Why do you need a white Christmas when you could have a white sand beach Christmas? If you plan on spending your holidays in the warm, sunny climate of the Emerald Coast, Florida, you don't have to miss out on the holiday fun. Whether you're in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre, or any of our other beautiful seaside towns, the Emerald Coast has plenty of festive activities to offer you and your family this year. Here is a round-up of the top events along the Emerald Coast this holiday season!

1. Holiday on the Harbor: Visits with Santa

There's never a dull moment at HarborWalk Village in Destin, especially around the holidays! Every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 through December 17 from 1-4pm, you can visit St. Nick and receive a free 4x6 photo and magnet! Complete your experience by stopping by the Letter to Santa Station; for every letter written to Santa during the event, Harborwalk Village will donate $1 to Food for Thought, a non-profit working to remove the negative impacts of hunger and empower children through weekly access to healthy meals.

2. Multi-Chamber Young Professionals Ugly Sweater Party Benefitting United Way

If you're a young adult in the Fort Walton Beach area, head to the Young Professionals Ugly Sweater Holiday party on December 13 at 3rd Planet Brewing Company! From 5-6:30pm, your $10 cover charge includes a complimentary drink and benefits the United Way. Grab your favorite ugly sweater and children's books to donate, and meet other young professionals from the Emerald Coast!

3. Winter Fun for Everyone

The Emerald Coast Science Center spices up its offerings with a holiday event on December 20-22 and 27-29 from 10am-3pm. With the general admission price, you get entry into special winter-themed activities, creature features, and fun on the sci-pad! Grab the kids and visit the Emerald Coast Science Center to see your local museum transform this season!

4. That's a Wrap Holiday Party

On Wednesday, December 20, the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce will host the best holiday party of the year! From 5:30-8:30 at the local VFW Post, your $25 entry ticket includes food catered by Vibe and The Macaron Chef, unlimited beer, wine, mixed drinks, and a DJ to dance the night away! Head down and get to know your neighbors for a night of holiday fun!

5. Meet Santa and His Elves at the Crack of Dawn Cafe

The Crack of Dawn Cafe in Fort Walton Beach is open every day from 7am-2pm, but on Sundays this holiday season, you are in for a special treat - you can meet Santa and his elves at the cafe! Bring the kids or grandkids from 8am-10am for some delicious breakfast and a chance to meet these magical characters.

6. New Year's Eve Celebration at the Harborwalk Village

The holidays don't end after Christmas - this New Year's Eve, make your way down to Harborwalk Village for double the fun - two concerts, Strange Boy at 7pm and The New Royals at 9:30! Between the shows, there is a fireworks display, a ball drop, and a second fireworks show at midnight! This free event is the best way to ring in 2024 in the Fort Walton Beach area!

7. Nights of Lights at Baytowne Wharf

If you're searching for holiday lights in the Fort Walton Beach area, head down to Baytowne Wharf! The Village Tree and Event Plaza Lawn host three spectacular light shows every evening of December at 6, 7, and 8pm. The shows feature holiday music and a stunning new tree!

8. Movie Night at LuLu's: The Polar Express

If you're in the mood for a holiday movie, grab a blanket and festive PJs and head down to LuLu's Restaurant on Wednesday, December 20! The film begins at 6pm - popcorn, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies are all included! Plus, if you want to stay for dinner, you will receive a free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult entree.


Fort Walton Beach has plenty of activities this holiday season, no matter what you fancy! If you enjoy the Emerald Coast's mild climate and festive atmosphere this holiday season, you can make this vacation destination your every day by moving here. Give me a call to get sold on your #CostalHomes850 Florida dream house today!