1 Dec 2022
Santa is in Santa Rosa? That’s right and Santa’s elves have been bugging with excitement and we have too! Whether you are planning to celebrate the holiday season by admiring an outdoor light display or making crafts from home - there’s something for everyone visiting 30A during the most wonderful time of year. We have put together a list of Santa sightings, Christmas light showings and other festive holiday events taking place this season for you to enjoy!
Twinkling lights lend a festive touch to the live oaks circling both sides of Barrett Square, with a gorgeously decorated Douglas Fir Christmas tree as the main attraction.
A trip to 30Avenue is enhanced by holiday lights festooned to the signature palm trees, complete with classic characters from the Nutcracker ballet, and a large Christmas tree featured in the front greenspace.
Always beautiful, Alys Beach’s signature architecture is enhanced with holiday wreaths and lights, and a 25-foot tall Christmas tree and packages serve as the decorative focus at the amphitheater.
A visit to Seaside’s amphitheater treats guests to a sparkling display of white holiday lights, with a large Christmas tree added to the top of Airstream Row. Be sure to walk under the arch of the beachfront Coleman Pavilion, where the decorative lights provide a striking and romantic backdrop for photos.
Plan a stroll through the walking trails of Cerulean Park, where bright stars overhead are accentuated by a beautifully-lit Christmas tree in the park’s center, along with Holly-adorned arches and other decorative touches placed throughout the park.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Sandestin’s walkable town center is a classic destination for holiday festivities, home of the “An Evening of Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights” event, as well as Baytowne On Ice and a series of holiday concerts. Outside of scheduled events, the area’s holiday-themed lights and decorations provide a wonderful, walkable family activity, perfect for getting in the spirit of the season.
Make a visit to see Santa a family affair at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Each Wednesday night in December enjoy a live concert at 6 p.m. in the Events Plaza. The concerts are also accompanied by a choreographed light show and Santa will be there to meet the children. Event is held December 6, 13, and 20 from 6-8 p.m.
Other Festive Fun
Dec. 19 - Tacky Christmas Sweater Party at The Gathering Spot: 8-11 PM
Put on your tackiest Christmas sweater and join WaterColor Inn at the hotel’s newly reimagined lobby bar for a holiday-themed soiree around the outdoor poolside firepits. There will be live music, drink and food specials and prizes for the most festive sweater of them all. In order to seat guests more efficiently, reservations are not accepted.
*The hotel’s operational protocols and procedures are being adapted continuously, in adherence with guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and State of Florida.
- Website: watercolorresort.com/dining/the-gathering-spot
- Address: WaterColor Inn, 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach
Dec. 23 and 30 - 30A Holiday Farmers Market at 9 AM - 1 PM
Two outdoor holiday farmers markets will be held in addition to the regular year-round Sunday markets.
- Website: 30a-farmers-market-at-rosemary-beach.business.site/
- Address: 28 N. Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach
Dec. 24 - FOOW Christmas Eve Dinner from 5-10 PM
Join FOOW in celebrating the last night before Santa arrives with a special menu curated by the restaurant's executive chef and wind down with family and friends during a special evening. After all, Christmas is prettier on the Gulf! FOOW’s regular dinner menu will be served during this time. Open to the public; in order to seat guests more efficiently, reservations are not accepted. Outdoor seating will be available.
- Website: foow30a.com/
- Address: 34 Goldenrod Cir, Santa Rosa Beach