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Spending the Holidays on 30A?

John Wellborn • December 15, 2016

It’s hard to resist the beauty of 30A during the holiday season! Maybe it’s the twinkling lights wrapped around the palm trees or the ribbons and garland hanging from the homes and businesses along 30A. Everyone who visits the area during the holiday season knows, there's just something magical about 30A during the holiday season!

If you’re traveling to the area for the holidays, be sure to check out some of the most wonderful events happening along 30A! From concerts to meeting Santa, 30A is bursting with fun this holiday season!

Grayt Santa Pub Crawl - December 17

Grab your friends and meet new ones at this year’s Grayt Santa Pub Crawl as you hit all of the best local bars in Grayton Beach! Benefitting the Children's Volunteer Health Network, this event is a favorite among visitors and locals alike! Wristbands are limited, so purchase them today! In need of a babysitter for the night of the event? Our friends at Live Well are happy to help, 30A Babysitting Services.

Learn More and Purchase Tickets Here.


Holiday Pops Concert - December 17

Kick off the holiday season with friends and family in the Seaside Amphitheater on Saturday at 5:30pm for a holiday POPS concert by Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs to the amphitheater and enjoy every minute of the holiday scene at the beach!

View the Seaside Event Calendar Here.


Breakfast with Santa at The Pearl - December 18

What better way to start your morning than breakfast with Santa? Gather up the whole family and enjoy breakfast at The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach! The hotel’s restaurant, the Havana Beach Bar & Grill will be serving the regular breakfast menu from 8am to 11am. After breakfast, stroll around the beautiful town of Rosemary Beach and check out the farmer’s market!

Reservations are required for Breakfast with Santa. Call 850-588-2881 to reserve your spot!


Christmas Movie Marathon at The Hub - December 21 - 23

Head out to The Hub for a Christmas Movie Marathon featuring, The Polar Express, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and more holiday movies! Bring the whole family and get cozy near the fire pits while enjoying back to back movies on the big screen! 

View Movie Dates and Times Here.


Salute 2016 - December 31

Join in on an Alys Beach tradition on New Year’s Eve day by attending ‘Salute 2016’ at NEAT before you ring in the New Year! Enjoy lite fare, cocktails, and live music from 11am - 2pm. It’s sure to be a delightful time with friends and family!

Visit the Alys Beach Event Calendar to Learn More.


Countdown Seaside: A New Year’s Eve Celebration - December 31

If you’re searching for the perfect family event to ring in the new year head to Seaside for a New Year’s Eve Celebration that provides family fun for locals and visitors! Seaside will be bursting with fun with children’s activities, street performers, live music, and fireworks! Don’t forget to bring blankets and chairs to the amphitheater to enjoy a fun-filled night under the stars!

 View the Seaside Event Calendar Here.


Emerald Coast Theatre Company: A Dickens Christmas, A Ghostly Story

Throughout the holiday season, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company will be performing their holiday show, “A Dickens Christmas, A Ghostly Story,” in the new theater space at Grand Boulevard. This year’s show has a lively and suspenseful twist as the story is told by Dickens himself through the voices of four storytellers! Don’t miss out on this delightful performance.

View Performance Dates and Purchase Tickets Here.


Seaside Rep Theatre: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!)

There is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to watch The Seaside Rep’s performance of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some!). Described as a “hilarious whirlwind of a performance that tackles all of your favorite Christmas stories”, this show is a must-see for the entire family! In fact, USA Today called the REP's performance on of America's "“wackiest, tackiest and happiest holiday events.” Join in on the fun and don't miss out on this lively show!

View Performance Dates and Purchase Tickets Here. 


Polar Bear Plunge at Ed Walline Beach Access - January 1

Splash into the New Year with the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Ed Walline Beach Access! Hosted by the South Walton Fire District in conjunction with Gulf Place, this annual event is the perfect way to plunge into the new year! Registration begins at 11am at Gulf Place with the “plunge” occurring at 1pm sharp! Guests will enjoy a bonfire, music, and food!

A $20 donation is encouraged as proceeds benefit the SWFD Departments Relations Committee. For more information, contact Sammy Sanchez at


Photo By: SoWal