An Emerald Coast Christmas Vacation

Planning to spend Christmas in Destin, FL, or a condo along the Emerald Coast? While you may not find snow and sleds along the Emerald Coast, your ‘white Christmas’ dreams may come true with the beauty that the stunning white sandy beaches offer. With milder weather and slightly smaller crowds, a Destin Christmas might be the perfect vacation for your family and friends to celebrate the holidays.

Just because you’re at the beach, you won’t miss out on the fun holiday festivities. Santa, shopping, and Christmas cheer is in plenty along the coast. Whether it’s Christmas Dinner in Panama City Beach or visiting Santa in Destin, an Emerald Coast Christmas won’t disappoint.

Christmas and Holiday Events and Entertainment

Holiday Events and Entertainment

If you’re looking to visit the Emerald Coast for your Destin or Panama City Beach Christmas vacation, here are some must-attend events happening throughout December for the holidays.

Visit Santa in Destin or PCB

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Ole’ St. Nick. Santa makes regular appearances at Bass Pro Shops in Destin, Grand Boulevard and Sandestin, The Village at Baytowne Wharf, HarborWalk Village, and Pier Park. You might find him making special appearances at events held at Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Grayton Beach, Lulu’s Destin, and more!

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has scheduled its annual Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert for Friday, Dec. 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Village Baptist Church.
Destin Christmas Parade

The 34th Destin Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8th, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until noon, with this year’s theme bring, “Christmas at the Beach.” Spectators should stand on the north side of Harbor Blvd. to watch the parade.

Destin Harbor Boat Parade

Boating is a very popular activity in Destin, and area boat owners are always anxious to show off their ships. They’ll get their chance at the annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade on Sunday, Dec. 9! Live music and other holiday events will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at HarborWalk Village, and the actual boat parade will begin at 6 p.m. Expect to see boats decorated with gorgeous lights put on a lovely show as they sail around Destin Harbor.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

December 6th through December 23rd on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm, or Sundays 2pm at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, ECTC presents this beloved American holiday classic that comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings dozens of characters to the stage, and live, on-stage sound effects, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers a world in which he’d never been born one fateful Christmas Eve.

Baytowne on Ice

Dust off those skates and get in the festive spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, this seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions.

Wednesday Night Holiday Concerts

Get in the holiday spirit and listen to some of your favorite holiday classics every Wednesday this December at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Wednesday Night Concert Series featuring a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.

12 Nights of Lights

Enjoy a festive light show every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in December leading up to Christmas! This sparkling event will also be featured during the special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series (listed above). Watch three dazzling shows on The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s tree at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm.

Festival of Trees

This festive event is held annually in Grand Park at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and showcases uniquely-decorated Christmas trees from twelve local non-profits.

Christmas Day Dining

Christmas Day Dining

Dine in, or grab it to go, and enjoy some of the finest food on the Emerald Coast for your Christmas and Holiday celebrations! Here are some hot spots from Destin to Panama City beach that might be an awesome restaurant to enjoy a Christmas day meal. Be sure to check out their websites or call ahead of your Emerald Coast vacation to check on Christmas Day hours, meals, events, specials, etc.

Recommendations for Christmas Dinner – Destin, FL

For a great Destin restaurant for your Christmas meal or catering, check out Harbor Docks , Grande Vista Bar & Grill within the Emerald Grande, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar, The Crab Trap, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Hogs Breath Saloon, 790 on the Gulf, Honey Baked Ham, Marina Cafe, and Sarah K’s Gourmet!

Recommendations for Christmas Dinner – Miramar Beach

In Miramar Beach, there’s The Solaris, Emeril’s Coastal Italian, Marlin Grill, Sunset Bay Cafe, Slick Lips Oyster Bar, Baytowne Provisions, Surf Hut, Vin’tij and Hilton Sandestin that are all sure to please your Holiday tastebuds.

Recommendations for Christmas Dinner – 30A and South Walton

If you’re planning your Christmas beach vacation on 30A or in the South Walton area, check out Old Florida Fish House, Cuvee 30A, Local Catch, Vue on 30A, Restaurant Paradis, Great Southern, The Bay, Cafe Thirty-A, and Modica Market.

Recommendations for Christmas Dinner – Panama City Beach

There are many restaurants in the Panama City Beach area that offer tasty options including Firefly, Saltwater Grill, Bayou Bill’s Crab House, Schooners, Triple J Steaks and Seafood, Bayou on the Beach Cafe and Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant.

Santa’s Elves Shop Along the Emerald Coast

Emerald Coast Shopping

Still have some Christmas shopping to do once you arrive to the Emerald Coast for your Holiday beach vacation? Have no fear. There are plenty of great shopping venues for any item on your list. If you’re shopping in Destin or Miramar Beach, stop by Harborwalk Village, The Destin Commons, City Market, or Silver Sands Premium Outlets. If you’re in the South Walton, 30A, or Panama City Beach areas, you’re also not far from the Silver Sands Premium Outlets, but also near great stores at 30 Avenue and Pier Park.

Places To Stay During Christmas

Emerald Coast Christmas Condos

No matter what activities, events, restaurants, or beaches you choose for your Emerald Coast Christmas vacation, we wish you Happy Holidays and a beach vacation filled with fun, food, and great memories during the most wonderful time of the year! Be sure to choose Condo-World to book your luxury condo rentals in Destin or Panama City Beach!