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You don’t need a reason to come to the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast, but while you're here you might as well enjoy our special events. Cultural activities, fun festivals, lecture series, athletic events.... There's always something happening on our sugar-white shores, and there’s something for everyone. Here’s what’s up on the coast.

Featured Events

A Dickens Christmas

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village Veranda Room
December 11 - December 21, 2014

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Restore Act Meeting - Okaloosa County BOCC

Emerald Coast Convention Center
January 7, 2015 2:30p-4:30p

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Branson Show Camp January 2015

Fort Walton Beach Civic Auditorium
January 10, 2015

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19th Annual Niceville Christmas Display "Animation in Motion"

Former K-Mart building, Hwy 20 (John Sims Pkwy)
November 28 - December 27, 2014


This Christmas Display features over 600 animated dolls, largest Christmas Village in town with over 1000 pieces. N-scale, H.O.-scale, O-scale and G-scale model trains. Come visit our Niceville Christmas display and see our new and unique layout. While you are visiting, grab an evening snack. This a great place for family Christmas pictures, so let us be a part of your Christmas memories. Many activities will be available for the family!

A Dickens Christmas

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village Veranda Room
December 11 - December 21, 2014


Emerald Grande HarborWalk Village Veranda Room on December 11, 13, & 21 at 7:30 p.m., and December 13 & 20 at 2:00 p.m.

“A Dickens Christmas” is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic “A Christmas Carol.”  In this version, three actors will play multiple roles as they bring to life the tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformational night with the three ghosts.  Not recommended for children under 5.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 5 to 12.  To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org or call 850-687-1637.

Holiday Market - Downtown Fort Walton Beach

Throughout Downtown Fort Walton Beach
December 15 - December 21, 2014

10AM-6PM Local arts and crafts, Downtown Open House, live entertainment, photos with Santa, Running of the Elves fun run.

Zoobilee of Lights

Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Zooligical Park
December 19 - December 23, 2014 5PM - 9PM


Join us for an evening of lights, live entertainment, snowfall, cookie decorating and a very special appearance by Santa and friends!  Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Visit with Santa at HarborWalk Village

December 20 - December 21, 2014 12PM - 4PM

It's time for the children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa Claus.  All of Santa's guests receive a special treat!

Breakfast with Santa

Grande Vista Bar and Grille
December 21, 2014 8AM - 11AM


Bring the holiday season to life! Children can enjoy breakfast with Santa at Grande Vista Bar and Grill from 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM! For reservations: 850-424-0621

Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting

HarborWalk Village
December 21, 2014 4PM


Enjoy the festival lighting of the Menorah on the HarborWalk Village main stage.  Free admission and fun for the entire family.  Enjoy scrumptious donuts, delicious hot latkes, Chanukah music, kid’s activities and much more!  Please call 850-424-3304 or visit www.ChabadEmeraldCoast.org for more information.

Seas & Greetings with Santa and the Pensacola Ice Flyers

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
December 21, 2014 11AM - 2PM


Seas & Greetings, Santa is coming to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park Sunday, December 21 from 11am-2pm! Meet and take photos with Santa along with all of your favorite players from the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit Emerald Coast Toys for Tots for discounted admission!

Grande Gala in Emerald Grande's Ballroom

December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015

Countdown to the stroke of midnight with our annual ball drop and enjoy the best view for fireworks on the Harbor as you welcome in 2015 with a Chef Selected Menu and Dinner, Live Music by Cool Rayz and Dancing, Festive Cocktail Attire Encouraged. $99 per person. Call for details. Stay and PLAY rates available. Doors open at 7:00 PM.

Countdown & Cocktails in the Harborview Room - Emerald Grande

December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015

Ring in the New Year with the hottest party in town. Kiss 2014 goodbye as you celebrate with DJ Vladi and cocktails. Dance and watch fireworks from your private view of the harbor. Mingle at midnight with the most chic party in town and enjoy Chef selected hor's devours. $25.00 per person in advance and $30.00 day of. VIP tickets offered with priority seating and complimentary champagne. Call for details and stay and play rates at Emerald Grande 850-424- 0622.

Street Party Countdown - HarborWalk Village

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village
December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015


Live Free DEPARTURE Concert by the nation's hottest Journey Tribute Band.   Fireworks shows at 8:00 PM and Midnight, and 7th Annual Ball Drop! Park once and Party at over 7 Clubs and Restaurants in HarborWalk Village to Ring in the New Year! Call 850-424-0600 for info.

BLINGING In The New Year

Throughout Downtown Fort Walton Beach
December 31, 2014 - January 1, 2015


On 31 Dec 2014, the Downtown FWB Organization, Inc., Apex Broadcasting, and the City of Fort Walton Beach invite you and yours to join us in Downtown FWB for our first-ever BLINGING In The New Year Celebration! The evening will kick off with a 5K and Fun Run at 6:00 PM at the FWB Landing Park, followed by an after-party, Concessions, Shopping, Dining, Live Music by "Continum", a Treasure Chest Drop and Fireworks at Midnight! We hope you join us in BLINGING In The New Year...a night of FUN for the whole FAMILY! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

New Year's Eve - Ruth's Chris

Ruth's Chris
December 31, 2014 Open @ 5PM

850.837.RUTH (7884)

LET’S MAKE A TOAST TO 2015. Live Music by National Recording/Billboard Charting Artist Michael J. Thomas 6pm-TILL. We’re serving up a delicious night on New Year’s Eve. Say a fond farewell to 2014 – and a big hello to 2015. Our handcrafted cocktails are ready to flow, and the steak is ready to sizzle. Ring in the New Year with a meal you won’t forget. Book your table today. Make a reservation.