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Destin Holiday Event Guide - November - December 2021

Posted by Tim Shepard - Broker on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021 at 2:33pm.

Destin holiday events 2021

Destin Events from November to December 2021

This list of holiday events in the Destin area has most of your old favorites, plus some new events thrown in. Keep in mind that organizers have worked hard to take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and clean environment for everyone involved, let's all do the same. Enjoy the upcoming holiday season and stay safe.

November 2021

Baytowne on Ice - October 31 - February 6/2021 - Every day, times vary -
Ice skating at the Village of Baytowne Wharf
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Veterans Day Celebration on the Harbor - November 11,2021 | 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: HarborWalk Village
The ceremony will include historical remembrance and recognition of all branches of the services, patriotic entertainment. We honor those who have served our country and local charities that serve our community.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company Presents- Disney's Frozen Jr. - November 12, 13/2021
Performances at Noon, 2pm, and 7 pm
Location: 560 Grand Blvd.,Ste. 200, Miramar Beach, FL
The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.
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2021 Emerald Coast Honor Games - November 12,13/2021 | 8 AM on Nov. 12 & 8:30 AM Nov. 13
Location: Legendary Marine, Destin
The 2021 Emerald Coast Honor Games has partnered with DEKA-FIT and Spartan to bring you a world-class fitness competition.
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Island Concert Series - November 13/2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00
Location: HarborWalk Village
Dance to the sounds of paradise on the Destin Harbor! Join us for free live concerts that will have you tapping your feet to the island beat!
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Flutterby Arts Festival - Sunday, November 14/2021 | 10 AM - 4 PM
Location: Watersound Origins
The Flutterby Festival, produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, celebrates its 28th year of the migration of the Monarch Butterfly through our area with art activities, live performances, art exhibits, and a butterfly parade!
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Half Shells on the Harbor - Sunday, November 14/2021 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: HarborWalk Village
This Tide to Table event features fresh oyster tastings as local chefs come together to showcase their spin on this coastal classic. From Raw to Rockefeller, enjoy a variety of preparations and flavors while sipping on spirits, craft beers, and wines. Don’t miss this Shuckin’ Good Time on the Destin Harbor!
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9th Annual Bourbon at the Bay - November 18/2021 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club, 465 Regatta Bay Blvd., Destin, FL 32541
On Nov. 18, kick off your holiday season – and shopping – with the 9th Annual Bourbon at the Bay Presented by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale! Sample bourbon, scotch, and champagne on the BOTE, CRC Data Technologies, Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village, Rapid Response Team, Trustmark National Bank, Vacasa and Warren Averett tasting tables; bid on your choice of gifts, trips, and more in the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center silent auction; try your luck in the Destin Commons wine pull; and visit the Wind Creek Casino bar to explore more cocktails. Back by popular demand for the third year is the Beach Liquors VIP Room! General admission tickets are $65. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Learn More: **Online ticket sales are now closed for this event. Please call us at (850) 837-6241 to be added to our wait list.**

Northwest Florida Ballet Opens with The Nutcracker - November 19-21/2021
Location: Mattie Kelly Arts Center
In its 42nd year, NFB’s production of The Nutcracker remains the only full-length version of the classic holiday fairytale in the area and features live musical accompaniment by the Northwest Florida Ballet (NFB) Symphony Orchestra, led by David Ott.
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Santa's Arrival & Tree Lighting - November 19, 2021 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Destin Commons
Destin Commons & Bass Pro Shops welcome Santa to light our Holiday Tree! Enjoy free face painting, free photos with Rudolph & Frosty, as well as a holiday photo booth while you listen to festive tunes. At 7:00 pm, sit back and marvel at the holiday parade as Santa arrives on Main Street to light 50 feet of the most spectacular Christmas tree on the Emerald Coast! It all comes together with an extravagant finale of FIREWORKS!
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Holiday Craft Show - November 19, 20, 2020 | Fri: 9:30 am - 4 pm, Sat: 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Destin Community Center
There will be hand-crafted jewelry, wreaths, books, concessions, and much more from over 40 vendors! Admission to the public is free. Please call the Community Center at 850-654-5184 for any additional information.

Island Concert Series - November 20/2021 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: HarborWalk Village
Dance to the sounds of paradise on the Destin Harbor! Join us for free live concerts that will have you tapping your feet to the island beat!
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Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights - Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 4 - 6 pm
Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf
Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights will take place on the beautifully decorated streets of Baytowne Wharf and feature more than 30 champagnes and delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Guests can enjoy the sounds of the season with carolers, and a sneak peek of our first tree lighting of the season! This event benefits Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center.

27th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner - November 25 ,2021 | 11 am -5 pm
Harbor Docks in Destin would like to invite your family to be their guest at the 27th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Everyone is welcome. While there is absolutely no charge, donations will be accepted from those capable of making them. All proceeds will benefit local charities. This traditional, homestyle Thanksgiving Day feast will be served from 11 a.m. 'til 5 p.m., only at Harbor Docks, the heart of Destin.

AJ's Grayton Beach Thanksgiving Day Feast & Benefit - November 25 ,2021 | 12 am -5 pm
AJ's has your Turkey Day needs covered. Join this Grayton Beach hotspot for their Annual Thanksgiving Day Feast & Benefit on Thursday, November 25th from 12PM - 5PM. Everyone is welcome to dine as part of the AJ's family, and while there is no charge, donations will be accepted from those capable of making them. All donations received will benefit AJ's Kids on the Coast Foundation. Cash bar will be available, as well as live entertainment and Thanksgiving karaoke.The Thanksgiving Day Feast will feature time-honored classics such as Turkey, Ham, turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, cranberry relish, garden salad, dinner rolls, and a assortment of pies. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit local youth need at area high schools, to make sure they have basic necessities for Christmas this year.

Emerald Coast Classic - November 26, 27/2021
Location: Northwest Florida State College
The seventh annual Emerald Coast Classic college basketball tournament, presented by Global Sports, will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 26-27 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.
Tickets, starting at $15, can be purchased online at

Polar Express - Friday, November 26, 2020 | 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf
Watch the holiday classic The Polar Express on Friday, November 26 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf on the Events Plaza lawn. Grab a lawn chair and enjoy a movie under the stars. Admission is free and open to the public.

Santa's Arrival at HarborWalk Village - Saturday, November 27, 2021 | 1 - 4 pm
Location: HarborWalk Village
Holiday on the Harbor kicks off with Santa’s Grande Entrance! Enjoy a Rudolph-themed treasure hunt, holiday activities, and pictures with Santa! Guests will receive a FREE 4x6 photo.

Here Comes Santa Claus - Saturday, November 27, 2021 | 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf
Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights the Village Christmas tree! Have a blast in The Village with face-painting, kids crafts, and a beautiful fireworks display over the water at 8pm!

December 2021

12 Nights of Lights - Beginning Wednesday, December 1/21 | 3 Shows at 6, 7, & 8 pm
Enjoy a FREE festive light show from Dec. 2-23, every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas! This sparkling event will also be featured during our special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows each night!
Location: Events Lawn Village of Baytowne Wharf

FREE! Holiday Concert Series - Wednesdays in December from the 1st - 15th/21| 6 - 8 pm
Enjoy a Holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series on Wednesdays in December. Each concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa.
Location: Village of Baytowne Wharf

"UGLY SWEATER PUB CRAWL - Friday, December 3, 2021 | Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: HarborWalk Village
Eat, drink & be merry with a game of drink specials bingo, raffle prizes, and live music on the Main Stage! End the evening with an Ugly Sweater Contest at Coyote Ugly! Proceeds will benefit the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).
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A Beachy Little Christmas at The Island Resort - December 4/2021 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: The Island, 1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Festivities begin at noon, with an opportunity for resort guests and the local community to meet and greet with Misty Claus - The Island’s resident mermaid. Attendees will also enjoy activities including kids crafts, spirited holiday music, special seasonal cocktails, and more. At 12:30 pm, guests of all ages will have the opportunity to build snowmen and other holiday scenery around the beach! A skilled team of professionals* will be on hand to teach all their tips and tricks in sand sculptures.
This event is free to attend and open to all who seek the holiday spirit!
12:00 - 4:00 pm - Kids crafts, Music, Misty Claus, Beverages, and more! | 12:30 pm - Community Sand Sculptures (If you would like to work with one of the professional sand sculptors, please arrive as early as possible and notify The Island staff working the event.)

"Jingle Bell Rock" Destin Christmas Parade - Saturday, December 11,2021 | Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west down Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. For those who wish to participate in the parade, please email to request an application. Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, and can be dropped off in person to the Destin Community Center (101 Stahlman Ave), faxed to 850-654-8998, or email to In lieu of an entry fee, each applicant must donate a toy, which will be given to a local charity. All donations can be dropped off at the Destin Community Center.
Learn more: 850-654-5184 or email for more information

"Olde Holiday Market - Saturday, December 11,2021
Location: HarborWalk Village
Join us for two joyous days on the Harbor! This event features a festive marketplace, holiday activities, live music, and Visits with Santa!
Learn more: Want to be a vendor? Email

"Tuba Christmas at Baytowne Wharf - Saturday, December 11,2021 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Come out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf for Tuba Christmas, a wonderful concert with some of your favorite holiday classics on in the Event Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 5pm til 7pm. It's a beautiful holiday tradition in Sandestin. Admission is free and open to the public. More than 30 brass instruments play some of your favorite holiday classics. Don't forget to stop by the Events Plaza and take your photo with Santa!

Destin Boat Parade - Sunday, December 12, 2021, 6 pm
Location: HarborWalk Village
The Harbor will be dancing with lights and cheer during the 35th Annual Destin Boat Parade followed by a FIREWORKS FINALE AND Fire Spinning! Boats will start lining up in the Harbor between 5 and 5:30 P.M.. Viewing spot options for the Destin Boat Parade include Harborwalk Village Restaurants, the docks of Harborwalk Boardwalk and Marina, the Destin Bridge, and the beaches of Norriego Point.

Ring in the New Year - December 31, 2021, 6 pm
Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf
You don't want to miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf's end-of-the-year celebration! Ring in the New Year with an evening to remember, with two breathtaking fireworks displays at 8pm & midnight. Enjoy our family friendly evening from 6pm-8pm with face painting, kids activities, and LIVE music on the Baytowne LIVE stage from 6pm-7pm. Finish off the family friendly evening with our first fireworks display at 8pm. The fun doesn't stop there! Dance the night away with LIVE music from 7pm until 1am, featured on the Events Plaza Stage! End the night with a spectacular midnight fireworks show. There is no better place to ring in 2022!

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