It's the most wonderful time of year at The Village of Baytowne Wharf with a calendar filled with festive events starting now and throughout the month of December. Baytowne is a wonderful place to enjoy holiday shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family. Here are some holiday highlights in The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin, Florida: Friday Dec 1 | Ice Skating Extravaganza 6pm & 7:30pm The Village of Baytowne Wharf will host the second annual Ice Skating Extravaganza at Baytowne on Ice skating pavillion. The event will feature performances from US National Pairs Medalists Jennifer Don and Themi Leftheris on Friday, Dec. 1 with two evening shows (6:00pm and 7:30pm) - free and open to the public. Also, mini skating school sessions will be available throughout the weekend - see times and make your reservations online. Competing internationally in singles and pairs, Jennifer Don holds several accolades and awards, including World Junior Pairs Bronze Medalist for the United States. As a single skater, she was named Ladies National Champion for Chinese Taipei in 2006 and won the 2003 Nebelhorn Trophy, becoming the first woman to win a competition under the ISU International Judging System. Themi Leftheris is a Skate America Grand Prix Bronze Medalist. Along with partner Jacqueline Jimenez, he was awarded the 2001 U.S. novice silver medal and 2001–02 ISU Junior Grand Prix silver medal. He and his partner Julian Burns, placed 13th at the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Don and Lefther is now coach beginner to national level students, and are offering $25 group mini skating classes at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s skating pavillion on Dec 1 and 2 . The sessions will teach beginner skating techniques, such as learning forward and backward skating, two-foot glides, curves, and how to fall. For the slightly more advanced recreational skater, guests can learn how to go faster on the ice, one foot glides, basic stops, edges, and even basic fundamentals for a safer and more enjoyable time on the ice. Tickets are available online. Baytowne on Ice | Ice Skating Pavillion Open through Feb 3 2018 Baytowne on Ice is now open and will run through Feb 3rd, 2018. The Community Broadcasters Ice Skating Pavilion is a 40ft by 60ft ice rink enclosed in a tent at the event plaza of the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. Operating hours vary per day, with extended hours on the weekends. Season passes can be purchased at the Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association Office during business hours. Passes will increase on Oct 28th to $165 for the extended season. Or, guests can skate for an hour and a half, with ice skate rentals included, for $14. Saturday, November 18: Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights 4-6pm SOLD OUT! The Sandestin Wine Festival kicks off this holiday with a special sparkling event on Saturday, November 18 from 4-6pm in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The 5th annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights presented by the Sandestin Wine Festival will feature more than 30 champagnes. The event is sold out but The Village is always open to everyone. Sandestin Wine Festival tickets for Apr 12-15 2018 are on sale now! Friday, November 24: The Polar Express 6-8pm Come out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf with your friends and family for a special showing of The Polar Express on the big-screen in the Events Plaza beginning at 6pm. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the show. Saturday, November 25: Here Comes Santa Claus 6-9pm Get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf for the Here Comes Santa Claus festivities on Saturday, November 25 from 6-9pm. Cheer Santa on as he makes his way to Baytowne and watch as he lights the Village Christmas tree! Have a blast in The Village with face-painting, kids crafts, and a beautiful fireworks display over the water at 8pm! Friday, December 1: Ice Skating Extravaganza with two shows: 6pm & 7:30pm The Village of Baytowne Wharf will host the second annual Ice Skating Extravaganza at Baytowne on Ice skating pavillion. The event will feature performances from US National Pairs Medalists Jennifer Don and Themi Leftheris on Friday, Dec. 1 with two evening shows (6:00pm and 7:30pm) - free and open to the public. Wednesdays Dec. 6, 13 & 20: Wednesday Night Concert Series Holiday Edition & Visits with Santa 6pm Come out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf to listen to some of your favorite holiday classics on Wednesday nights in the Event Plaza from 6pm til 9pm. Every Wednesday night this December The Village will host a Holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Each concert will feature a festive choreographed light show and visits with Santa. Dates: Dec 6, 13 and 20. Dec. 6-20: 12 Nights of Lights on Wed, Fri & Sat nights for festive light shows This December enjoy a festive light show in The Village of Baytowne Wharf every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to Christmas! The 12 Nights of Light will also be featured during our special holiday edition of the Wednesday Night Concert Series. Watch three dazzling shows on the Village tree at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Saturday Dec 9: Tuba Christmas music concert Come out to The Village of Baytowne Wharf for Tuba Christmas, a wonderful concert with some of your favorite holiday classics on in the Event Plaza on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5pm til 7pm. It's a beautiful holiday tradition in Sandestin. Admission is free and open to the public. Sunday Dec 31: Baytowne Countdown New Year's Eve 6pm-1am Ring in the New Year at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, Dec. 31 from 7pm-midnight! Dance the night away and enjoy live bands and breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight. Come out and stroll The Village of Baytowne Wharf after dark. Beautiful holiday decor and sparkling lights throughout the Village will fill your family with the spirit of Christmas. Village merchants are open day and night with fun shops, good eats and drinks, live music at several restaurants, and plenty of Baytowne adventure with ziplines and fun challenges for all ages. NEW EATS at Baytowne Stadium Hotdogs Stadium Hot Dogs will serve a variety of specialty dogs from a New York Dog to a Chicago Dog. Patrons can customize their dog to their liking choosing toppings galore. The menu also includes fresh wings and a New England lobster roll. Funnel cakes made fresh to order. Proprietors Shelley and Tony DeSousa, who are homeowners within the Sandestin resort community chose Baytowne Wharf for its unique setting of a fishing village by the bay. Service includes dine in, takeout and delivery service through the resort and catering. Large groups welcome. Stadium Hotdogs will open just before Christmas at the location previously occupied by Baytowne Melt, near the playground. Baytowne Provisions This past summer Baytowne Melt rebranded and grew to Baytowne Provisions, moving into their marina facing location and expanded their menu. Baytowne Provisions offers a beautiful Marina view, as well as a market with local goods and sundries. Under the talent and vision of local chef Jim Shirley, whose success stories compound, along with his partner, Kelli Castille, Baytowne Provisions is unique! The restaurant is open from 8am til 9pm serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is a beautiful and comfortable place to eat, drink and relax in Sandestin. The views of the bay and marina are outstanding from the decks. For dinner, Baytowne Provisions evolves into a full service restaurant with table service starting at 4pm daily. Seating is available in both dining areas upstairs and down! In peak season, both bars are open and in shoulder season, only the downstairs bar. Coming soon is happy hour, 3p to 6p, with half-priced mixed drinks or a dollar off wine and beer. Breakfast items include breakfast biscuits, breakfast bowls, breakfast platter, french toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, avacado taost and lots of sides including mimosas and bloody marys. Lunch menu includes melt sandwiches, cold sandwiches such as chicken salad on white or wheat, burgers, seafood baskets, salads, and poboys. Dinner menu has appetiers such as blue crab claws and crab martini, and gumbo. Entrees include Provisions Shrimp and Grits, Seafood Platter, ribeye, crab cakes and more. Salads, burgers and poboys and great southern sides are also on the menu. The famous paella from Chef Jim Shirley's 45 Central wine bar in Seaside is made on site at Baytowne Provisions on Thursdays and served around 6:30pm. The market is open daily from 8am until 9pm close. Baytowne Provisions is located on Cannery Lane next to the Baytowne Tower and zipline Village dining has everything from breakfast, wine bar, cafe, pizza and sportsbar, seafood and burgers, diner, bayside spots, and fine dining. Marlin Grill is all decked out for the holidays! I love their beautiful menu from seafood to steak, duck and fine wines. Happy hour at the bar includes a great deal on drinks and an entire appetizer menu.