Here’s a few of our favorite area holiday events sure to bring joy and comfort this season!
Jolly Jubilee 2020
Now through Sun., Dec. 20
Join Destin Commons for a series of holiday happenings now through Christmas. With the 50’ Christmas tree as a backdrop, Destin Commons creates the premier holiday atmosphere with 10 large reindeer topiary shrubs, multiple Christmas trees, Christmas carolers and live performances! Check Facebook for dates and times.
Destin City Parade
Sat., Dec. 12, 10 a.m.
The 36th annual “Joy to the World” Christmas parade will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center near Old Time Pottery and travel west down U.S. Hwy. 98 (Harbor Blvd.) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of U.S. 98 to watch. For those who wish to participate in the parade, email Recreation@cityofdestin.com to request an application which must be received no later than Dec. 4. They can be dropped off in person at the Destin Community Center (101 Stahlman Ave), faxed to 850-654-8998 or emailed to Recreation@cityofdestin.com.
HarborWalk Village 2020 Holiday Events:
Visits With Santa – Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 – 1-4 p.m.
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl – Dec.5, 6:30-10 p.m.
Holiday on the Harbor | Chanukah Celebration – Dec.10, 5-8 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa – Dec. 12, 13, 19, 20 – 8 a.m.-noon
Olde Holiday Market – Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Destin Boat Parade & Nutcracker – Dec. 13, 5-9 p.m.
Santa Paws & Concert – Dec. 19, 1-7 p.m.
The Palms Resort + Palms Bistro Teddy Bear Tea
Dec. 12 and 19, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
A whimsical twist to the traditional New Orleans Teddy Bear Tea, the Bistro dining room will be totally elfed into a Christmas wonderland. Santa and Mrs. Claus, and little elf helpers will all be in attendance. Adults: $32, Kids: $22 Hot chocolate, teddy bears, story time with Mrs. Claus, personally decorated cookies, handwritten letters to Santa, Christmas caroling, photos galore, and brunch all included in your ticket purchase! PLUS take home your cookies, a novelty mug, canvas tote, and most importantly, amazing memories.
Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade
Sun., Dec. 13, 6 p.m.
The Destin History and Fishing Museum and Margaritaville will be hosting the 34th Annual Lighted Boat Parade. Festivities will be held that afternoon all along the Harbor and the Lighted Boat Parade will start at 6 p.m. Judging will take place at Margaritaville, and the fireworks show will begin afterwards. Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 p.m. The parade can be viewed from docks, businesses and restaurants from Grand Harbor Condominiums to HarborWalk Village. Boats of all sizes and types are invited to register to be in the parade. Register your boat today at the Destin History & Fishing Museum, 108 Stahlman Ave., 850-837-6611.
Bass Pro Santa Wonderland
Nov. 7- Dec. 24
FREE photos with Santa
Make a free reservation online to see Santa! Visit basspro.com/santa to reserve your spot. Reservations are required and can be made 7 days in advance; spots are limited to allow social distancing. Temperature screenings are required. Face covering requirements based on local guidelines. It’s a “contactless Claus” visit; only wishes can pass through the magic Santa Shield. Physical distancing, Santa’s Sanitation Squad, team face coverings and cleaned surfaces between each visit offer safety. Bass Pro Shop, Destin Commons, Legendary Drive 32541; 1-800-BASSPRO
New Year’s Eve Destin Fireworks Dinner Cruise
Welcome 2021 in style aboard the 125′ Solaris Yacht in Sandestin. Enjoy five courses and dance under the moonlight with live entertainment, party favors and an incredible fireworks display.
Cruise for 4.5 hours from 8 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. with check-in at 7 p.m. The Solaris Yacht is located at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at the Baytowne Marina. Guests will enjoy special parking for New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s Eve Cruise is exclusively for guests 21+ and includes five chef-inspired courses, a midnight champagne toast, live entertainment, party favors, and the best view of the fireworks show at midnight. The ticket price is $165 per person and you can reserve a window table for $75. Visit sunquestcruises.com.
New Year’s Eve at HarborWalk Village
Ring in the New Year on the Destin Harbor! Enjoy an early performance by Flash Flood at 7 p.m. on the main stage and an 8 p.m. fireworks show! Make sure you’ve got your dancing shoes ready because Atlanta’s hottest party band, the A-Town A-List, hits the stage at 9:30 p.m. performing covers of all your favorite songs. The night will end with midnight fireworks to start 2021!