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What’s Happening in Destin, Florida for Christmas 2014

December 13 & 14 is the weekend for Destin to Show Christmas Cheer

Destin Christmas ParadeBig things are happening and it will be the place to be this Holiday Season! The City of Destin is hosting the 30th annual Christmas Parade starting at 10am. The City closes off the West-bound side of 98 from Main Street to the Destin Bridge and fans align the North side sidewalk and become the recipients of treats, beads and gifts from each float. Everyone joins in on the fun and it is one of the largest events in Destin, FL all year long. This year the theme is “Christmas Trees and Memories, Celebrating Destin’s 30 years!” It will be interesting to see what all the parade float committees come up with this year! There is a judges table set up about half way which is usually just down from Hog’s Breath Saloon and across from Boshamp’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant. Many of the floats stop there and give a live performance such as dancing, singing, cheer stunts, and other entertainment. It’s a show of skills and truly amazing to see such talent in Destin.

coca-cola polar bearFollowing the parade you can head over to HarborWalk Village on Destin’s beautiful Harbor for a day of events through the Village and on The Main Stage. 

  • Santa on the Main Stage 12:00 – 1:00
  • Bright Starz Holiday Cheer Showcase 1:00 – 2:00
  • Santa back again on Main Stage 2:00 – 4:00
  • Visit with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear 4:30 – 6:30
  • Finalizing with DreamCatchers presentation of “A Christmas Wish” concert 7:00 – 8:00
  • The Charles Dickens Characters will be walking around the Village in-between their shows.

Destin Boat ParadeSunday evening The City of Destin host it’s 28th Annual Christmas Boat Parade on The Destin Harbor. You can sit along any establishment like Harbor Docks or The Boathouse, etc. on the Destin Harbor to view this display of decorated and brightly lit boats of all sizes. They all, from large party boats to small personal boats and anything in-between, get involved and joyfully compete on the most well decorated vessel in the parade! This is a wonderful and unique tradition for our Destin Harbor and it’s so spectacular to see what they actually come up with on these boats to make a wintery wonderland on the water! Parade is at 6pm with Fireworks to top it off at the end! 

Go early and you can see the Northwest Florida Ballet on the HarborWalk Village Main Stage from 2:00 – 3:00 followed by the Emerald Coast Community Band setting you up for the one and only Destin Boat Parade.

This is just showing you that particular BIG weekend here in Destin, FL, but there are other things going on not mentioned here. Please check our Event Calendar. There’s Breakfast with Santa and special events and concerts at several venues! We hope you have a marvelous Christmas Season in 2014! Stay tuned for Destin’s New Year’s Eve Happenings!



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