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December Events in Destin

The last month of the year is here, and an abundance of holiday events awaits! Adding a local event to your vacation or weekly fun is the best way to immerse yourself in the local community. From ice skating at Baytowne Wharf to lighted boat parades and everything in between, you’ll have no trouble finding something exciting to do. Read below for some of our favorite December events in Destin, Florida.

  • Baytowne on Ice – If you miss the winter magic an ice skating rink can bring or need another way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, then Baytowne on Ice is for you! The seasonal ice skating rink is open daily until February 2nd at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Destin. Hours for the rink vary by day, so visit¬†BaytowneWharf.com¬†or call¬†850.267.8184 for more information.
  • Destin Christmas Parade – From 10 AM – 12 PM, Destin’s 34th Annual Christmas Parade will fill the streets of Downtown Destin! This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Beach,” so it’s likely you’ll see a surfing Santa if you’re lucky! The parade begins at Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travels west down Harbor Blvd. to Stahlman Ave. Don’t miss out on this exciting community event!December Events in Destin
  • Holiday on the Harbor – Back for its 31st consecutive year, Holiday on the Harbor lights up the Destin waters with a lighted boat parade on December 10th. Santa Claus will pay HarborWalk Village’s main stage a visit from 12-4, followed by a special performance of The Nutcracker presented by¬†Ballet Conservatory & Destin School of Music and Dance. Then, grab your hot chocolate and get ready to cozy up as the boat parade begins at 6 PM! As always, fireworks follow at 8 PM!
  • Santa Cause Pub Crawl – What is better than a pub crawl with a good cause? Join Santa Claus at HarborWalk Village on December 15th¬† at 6 PM for a pub crawl benefitting the Junior League of the Emerald Coast. Dress in your best (or worst!) holiday attire and get ready to enjoy some festive cheer. An Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest takes place on the main stage at 9 PM.

Don’t sweat – there’s still time to book your Christmas vacation at the beach! Our lodging partners Southern Vacation Rentals have a variety of Destin vacation homes and condos for every size family. Find your happy place this holiday season at The Beach is Our Happy Place, a five-bedroom Destin vacation home with room for 16. It’s perfect for larger families. This home sits tucked back on Scenic Highway 98 in the Maravilla community, offering exciting amenities and nearby beach access. Don’t miss out!

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