30A Holiday Events

There’s no place like 30A for the holidays! Skip the snow and opt for light-strewn palm trees and white sand beaches instead. If you’re planning a vacation to the 30A area sometime soon, you’re in for a real treat. There are plenty of fun events and activities to get you in the festive mood throughout the month of December. There’s no shortage of things to do and see like photos with Santa, holiday concert series and shopping along festively lit promenades.

By
LoveToStay30A,
on
November 29, 2020

There’s no place like 30A for the holidays! Skip the snow and opt for light-strewn palm trees and white sand beaches instead. If you’re planning a vacation to the 30A area sometime soon, you’re in for a real treat. There are plenty of fun events and activities to get you in the festive mood throughout the month of December. There’s no shortage of things to do and see like photos with Santa, holiday concert series and shopping along festively lit promenades.

Let’s take a look at some of the holiday highlights:

1. The lights along Grand Boulevard in Sandestin

Located near the entrance to Sandestin, Grand Boulevard is one of our favorite spots to get into the holiday spirit. Not only are there beautiful lights to enjoy, there’s an array of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, decorated by the area’s nonprofits. Family-friendly activities like free arts and crafts are available as well as pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. Photos with Santa in Grand Park are every Saturday(November 30-December 21) from 2-4pm. Arrive early for the Grand Boulevard Farmers Market in Grand Park which runs from 9am-1pm for some local produce and goods. Browse the shops and indulge in delicious local dining. It’s the perfect way to spend a Florida winter day!

2. A Downtown Holiday at Fort Walton Beach Landing

Fort Walton Beach Landing Park is a lovely waterfront park with a playground, concert stage and even a small rock climbing wall. Their annual A Downtown Holiday event on Saturday, December 7th  from 12-7pm is fun for the whole family, complete with a tree lighting event at 5:30pm and live music, kids’ activities, local vendors and food. Get your extra special Christmas shopping done at some of the downtown boutiques while you’re there. Enjoy a Christmas Parade on12/07/2020 at 6:30pm.

3. Seaside Holiday Market

The Seaside Holiday Market is one of our favorite places to stop during the month of December. It’s practically a local tradition! The market runs throughout the December on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, starting at 3pm. The event takes place at the Seaside Lyceum. Local vendors offer unique homemade and artisan goods, holiday food, crafts and more. Enjoy the holiday lights and festive decorations that make Seaside one of the 20 Best Christmas Towns in Florida.

From the website: “Join us for a new tradition in Seaside! Skating on an Artificial Ice Rink, face painting from 4-7PM, pictures with Santa from 4pm to close, Christmas treats, and Holiday market vendors! Free& Open To The Public!”

4. The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Baytowne on Ice

Ice skating on 30A is a rare seasonal treat. Thankfully, The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin is offering opportunity to glide on the ice throughout the season until February 1st. Dust off your skates and visit Baytowne Ice Rink for some winter fun. The pavilion is a 40ft by 60ft ice rink enclosed in a tent. If you don’t have your own skates, they offer $3 skate rentals. Rates are $11 per skater for 90 minutes of icy fun. Seasons passes can be purchased at the Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association Office during normal business hours. Check their website for the full schedule and hours. There are extended hours on weekends.

12 Nights of Lights

From Wednesday, December 4th to Saturday, December 21st at 6, 7 and 8pm, enjoy a free light show. On Wednesday night, enjoy the added bonus of a special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series.

Winter Wonderland

On Saturday, December 21st from 9am-1pm enjoy a free Winter Wonderland event for the family. Slide down ice slides, make snow angels and experience snowy magic – without the cold!