Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Village of Baytowne Wharf

December 3, 2015 by Teresa Lischka

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. This holiday season the village is going all out starting with the Polar Express movie, Santa's arrival with fireworks on Thanksgiving weekend. And rolling right into December with live music performances by local bands, twinkling light shows, a holiday lantern parade, ice skating and a New Year's Countdown to ring in 2016. To help you keep it all straight, we're giving you this guide to holiday events taking place at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in the heart of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. We love these family traditions at the beach!  
Bring in the holidays in The Village of Baytowne Wharf during Here Comes Santa Claus Weekend, Nov. 27 & 28 from 6-9 pm. Enjoy the annual Village tree lighting, carriage rides, holiday movie, and a special visit from Ole' St. Nick! 

Friday, November 27 | 6pm
Watch Polar Express under the stars beginning at 6pm. Bring blankets and low back chairs and cozy up with this holiday classic. 

Saturday, November 28 | 6-9pm
Here Comes Santa Claus! Kids activities and live music in the events plaza. Starting at 6pm Santa Claus arrives followed by a fireworks show! And don't forget to snap a photo with Santa until 9pm!

Wednesday Night Concert Series Holiday Edition 
Enjoy live music loaded with holiday cheer on Wednesday nights in December with free concert performances in the Events Plaza. 

Dec. 2 | Van R. Butler Chorus 6-8pm
Van R. Butler School's Chorus is a group of 65+ third and fourth graders who love to sing, dance, and perform. Students have worked hard to present "Sounds of the Season." Their voices are sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit! Come hear beautiful singing, bells, drums, and other sounds of the season.

Dec. 9 | Chris Godber Jazz Band 6-8pm
Enjoy the musical stylings of saxophone artist Chris Godber. Godber has shared the stage with Mindi Abair, opened for Tower of Power, and played for the cast of Dancing with the Stars, not to mention hitting No. 9 on the Groove Jazz Music chart.

Dec. 16 | Niceville Opus One 6pm
Niceville High School's Opus One Choir will be spreading the holiday cheer, with a special holiday concert.

12 Nights of Lights
This festive light show set to holiday music takes place in the Events Plaza at 6, 7, & 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas. Catch additional shows on Fridays and Saturdays, same times-same place! This sparkling event will also be featured during the holiday editions of Wednesday Night Concert Series at 6pm. Admission is free and open to the public. Show dates include: December 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, and 26.

Tuba Christmas & Holiday Lantern Parade
Saturday, December 12th
Tuba Christmas | 5pm 
Holiday Lantern Parade | 6pm

Playground Music Center presents a Tuba Christmas where over 30 brass instruments play all the holiday classics. Followed by our 6th Annual Holiday Lantern Parade where decorated paper lanterns and golf carts stroll the streets. And then visit with Santa as you enjoy live music on stage.


Baytowne Countdown! 
Dec. 31 | 6pm til 1am
You don't want to miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf's end-of-year celebration! Come dance the night away and enjoy breathtaking fireworks as they light up the sky over the lagoon at midnight! 

Baytowne Countdown features live music on two stages throughout the night. Fireworks show at midnight.

Baytowne LIVE Stage
6pm |The Good Lookings 

Events Plaza Stage
8:15pm | Steve Moakler
10 | Native Run
11:30 | Jersey, a Bruce Springsteen Tribute Band 


Baytowne on Ice
Who says it's too warm for ice in Florida? For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, the Ice Skating Rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a seasonal treat and a great way to get into the holiday spirit! The first hour of each day is reserved for "kid's skate" for youths 11 years-of-age and under.

Open daily from middle November through the end of January. Extended hours during Thanksgiving holiday week. For the month of December if you bring in an unopened toy you will receive a BOGO free skating session for 90 minutes to benefit Toys for Tots. For the month of January receive BOGO free skating session on every Wednesday of the month.

Donate 2 non-persihable food items to benefit Harvest House and receive $2 off a skating session!

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the place to be for holiday fun, great shopping and festive events. Enjoy special savings all December long, including 30% off a 3-night stay and more offers and promotions from now through Spring 2016! Visit to book your vacation. 


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A Birmingham native, Teresa could never get enough of the beach so she moved to SoWal as soon as she could. She loves sharing all things SoWal with the world.

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