Upcoming Events

Take a hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine every Wednesday at St. Andrews State Park

Enjoy a short hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine at St. Andrews State Park every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. The hike is free with park admission. 

Meet at Gator Lake Trail Head for a 1 hour, 0.5 mile hike through the maritime hammock and explore the natural and cultural significance of many native plants.

4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408
(850) 233-5140

Admission Fee:
$8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle

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Baytowne on Ice open through Jan. 31

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. Call 850-714-7614 for more information.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Miramar Beach.

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

More than 10 million lights reflect on to the perfectly round spring-fed lake glowing in holiday splendor. Enjoy a holiday family tradition in DeFuniak Springs as Chipley Park lights up around the lakeyard with the annual Christmas Reflection displays. A variety of Victorian, animal and toy soldier cutouts, Santa’s workshop, and the grandfather clock ticking away are among the thousands of decorations which adorn Circle Drive. This event is orchestrated and hosted by the City of DeFuniak Springs.

Reflections is held the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve nightly from 5 – 9 p.m.  Admission is $3 per person, $35 Season Pass (for 6 person/vehicle.) Free for children 6 and under and can be purchased at the entrance on Circle Drive and Live Oak Ave.

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 on dates they will be there.

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.

Carriage rides are available on select nights during Christmas Reflections Light Show (November 27 – December 31) in historic DeFuniak Springs, FL. There is a separate fee of $10/person for the rides in addition to your light show entry fee.  Rides are provided by High Horse Farms on the following nights:

  • November 27-29 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). 5 – 9 pm
  • December 4-6 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday). 5 – 9 pm
  • December 11-31 (Nightly) 5 -9 pm

What to do to secure a ride:

  1. You may drive directly to the carriage ride starting location at the First United Methodist Church, 88 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs on any of the nights listed above. If you GPS the Christmas Reflections Light Show at 3 Circle Drive, you may be directed to the carriage ride location before you get to the main gate by detouring down 11th Street to the Methodist Church.  Be alert for directional signs to the carriage rides. You can purchase your tickets to Christmas Reflections Light Show AND your carriage ride tickets at the same time at this location. These public rides will be available on a first come basis. OR
  2. You may wish to first enter the Christmas Reflections Light Show at 3 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, then pay your entry fee to the grounds. All cars must drive one way on Circle Drive to observe the lights.  You will travel about two blocks when you will see the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on your right where the carriage ride ticket booth is located.  Once you secure a parking space in the church parking lot, you will then be required to purchase tickets for the carriage rides at the ticket booth. These public rides will be available on a first come basis. OR
  3. You may call High Horse Farms in advance for private ride reservations at (850) 978-2999.

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Hometown Christmas fair in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 28

The annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, from 8 am – 4 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. Free admission.

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

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Merry Main Street festivities in DeFuniak Springs Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” schedule of events to begin on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020. Taking place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with The Character Clubhouse, rides on the Choctaw Express Train and live holiday performances by local groups.

For the support of its community and putting small businesses first, Main Street DeFuniak Springs has been designated a Neighborhood Champion by American Express. Kicking off on November 28 with Small Business Saturday, Shop Small® is a national movement encouraging customers to patronize locally owned and operated independent businesses. In-store specials begin at participating merchants including Enforcement Firearms, Fisher’s Pharmacy & Gifts, Katie Beth’s Boutique & Spa, Nook & Cranny Consignment, Soiree and Vault 46 as early as 10:00 a.m. Seasonal holiday hours are unique from business to business.

Main Street’s Mistletoe Market on November 28 will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. outdoors on Baldwin Avenue between S. 7th and S. 8th St. Artisans will be selling a host of gift ideas, treats, and unique finds for this holiday season. Vendors interested in participating can find more information at www.mainstreetdfs.org/mistletoe-market-2020.

Taking place in tandem with the Small Business Saturday and the Mistletoe Market on November 28, families and friends are invited to enjoy rides along Baldwin Avenue on the Choctaw Express from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., kids crafts on the Uniquely Clever Art Bus from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., photo opportunities with Elsa, Anna & Olaf in The Character Clubhouse from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., a special dance performance by Absolute Dance Center at 2:00 p.m., visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Christmas Carolers from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Santa and one lucky child will turn on the town at 5:00 p.m. to kick off the season of Christmas Reflections around Lake DeFuniak.

Merry Main Street will continue every Saturday prior to Christmas. Along with in-store merchant events and promotions, the reoccurring schedule of events include…

2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Mistletoe Market
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Character Clubhouse Photo Opportunities

December 5: Mickey & Minnie
December 12: Buzz, Woody & Jessie
December 19: Paw Patrol
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus
4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Christmas Carolers

Free to attend, all Merry Main Street events take place outdoors on Baldwin Avenue between S. 7th and S. 8th St. For event schedules and more information, visit www.mainstreetdfs.org/merry-main-street.

To contact Main Street DeFuniak Springs, email Info@mainstreetdfs.org or call (850) 296-9051.

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Ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 3

Enjoy a ranger-led nature hike at Camp Helen State Park on Thursday, Dec. 3 from 10 – 11 a.m.

You will access the user-friendly trail system, learning about the flora and fauna found within the park and the larger ecosystem of the Florida Panhandle. This hike is great for all experience levels and requires moderate endurance. Meet at the visitor center.

The Oak Canopy and North Trails have a combination of paved, sand and packed-earth terrain.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent and your adventurous spirit.

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.

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::

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

For more information, contact Scarlett Dunn at: scarlett.a.dunn@FloridaDEP.gov

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History tour at Camp Helen State Park Dec. 5

Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.

Join park staff and volunteers on a walk through the rich history of our park. Learn about the early indigenous people who occupied this land all the way through to the 1920s when the park was developed as a private residence for the Hicks family and later turned into a summer retreat for Avondale Textile mill employees and their families. Depending upon availability, there will be the opportunity to go inside historic structures. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

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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Freeport Christmas parade Dec. 5

The annual Freeport Christmas parade will be held on Dec. 5, 2020 at 4:40 p.m. The parade will start at Freeport Elementary School, come down Business Hwy. 331 to Hwy. then to Blueberry Road.

After the parade there will be a tree lighting starting at 6 p.m. in front of city hall.  

 

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DeFuniak Springs Christmas parade Dec. 12

Bring the family to enjoy the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club Christmas Parade on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.  The parade will be held along Circle Drive along Lake DeFuniak.

Individuals, churches, businesses and clubs will put you in the holiday mood with beautiful Christmas floats, costumed walkers, decorated vintage cars, bicycles, motorcycles and more. Santa will be waving and throwing candy to all the children, families and holiday fans.

The free event is sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club. For more information contact Chris Guzowski at (850) 218-7327.