Family Friendly Holiday Events in South Walton
Santa Days at Pecan Jack’s 30A
Saturday, Dec. 8, 15, 22. Noon-3pm
The best Ice Cream & Candy shop on 30A will feature a special guest again this year! Santa Days at Pecan Jack’s 30A are back featuring the most delectable holiday treats. Sample their sweets, shop for the holidays and meet Santa! The first 100 guests will receive a free gift. Saturdays in December, Dec. 8, 15 & 22nd, Noon till 3pm. Pecan Jack’s makes every piece of Candy, Praline, Chocolates & Ice cream hand-crafted on site.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company Series – It’s a Wonderful Life
Located in Grand Boulevard, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company performs a variety of shows throughout the year. This December, join the ECTC as they showcase their skills as part of “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve. Shows are held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., then on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. 560 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach
Photos with Santa Claus at Grand Boulevard
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2pm to 3pm
Join in the holiday cheer as Grand Boulevard hosts Photos with Santa Claus in Grand Park, at the Festival of Trees display every on Saturday December 15th from 2-3pm. Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties will offer free, kid-friendly, holiday arts and crafts while you wait.
Christmas Candlelight Tour and Open House at Eden Gardens
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 5pm to 8pm
The Friends of Eden Gardens State Park invite the public to the annual Eden Gardens State Park Christmas Candlelight Open House on Saturday, December 15th from 5pm to 8pm. Enjoy the traditional walk through the luminaries through the Park to the Historic Wesley House and it’s beautifully decorated rooms. You’ll be greeted by carolers and guided throughout the house to see and hear about each beautifully decorated room. Guests can even vote on their favorite room. After the tour is complete, the Friends of Eden will be providing refreshments in the pavilion. Many thanks to Friends of Eden Gardens State Park, volunteers, decorators, and many others from throughout the SoWal community for contributing their time and resources and making this Christmas holiday tradition so magical.
Members from the Pt. Washington Historical Society will be placing hundreds illuminations lining the drive into the park and around the mansion. This group of merry men and women comes together at Eden Gardens year after year, creating lighted pathways in and around the park. Everyone’s invited! Admission fees to the park are waived for the event. Donations to the Friends of Eden are welcome. Eden Gardens State Park is located in historic Point Washington, 181 Eden Gardens Road, Santa Rosa Beach, north of Hwy 98. There is ample parking available within the park. For further information call 850-267-8320.
Holiday Pops Concert featuring Sinfonia Gulf Coast: 5-6:30 p.m.
Saturday December 15
Don’t miss this special holiday performance from Sinfonia Gulf Coast guaranteed to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Bring your blankets and chairs and join us on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Seaside Amphitheater for a wonderful night of music under the stars. Scenic Highway 30A, Seaside.
Breakfast with Santa at The Pearl!
Sunday Dec. 16
Come out to The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach for breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 8am to 11am inside the Havana Beach Bar & Grill. Get your picture taken with Santa and his holiday helpers! The regular breakfast menu will be available. Reservations are required so please call 850.588.2881. The whole family will love the beauty of Rosemary Beach this holiday season. Come out and have a wonderful Sunday morning with Santa and then stroll the 30A Farmers Market from 9am – 1pm.
Holiday Movie featuring The Polar Express at Alys Beach
December 29, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Spend an evening in Alys Beach with a movie in the park. Bring blankets and low back chairs. Food and beverage available for purchase. 9851 E. Scenic Highway 30A, Alys Beach.
Countdown Seaside: A New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday, December 31, 7 pm, Seaside Amphitheater
Countdown to the New Year at Seaside! This annual New Year’s Eve tradition is the perfect family friendly way to usher in 2019, featuring live music, children’s activities, street performers and fireworks. Starting at 7pm in the Seaside Amphitheater and going until after the fireworks at midnight. The concert starts at 8pm. Bring a blanket or chairs to the amphitheater in the square and enjoy an exciting night under the stars. This unforgettable night is made possible by the Merchants of Seaside.