2017 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!

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

When: November 26, 2017 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Destin Commons
Cost: FREE

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

When: November 18, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Baytowne Wharf
Cost: FREE

Zoo Lights 2017Enjoy the zoo and animals at night with the added beauty of the Christmas lights!

When: TBA
Where: Gulf Breeze Zoo
Cost: $10 (Members $5)

Visit with SantaStop by to tell Santa your Christmas wishes and to take a photo with him.

When: November 25, 2017 – December 17, 2017. 12PM-4PM every day.
Where: HarborWalk Village
Cost: FREE

Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade 2017 – Huge annual Christmas parade through Fort Walton Beach.

When: December 4, 2017 6:30 pm
Where: Eglin Pkwy from First Street to Kmart
Cost: FREE

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

When: December 9-10, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Northgate Estates, Ft. Walton Beach
Cost: Free

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

When: December 10, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Harborwalk Village, Destin
Cost: FREE

Live Nativity Scene in Navarre

When: December 14 – December 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Navarre First Assembly
Cost: FREE

Live Nativity in Fort 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, 2017 – 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Corner of Shell and 2nd St., 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, 2017 – 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, 2017 – 8:00 pm – MIDNIGHT
Where: HarborWalk Village, Destin, FL
Cost: FREE