Upcoming Events

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 Beach.

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Community clean up day in Choctaw Beach Nov. 12 – 16

Dumpsters will be provided for Walton County residents to dispose of tires (4), appliances, electronics, metal, furniture, old lumber, junk, and other miscellaneous debris. The District 4 Road Crew will collect yard waste in the community during the week. This event is for the convenience of the residents of the community to dispose of small quantities of junk and debris.  This is not for businesses of any kind.  Large loads should be taken to the Landfill for disposal.  

The event will be held at the County owned parcel at Cedar Ave. and Juniper Drive in Choctaw Beach. A recycling trailer is located at the Choctaw Fire Station for newsprint, cardboard, plastic, and aluminum.  

Limit of (4) tires per household. 

No hazardous materials (paint, petroleum, pesticides, chemicals, batteries, etc.)

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The Nutcracker at Seaside Amphitheater Nov. 23

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 at the Seaside Amphitheater on Scenic Hwy. 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

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Alys in Winter Wonderland Nov. 29

10 a.m. -12 p.m. Join Santa for cookie decorating and holiday cheer. Cookies to decorate will be available for purchase in Central Park, two cookies for $5. Unwrapped children’s toys will be accepted for donation to a local Angel Tree Program and nonperishable, non-glass food items for Food For Thought Outreach Inc. Address: Central Park, Alys Beach

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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. 31. Admission is $3/person, children 6 and under free. Season pass is available for $35.

Carriage rides will be offered by High Horse Farms and will be $10/person, free for children 3 and under. Fee is in addition to entry fee. Reservations not required, however call (850) 978-2999 for more information. Rides will be available from 5 – 9 p.m. on the following dates:

  • November 29, 30 & 31
  • December 6, 7 & 8
  • December 13-31

Directions: Take U.S. Hwy. 331 to DeFuniak Springs. Turn north on Live Oak Ave. and follow to the entrance of Christmas Reflections on Circle Drive.

For more information contact DeFuniak City Hall at 850-892-8500.

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Hometown Christmas in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 30

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 30, at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North in DeFuniak Springs. The 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. Free admission. For more information, call (850) 830-1661.

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South Walton Christmas Parade along 30A Nov. 30

9 a.m. Head to 30A for South Walton’s annual Christmas parade. The parade begins in Seagrove Beach and proceeds west to the town of Seaside. Meet Santa in town after the parade. Address: Seagrove Beach to Seaside along Scenic Hwy. 30A.

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Turn on the Town at Seaside Amphitheater Nov. 30

5 p.m. It’s party time in the amphitheater with holiday festivities, and of course, pictures with Santa, as the master of ceremonies asks all the kids to the stage to sing to the crowd of smiling faces. And after a few versus of “Jingle Bells,” the countdown begins in unison to Turn on the Town and light the Seaside Christmas tree.

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Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market at WaterColor Nov. 30

5-9 p.m. The WaterColor Community Association will host their 12th annual Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market in WaterColor’s Town Center & Cerulean Park. This event is a holiday extravaganza complete with snow, carriage rides around the park, bonfires and s’mores, pictures with Santa, lighting of the tree, holiday music and a winter market full of gifts, sights, smells and tastes of the season. This event is open to WaterColor tp tje public and is free of charge.

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Christmas tour of homes in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 7

On December 7 from 10 am to 5 pm St. Agatha’s Episcopal Church, in DeFuniak Springs will host the annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Proceeds will fund preservation projects slated for their three historic buildings on Circle Drive. Plan to come early for a continental breakfast (8-10 am, $5) at the Parish Hall (150 Circle Drive). Mark your calendar and spend the entire day in Historic DeFuniak Springs.

The tour consists of lovely homes decked in Christmas splendor, commercial sites (The Post, The Bank and The Exchange) that aptly demonstrate the value of historic restoration and rehabilitation. If construction is at a safe stage, perhaps ticket holders can view the heroic restoration efforts underway to save a mansion on Circle Drive. As an extra attraction, the Church, The Parish House and the Vicarage will be shown. Finally, the Chautauqua Winery, the museums and the library (with its collection of medieval armor and weapons) will be open.

To reserve your tickets, send $25 per ticket to TOUR, 504 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435. Tickets are also available at Nook and Cranny Consignments on Baldwin Avenue; R.J’s Collectibles on 7th Street, Vault 46 on 9th Street; The Art Co-Op on Hwy 331; and at The Visitor’s Center, 1162 Circle Drive.

The Tour begins at the Visitor’s Center where you may purchase tickets, retrieve your reserved tickets and obtain your tour guide and map for the event. At 5 pm “Christmas Reflections,” featuring 9 million Christmas lights in Chipley Park around Lake DeFuniak ($3/person), will provide a fantastic ending to a perfect day.

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Christmas parade and tree lighting in Freeport Dec. 7

The City of Freeport’s annual Christmas parade and tree lghting 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. Performers include dancers from the Premier Performers Dance Studio; Ms. Olivia Huff performing a solo ballet; Freeport Elementary School’s Sophisticats Singers; Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School Choirs; and, a live band.

Free children’s crafts and photo opportunity with Santa will be available. Vendors will offer food and drinks for sale.

The public is invited to watch the parade along its new route that begins at Freeport Elementary School,and will proceed south on Business Hwy. 331 then turn west onto Hwy. 20. Parade participants will pass in front of Freeport City Hall then turn north onto Blueberry Road. Parking is available at Destiny Worship Center and other locations on Business 331 as well as on Hwy. 20. The route will be closed to traffic during the parade.

Parade slots are available until Nov. 27. Applications can be found on www.freeportflorida.gov.

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History tour at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 7

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 a source of ocean-front fun for decades! Plan to meet inside the Visitor Center prior to the tour and expect the tour to last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The tour is free and open to the public, but visitors are expected to pay the park entrance fee upon entry to the park. For further questions, feel free to contact the office at Camp Helen at (850) 233-5059.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.

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First Seminole War/Creek War living history event and battle reenactment in Chattahoochee Dec. 7 – 8

The Scott 1817 Seminole War Battle reenactment and living history event returns to River Landing Park in Chattahoochee Dec. 7 – 8, 2019. It will be held at River Landing Park in Chattahoochee, FL.

Activities this year include living history camps, musket firings, weapons demonstrations, lectures, a memorial service and battle reenactments both Saturday and Sunday. Activities will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Saturday’s Battle Reenactment will be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday’s Battle Reenactment will be at 2:00 p.m.

For more information call (850) 693-1547. River Landing Park is located in Chattahoochee, FL. on the Apalachicola River on River Landing Road.

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DeFuniak Springs Christmas Parade Dec. 14

1 – 3 p.m. Annual DeFuniak Christmas parade around Circle Drive. Hosted by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club.

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Wesley House at Eden lights up for the holidays, candle light tour Dec. 14

A wonderful holiday tradition in South Walton continues as Eden Gardens State Park Wesley House lights up for the holidays. 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.

Enjoy the walk through the luminaries and a candlelight tour from 5 – 8 p.m. on Dec. 14. Take a free tour of the house and admire the beautifully decorated rooms, each decorated in different themes by local businesses and organizations.

Members of Pt. Washington Historical Society will again set up all the luminaries – the supplies for the luminaries are made possible thru the generous support of Red Bar’s Ollie & Louie Petit, Bud & Alley’s Dave Rauschkolb, and Cafe Thirty-A’s Harriet Crommelin.

The parks website is http://www.floridastateparks.org/edengardens
Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle
$2.00 for Bikes and Peds
$4.00 per adult house tour, children free

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::

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Winter Wonderland at Baytowne Wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Event Plaza is turning into a Winter Wonderland full of real snow. Slide down an ice slide, make snow angels, and enjoy a day of frosty fun for the whole family. Address: 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 26

Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month, Dec. 26 for a ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park.

All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Plan to meet in the visitor center prior to the hike and be sure to bring water and proper sun/insect protection. Park entry fees are required, but there is no charge for this guided hike.

Meet at the visitor center just prior to hike time.

Driving Directions
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

Park Fees
There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.