A real treat is coming to Destin on Friday, December 13th! Sinfonia Holiday Pops with Matthew Morrison brings the Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated singer to Destin for some holiday cheer. Sit back as Morrison and Sinfonia Gulf Coast perform an evening of some of the most cherished and festive holiday medleys.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Destin? Stick around for Baytowne Countdown at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on New Year’s Eve! From 6-8 PM the Village will be filled with activities like face painting, kids’ events, and live music. Fireworks will go off at 8 PM and midnight, with live music until 1 PM. What could be more festive than this?
If you still need Christmas accommodations in Destin, then we recommend Emerald Palace. This spot is one of our favorite vacation homes in Destin! This four-bedroom home comfortably sleeps 12 guests, so it’s perfect if you’re traveling with family for Christmas on the Gulf Coast. Boasting Gulf views, luxurious finishes, and a private pool, this home won’t be available for the holidays much longer!
Coastal Alabama, the stretch of beach that includes Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, is bursting with fun holiday events for Christmas on the Gulf Coast! For starters, there’s the 8th Annual Merry Market Expo in Orange Beach. If you’re someone who likes to give homemade gifts, then this arts festival is the perfect chance to score a unique gift for that special someone. The expo takes place December 7th-8th, so you have plenty of time to find the perfect gift. Also on December 8th is a Jingle Jubilee Kids Craft Day, a free DIY event at The Wharf designed to spark your kids’ creativity. The event runs from 12-4 PM. Who knows; you may leave with a handmade Christmas tree ornament or a present to tuck under the tree!
For the entire holiday season, The Wharf in Orange Beach transforms into an ice skating rink designed to spark those Christmas memories. The rink is open to the public and skaters of all ages! Guests can skate for just $12 a day. The rink is open daily from November 15th to January 12th, with varying hours in between. Visit here to learn more about different hours on different days.
Can’t make the lighted boat parade in Destin this year? Check out the one in Gulf Shores instead! The 34th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade begins at LuLu’s Marina at 5:30 PM on December 14th. The boats will cruise from the Intracoastal Waterway Canal, past The Wharf, around Bear Point, along the south end of Ono Island, west to Perdido Pass, north into Terry Cove Harbor, south to bridge, and end at Flora-Bama. There are many exciting vantage points all along the Coast! With over 40 sailboats, sportfishing boats, and kayaks, you won’t want to miss this parade.
Need somewhere to stay for Christmas on the Gulf Coast in Gulf Shores? Stay in Southern Secret West & East, an eight-bedroom vacation home with room for 24. This two-sided home sleeps 12 guests per side, perfect if the kids want their own private vacation home. Fully equipped kitchens, en-suite master bedrooms, a private pool, and more await! To get to the beach, simply make your way across West Beach Boulevard. You won’t believe how beautiful the beach is in December!
Be sure to visit our event calendar for more holiday parties on the beach! We’ve got you covered from Panama City Beach, Florida, to Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan, Alabama. Thank you for being a part of the Southern family, and we’ll see you next month with another Southern Scoop!