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Plan Your Christmas Holiday on 30A
Posted by admin | Monday, November 18, 2019


The holiday season is here! It’s the best time of the year to gather with family and friends, to celebrate, and give back. It’s an extra special time of the year to visit 30A, and there are tons of ways to ring in the season along Florida’s Emerald Coast. From visits with Santa to fundraisers supporting the community, 30A is the perfect destination to celebrate Christmas this year.

Here is our guide to the top things to do on 30A this holiday season:

mom and daughter gingerbread house

Annual South Walton Christmas Parade & Turn on the Town!

Date: November 30

Time: 9 a.m.

On Saturday, November 30 the Annual South Walton Holiday/Christmas Parade kicks off the season and gets the entire community in the holiday spirit. The parade starts at 9 a.m. in Seagrove Beach and heads west toward Seaside. Visit with Santa after the parade at the Turn on the Town festivities at the Seaside Amphitheater at 4:30 p.m. and count down to the town’s holiday illumination.

Beach & Brew on 30A

Date: December 3, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Head to Beach & Brew on 30A for its 2nd Annual Holiday Brush, Brews & Black Bear event on Tuesday, December 3. Local artist Maxine Orange will be on-site to guide attendees through creating their own 10x20 holiday canvas painting! Tickets are $50 and include all the supplies needed for the art project, a beverage from Beach & Brew on 30A, and a pastry from Black Bear Bread Company. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.

Cafe Thirty-A Christmas Charity Ball

Date: December 6, 2019

Time: 7 - 11 p.m.

The Cafe Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball takes place on Friday, December 6. Join in on the fun at this black-tie optional event benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton. The event features heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, a photo booth, silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $75 for the event and there will be a cash bar open for the evening.

Seaside Holiday Market

Dates: Weekends December 6 - 29

Times: Fridays and Saturdays from 3 - 8 p.m., Sundays 3 - 7 p.m.

The Seaside Holiday Market takes place each weekend in December at the Seaside Lyceum. Join in on the festive fun with ice skating on the artificial rink, face painting, holiday treats, and, of course, visits with Santa (the first three weekends of the event only). Purchase gifts from the holiday market featuring local vendors selling all types of one-of-a-kind goods. This event is free for all!

looking at beautiful Christmas tree

Merry Little Christmas Concert at Grayton Beer Company

Date: December 12, 2019

Time: 6 p.m.

Looking for a less traditional celebration? Grayton Beer Company is hosting the Merry Little Christmas Concert at its Santa Rosa Beach taproom on Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go toward the Boys & Girls Club of The Emerald Coast. With each ticket, you’ll get heavy hors d’oeuvres and one beer ticket, as well as live entertainment from local musicians! Plus, there will be a holiday silent auction.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told… and Then Some

Dates: December 12 - 15 & 19 - 23

Times: Showtimes are 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Head to the Repertory Theatre in Seaside throughout the holiday season for its 10th Annual Every Christmas Story Ever Told performances on the mainstage. This local holiday event is a 90-minute show of laughter, fun, and holiday classics performed by three REP actors. Celebrate the holidays with everyone from Charles Dickens to Chewbacca!

The team at the Repertory also hosts shows throughout the holiday season all along 30A, including Rosemary Beach at North Barrett Square, Alys Beach Amphitheatre, and Watersound Origins at Village Commons Lawn. These public performances are free to attend.

Rosemary Beach Holiday Tour of Homes

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.

Go on a self-guided tour of stunning homes in the Rosemary Beach community for the Inaugural Holiday Home Tour. For a suggested donation of $10, the Holiday Home Tour features a selection of stunning properties in the area decked out in festive decor. Ticket proceeds from the event go toward the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. After the tour, stick around the area for holiday specials and deals as well as trunk shows, demos, book signings, and more.

santa hugging young kids

Breakfast with Santa at Havana Beach Bar & Grill

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 8 - 11 a.m.

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Havana Beach Bar & Grill and visit with Santa on Sunday, December 15. Adults and kids alike will love this holiday event. Santa will be taking photos with the kiddos and passing out holiday gifts. Reservations for this event are required and tickets cost $75 for adults and $25 for children 13 and under.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner at Havana Beach Bar & Grill

Date: December 24 & 25, 2019

Time: 4 p.m.

Enjoy a three-course meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Havana Beach Bar & Grill with the entire family. Havana Beach Bar will have a special menu available for the holidays with items both adults and kids will love. Tickets cost $80 for adults and $40 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are required in advance.

Reserve Your 30A Vacation Rental for Christmas 2019

Celebrate the holidays this year on the beach with your loved ones. There’s still time to secure a luxury 30A vacation rental with Royal Destinations. Book online or contact us directly at (850) 534-0841 so our Destination Specialists can help you plan the perfect holiday getaway!




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