Upcoming Events

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Saturday and Sunday Farmers markets

tomatoesSeaside Amphitheater – Saturday, Market Shops Sandestin Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. ::MAP::

WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market
The WaterColor Community Association is hosting the WaterColor Coastal Farmers Market at Cerulean Park on Sundays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The market is open to the public. The market has an array of items to choose from such as local farm-fresh produce, eggs, and dairy products. There will also be a large variety of organic and homemade items and artwork.

Rosemary Beach Barrett Square – Sunday
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.


Historical tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve Nov. 25

JB2 on launch track. Photo courtesy Coffeen Nature Preserve.

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, are offering the fall season of their popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre Nature Preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history however is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 “Buzz Bombs,” (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles) were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Join Susan Paladini, the Resident Manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen. This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required. Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach

Fee: $20. Course # XCE 6201. Tour reference numbers: 11/11/2015 #11441, 11/25/2015 #11442.

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.


Sights and sounds of night tour with Nonie’s Ark Animal EVEntures Nov. 27

nonieTime: 7:30 -9:00 pm

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, are offering the fall season of their popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Discover the sights and sounds of nature at night! Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters will guide evening Eco-Adventure’s for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance this summer on Wednesday’s. A minimum of five Eventurers are needed and a maximum of 25. We will meet at some of Walton County’s exceptional biodiverse habitats and explore for elusive creatures such as fox, owls, frogs and especially bats! All are invited but focus is on ages 4-10. Bring a flashlight or headlamp to light your way & please come properly dressed for heat and ready to repel bugs.

The tours will lead out of various locations throughout Walton County; tours will meet at sites listed on flyers.

Space is limited to 25. Minimum of 5 required. Location is forest trail off of Satinwood Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.

Fee: $15. Course # XRL 6223, #11450

Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents extraordinary opportunities to explore, discover, and learn about the pristine natural resources that make Walton County unique. Descriptions of the tours being offered are available online at www.basinalliance.org by clicking the Eco Tours information box. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160.


Outdoor movie night in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 27

miracleon34Enjoy a movie with your family “the old fashioned way” at the outdoor amphitheater on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs beginning at 7:30 pm.  The movie is Miracle on 34th Street (1947 color version).

Food vendors on site to settle your appetite and qualifying food purchasers will be entered into a chance to win a raffle. Free admission. Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee.

For more information, call (850) 892-8500.


Rosemary Beach Christmas tree lighting Nov. 27

Enjoy Charles Dickens Carolers from 6-6:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. See Santa’s big arrival and take a carriage ride through town. Visit the Town Center merchants until 9 p.m. for holiday shopping and refreshments.


Baytowne Village tree lighting Nov. 27 – 28

Ring in the holidays Nov. 27 and 28 with a free Here Comes Santa Claus Weekend at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, including the Village tree lighting, carriage rides and more. Watch Polar Express under the stars beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 27.

Kids activities and live music take place Nov. 28 beginning with Santa’s arrival at 6 p.m. Fireworks follow. And don’t forget to snap a photo with Santa until 9 p.m.


Holiday open house with Santa at Gulf Place Nov. 27 – 28

Four-year-old Eli Sincovich tells Santa that he has been a very good boy all year. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsTime: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join the fun at 10 a.m. Nov. 28 when Artists at Gulf Place hold the annual open house with workshops, snacks, music, art and more. Santa arrives in a fire truck on Saturday from 11 a.m. -1 p.m.


Enjoy a Seaside holiday tradition with Turn on the Town Nov. 27-28

 The Merchants of Seaside welcome the holidays with events for the entire family. on Nov. 27 and 28. Combine the small-town atmosphere of a beach community parade, throw in a dash of Santa Claus, add a festive farmers market and mix with the official lighting, and you have the perfect makings to kick off the Holiday season in beautiful Seaside.

The festivities begin on Fri., Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. with their holiday edition of Central Square Cinema featuring a Christmas movie guaranteed fun for the entire family. Grab your blankets and head down to the Seaside Amphitheater with a giant mug of hot cocoa for this holiday movie under the stars.

The holiday fun continues on Sat., Nov. 28 with the Seaside Farmers Market from 8 a.m. – 12 Noon. The market features a variety of local vendors featuring fresh produce, baked goods, dairy products, native plants and even some special holiday treats. Stop by and see our friends behind Raw & Juicy in the Amphitheater.

Then stake your spot along 30A for the Annual South Walton Holiday Parade. This Seaside tradition begins at 4 p.m. in front of Seagrove Plaza. Residents and visitors share in the glory as participants march 1.5 miles down Scenic Highway 30A from Seagrove decked in their Christmas best on festive holiday floats. The parade ends in Seaside as they welcome Santa to town.

Parade participants should meet at the Seagrove Plaza at Garrett Realty no later than 3:15 p.m. with decorated entries. Click here for registration form.

The celebration continues with Turn on the Town at 5 p.m. as the one and only, Santa Claus, asks all the kids to join him in front of the stage to sing along to a few verses of jingle bells. Then, the countdown begins to turn on the town with the tree lighting and meeting with Santa.


Christmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 27 – Dec. 31

A full moon rises on Lake DeFuniak during the Christmas Reflections. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsChristmas Reflections in DeFuniak Springs runs from 5 – 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 27 – Dec. 31. See how six million Christmas lights multiply to 12 million when reflected on the perfectly round lake which is the centerpiece of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District. This incredible display on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua has no equal. $3/person, Season Passes $35, ages 6 and under free.

Carriage rides by High Horse Farm LLC will be available for an additional fee on November 27, 28, 29; December 4, 5, 6; and nightly December 11-31.  Sponsored by the Christmas Reflections Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs.

For more information, call (850) 892-3950.


Hometown Christmas shopping fair in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 28

hometownThe 26th annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 am – 5 pm at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs.

The annual shopping event brings thousands of holiday shoppers to historic DeFuniak Springs and features activities for children, food, entertainment, and hundreds of unique one-of-a-kind gifts for every taste anta will be flying in from The North Pole to visit good boys and girls all day.  Often imitated, but never duplicated, the original Northwest Florida Hometown Christmas features up to 100 crafters from around the south.  Free admission.

For more information, call (850) 835-4834 or (850) 830-1661.


Christmas Festival in Chipley Dec. 4

chipleychristmasThe city of Chipley will be lighting up for their annual Christmas Festival on December 4, 2015. The event will be held in the downtown area from 5 – 9 p.m.
Enjoy a parade, holiday stroll, Christmas carolers, arts, carriage rides, food vendors, and children’s activities such as bounce house, slide, games, and face painting. The Historical Museum will be offering tours and an open house.
5-9 p.m. – Downtown Holiday Stroll and area merchants offering holiday goodies, discounts and last holiday gift ideas.
5-9 p.m. – Free carriage rides through downtown.
6 p.m. – Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade.
7-9 p.m. – Children’s activities giveaways at Farmer’s Market Complex. pin the nose on Rudolf, wrangling Reindeer, glitter pinecone station, pony rides, and more.
7-9 p.m. – Free Santa Photos in Gazebo

Sponsored by N.W. Florida Community Hospital, Gulf Power, Tobacco Free Florida, Community South Credit Union. For more information please contact (850) 703-3656 email [email protected]


Festival of trees in Freeport Dec. 4 – 6

freeportfestivaloftrees3Get into the spirit of Christmas by attending the Freeport Town Planters Festival of Trees. The event will be at the Freeport Community Center on Fri., Dec. 4, following the lighting of the Christmas Tree at City Hall; Sat., Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sun., Dec. 6, from 1 – 5 p.m.

The trees have been decorated by individuals, organizations, and businesses; and they will be competing for the People’s Choice Award, to be presented at the end of the show on Sunday. Admission is free (donations accepted) and refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Lois Orsak At 850-588-9945.


Walton County fixed price sale Dec. 5

walton-county-logoTime: 7 – 11 a.m.

In an effort to rid the county of surplus items and free up space in county facilities, Walton County will be hosting a fixed price yard sale on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7 -11 am at the County Landfill (behind the prison) located north of DeFuniak Springs off Highway 83 North.

The fixed price sale will include furniture, computers, monitors, collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and much more.

Items that will be sold at the yard sale include items that the county has surplused that are no longer used or needed by the County, as well as items that are collected through the County’s recycling program at the landfill.

The landfill gates will open at 6:30am to facilitate parking, however entrance to the sale will not be allowed until 7am.

The following rules will be in place for this event:
· The County will not be holding a pre-sale viewing.
· Items must be paid for with cash or local check.
· All items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
· All items are priced as marked and will not be negotiated.
· All items are purchased as is and contain no County liability or warranty.
· All purchased items must be removed from the grounds following purchase. (Assistance with loading will be provided)
· All sales will be final.
· All items must be paid for at time of sale and cannot be held.
· Stockpiling of merchandise will not be permitted.

In addition to the County’s ongoing public auction program, these fixed price sales give the County an additional to opportunity to offer their surplus items to the public for purchase.

If you should have any questions, please contact the County’s Public Information Department at 850-951-7101.


Christmas tour of homes in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 5

hometourCome catch the Christmas spirit at the 23rd Annual Tour of Homes in DeFuniak Springs. Tour five homes decked out in their holiday best, and learn about Historic DeFuniak Springs as you enjoy its old-fashioned ambiance at your own pace on your self-guided tour.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets on sale the day of the tour from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Walton County Heritage Museum (1140 Circle Drive).  Advance tickets available after November 1st at The Little Big Store (35 S. 8th Street), Sanford and Sisters Mall (938 U.S. Hwy 331 South), and Walton County Heritage Museum (1140 Circle Drive).  The 2015 tour is co-sponsored by Partners in Progress and Walton County Heritage Association.  www.waltoncountyheritage.org.  (850) 892-2448.


Santa arrives at Silver Sands Outlet Dec. 5

santaSilver Sands Premium Outlets welcomes Santa in the courtyard in front of Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th to greet Santa as he arrives on a fire truck from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5.

Children can get their picture taken with Santa and enjoy face painting and holiday crafts provided by Abrakadoodle.


Christmas at the beach at Gulf Place Dec. 5

Four-year-old Eli Sincovich tells Santa that he has been a very good boy all year. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsTime 4 – 6 p.m.

Gulf Place and Hope Lutheran Church have joined forces to present the first-ever Christmas at the Beach in GulfPlace on Saturday, December 5. Area families are invited to Gulf Place from 3 to 6 p.m. for FREE kids activities, arts & crafts, family photos with Santa, local holiday shopping, caroling, live music and the lighting of the Gulf Place Christmas Tree.


Camp Helen history tour Dec. 5

camphelenhistorytourTime: 10 – 10:45 a.m.
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Camp Helen State Park invites you to their history walk at Camp Helen State Park. Come learn about the early history of the park and local area while wandering on a guided tour around Camp Helen’s restored historical buildings. The history walk takes place the first Saturday of each month.

Participation Requirements:
• Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instruction independently or with the assistance of a companion.
• Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 1- 2 hours.
• Must have the ability to traverse wet, sloped, and uneven terrain for .5 -1 miles, independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Fees: The tour is free with paid park admission fee of $4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Contact: (850) 233-5059 ::MAP::


South Walton Fire District Elf Ride in Santa Rosa Beach Dec. 6

elfrideThe South Walton Fire District (SWFD) will be hosting their 8th Annual Elf Ride on Dec. 6th, 2015. Elves of all ages will meet at the Western Lake Beach Access in Watercolor at 1:00 p.m. and bicycle/walk to the SWFD’s Water Color Station located at 2109 CR 395 South, Seagrove (approx. 1.5 miles).

Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the SWFD Angel Tree. Refreshments and a tour of the fire station as well as the fire trucks will be available. Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas outfit and decorate your bike. Parent(s) must accompany all children!

If weather does not cooperate, toys may be dropped off at the Water Color Fire Station on Dec. 6th, 2015. For more information contact Robbie Lund at [email protected] or Luke Thompson at [email protected].


Chili cook off benefit in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 11

chiliThe professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 is sponsoring a fundraising event on Friday December 11, 2015 at the Ace Hardware in DeFuniak Springs. The cook off will be from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This event is to support Niki Davis, one of the wives of our Firefighters at Walton County Fire Rescue, who is in her final battle with stage 4 cancer. Niki was at ground zero the day the Towers came down working and inhaled what’s been killing her ever since. She helped many people in that time of need and now she needs our help.

$20 to enter your famous chili/ Have a chance to win prizes and you get 2 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 5 burner stainless steel grill.

$8 to purchase a bowl of chili, also get to taste everyone’s chili and vote

Raffle Tickets for a 5 burner stainless steel grill are $3 per ticket, $10 for 4, $20 for 10

Contact James Whedon [email protected] for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Any donation will go a long way.


DeFuniak Springs Christmas parade Dec. 12

Folks from around DeFuniak Springs will be lining up along Circle Drive to enjoy the annual DeFuniak Springs Christmas Parade on Dec. 12, 2015.

Hosted by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club, the parade will feature a variety of colorful floats and marching bands. Parade starts at 1 p.m.


Historic Wesley house at Eden Gardens State Park decorated for the holidays, Candlelight Tour Dec. 19

The Wesley house at Eden Gardens State Park is dressed up for the holidays. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsEden Gardens State Park and the Friends of Eden invite you to join them for a tour of the Wesley House through the holidays. All of the rooms of the historic home have been decorated with Christmas cheer, with each room decorated in a variety of different themes by local organizations.

Tours of the Wesley House are Thursday – Monday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., every hour on the hour. The Christmas decorations will be up through Dec. 31. The rest of the park is open 7 days a week.

The Candlelight Open House will be Saturday, December 19, from 5 – 8 pm.

Donations to the Friends of Eden Gardens are welcome and appreciated.  
Fees: Admission fees to the park and the event are waived.
 Contact: (850) 267-8320. ::MAP::


Pleasant Ridge Arena hosts Neigh and Bray fun show Dec. 19

Pleasant Ridge Arena in DeFuniak Springs is hosting a Neigh and Bray Fun Show. Sponsored by owners Diana and Rex Brannon, young children will enjoy stick races, and lead line while the more seasoned riders will compete in pole bending, barrel racing Western and English pleasure and more. There is a class for everyone and every breed. The Neigh and Bray show is held the third Saturday of every month. To find out more, go to their website at pleasantridgearena.com. Phone: (850) 892-5398. Show starts at 12 p.m. and is free for spectators.

Location: Pleasant Ridge Arena is located at 1917 Pleasant Ridge Road in DeFuniak Springs.


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