Can you feel it? That dry cool air brushing against your rosy cheeks. You’ve taken your summer decor down and replaced it with snowflakes and cheer, alongside your hair care made for humid weather. It’s the holidays and what a special time to be in Fort Walton Beach caroling away. The holidays are not made for your average beach trip no ma’am, we’ve got the perfect list, made special for you and your holiday trip to the beach.
The Best Holiday Spots in Fort Walton Beach
Nothing reminds us of the holidays quite like the sweet velvety taste of a peppermint mocha, or better yet, a Thin Mint Latte. Can someone say crepes, croissants, and tacos, oh my! Main Brew Coffee has all your winter cravings. Head on over to the coffee house that’s serving up five stars, with reviews mentioning how delicious both the coffee and food are. Kickstart your holiday vacation with some tasty treats from this locally owned business.
Christmas Market and Festival
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Christmas and shopping go hand in hand. Whether you’re spoiling yourself for the holidays or gathering the perfect Christmas gifts, you will need to get into a little shopping. Why not make this a celebration, or festival have you? At the Christmas Market and Festival, you will be able to peruse through multiple unique vendors at De’france Antiques, where they will be serving up hot dogs and hamburgers. You can also anticipate artisan balloon-making brought to you by The Fun Connection. The fun doesn’t stop there, the Cinco Baptist Church choir will be providing angelic tunes. Head on over to the place that makes gift shopping a good time.
Holiday Arts Gallery
Holidays bring out the inner craftsman, think of the popcorn string around the tree, and gingerbread houses. Your inner artist is calling, which is why the Holiday Arts Gallery at HH Arts Gallery is our next stop. You can head on over and enjoy pieces like pottery, jewelry, ornaments, and art prints created by upcoming and local artists. While there, you can expect holiday tunes and the excitement of a draw for unique pieces of art. As it goes for the giving spirit of the holidays, this event is another one to feel good about, as the proceeds benefit Okaloosa Arts Alliance. Why not head on over there and experience some of Fort Walton Beach’s arts for the holidays?
Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring “The Nutcracker” & More
Many of us grew up on Macaulay Culkin and although Home Alone was a Christmas classic of his, the Nutcracker is certain to be a close second. Invision the nostalgia and feel-good ambiance of an in-person performance of The Nutcracker. Well, envision no more! Held inside the beautiful Destin Fort-Walton Beach Convention Center is the spectacular Candlelight: Holiday Special Featuring “The Nutcracker” and more. Enjoy a candlelit evening performed by the Listeso String Quartet with music not just from the Nutcracker, but also other holiday classics. Head over to the convention center and spend an evening in the holiday tradition and bring a little music to your ears.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Brought to you a tradition as old as the 1800s, Christmas tree lighting was a job initially for candleholders that became a job for electricity when Edward H. Johnson introduced the first electric Christmas lights in 1882. Christmas Tree Lighting can be seen all around the world, and in Fort Walton Beach, it’s made for magic. Held at The Destin Community Center, you can expect a glowing tree along with hot chocolate and cookies. An evening as special as this would not be complete without music by the Destin Elementary Chorus. Spend the evening at an event with glowing reviews.
Rent A Pontoon Boat
Grab those holiday flannels because a pontoon boat rental from Xtreme H2O is your ultimate ticket to holiday fun. Gather your friends and carol along on the biggest floating party on the emerald waters, conveniently located just 100 yards away from Xtreme H2O’s Destin Harbor base. With a 24′ pontoon boat accommodating up to 12 people, equipped with quiet four-stroke motors, a sun-protective Bimini top, life jackets, a ladder for water access, and inclusive fuel, your adventure will be absolutely hassle-free. Whether engaging in water sports, sunbathing, snorkeling at Noriega Point, or exploring Choctawhatchee Bay’s birding and fishing spots, the possibilities are limitless.