South Walton Family Friendly Events this December


Every Christmas Story Ever Told
Friday, December 10 – 12 & December 17th – 23rd, 11:00 amGrab your chairs and pick your perfect spot in front of the Seaside Post Office for the magical holiday tradition of Every Christmas Story Ever Told in Downtown Seaside. Outdoor performances take place December 10th – 12th & December 17th – 23rd at 11:00 AM in front of the Seaside Post Office on Central Square. This is a complimentary, non-ticketed event thanks to The Seaside Merchants.

Back for its 11th year, The REP Theatre’s holiday smash hit, Every Christmas Story Ever Told, returns with all of your favorite Beloved Holiday Classics packed into a show full of high-energy jolly and hilarity! Four REP actors, armed with props and costumes, send up everything from Charles Dickens and Dr. Seuss to Jimmy Stewart and Chewbacca in this ever-evolving REP favorite. It’s the perfect way to get ready for the season, beat the festive fatigue, and share some holiday cheer. 99 Central Square, Santa Rosa Beach.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides at Grand Boulevard
Beginning Friday, December 10th, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tis’ the season to be jolly! The Town Center at Grand Boulevard will be awash with thousands of beautiful white lights, bringing a festive and inviting spirit to the Boulevard. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around the Town Center every Friday & Saturday evening Dec. 3 – Jan. 1  between 5PM and 8PM. Grand Boulevard’s Coastal Culture program presents an exciting variety of entertainment and events this season. Enjoy a Holiday Open House and Walk-about, Photos with Santa Clause, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides and Coastal White Christmas Holiday Lights. Visit for more information.


12 Nights of Light at Baytowne Wharf
Beginning Friday, December 10, 6:00 pmThis December enjoy a festive light show in The Village of Baytowne Wharf every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas! The 12 Nights of Light will also be featured during their special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Come stroll The Village of Baytowne Wharf after dark. Beautiful holiday decor and sparkling lights throughout the Village will fill your family with the spirit of Christmas. Holiday festivities are going on during Thanksgiving week and through December.

The Destin Harbor will be dancing with lights and cheer during the 35th Annual Destin Boat Parade Sun. Dec 12 from 6 – 6:30 p.m. followed by a Fireworks Finale and Fire Spinning! Trivia is turning into a Winter Fun-derland at Trivia Night: Holiday Edition, Fri. Dec. 17,  6–8 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Science Center! The winning team of 6 will receive one $25 gift certificate to the center. Have a drink, come up with a ridiculous team name. Ages 21 & up only. $12 for nonmembers • $10 for members. (850) 664-1261.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: Santa’s Camp Christmas
Friday, December 17, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to join them for Santa’s Camp Christmas in the park on Friday, December 17th and Saturday, December 18th. Celebrate the season with music, food, games, smores, a silent auction and Santa’s Express to the North Pole!
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. Call  850-267-8330 for more information.


Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play
Sunday, December 19, 2:30 & 7:30 pm
Staged as a live radio play, this version of “Miracle on 34th Street” — adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith with original songs and arrangements by Jon Lorenz — is the classic Christmas cup of cheer we all look forward to during the holiday season. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, “Miracle on 34th Street” is a beloved musical that will bring the whole family together. To learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, or call 850-684-0323 and visit
Emerald Coast Theatre Company, 560 Grand Blvd Suite 200, Miramar Beach.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: Guided Plant Stroll
Monday, December 20th, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on the third Monday each month from 9:00a.m. – 11:00a.m for a Guided Plant Stroll.  Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Visitors will learn about some of the plant species here at the park. Topics for the hike will vary based on the time of year and growing season. The program is on the third Monday of the month. This program is free with regular park admission.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. Call  850-267-8330 for more information.


Watersound Holiday Farmers Market
Thursday, December 23rd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Come out and support your local farmers at the Watersound Holiday Farmers Market on November 24th, December 23rd and 30th from 10AM – 2PM. Held in a beautiful covered pavilion, the Town Center packed full of food vendors, crafts and gifts, local farm stands, and featured food trucks. Give the gift of “local” this holiday season! For more information follow “Watersound Town Center Farmers Market” on Facebook or visit for more information. Watersound Town Center is located at 75 Origins Main Street in Watersound.

Baytowne Countdown
Friday, December 31st, beginning at 6:00 pm
Ring in the New Year at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Dec. 31 from 6pm till after midnight! Dance the night away and enjoy a live band in the Events Plaza and breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight. The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the place to welcome 2022!  Admission is free and open to the public – 21 & over after 10pm. 20 & Under must be accompanied by a legal guardian after 10pm. Enjoy their family friendly evening from 6-8PM with face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on the Baytowne LIVE stage. Finish off the family friendly evening with our first fireworks display at 8PM. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach.

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