holiday,shopping,destin,sandestinHoliday Shopping and Events around Destin and Sandestin Shopping Centers

It is that time again, Christmas and New Year’s are almost here.  There is an abundance of holdiay events taking place around Destin and Sandestin and as December approaches I will be adding them to this post.

Festival of Trees at Grand Boulevard

Grand Boulevard at Sandestin’s fifth annual “Festival of Trees” will showcase 12 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations Nov. 25 – Dec. 31 in Grand Park. The public is invited to attend the kick-off from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 25 as the trees are lighted, judged on their decorations and winners are announced at 6 p.m.

Photos with Santa

Get free photos made with Santa from 2-3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 20 at Grand Park at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin.

Santa coming to The Destin Commons

Bring the entire family to Destin Commons to watch Santa arrive in style on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

At 6:45, join in the fun to watch Santa’s arrival with a festive Holiday Parade down Main Street, the official lighting of Destin Commons’ spectacular 50-foot Christmas tree, and a dazzling fireworks finale. After the parade and fireworks, Santa will be at Bass Pro Shops to hear the kid’s wish lists and have photos taken until 9 p.m. Throughout the rest of November and December, Santa will be located at Bass Pro Shops. Check www.basspro.com for a listing of Santa’s hours.

Destin Commons will offer extended hours during the holiday shopping season. With 90-plus stores, holiday shoppers can find the perfect gift for anyone. Or, consider a gift card for those hard to shop for on the list.

Harborwalk Village

Santa is coming to Harborwalk Village at noon on Nov 28, 2014.

A Dickens Christmas

Three professional actors seamlessly change from character to character as they bring to life the tale of Scrooge and his transformational night with three ghosts at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 13 and 21 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20 in the HarborWalk Village Veranda Room above Crab Island Cantina. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Share cookies and tea with family and friends in a cozy, festive atmosphere. Tickets are $20/adults and $10/children ages 5-12. Tickets can be purchased at 687-1637 or http://www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

Village of Baytowne Wharf

Ring in the holidays at Baytowne!  Here Comes Santa Claus Weekend- complete with the annual Village tree lighting, carriage rides, a holiday movie, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus!
Friday November 28: Watch Polar Express under the stars beginning at 6pm.
Saturday November 29: The main event! Santa Claus arrives at 6pm to much fanfare. Fireworks will directly follow his arrival and live music and kid’s activities will be featured. Get your photo taken with the man himself until 9pm.

Wednesday Night Concert Series | Holiday Edition
Monday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 31

Time: 7-9:00pm
Cost: FREE
In celebration of the holiday season, The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents the fourth annual holiday paper lantern parade. This community event will feature commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday season. We invite all individuals and groups to participate by making their own paper lanterns!

12 Nights of Lights
Monday, December 1 – Wednesday, December 31

Time: 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00pm
Location: Events Plaza
Cost: FREE

For the month of December, enjoy a festive light show in the Events Plaza set to your favorite holiday music every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas at 6, 7 and 8pm.
This sparkling event will also be featured during the holiday editions of Wednesday Night Concert Series at 7pm.
Show Dates: December 3,5,6,10,12,13,17,19,20,24,26,27

Family Gingerbread House Decorating
Saturday, December 6

Time: 3-4:45pm
Cost: $50 per house; includes all decorations and box
Sponsor: Abrakadoodle & Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Come decorate your own gingerbread house at this fun family event!
The Improv-ing Elves of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company will perform at 5pm on the stage. Bring a chair and/or a blanket to enjoy the show!

5th Annual Holiday Lantern Parade
Saturday, December 13

Time: 6:00pm
Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Cost: FREE

In celebration of the holiday season, The Village of Baytowne Wharf presents the fourth annual holiday paper lantern parade. This community event will feature commissioned paper lanterns in the shapes of iconic symbols of the holiday season. We invite all individuals and groups to participate by making their own paper lanterns!
Join us for a showing of Elf at 7pm.

New Year’s Eve | Baytowne Countdown
Wednesday, December 31

Time: 7:00pm
Cost: FREE

You don’t want to miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s end-of-year celebration! Come dance the night away and enjoy breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight!

Holiday Shopping and Events in Destin
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