Panhandle Relief- Help and Spread the word

Our community has always been very generous, and the response immediately following Hurricane Michael was incredible, but the need is still exists.  To help with basic needs right after the storm, OneWater and Legendary Marine teamed up the National Christian Foundation and Destiny Worship Center to distribute the resources collected locally.  Every dollar donated goes directly to those in need.  To donate tangible goods, money or to just spread the word, visit Panhandle Relief dot org.  That’s Panhandle Relief dot org.


St. Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign- Now-December 30th


Elder Services of Okaloosa County is in need of space heaters for our frail elderly and handicapped homebound. If you can help, please drop off safe and operable space heaters at Elder Services in Fort Walton Beach, 207 Hospital Dr. or call 850-833-9165

Empty Stocking Fund- Now- December

Celebrating its 50th year serving the community, the Salvation Army of Okaloosa and Walton counties kicked off its Red Kettle campaign Saturday at Santa Rosa Mall.

The annual Christmas campaign hopes to raise $200,000 to help those in need this holiday season. Red kettles will be stationed at businesses throughout each county — about 30 in all.

This year’s goal for the Empty Stocking campaign is $100,000.


Emerald Coast Science Center’s Anniversary Celebration- November 19th

We’re celebrating our 4th anniversary in our new location, and you’re invited. We’ll have a fun-filled day for your whole family to kick off the start of Fall Break.
Schedule of Events
• Our brand new CHEM Lab grand opening and Chem Demo 10:30 a.m. Be wowed by feats of chemistry during our visual demonstration, then explore our new hands-on kits with your family. Creativity Happens with Engaged Minds (CHEM)!
• Makerspace activity 11:30 a.m. Join our Makerspace for an open activity and fun crafting space.
• SMALLab games 1:00 p.m. Bring socks and come play in our state-of-the-art exhibit.
• Creature Feature 2:00 p.m. See our cute and cuddly (or sweet and scaly!) animals during this animal presentation.
• CAKE ALL DAY! Be sure to grab a slice and celebrate with us.
All activities included with general admission pricing! Discounts available


Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates 23 Years of Magic Christmas in Lights- November 23-December 31

It’s one of the nation’s best holiday light shows, and it’s right here in south Alabama! Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents the 23rd season of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2018. The dazzling nighttime display features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes, set out in a walking tour throughout the 65-acre Garden estate.

Opening Night is Friday, Nov. 23. The show will continue nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, 2018.

Magic Christmas in Lights has become a must-see tradition for visitors from the Gulf Coast region and beyond. Attendance has nearly doubled since 2000, rising from 35,309 that year to 69,000 in 2017. Families enjoy strolling along the paths together, taking holiday photos, drinking cocoa on Live Oak Plaza and visiting Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café.

Many of our guests do not realize that Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama attraction. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed and handmade on site by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Four of our employees work full-time all year on the light display.In 2014, Magic Christmas in Lights was ranked sixth in USA Today’s list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” which was compiled with readers’ online votes. Click here for the link:

Magic Christmas in Lights also includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the historic Bellingrath Home, which will be decorated in full holiday finery and open for guided tours each night until 8 p.m. The Home, built in 1936, features the Bellingraths’ original antique furniture and collections.

Military Mondays are back! Members of the military and their families will receive a 15% discount on each Monday of the Magic Christmas in Lights season. The dates are Nov. 26 and Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Shoppers are sure to find that perfect holiday gift in our fully stocked Gift Shop. Guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night through Dec. 23. The Magnolia Café will also have extended hours, 4 to 8 p.m., during the season; menus are posted on our website, (The Gardens will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Days.)

For details about Magic Christmas in Lights, or to order tickets, visit our website,



30A 10K- November 22nd

The Upcoming Seventh Annual 30A 10K Thanksgiving Day Races will take place in Rosemary Beach, Fla. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018. We offer multiple running options for all levels of runners: 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. This fast & flat, out-and-back course route is designed for running enthusiasts looking for a great race to set a personal record or families that want to start a new, fun tradition on Thanksgiving Day morning. Registration available at The 30A 10K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier with certification #FL12097EBM. Visit to register or detailed event information.


23rd Annual Thanksgiving Meal at Harbor Docks Destin- November 22nd

Give Thanks at Harbor Docks Destin this year by eating, sharing, and volunteering. 24th Annual Thanksgiving Day meal will be served 11 AM-7 PM, compliments of Harbor Docks Destin. Enjoy a FREE traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with turkey, ham, and all the trimmings served by Habitat volunteers. No reservations required. Donations will be accepted but are not required, proceeds to benefit Okaloosa Habitat and Destin Harvest. Anyone interested in volunteering with Habitat at the event please email




11th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball- November 30th

 Guests gathered at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin for the American Cancer Society’s recent Branding Party that was held in anticipation of the upcoming 11th Annual Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball. (ECCBB) Previously held every spring, the main event has transitioned to the holiday season and will be held on Friday, November 30, 2018, within the Linkside Center at  Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.


Sponsors who have signed up to date are:


Presenting Sponsor

Ryan & Raven Jumonville

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort


Honorary Chairs

Kay Phelan, Chair Emeritus of ECCBB


Baron Sponsor

Dana & Tom Saffel

Merrill Lynch of Destin

Jack & Candis Wilson

Luxury Estate Auction/Realty Group


Rancher Sponsor

Acentria Insurance

Wells Fargo

Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast

ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Sea Dunes Realty

21st Century Oncology

Jill Cadenhead

Lena Ellen Boutique

Destin Deano Team – Keller Williams Luxury Emerald Coast

Tom and Joann Staub- Minera

Lawrence Victoria Insurance


Media Barons

Cumulus Media – 99ROCK

Emerald Coast Magazine

Emerald Ladies Journal


N2 Publishing- Inside the Gates

VIP Destin Magazine

Cox Media

Beach TV


Restaurant Barons                                              

Bijoux Restaurant & Spirits

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

SunQuest Cruises/Solaris

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Smallcakes Cupcakery

Poppy’s Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

Cantina Laredo

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

Timber Creek Distillery


Décor Sponsors:



With cowboys and cowgirls donned in festive, western holiday wear, the 2018 Cattle Barons’ Ball theme will be “Cowboy Christmas” in what has become the area’s premier fund raising event with 500 guests.

Plan to wear your dancin’ boots and get ready to rock along as the entertainment will feature local favorite, The Modern Eldorados, back by popular demand. Cowboys and girls will also enjoy live and silent auctions, complimentary drinks and fancy vittles from the area’s leading restaurants and caterers.

The Cattle Barons’ Ball benefits the American Cancer Society by raising funds for cancer research, advocacy, education and patient services. Baron and Rancher table sponsorships are available at multiple levels, as well as individual tickets at $175. Additional sponsorships are still available for businesses and individuals interested in supporting the cause. For further information please contact Laura Dennis, Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, by calling (850) 512-4440, or email inquiries to


40th Jingle Bell Jog 5K Run/Walk 10K Run- December 1st

Ride for the Toys- December 1st

It’s the 20th Annual Ride for the Toys!
Toys and proceeds go to Okaloosa County families and FamiliesFirst Network of Crestview.

Start Crestview Walmart parking lot. at 9:30a
$10 Donation and a New Unwrapped Gift

Finish – Crestview American Legion, Post 75
Food, Music, Raffle, Musician and 50/50

Contact for Legion: Shelby Windham
(850) 305-3635 Legion (850) 689-3195


Fort Walton Beach Christmas Connections Collection Day- December 8th

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Christmas is tough for many families, but we want to make it better with your help! Join The Fort Walton Beach High School Leadership Program on Saturday, December 8th at Walmart in Fort Walton Beach from 8a-4p. We’ll be accepting cash donations, non-perishable food and toys. Last year we helped 75 families and 215 children through our Christmas Connections Project. With your help, we’ll all make the holidays happier through Christmas Connections.

Also if you are a business looking to sponsor Christmas Connections we offer various levels of sponsorship.  Contact Coach Brian McDaniel at


“Christmas at the Beach” – The 2018 Destin Christmas Parade on December 8

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The City of Destin’s 34th Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Beach.” Floats will begin at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Blvd. (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators should stand on the north side of Harbor Blvd. to watch the parade. For those who wish to enter a float in the parade, applications are available at the Destin Community Center and online here. In lieu of an entry fee, each float entry must make a donation of a new toy for a local charity and drop it off at the Destin Community Center along with a completed application. Applications must be turned in no later than Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Please call the Community Center at 654-5184 for more information. 

Parade Application


Holiday on the Harbor Lighted Boat Parade- Destin- December 9th

Boat Parade Registration HERE

14TH Annual Emerald Coast Chirstmas Miracle Cchildren’s Fiesta- December 16th

“Uniting the Community…for the Children!”

United for a Good Cause Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, invites you to be part of our 14th Annual “EMERALD COAST CHRISTMAS MIRACLE” Needy Children’s Fiesta! The event will be a fun-filled “Latin-Flavored” party open to needy children & families regardless of race, ethnicity or creed!

EVERYTHING WILL BE FREE at this party including new toys for all that attend!  There will be food, games, DJs, singers, church choirs, clowns, magicians, dance contests for bikes and more.  Free coats courtesy of the United Way’s “Coats for Kids” program will also be given out.  Santa and his hard-working group of elves will all be there to ensure all the kids get a new toy!

Over 1,500 children and families are expected to attend!

The party is scheduled for Sunday, December 16, 1 – 7pm, at the Santa Rosa Mall, 200 Mary Esther Blvd, Mary Esther, FL, 32569.  We request attendees to enter via the Food Court entrance!

From 1 – 2pm, ONLY families with kids with disabilities will be allowed as a way of providing them an opportunity to enjoy the activity before the general public comes in.  The general public will be allowed to enter starting at 2pm.

The support of the generous Emerald Coast community of businesses and individuals is needed to make this already very popular and high attendance event the best ever!

Business sponsorship opportunities are available and we welcome monetary or in-kind donations.

Volunteers also welcomed and we especially invite the youth of the Emerald Coast to volunteer of their time to serve their community at our event.  Please go to our website for more details and information on the specific sponsorship levels.

You may also find us on Facebook:

Please contact David Triana at (850) 368-3505 or Michael Gayles at (850) 218-2419.  You may also contact us at:


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Discover Science Saturday: Holiday Fun- December 22nd

10a-2p.  Every member of the family will have a blast with special holiday crafts like engineering crazy gingerbread structures, felting your very own ornament, making candy sleighs, and joining in on SMALLab winter games!

General Admission pricing applies; discounts available.