(WKRG) — Winter is here and WKRG News 5 has put together a list of Northwest Florida’s most festive events!
PENSACOLA CHRISTMAS PARADE: The city of Pensacola Christmas parade is happening at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 11. The parade includes almost 100 entries, eight bands from Escambia County, Santa Rosa County and New Orleans. The parade also features the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team and a host of organizations from around the region. Preceding the parade is the 1.2 miles Christmas Parade Dash, sponsored by the Pensacola Runners Association. All profits of the Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade go to the local high school band booster organizations. Over $25,000 has been donated to area high schools. Sponsors for the 2021 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade include Cox Communications, My Pensacola Credit Union, T-Mobile and WKRG News 5.
WINTER ART MARKET: Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1060 N. Guillemard St. in Pensacola. 20 local artisans and student vendors will sell handmade goods including artisan coffee, jewelry, holiday ornaments and art crafts! Artists from the First City Art Center (FCAC) will also sell art pieces from their “Gallery 1060 Holiday Show” live demonstrations. The event will also collect gently used coats for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. For more information, click here.
FORT WALTON BEACH’S LIGHT UP THE NIGHT: 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26; The Downtown Christmas Lights and the Landing Christmas Tree will shine for the first time this Holiday Season. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. at the Landing with Christmas music, a visit and storybook reading from Santa, and a message from Mayor Dick Rynearson. At 5:30 p.m. sharp, all of the Downtown lights and the Christmas Tree will come on, welcoming the Holiday Season in Fort Walton Beach.
FORT WALTON BEACH CHRISTMAS PARADE: The 2021 Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade will take place on Monday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. along Eglin Parkway from First Street to Hughes Street. This year’s theme is Christmas Characters! The public is invited to gather along Eglin Parkway to watch the parade and cheer on their favorite characters. Anyone interested in having a float in the parade can download the application here.
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS: Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum in Fort Walton Beach at 139 Miracle Strip Parkway South East. Admission is free to enter the 110-year-old house. Children can enjoy crafts, old-fashioned games and toys and light refreshments. For more information, click here.
HOLIDAY POPS: AROUND THE WORLD: The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra showcasing holiday music including, European, Latin American, Hanukkah tradition, soul and gospel themes. The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Voices of Northwest Florida and guest soloists will perform at the concert. The concert will be held Friday, Dec. 10 in the main hall of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville.
JAZZ CLASSICS: The Northwest Florida Symphony will host a free concert featuring scholarship students at Northwest Florida State College. The concert will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14 starting at &:30 p.m. at Sprint Theater in Niceville.
NAVARRE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The 20-foot Christmas tree, sponsored by University Lending Group, will be erected in Navarre Park at dusk on Friday, Nov. 26.
NAVARRE CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas in the Park “Joy To The World!” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge. Dozens of local artists and crafters will gather with great gift ideas for everyone on your list. Original artwork, jewelry, fabric crafts, home decor items and more will be on display.
NAVARRE CHRISTMAS PARADE: The annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Navarre Library and will roll south along Presidio Street, making a left at Esplanade Street and ending in the back parking lot of Centennial Bank. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with “The Grinch,” will arrive by fire truck in the parade and will be available for photos with children as soon as the parade ends. Parents are invited to bring their cameras for photos. Century 21 Island View Realty is sponsoring the Grinch’s photo booth. Free baked goods and hot beverages will be available at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery sponsored by Okaloosa Gas and Eglin Federal Credit Union after the parade.
NAVARRE CHAMBER FOUNDATION’S JINGLE BELL 5K RUN/WALK FUN RUN: 8 a.m. on Dec. 4 at the Holley-Navarre Fire Station at 8618 Esplanade St. (behind McDonald’s). The first 200 registrants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt. There will be post-race refreshments and door prizes. A special prize will be awarded to the most festive participant. You can download a registration form at www.navarrechamberfoundation.org.
CITY OF DESTIN CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: The City of Destin is hosting its 35th annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Destin Community Center of Stahlman Avenue and will be held outdoors. A visit from Santa Claus is expected as well as live entertainment from Destin Elementary school. The city will also hold a food drive during the event, asking for a donation of a non-perishable food item.
DESTIN’S ‘JINGLE BELL ROCK’ CHRISTMAS PARADE: The 37th annual “Jingle Bell Rock” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. 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, email Recreation@cityofdestin.com to request an application. Applications must be received no later than Wednesday, Dec. 1, and can be dropped off in person at the Destin Community Center (101 Stahlman Ave), faxed to 850-654-8998, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Call 850-654-5184 or email email@example.com for more information.
“SWING INTO THE SEASON” CHRISTMAS DANCE IN CRESTVIEW: Saturday, Nov. 24, 7 p.m., Warriors Hall, Whitehurst Municipal Building, 209 Stillwell Blvd.: “Swing Into the Season” Christmas dance with a big band USO vibe featuring the 15-piece Hashtag Swing orchestra; tix $20 at Crestview City Hall, Crestview Community Center, at the door, or online at downtowncrestview.org. A Crestview Cultural Services Division event.
“A CHRISTMAS VIGNETTE” CONCERT IN CRESTVIEW: Thursday and Friday, Dec. 2 and 3, 7 p.m., Warriors Hall: “A Christmas Vignette” concert by the Crestview Community Chorus. Selections include Carol of the Bells, Calypso Christmas, We Three Kings, Deo Dicamus Gratias and Nature’s Song of Christmas Peace. Free, donations gratefully accepted. A Mayor’s Cultural Series program.
CRESTIVEW’S LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE: Saturday, Dec. 4, north end of Main Street, Crestview, 5 p.m.: Gather around for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at 5 p.m., immediately followed by Community Caroling before the arrival of the Main Street Crestview Association’s annual Christmas Parade, which starts south of the railway tracks at 5:30 p.m. Free.
NORTH OKALOOSA COMMUNITY BAND’S CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Monday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., Community Center, 1446 Commerce Dr.: The North Okaloosa Community Band’s Christmas Concert, including ensembles from the Crestview High School Band. Selections include pieces from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; On That Night All Was Silent, a new setting of Silent Night; How the Grinch Stole Christmas featuring Dan Haman singing You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch; and A Christmas Festival, a compilation of Christmas favorites arranged by Leroy Anderson. A Mayor’s Cultural Series program. Free, donations gratefully accepted.
HOLIDAY POPS: AROUND THE WORD WITH NORTHWEST FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Friday, Dec. 10, at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Maestro Todd Craven leads the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert featuring the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, Voices of Northwest Florida, guest soloists and more. Take a sleigh ride with the symphony through timeless holiday works that will fill you with the Spirit of the Season! Dr. Stephenson, pianist and president of Northwest Florida State College, will make a guest appearance among guest vocalists Christina Maxwell and Voices of Northwest Florida.
NIGHT OF JAZZ CLASSICS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville. Night of jazz classics featuring NWFSC scholarship students in the Sprint Theater. The concert is free and open to the public; there will be snacks and a cash bar available.
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