Holiday Happenings Around Town


SantaSeaside’s Turn on the Town 2019
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 29-30
Seaside Amphitheater
Kick off the weekend with our Holiday Movie Night featuring family favorite, “Elf,” in the Seaside Amphitheater on Friday Nov. 29th at 7 p.m. Bring your blankets and chairs and get cozy!

The Annual South Walton Holiday Parade begins at its new time at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30th. The parade begins in Seagrove Beach and proceeds west to Downtown Seaside. Meet Santa in town after the parade!

The Seaside Repertory Theatre performs “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” in the Seaside Amphitheater at 4 p.m.

At sunset, it’s party time in the Amphitheater with holiday festivities and of course pictures with the jolly-bearded one. The master of ceremonies asks all the kids to the stage to sing and then the count down begins in unison to “Turn on the Town.”

Photos with Santa Claus
Every Saturday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 21, 2 to 4 p.m.
Grand Boulevard
Join us in Grand Park at the Festival of Trees display to get your child’s picture with Santa Claus! Our friends at Abrakadoodle Art Education and Parties will offer free, kid-friendly, holiday arts and crafts while you wait. Open to the public at no charge. Presented by Grand Boulevard.

Here Comes Santa Claus
Saturday, Nov. 30, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Get in the winter spirit with us during our Here Comes Santa event November 30th. Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights our Village tree! Enjoy face-painting, kids crafts, and a beautiful fireworks display!

Baytowne On Ice
Now – Saturday, Feb. 1st
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. Our seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share this holiday tradition. Ice rink is open October 26th – February 1st. Hours vary daily.

Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa
Sunday, Dec. 1, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Henderson
Excitement builds in anticipation for Santa’s arrival after the beautiful Henderson Christmas tree is lit by a happy child. Join us on the Piazza for a festive celebration with special Christmas performances by choirs from our local community. Enjoy traditional holiday drinks like hot cocoa and eggnog, homemade treats, and create Christmas crafts while Santa takes gift requests. Free to attend and open to all.

12 Nights of Lights
Wednesday, Dec. 4th – Saturday, Dec. 21st, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Events Plaza Lawn
This December enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas! This sparkling event will also be featured during our special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Every Friday & Saturday, Dec. 6-28, 5 to 8 p.m.
Grand Boulevard
The Town Center will be awash with thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the Boulevard. Enjoy a free, horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center while faux snow falls on the Festival of Trees display in Grand Park between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Dickensian Carolers will sing popular holiday carols on these evenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Open to the public at no charge.

Ice Skating Extravaganza
Friday, Dec. 13th, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Baytowne on Ice is hosting it’s fourth annual Ice Skating Extravaganza! The event will feature two performances by Dylan David Moscovitch and Kristin Cowan. Both shows are free. Before and in between the shows, lace up those skates and skate around with The Pros! Dylan and Kristin will be on the ice sharing tips and tricks!

Tuba Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 14th, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Join us for a unique holiday event at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. Enjoy some of your favorite holiday classics with Tuba Christmas and visits with Santa! It will be a night of fun for the whole family!

Winter Wonderland
Saturday, Dec. 21st, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The Event Plaza is turning into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow! Slide down our ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 to 11 a.m.
The Henderson
Give your kids a breakfast they will never forget! Just a couple days before Christmas, enjoy a delicious breakfast while your kids tell Santa their biggest wishes one last time before the big day.