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November 30th: Shalimar Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Town of Shalimar is preparing to have it’s first annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, November 30th. We will all countdown together as we turn on the lights to the tree in front of town hall in addition to all the lights in Marquee Park (area encompassed by Cherokee Rd to Gardener Dr – Hwy 85 and Clifford Dr.) We will have several booths set up outside for finger foods, Christmas cookies, hot chocolate (while supplies last). There will also be carolers and much more. This is a wonderful time of year to come together as a community and celebrate, so I hope you will make plans to join us on Saturday, November 30th – gathering at 5:30pm – countdown at 6:00pm. Shalimar Town Hall, 2 Cherokee Road.

* If we experience inclement weather on Saturday, we will move the tree lighting to Sunday, December 1st same time.

 

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December 2nd: City of Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade

For more info, click here.

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December 3rd: Holiday Brush, Brews & Black Bear

South Walton’s newest taproom, Beach & Brew on 30A, will host its second community event, titled “Holiday Brush, Brews & Black Bear” on Tuesday, December 3, benefiting the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The holiday-centric event will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Beach & Brew on 30A, located at 10343 E. County Hwy. 30A Unit 110. The taproom will be closed for this intimate event featuring local artist, Maxine Orange, who will teach attendees how to create their own 10×20 holiday canvas painting. Tickets are $50 and include a complimentary beverage from Beach & Brew on 30A, a complimentary pastry from Black Bear Bread Company, and all of the materials and supplies needed to create a personalized art piece to take home or gift for the holidays.

A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), a local arts agency that supports the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be the catalyst for Walton County’s growth as a destination for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated, and community is strengthened.

To learn more about this event, visit the taproom’s Facebook page. There is a limited amount of space available. Please email jessica@proffittpr.com to reserve a spot.

 

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December 5th – 7th: A Christmas Carol

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December 6th: UNITY Gala

Conexión Media Group (CMG) invites you to be part of our 3rd Annual UNITY GALA! The event’s purpose is to celebrate UNITY, recognize companies and individuals that promote it, and to bring together persons of all backgrounds to benefit a worthy cause! Enjoy a wonderful time with delicious Latin cuisine, wine sampling, Live Latin and English variety music, beautiful folkloric dance demonstrations, a fashion show, a silent auction and more. The Gala will take place on Friday, December 6, 2019, 7pm – midnight at the beautiful Perfect Day Events Hall in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. This event will be open to the public for a $25 donation per person. Corporate sponsorships are available (see sponsor packet for levels and benefits).  Individual donations are also accepted, as well as silent auction items (i.e., gift certificates, vacation stays, gift baskets, etc.).  Deadline for sponsorships is December 4th. CMG will donate the net proceeds of the Gala to Boricuas de Corazon, a Tampa-based organization that does relief work internationally and has been helping victims of Hurricane Michael since it struck in October 2018. Conexión Media Group will also present their 2019 UNITY Awards. The award recognizes local companies and individuals who lead, sponsor, or support multi-cultural activities, Hispanic community projects, and promote UNITY in our region. For info/tickets, call:  David at (850) 368-3505 or e-mail: conexionflorida@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2405367279736829/

You may purchase tickets via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unity-gala-2019-tickets-77641956181

 

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December 7th: Christmas Open House @ Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum

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December 7th: Special Forces Association 41st “Jingle Bell Jog”

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December 7th: Pancakes with Santa

 

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December 7th: Hogwarts Yule Ball

Attention witches, wizards and muggles! The Fort Walton Beach Public Library invites you to the Hogwarts Yule Ball on Saturday, December 7th, at 5 p.m. at the library located downtown at 185 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE. Guests of all ages welcome and encouraged to dress in their house colors or wizarding finest. Come ready for refreshments, games, crafts, trivia, prizes, live music and more. This event is free. Please call 833-9590 for more information.

 

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December 11th: Fort Walton Beach Sunshine Seminar

The City of Fort Walton Beach is proud to host the Florida First Amendment Foundation’s Sunshine Seminar Course at the FWB Recreation Center on December 11. Anyone interested can learn more HERE, including cost and registration details.

 

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December 12th: Merry Little Christmas Concert

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast invite you to the 2nd Annual Merry Little Christmas Concert, presented by Pizza by the Sea, on Thursday, Dec. 12th at 6pm at the Grayton Beer Taproom. Enjoy the sounds of the season featuring live music by Chris Alvarado, Jacob Mohr and Jessie Ritter. Guests can also get a head start on holiday shopping with a silent auction featuring gift ideas for everyone on your list. Tickets are available for $40 a person for the event, and all guests will enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary beer ticket. A cash bar will also be available.

 

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Now through December 13th: United Way’s “Coats for Kids”

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December 13th- 14th: “An Old Fashioned Christmas” Concert

The Fort Walton Beach Community Chorus presents “An Old Fashioned Christmas” concert at the Fort Walton Beach Auditorium on Highway 98. Show times will be Dec. 13 & 14 at 7:00 pm and Sunday Dec. 15 at 3:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www.fwbcc.org/tickets  or on our FB page, or at the event. Come join us for a spectacular holiday show where you will hear some of your favorite holiday songs, traditional Christmas songs and lots of fun in between. We have some pretty amazing talent in our chorus. You won’t want to miss it. All proceeds benefit the FWBCC Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 

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December 14th: “The Nutcracker”

 

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December 21st: S’mores with Santa Festival

4-H Camp Timpoochee is excited to host its very first S’mores with Santa Festival and blood drive. Beginning at 1pm, bring your family and friends and enjoy an afternoon of games, crafts food and of course, delicious s’mores! There will be a raffle drawing with multiple chances to win, cake walks, holiday movies and so much more. Plus, One Blood will be bringing out their Big Red Bus for all those who feel lead to donate blood. Rumor has it they have an awesome blanket gift for anyone who donates. All monetary proceeds will be going towards 4-H Camp Timpoochee’s marine lab renovations and the 2020 Marine Summer Camp programs.

Entry fee is $5.00 per vehicle and includes access to all Timpoochee lead activities, s’mores and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets and food available for sale (cash only). We hope to see you there!

For more details, click here

 

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December 23rd: Snow Day!

The Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach is open special hours on December 23rd from 10 to 4 p.m. because it’s snowing at the Science Center! Join us for a day of fun snow-themed activities. Between making snow slime, participating in snowball fights, and crafting glitter snowflake or snowman ornaments, there’s tons of fun for everyone to enjoy from 12 to 3 p.m.

Access to all special activities is included with general admission pricing (which means current Science Center members get in FREE).
$10 adults/$8 seniors/$8 kids/kids 2 and under FREE
Military discount available

 

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January 9th: Sordid Secrets of the Stars Planetarium

Discover the sizzling stories behind the constellations in this planetarium event for adults (18+) at Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach! Explore Norse legends and mythology hidden in the sky as you take a trip through the cosmos during the ultimate date night adventure. Much like all our Sordid Secrets, this is an adult event, as those Norse gods definitely didn’t keep things rated PG! Our Planetarium is an inflatable dome. Guests sit on cushions on the floor of the planetarium to view the show. Due to size, space is limited to 15 patrons at a time. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended for this reason. On show nights, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled showing. In case of no-shows/late shows: reserved spots will be released at show time to make space for the next party.

Shows begin at 6 and 7 pm and last approximately 45 minutes.
Our planetarium is sponsored by ResortQuest Gulf Coast

Pricing:
Nonmembers: $9 Adult | $8 Senior
Members: $7 Adult | $6 Senior
Event for guests 18 and up
For more information or questions:
Call 850-664-1261 | Email business-office@ecscience.org

 

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January 25th: Sip & Science: Mardi Gras

Bring your friends to the Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach, grab a drink, and let the good times roll. We’re bringing Mardi Gras magic to this Sip & Science, and you don’t want to miss this night at the museum. Between our Bourbon Street bead toss, Canal Street coin challenge, and Mardi Gras SMALLab trivia, this night will transport you to New Orleans–literally! Snap your photo in front of our green screen and pose with your krewe in front of some of The Big Easy’s most famous locations. Want to take it to the next level? Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras costumes or purple, green, or gold attire for a chance to win our costume contest. Stop by our masquerade corner to make your very own mask to wear at all your Mardi Gras parties. Fun knows no age limit, so get ready to chow down on Cajun food, drink a Hurricane, and have your King Cake and eat it, too. Carnival season has arrived!

Guests age 21+ (IDs will be checked at the door)

Tickets: $30 nonmembers/$25 members
Ticket price includes admission, access to regular and special museum exhibits, drink tickets for adult beverages (beer and Hurricane punch available), and food.

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