Holiday Vacation Ideas at Northwest Florida Beaches

If the only white Christmas you’re dreaming of consists of sugar-white sands, then the beaches of Northwest Florida are an ideal holiday vacation spot. The mild weather is perfect for enjoying a day of golf, fishing, browsing outdoor shopping malls, taking a scenic hike, hopping on a boat, and more Northwest Florida vacation ideas. Locals don’t fondly refer to it as the “perfect season” for nothing.

If you still want to get into the holiday spirit, enjoy one of Florida’s holiday events while you’re there, and help spread the joy during the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few of our favorite events in Northwest Florida during the holidays to join in on the festivities:

Winter Beach Festivals

Festival of Trees

From November 21 through December 31, 2017, feast your eyes on an array of spectacularly adorned holiday trees decorated by local non-profit organizations. You can take in the sparkling sight on Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, Miramar Beach.

Florida Winter Festivals

31st Annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade

On December 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m., Destin Harbor comes alive with a parade of decorated vessels in the true spirit of the season. You’ll also enjoy live music, children’s arts and crafts, warm cups of hot cocoa and St. Nick himself.

The Nutcracker at Ballet Pensacola

From December 15 – 17, 2017, catch a performance of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” at Ballet Pensacola. Relive the beloved, classic holiday tale of Clara and her dream of the Nutcracker Prince.

Holiday Vacation Ideas in Florida

12 Nights of Lights

In December, on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can catch a festive light show in The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Miramar Beach. Watch this Florida winter light show set to your favorite holiday music, running through December 29, 2017.

Pelican Drop

Beginning at 5:00 p.m. on December 31, 2017, head to downtown Pensacola’s New Year’s Eve street party with live music, an entertaining children’s area and a fireworks show. In true coastal fashion, a 10-foot, illuminated pelican replica will be dropped 100 feet at midnight.

Northwest Florida Holiday Events

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop

Say goodbye to 2017 with a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in Pier Park, Panama City Beach. Head to the pier on December 31, 2017 to enjoy free live music, plenty of entertainment and good cheer.

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