Outdoor Family Fun

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Santa sightings, holiday events in north and south Walton

‘Tis the season for Santa Claus spotting and photo opportunities with the big guy. Also some outdoor markets and family oriented outdoor events. Here are a few ideas: Nov. 23 The Nutcracker – Seaside Amphitheater 5 p.m. Ballet Pensacola performs during the eighth annual performance of the beloved ballet that launched a national holiday tradition. Free and open to the public. Nov. 29 Alys in Winter Wonderland 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer. Cookies...

Christmas parade and tree lighting in Freeport Dec. 7

The City of Freeport’s annual Christmas parade and tree lighting is Dec. 7, 2019, beginning at 4:40 p.m. This year’s celebration is expected to be the largest ever held in Freeport. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Dreams.” State Senator George Gainer is the Grand Marshall. Other participants will include festively decorated floats, vehicles, horses, and marching bands. Immediately following the parade, Mayor Barley will light the city’s Christmas tree and kick off a program featuring dance and musical numbers....

Christmas reflections in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 29 – Dec. 31

Enjoy a holiday family tradition in DeFuniak Springs as Chipley Park a/k/a DeFuniak Springs lakeyard lights up with the annual Christmas Reflection displays. A variety of Victorian, animal and toy soldier cutouts, Santa’s workshop, the grandfather clock ticking away; and the real reason for the season, the Nativity Scene all surrounded by twinkling trees. Millions of lights reflect on to the lake glowing in holiday splendor. The event will run from 5 – 9 p.m. nightly Nov. 29 – Dec....

Ice skating at Baytowne Wharf through Feb. 1

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne On Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, Baytowne’s seasonal ice skating rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions. Admission $11 for an hour and a half, $3 skate rental. Rink hours vary daily. Click here for hours. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Miramar...

Honoring veterans past, present and future at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 9

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in “Honoring Veterans: Past, Present and Future” on November 9, 2019 from 8:30am to Noon.  Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be celebrating Veterans Day with programs, exhibits and activities honoring the connection between the park, the Florida panhandle and the local military history. The festivities will kick off with an opening flag ceremony and breakfast. There will also be a Kids Korner with fun activities. Admission is free during the Honoring Veterans: Past, Present and...

Harbor Docks Take A Kid Fishing Day in Destin Nov. 3

Harbor Docks Charities is hosting the 25th Annual Take-A- Kid-Fishing Day on Sunday, November 3, 2019. For the last 24 years, many area children spent a glorious day fishing aboard many of Destin’s finest charter boats. We have 300 openings for kids that do not often get the chance to fish in the beautiful waters around Destin including the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. Off duty policemen and firemen from Destin and Fort Walton Beach as well as other...

History tour at Camp Helen State Park Nov. 2

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Park guests will have the opportunity to learn about how recreation has been a part of the park’s heritage for nearly 100 years. From the first hotel built along the bluffs overlooking Lake Powell in the 1920s, to Camp Helen’s hey-day between 1945 and 1987 as a recreation camp for employees of Avondale Textile Mills, our park has been...

Pioneer Day at Rocky Bayou State Park Nov. 9

Step back in time to the days of the early settlers during Pioneer Day at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park on Nov. 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 3p.m. Demonstrators will all be in time-period dress, there will also be a restored chuck wagon on site, cooking griddle cakes by the fire, music, storytelling, candle dipping, making rag dolls, pioneer survival skills and so much more. The event is FREE and open to the public with paid admission to...

Explore The Outdoors Festival in Freeport Nov. 2

A great day for outdoor family fun Walton Outdoors will be hosting our 10th annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida. 32439 ::MAP:: This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife, archery, interactive...

Bayfest in Freeport Nov. 2 

Come celebrate the joy of the Bay at Bayfest in Freeport at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex, Hammock Bay, on Saturday, November 2nd from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bayfest promises to be a fun day for the entire family, there will be a “A Taste of the Bay” cook-off, fishing tournament, disc golf tournament, mullet toss, craft and food vendors, pony rides, a kid’s zone with bouncy houses, slide and an obstacle course.  Giggles the clown, will be available...

Monarch butterfly science project at Henderson Beach State Park Nov. 2

Come out and experience the beauty of the monarch butterfly at Henderson Beach State Park on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. By participating in a citizen science project, you will get to tag your very own monarch butterfly. There will be a short talk about the monarchs, their migration, food source, native plants and pollinators within Florida. The Florida Native Plant Society will also be joining in. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to help such a...