Here is a quick list of activities in and around Destin, Florida this Christmas. Please call us if you need a Destin vacation home this holiday season.

Visit Santa at Harborwalk Village

Bring the children out to visit with Jolly Ole Saint Nick, give him their wish list, and receive a treat. Santa has lots of treats for all the food little boys and girls! While they’re visiting with Santa remember to capture the moment with a wonderful keepsake photo taken by HD Action Photography. Santa’s Visiting Hours- Friday Nov. 26th——–12-4 P.M. Saturday Nov. 27th—–12-4 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 4th——12-4 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 11th—–12-4 P.M. Sunday, Dec. 12th——-3-6 P.M. Friday, Dec. 17th———5-8 P.M. Saturday, Dec. 18th—–12-4 P.M.

12 Nights of Lights

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Nights in December

For the month of December, enjoy a festive light show in the Events Plaza set to your favorite holiday music every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas at 6, 7, & 8pm.

This sparkling event will also be featured during the holiday editions of the Wednesday Night Concert Series at 7pm.

Show Dates:
Holiday Celebration Teaser: November 26 (6pm)

December 1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11,15, 17, 18, 22, 24

Sounds of the Season

Friday, December 3 ~ 7:00 PM

Village Baptist Church ~ 101 Matthew Blvd. ~ Destin

An evening of spectacular music by Destin Assembly ~ Destin United Methodist ~ Shoreline Church ~ Village Baptist ~ Grace Lutheran.
Admission – Donation of an unwrapped toy

A love offering will benefit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation & Village Green Amphitheatre toward a matching grant.
For more information call 650-2226 or 837-8107
Holiday Classics on the Harbor

Date 12/3/2010 TO 12/24/2010
Time 6:00 PM

Event Description:
HarborWalk Village stage will be the place to watch your favorite classic Christmas movies. Come enjoy the season watching movies outside while drinking hot chocolate with your favorite movie buff snuggling under the stars. The specialty shops in HarborWalk Village will be happy to help with a special Christmas gift or stocking stuffer! December 3rd, 10th, and 24th! 6 P.M. These events are free and open to the public!

Free Photos with Santa at Grand Boulevard

Free Photos with Santa at Grand Boulevard

Date: Saturday, December 4, 11 & 18

Time: 2-4 p.m.

2-3 p.m. at Learning Express Toys in Grand Boulevard and 3-4 p.m. at Pretty Please Children’s Boutique in Grand Boulevard

Cost: Free, complimentary kids’ photos courtesy of Grand Boulevard

Contact phone and website: 850.654.5929 and/or

Christmas in the Village craft show

The Annual Holiday Craft Show will be held at the Destin Community Center on Saturday December 4, 2010 from 9am-2pm. There will be many vendors varying from artwork, handmade crafts, quality boutique items, silk florals, food products, jewelry and many more unique gift ideas. Admission is free. Please come join us on Saturday December 4th at the Destin Community Center. For more information give us a call at 654-5184

Silver Sands Santa

There’s only one place on the Gulf Coast where Santa will literally fly in on a helicopter. Silver Sands Factory Stores has partnered once again with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for Santa’s Arrival to the Center via the AIRHeart helicopter. On Saturday, December 4, the local community is invited for Silver Sands Santa’s Arrival celebration at noon.

All eyes will be on the sky as Santa waves from his helicopter and lands in front of everyone’s eyes in the east parking lot of the Center, near Nautica. After Santa’s safe landing, everyone will be invited to greet him and get a closer look at his chopper. Santa will then take a ride in a bright red Mustang convertible to the Center’s 42 foot tree in front of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.

All children are invited to dress in holiday costumes and follow Santa in a festive parade to the Courtyard, led by a grand South Walton Fire Department truck. Following the parade will be refreshments, complimentary photos with Santa and a holiday costume contest for a Silver Sands gift card. Silver Sands will also make a donation to the winners’ choice of charity. This is an annual event that benefits Sacred Heart Hospital.

Several other holiday events will continue throughout the next few weeks, including Charity Gift Wrap to benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Angel Tree benefiting the Families First Network and a Silver Sands holiday promotion with 20 percent off one item at select stores. For more information, visit or call 850.654.9771.

“A Christmas Tale”

December 12th

“A Christmas Tale”

9am & 11am in the Destin Life Center

The Destin UMC Sanctuary Choir, Hallalujah Singers and Players and the Alleluia Orchestra will present a drama and choral presentation. Experience the gift…of music, sound, artists, and the Child!

Destin Harbor Boat Parade

The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 23rd Annual Destin Boat Parade. Come enjoy live music, children’s arts and crafts, and hot chocolate with Santa Claus from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.. The Boat Parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy the Holidays on the Harbor!

Sinfonia Orchestral Holiday

Join Sinfonia on Friday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm at Destiny Worship Center for a festive presentation of your favorite holiday melodies including cinematic Christmas tunes, the music of Mannheim Steamroller and special guests, the Canterbury Brass. Renowned for its polished sound and virtuosic style, the Canterbury Brass have been setting standards in brass chamber music for nearly 15 years. Since their first International tour in 1996, the Canterbury Brass have continued to receive rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for their concerts throughout the United States and abroad.

The performance begins at 7:30pm and tickets are $37.50 for preferred floor seating and $25 for balcony seating. The concert will be held in the brand new, state-of-the-art Destiny Worship Center located across from Silver Sands Factory Stores. Presenting Sponsor for the holiday concert is Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and Presenting Media Sponsor is Destin Magazine. Sinfonia’s 2010-11 season is brought to you by Regus Grand Boulevard.

Season tickets are the most convenient way to experience the Sinfonia season. For $145, enjoy the holiday concert; the Classical Connections performance on January 7 featuring guest harpist Betsy Fitzgerald, Schubert’s “Symphony No. 5” and Beethoven’s epic “Symphony No. 5”; Feb. 4 Gala Concert featuring violinist Nick Kendall, composer Chris Brubeck and the Northwest Florida Ballet; the St. Paddy’s Pops on March 17 featuring the return of Irish instrumental ensemble Mithril. Call the Sinfonia box office or purchase and print your tickets online.

For more information, to purchase season tickets or to learn more about Sinfonia’s Fifth, please go to or call (850) 269-7129

Harborwalk Christmas musical

This spectacular evening of music will include Ron Adams as Elvis and several duets with amazing entertainers sharing Christmas memories in music. Enchanting Charles Dickens characters will charm audiences, and even Scrooge himself promises to make an appearance for this special night. The galleries and shops will be offering festive holiday cheer for you to stroll throughout the decorated village. Santa portraits and Christmas crafts for children to take home for gifts will make this a night to remember!

“It’s a Magical Christmas”
“It’s a Magical Christmas” starring Noah & Heather Wells.

Featuring two hours of Christmas MAGIC, Music, and Comedy!

Master Illusionist Noah and Heather Wells, stars of Maximum Magic at Gulf World Marine Park bring you “It’s a Magical Christmas”!

This two hour extravaganza features Christmas-themed grand illusions, side-splitting comedy, mind-blowing mentalism, and special effects, all designed to get your entire family in the Christmas spirit. You won’t find rabbits, capes, or sparkly vests, but you will see an assistant cut in half, levitated 9 feet in the air, and assistants appearing and disappearing before your very eyes. Noah will have you scratching your head and saying “how’d he do that”? Nowhere on the Gulf Coast will you experience a show like this!

Show Dates:

Friday, December 10th – 7 pm
Saturday, December 11th – 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 12th – 2 pm
Friday, December 17th – 7 pm
Saturday, December 18th – 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 19th – 2 pm
Tuesday, December 28th – 7 pm
Wednesday, December 29th – 7 pm
Thursday, December 30th – 7 pm

Ticket prices:

Adults $20.00 plus tax
Bring an unwrapped child’s toy and receive $2.00 off each adult ticket. Not valid with any other discounts or offers.

Children 5-12, $10.00 plus tax
Children four and under are our guests

Toys and a portion of each ticket sold will benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Baytowne Holiday Lantern Parade

December 18; 6pm

In celebration of the holiday season, The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Abrakadoodle presents the first holiday paper lantern parade. This community event will feature commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday season. We invite all individuals and groups to participate by making their own paper lanterns.

Abrakadoodle will also be offering paper lantern workshops.

Don’t miss this exciting, new event at the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Baytowne Lantern Parade Additional Information

Register NOW!

For more information call, 850-267-8186.

Posted on Friday, December 3rd, 2010 | Filed under: , ,

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One Response to “Christmas Activities in Destin Florida”

  1. Hedy says:

    The date for Christmas in the village is incorrect. Saturday is December 3, not 4th.

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