Christmas Festivities in Destin

Christmas Tree Lighting Drive-Thru

The 34th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be held Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m., at the Destin Community Center parking lot,101 Stahlman Ave. Cruise through the Christmas light decorations and see the city Christmas tree with lights ablaze. A visit from Santa and goodie bags will be available for all children. Bring one non-perishable food item for admission to benefit Harvest House.

Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl

Drink and be merry with a game of drink specials bingo, live music, and an Ugly Sweater Contest. The fun & games will be held this Saturday, Dec. 5, 6:30-10:00 p.m., at Coyote Ugly. Get your own bingo playing card with a monetary donation to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) or bring a toy for Emerald Coast Toys for Tots Fill the Boat Drive.

Destin Christmas Parade

The theme for this year’s Destin Christmas parade is “Joy to the World.” It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy. 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Please stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade.

Harbor Boat Parade

Always a favorite – come see Destin’s fleet all lit up for the holiday season at the Harbor Boat Parade. Santa & Mrs. Clause are expected to make a guest appearance in the boat parade on the Destin harbor, Sunday, Dec. 13. The Harbor will host a variety of activities on Sunday afternoon followed by the harbor parade at 6:00 p.m. The evening will cap off with a special holiday fireworks show over the harbor.

The weather forecast for December is looking just perfect for these outdoor events. If you would like to join in on the festive fun, check with our lodging partner, Southern Vacation Rentals, for weekend or longer availability in Destin, FL.

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It’s Almost Time for Spring Break!

Planning for Spring Break in Destin

It may seem like it’s far away, but spring break will be here before we know it. The first official cold snap of the year has us pulling out the winter coats and stowing away our flip flops, but it won’t be long before we’re dusting them off again. The good news is that you have plenty of time to start planning for your spring break in Destin; what better time than the present? If you are getting together with family this holiday season, take advantage of some time together to plan your trip.

Spring Break in Destin

Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals make it easy to plan your trip as a group, with several new features on their website. Our favorite is the “split cost calculator” which can help you determine how much everyone pays if you are splitting the cost between members of your party. Each property also has a “share with a friend” option so you can send your favorite Destin vacation rentals to those you may be traveling with. It’s just an extra way to share some vacation inspiration.

In addition, it’s a great time to try out some exciting activities in Destin. Although the beach is beautiful, it’s the variety of fun things to do that can really make your vacation memorable. Here are some of our favorite things to do for spring break in Destin:

  • Dolphin cruises
  • Fishing charters
  • Shopping at Destin Commons and Silver Sands Premium Outlets
  • Family-fun at The Track
  • Parasailing over the Gulf
  • Paddleboarding in the surf

Looking for more fun things to do in Destin? Check out some of our favorite activities to start planning.

If you stay with Southern, you can book your activities directly through their Southern Perks program – local businesses that offer discounts exclusive to their guests. Even if you just want to rent bikes or beach chairs, you can save some money while supporting a local business. Everyone wins!

We hope to see you at the beach for spring break in Destin!

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Black Friday Shopping in Destin

Black Friday Shopping in Destin

It’s almost time for Black Friday shopping in Destin! This annual shopping experience may look a little different this year, with many consumers choosing to shop online rather than in-person. However, for those who love to get up early and go shop, many retailers are still choosing to partake in the biggest shopping holiday of the year. We’ve been told that not many stores will be opening on Thanksgiving this year, in order to keep crowds small and allow more time with family, for those store employees who are celebrating Thanksgiving this year. Some stores may also be opening at a limited capacity; please be patient if you have to wait in a bit of a line before entering the store. We’re looking forward to safely shopping on Black Friday this year!

Black Friday Shopping in DestinIf you are planning on doing some day-of Black Friday shopping in Destin this year, here are a few of our picks for places to score some great deals:

  • Destin Commons – Destin Commons knows that there is no shopping day like Black Friday, and the area’s premier outdoor shopping center will be equipped and ready for shoppers! This year, the mall opens at 8 AM and closes at 9 PM. Don’t forget to snap a photo at their 50-foot Christmas tree, located right in the Center Plaza.
  • Best Buy – Looking to score a great deal on some electronics this season? Best Buy is currently running some of their best promotions this week, including deep discounts on TVs, appliances, smartwatches, and more. You can also order your items online and opt for curbside pickup. For in-person shopping, our local Destin store opens at 5 AM and stays open until 10 PM.
  • Bass Pro Shop – You’ll have to get up pretty early on Friday to shop at Bass Pro Shop this year. The store opens at 5 AM and customers can expect great deals on all things outdoors. They also have hot deals available all week long, but the deals change each day!
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets – Come shop at the nation’s largest premium outlets on Black Friday and enjoy big savings all week long! Take advantage of discounts like 70% Michael Kors, up to 60% off at Calvin Klein, and 50-70% off at Tommy Hilfiger.

Many retailers are requiring customers to wear masks when shopping in person. Be smart and do your part!

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