Posted on 11/22/2023

Christmas in Destin- The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived on the gorgeous Emerald Coast! If you are looking to break the tradition and give the gift of memories then you should consider spending your holiday by the beach! Accommodations this time of year are incredibly affordable, there is less traffic, tons of events to get you in the holiday spirit, and the weather is a comfortable 60-70 degrees!

 Compass Resorts offers a huge variety of vacation rental homes and luxury, gulf-front condos, making it easy for you to choose a rental that works best for you and your loved ones this holiday season. Book your stay and experience the Gulf Coast version of a white Christmas!

The Destin Harbor will be glowing with holiday cheer during the 37th annual Boat Parade on December 10th, beginning at 6 p.m. This gulf-coast tradition also includes live music and a firework show, so you will not want to miss out on this merry and magical event!

The Twelve Nights of Lights Festival is a holiday light show that takes place at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Each show is choreographed to holiday music. This sparkling event will also be featured during their special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6 pm every Wednesday!

The Destin Harbor will be hosting various events weekly to spread holiday cheer! Enjoy events this December such as Visits with Santa, Holiday Ballet, Santa Paws, Chanukah, Rockin' Holiday Concert, and more! The Harbor is the ideal place to get into the Christmas spirit and create lasting memories this holiday season.

What better way to embrace the holiday season than ice skating?! The Village of Baytowne Wharf annually hosts Baytowne on Ice for the public to enjoy so get your skates ready! The ice rink is open through the month of January with varying hours of operation. Be sure to check this out for a unique and fun holiday memory!

Beach Photoshoot

The winter months in Destin are one of the best times to enjoy sunrises and sunsets at the beach. With beautiful sand as white as snow and golden skies, this makes for a great photo op! Throw on your favorite Christmas sweater for a festive family photoshoot on the beach to wow all of your friends and family this holiday season.

Christmas Lights

Driving around and looking at Christmas lights is guaranteed to put just about anyone in a holly, jolly mood! There are several neighborhoods along the Emerald Coast that nearly turn into the North Pole for all to enjoy! If you want to get out and enjoy a holiday light display, don’t miss a stroll down “Candy Cane Lane” located on Sea Oats Drive in Destin! This street transforms into a festive, winter wonderland every year for all to enjoy. If you are staying in the Miramar Beach area, then be sure to check out the residential neighborhoods in Baytowne Wharf for some beautiful Christmas lights! For those staying on Okaloosa Island then you won’t want to miss the Northgate Estates Luminaries in Fort Walton Beach, which is only about a 10-minute drive away.

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