First and third Saturday of each month (December 18)Highway 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz1922 Hwy. 87, Navarre. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This bi-weekly outdoor market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Farm-to-Table vendors are available along with arts and crafts and shopping inside Pik-Itz! Art & Antiques. For more information, visit www.pikitz.com or call 850-710-7128. Nov. 26 – Dec. 25Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display7650 Sowell Rd., Milton. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display (drive through and/or park) is an annual Christmas light show put on by the Sowell family. The event will be open every night including Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Admission fee required; prices vary each night. For more information, visit www.sowellfarms.com/northpole or www.facebook.com/sowellsnorthpole.
Dec. 3LightUp Milton5158 Willing St., Milton. 5 to 7 p.m. Join the City of Milton for the return of Christmas celebrations. Starting at 5 p.m. with Big Screen on the Blackwater featuring The Grinch movie; followed by the Blackwater Pyrates Annual Lighted Boat Parade at 7 p.m. along the Blackwater River and ending the night with the City of Milton Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks display by Pyro Shows. For more information, please call the City of Milton at 850-983-5400 or email at email@example.com.
Dec. 3Milton Christmas Lighted Boat Parade 5158 Willing St., Milton. Parade starts at 7 p.m. The Blackwater Pyrates host this unique Florida style event in downtown Milton along the Blackwater River. For more information, visit www.blackwaterpyrates.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 4Joy in Jay Christmas Parade and FestivalCommerce Street, Jay. Parade begins at 11 a.m. followed by festival fun until 3 p.m. With readings, acting and singing performances every 15 minutes. Events include: Santa’s workshop, the jingle express ride, horse carriage rides, food and craft vendors, and inflatable games. If you are interested in volunteering or having a vendor booth, please contact Jay Town Hall at 850-675-4556. You may also get a vendor application online at www.townofjayfl.com.
Dec. 4Annual Navarre Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park8513 Navarre Pkwy., Navarre. Navarre Park. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parade starts at 1 p.m. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas in the Park “Joy To The World!” presented by Walmart-Navarre and the Navarre Neighborhood Market and the Annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade presented by PrimeLending. The Parade starts at the Navarre Library and runs south on Presidio St., left on Esplanade St. and ending in the back parking lot of Centennial Bank. Local artists and crafters will gather with great gifts at the Merry Market, take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch. Enjoy free baked goods and hot beverages at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery sponsored by Okaloosa Gas after the parade. For more information visit www.navarrechamber.com or call 850-939-3267. Dec. 4Milton Christmas Parade 5629 Byrom St., Milton. Parade starts at 6 p.m. The Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Milton Christmas Parade “A Toy Christmas” presented by Sport & Wheat Certified Public Accountants. The parade starts at the Milton Community Center, runs north to James St., east on James St. to Stewart St., and then south on Stewart St. to Elva St. For more information visit www.srcchamber.com or call 850-623-2339.
Dec. 11Holiday Arts and Crafts Show1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artist show and sale of items big and small at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center to help with our Christmas shopping.
Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19Christmas ZOObilee5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Gulf Breeze. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas ZOObilee includes winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, a candy cane market full of gifts, sights, smells, and tastes of the season. Including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats. Christmas ZOObilee wouldn't be complete without a visit from the jolly man in a red suit for photo opportunities as well as the Grinch. With all event activities included with regular daytime admission. For more information, visit www.gbzoo.com/event/zoobile or call 850-932-2229.
Dec. 11Seamore’s Winter Wonderland Party!8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us for our fundraiser event featuring: holiday music, winter wonderland games, hot chocolate, photos with Seamore and so much more! Tickets available for purchase day of event at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347. Dec. 11, 12Christmas at Holland Farms2055 Homer Holland Rd., Milton. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy the holiday spirit at Holland Farms. Take a train ride and hayride to visit Santa! Includes one cookie to decorate. Photographer available for Santa Picture. Advanced ticket purchases only. Limited supply. Children two and under are free. For more information and tickets, visit www.hollandfarms.ticketspice.com/christmas-on-the-farm-2021 or call 850-675-6876. Dec. 121st Annual Christmas Village Festival 2199 Hwy. 87 S., Navarre. 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. St. Michaels Brewing Company invites you to the 1st annual Christmas Village Festival. Des’s Tacos food truck will be serving delicious brunch burritos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 p.m. St. Michaels Brewing Company will host a food tent with soup/chili, loaded baked potatoes, hot chocolate, and gluhwein (mulled wine). Shop for last minute gifts at the Christmas Village booths, pictures with Santa, kids Christmas crafts activities, and live music. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/StMichaelsBrewing or call 850-710-7337.
Dec. 18Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center8 to 10 a.m. Help protect sea turtles and other imperiled species through a citizen science program that allows volunteers to take an active role in the war against marine debris. Volunteers collect trash from different areas along the 4.5 miles of Navarre Beach and record data that is forwarded to state and federal agencies. Meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supplies of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or bring supplies. For more information, visit www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org or call 850-684-3347. Jan. 1, 202213th Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle1451 Navarre Beach Cswy., Navarre Beach. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come out and celebrate the first day of the year and “freezin’ for a reason”. The Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle is a charity event. For more information, visit www.juanaspagodas.com/PenguinPlunge.htm or call 850-939-1092.Jan. 1, 20225th Annual Pirate Plunge8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach. 12 p.m. Arrr you ready to take the plunge? This charity event features a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier followed by a after party at Windjammer’s on the Pier. For more information, visit www.navarrepirateplunge.com.