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1 Dec 2022
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holidays with your family and friends at the beach for truly magical memories this Christmas. Destin West Beach & Bay Resort is the perfect destination for your holiday gatherings this year. Destin West has several heated pools and hot tubs to keep you warm while enjoying the resort! Located on Okaloosa Island beteen Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Florida - Destin West Beach & Bay Resort is ideal for being near all the local activities, shopping and dining!

Besides the beautiful scenery, enjoy moderate temperatures and lesser crowds this time of year along the Emerald Coast. You’ll find great off season rates on condo rentals and discounts on dining and entertainment! In addition, the Emerald Coast hosts wonderful Christmas events, parades and festivitiies. 

Things To Do over the Holidays on the Emerald Coast:

Candy Cane Lane in Destin - Throughout the month of December, visit the most festive holiday display, a true winter wonderland that is “Candy Cane Lane” on Sea Oats Drive (1 block North of Hwy 98 - off Benning Drive). Destin residents volunteer to decorate and transform their homes into a whimsical winter wonderland. Candy Cane Lane adds so much joy to families every year with no cost to the public.

Visit Santa Claus - Many events along the Emerald Coast will have Santa and his helpers present throughout the season including all of the area parades listed below. In addition, check out the big guy and get your pictures with Santa at: Bass Pro Shop at the Destin Commons, Emerald Grande, HarborWalk Village & Sandestin Baytowne Wharf. *Check select times.

Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade - December 5th 6:30 PM on Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach (parade runs South to North). This nighttime tradition is themed “Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales” for 2022 and the community is invited to bring along chairs to watch the festive lit parade.

Destin Christmas Parade - December 10th 10 AM on Harbor Boulevard (Pepitos to Whataburger, parade runs East to West). This family parade is always a treat with this year’s theme “Elf on the Shelf’ it will sure to be a hit! Line the North side of HWY 98 and be sure to bring along a bag to carry all your candy!

Northgate Luminaries Exhibit - Fort Walton Beach neighborhood democrats annually for festive community excitement! Not to be missed, the famous Luminary shows will be December 10-11th 6 - 9 PM. The public is welcome to come and enjoy the wonderful neighborhood lights!  

Destin Boat Parade - December 11th 6 PM Destin Harbor. Area boat charters decorate and light their vessels annually for this beautiful waterfront event! Local harbor front restaurants and the docks and Marler (Destin) Bridge will be lined with people waiting to see the sparkling lights.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Destin