Oh my word, we love this time of the year. Winters on the Emerald Coast really are something special! How do we celebrate this beautiful season on the Emerald Coast?

1. We go to Baytowne on Ice, of course! 

For the whole month of December you can get your skate on at the Apex Skating Pavillion in the Village of Baytowne Wharf! There is a charge because ice making in Florida doesn't happen naturally. ;)

2. Then we venture over to the Festival of Trees in Grand Boulevard!

Everyday in December leading up to Christmas day, you can view twelve beautifully decorated Christmas trees that were decorated uniquely by organizations around the Emerald Coast!

3. A jolly jog back over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf, will let you see the 12 nights of lights!

For the majority of December, the Village of Baytowne Wharf will put on a glorious light show every night from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The light show will be synced to some of your most favorite Christmas tunes!

4. If you find yourself in the 30A area, take time to admire the majestic Christmas trees located in Alys Beach, Seaside and Rosemary Beach! Each is from 24 to 30 foot tall!

5. Remembering the real reason for this season is why we now take you to Fort Walton Beach to see a Live Nativity.

The live nativity is free for all families! Hurry up, though! It will only be displayed until Decemeber 20th at the on 2nd Street in Fort Walton Beach!

6. Hey, don't forget about the animals! Animals love Christmas, too! This is why we love that the Gulf Breeze Zoo displays beautiful lights for both animals and us! 

There is a $10 cost to see this extravagant light display, but hey, we say it's worth it!

7. Now, to Pensacola we go to see the Winterfest Performance Tour!

A trolley ride through downtown Pensacola, 16 performances and Christmas lights galore. If you really want to see how the Emerald Coast does Christmas, this is your chance. Dates are limited, so put it on the calendar today!

aerial view of Destin Florida 

We love Christmas and we love the Emerald Coast, so it's no surprise that we like celebrating it all in big ways. What we love most is that we don't merely celebrate the lights, the trees or the cute guy in the red suit, but we celebrate the life of Jesus and that celebration doesn't have to end in December! :)