – Christmas music, light show, and annual tree lighting.

When: November 19, 2016 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Baytowne Wharf
Cost: FREE

Here Comes Santa – Sneak peak at the 12 Nights of Lights at Baytowne Wharf, along with their annual Christmas tree lighting. Plenty of live music, festive holiday fun, and fireworks!

When: November 25, 2016
Where: Baytowne Wharf
Cost: FREE

Zoo Lights 2016 – Enjoy the zoo and animals at night with the added beauty of the Christmas lights!

When: November 25-27, December 2-4, 9-24, 26-27  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Gulf Breeze Zoo
Cost: $10 (Members $5)

Niceville Community Christmas Parade 2016

When: December 3, 2016 10:00 am
Where: The parade route is from John Sims Pkwy at the intersection of Palm Blvd and goes to Partin Drive where the Parade will turn and travel down Partin between the Children’s Park and Ruckel Middle School.
Cost: FREE

A Downtown Holiday – Annual tree lighting at The Landing with food vendors, kids’ Christmas activities, live entertainment, and more.

When: December 3, 2016 11:00 am- 6:00 pm
Where: Fort Walton Beach Landing
Cost: FREE

Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade 2016 – Huge annual Christmas parade through Fort Walton Beach.

When: December 6, 2016 6:30 pm
Where: Eglin Pkwy from First Street to Kmart
Cost: FREE

Holiday Concert Series at Baytowne Wharf – Live Christmas music including classic holiday songs along with original songs by live bands every Wednesday from 7-9pm.

When: December 7, 14, & 21, 2016 7:00-9:00 pm
Where: Baytowne Wharf, Miramar Beach, FL
Cost: FREE

Northgate Estates Luminaries – Drive through the beautifully lit neighborhood, Northgate Estates, which is lit with Christmas lights and luminaries.

When: December 10-11, 2016 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Northgate Estates, Ft. Walton Beach
Cost: Free

City of Destin Christmas Tree Lighting – Tree lighting, live entertainment, Santa, canned food drive.

When: December 8, 2016 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Destin Community Center
Cost: FREE

Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk – 1st Annual race to raise money for the Niceville High School Track & Field Facility Fund. Ugly sweater contest, music, and more.

When: December 10, 2016 9:00 am
Where: Hurricane Grill & Wings
Cost: $25 & up

Destin Christmas Parade – 32nd Annual parade for the City of Destin is themed “A Fishing Village Christmas.”

When: December 10, 2016 10:00 am
Where: Main Street, Destin, FL
Cost: FREE

Destin Harbor Boat Parade – 30th Annual Boat Parade, Santa Claus, Christmas lights, and more!

When: December 11, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Harborwalk Village, Destin
Cost: FREE

Live Nativity Scene in Navarre

When: December 15 – December 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Navarre First Assembly
Cost: FREE

Live Nativity in Ft. Walton Beach – Hosted each year by First Baptist Church in FWB with live animals and photo opps with Mary, Joseph, & Baby Jesus.

When: December 15 – December 20, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Corner of Shell and 2nd St., Fort Walton Beach
Cost: FREE


November 14, 2016 |

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