Locals and snowbirds alike have plenty to choose from when they celebrate the holidays in Destin and 30A.  It’s a season of peace, gratitude, and reflection, and what better place to celebrate than on the beautiful Emerald Coast.  From Christ-centered festivities to visiting with Santa, below are a few family-friendly holiday activities we love.  All of them are worth checking out in the Destin and 30A area this season!

family walks down a trail in winter near destin & 30A

Worship Services – He’s the reason for the season and in addition to Sunday services, this month there are some special options around Christmas. In Destin, you can checkout Shoreline’s Church online at 9am or in-person at 9am or 11am on Sundays through December.

kids playing on a boardwalk as their family celebrates the holidays in destin & 30A

Slow afternoons and Local Meals – There’s nothing better than having relaxed and family-filled days.  Black Bear Bread Co in Grayton Beach is our go-to for coffee and breakfast.  A lunch option we love is Pazzo Italiano in Destin. Dinner options are endless. Several local restaurants offer special holiday meals and takeout options through the end of the year!  You can find more of our favorite local restaurants with takeout options on a previous blog post here.

family celebrating the holidays at the beach in destin & 30A

Santa – Santa’s already been spotted again at the Destin Commons Bass Pro Shop (he’ll be there through Christmas Eve) and on weekends at Harborwalk Village (he’ll be there through December 19th).  December 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th you can have breakfast with him at the Emerald Grande.  You can also find festive holiday displays in nearly every community along 30A. For added fun take a drive through some of our favorites – Alys Beach, WaterColor, and Seaside, all known for magical holiday light displays! 

kids sitting on a fence in 30A

Baytowne on Ice – Baytowne Wharf is the perfect place to take the family for active fun.  The ice rink is open in the afternoons through February 6th.  In addition to ice skating, 12 nights of lights is running now through December 22nd. They also have a Wednesday night concert series ending December 15th with the Matt McCarty Band.

family celebrates the holidays in 30A

Capture the Memories –  The holidays are a great time to get family portraits you can cherish long after the season has passed.  We have 3 more sessions available in December! Reach out today to secure your preferred date!  

family celebrates the holidays in destin

Relax –  Most of all, we love to plan time to just relax and enjoy the holidays!  As the year comes to an end, it’s the perfect time to take a break, reflect, and appreciate all that you have.  Even more so in the company of your loved ones! 

What do you always do to celebrate the holidays in Destin or 30A that we didn’t mention?  Drop us a comment so we can add it to the list!