We know the holidays may look a little different this year, and if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, and by “white” you mean sugar-white sand, we’re here to help. There’s no better place to celebrate the holiday traditions, old and new, than on the Emerald Coast. Our collection of homes from Panama City Beach to Destin are the perfect place to stay in and get cozy.
360 Blue offers a range of concierge services such as tree decorating, cookie painting, and private chef catering to make your stay a breeze and allow you to spend time with your company. During December, the weather is typically sunny and mildly cold (50–70 degrees during the day). The water is calm and flat, and the sunsets are breathtaking this time of year. There are also several outdoor holiday events in the area this year for all ages to enjoy.
Below is a list of holiday events from 30A to Destin:
AJs Outdoor Holiday Market: November 25, 3 PM–8 PM
AJ’s of Grayton Beach is hosting an outdoor holiday market on November 25th with live music, local vendors with gifts for purchase, flower arrangements, art, and more. Bring the kids for s’mores with Santa from 6–9 PM by the fire!
Santa’s Arrival at Baytowne Wharf: November 28, 6–9 PM
Santa’s coming to town! Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting, holiday music, children’s activities, fireworks over the water, and the opening of the ice rink. The ice-skating rink will be open until January 31 with varying hours. Baytowne Wharf hosts re-occurring holiday festivities Wednesday–Saturdays during the month of December such as holiday movies, Christmas carols, and a Winter Wonderland on the green.
Santa’s Arrival at HarborWalk Village in Destin: November 28, 1–4 PM
Santa arrives at the HarborWalk Village by boat this year! Children of all ages can enjoy 1 free picture with Santa, a reindeer-themed scavenger hunt, and more holiday festivities.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company: A Christmas Carol starting December 4
Showtimes are December 4–5, 10–12, 17–19 at 7:30 pm, December 6, 13, 20 at 2 pm
The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents their take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The show will run December 4th to December 20th with evening and matinee showtimes. The theatre is located at Grand Boulevard on the second floor. Buy Tickets
Christmas at the Beach in Gulf Place: December 5, Noon–3 PM
Enjoy this all-ages event with donations benefitting the Walton County Sheriff Posse. There will be a raffle, cake walk, arts and crafts, live music by local school groups, inflatables, train rides, games, a stilt-walking balloon maker, pictures with Santa, and vendors at the amphitheater selling ornaments, handmade soaps, and an assortment of other goods.
30A Half Marathon and 5K (Virtual Race Weekend)
Join us virtually for the 30A Half Marathon and 5K benefitting The Sonder Project. 100% of the proceeds will directly support their programs to empower impoverished communities through sustainable development. Participants will be mailed a free t-shirt and be entered to win a 3-night stay in Rosemary Beach, courtesy of 360 Blue. Register online here.
Grayt Santa Pub Crawl: December 12, starting at 2–8 PM
Spend your afternoon having a “Grayt” time at the 7th Annual Grayt Santa Pub Crawl. Check-in at Hurricane Oyster Bar at 2 PM and shuttle pick up that will take you to Red Bar, Chiringo, Hibiscus, and AJs and get you in the holiday “spirits.” For $60 a person, crawlers will get special access to food and drink specials, prizes, a costume contest, and live music.
Café Thirty-A Christmas Charity Ball: December 12, 7-11 PM
The Annual Christmas Charity Ball benefitting Caring and Sharing of South Walton will be held on December 12th and feature live music, a dinner buffet, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne toast, and photobooth. Tickets can be purchased here.
Tacky Sweater Christmas Cocktails Class at The Gathering Spot: December 19, 8 PM
For participants 21+, learn how to make 2 special holiday libations that you can take home and serve your guests. For just $40 a person, wear your favorite tacky sweater and spend the evening sipping Christmas-inspired cocktails courtesy of The Gathering Spot’s cheerful mixologists.
Holiday Farmer’s Market at Rosemary Beach: December 23, 9–1 PM
Get last-minute gifts for your loved ones at Rosemary Beach’s Holiday Farmer’s Market on the green. Vendors include local artists, handmade goods, and sweet treats.
NYE Celebration at Havana: December 31, 5 PM–Midnight
Celebrate the end of 2020 and welcome 2021 at Havana with a special 3-course meal and toast. Enjoy live music and a dueling piano show in the lounge until midnight. Tickets are $125 per person.