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December 2023 in Destin Florida

As the holiday season unfolds, Destin, Florida, and its surrounding areas come alive with many events to make December truly magical. From enchanting performances to cheerful markets and dazzling boat parades, there's something for everyone in this coastal haven.

1. Holiday on the Harbor: Visits with Santa - December 10, 1-4 PM

Kickstarting the festive cheer, Holiday on the Harbor on December 10 promises an afternoon filled with joy and wonder. From 1 to 4 PM, families can bask in the holiday spirit as Santa himself makes a special appearance. This heartwarming event is not only a chance for children to share their wishes with Santa but also an opportunity for the whole community to come together in celebration. For more details, you can check the event page here.

2. The Nutcracker presented by Studio6twenty5 - December 9

On December 9, immerse yourself in the timeless magic of "The Nutcracker" presented by Studio6twenty5. This classic ballet production is sure to captivate audiences of all ages with its enchanting choreography and beautiful storytelling. To secure your spot and learn more about the performance, visit Emerald Coast Connected.

3. Holiday on the Harbor Mistletoe Market - December 9-10

December 9-10 brings the Holiday on the Harbor Mistletoe Market, a two-day extravaganza of festive delights. Explore vendor tents offering unique gifts, indulge in gift wrapping services, savor festive drink samples, and witness the spectacular Destin Boat Parade all in one weekend! Get all the details about this jolly market here.

4. Baytowne Wednesday Night Concert Series Holiday Edition - December 6, 13, 20

For those who appreciate the gift of music, the Baytowne Wednesday Night Concert Series offers a Holiday Edition on December 6th, 13th, and 20th from 6-8 PM. Gather at Baytowne Wharf to enjoy enchanting holiday tunes that will surely get you into the festive spirit. And for an extra dose of winter joy, don't miss the chance to go ice skating at Baytowne Wharf, available until February 4th. For more information, glide over to Baytowne Wharf's official website.

5. Chanukah Celebration - December 7, 5:00 PM

On December 7, the community comes together for a Chanukah celebration during Holiday on the Harbor. Delight in traditional foods, music, and the grandeur of the Menorah lighting, creating a vibrant tapestry of cultural celebration. This event, starting at 5:00 PM, promises an evening of joy and togetherness.

6. Destin Boat Parade at the Harbor - December 10, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Culminating in a crescendo of lights and festive merriment, the 37th Annual Destin Boat Parade sets the Harbor aglow on December 10 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Witness a flotilla of boats adorned with twinkling lights as they dance across the water, spreading holiday cheer. The spectacle concludes with a breathtaking fireworks finale and fire spinning, ensuring an unforgettable night for all.

Destin, Florida, truly becomes a winter wonderland in December, offering a tapestry of events that capture the essence of the holiday season. Whether you're enjoying a classic performance, shopping for unique gifts, or marveling at the twinkling lights of the boat parade, there's no shortage of festive joy in this coastal paradise. So, mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and make this December one to remember in Destin