4680 Windstarr Dr., Sunsail, Destin FL Home for Sale – Walk to Beach

4680 Windstarr Sunsail Destin

Price Your Destin Home Instantly

This Sunsail home for sale at 4680 Windstarr Drive is one of the best deals in Destin Florida, south of Highway 98, walking distance to the beach and Henderson Beach State Park! This happy Sunsail home is freshly painted and has unique features like arched doorways and two living rooms. One is a great room open to the kitchen, with newly painted, white cabinets and pantry. You could make part of the great room an eat-in kitchen and keep the fireplaced portion as a secondary family room if that suits your needs alternatively.  The formal living room has a cathedral ceiling and plant ledge and is open to the dining room. The master bedroom is separated in this split-bedroom floor plan for more privacy. It has two walk-in closets and an ample bathroom.This Sunsail, Destin Florida home has a big patio for barbecues overlooking a natural easement and beautiful landscaping adding to the happiness. The home is decorated in a neutral palate and there is a $5000 allowance for new carpet.  If you know Florida, you will also appreciate the built-in exterinal whole-house generator as an added bonus.

Sunsail is one of the best neighborhoods to live in Destin Florida! Why? There is a plethora of public beach accesses to the Gulf of Mexico down the street on Scenic Highway 98 (Old 98). The neighborhood location is well-placed, only a couple of minutes drive to Destin Commons, Publix, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, IMAX movies, restaurants, Lowes, more shopping and the Mid-Bay Bridge! These amenities are basically within one mile! You can literally zip out to Highway 98 and get whatever you need quickly, be it food, dining or playing!  4680 Windstarr Drive is across the street from the private subdivision pool and near the end of the cul-de-sac.

If you want to be in Destin Florida, don’t miss the opportunity to own South of Highway 98, near Crystal Beach, in Sunsail!

4680 Windstarr Dr., Sunsail, Destin, Florida is offered for $309,900.

Virtual Tour

Sunsail homes for sale   Sunsail homes for sale

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

South Walton Art Festivals in Spring 2017

Guest Post: This post was written by Destin resident Lori Saczynski. She and her husband Andy own an art gallery in Grayton Beach. Andy was the 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year, and was voted Best Local Artist multiple times.

If you love art, you’re in luck the next couple months! Here’s your list of three amazing South Walton art festivals in Spring 2017…

art in the park South Walton Art Festivals in Spring 2017
Art in the Park | March 18, 2017 | WaterColor, FL | free + open to the public
The 12th annual Art in the Park festival is a one-day event (9 AM – 5 PM), held in WaterColor’s Cerulean Park and Town Center! This event features talented artists from all over the southeast, including some of your favorite local artists. Bring the family and enjoy beautiful weather, original art, and live music. | more info |

ArtsQuest South Walton Art Festivals in Spring 2017
ArtsQuest | May 13-14, 2017 | Sandestin, FL | free + open to the public
The ArtsQuest Fine Arts & Music Festival takes place in Sandestin’s Grand Boulevard. What a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend! In its 29th year, this event now showcases 200 artists from around the country. You’ll have an opportunity to meet them and purchase their original art. ArtsQuest also offers live musical entertainment, activities for kids, and great food. | more info |

digital graffiti South Walton Art Festivals in Spring 2017
Digital Graffiti | May 19-21, 2017 | Alys Beach, FL | tickets must be purchased
Launched in 2008, Digital Graffiti is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival. International artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach. This festival explores how design, technology, and architecture can intertwine to create entirely new art forms. Digital Graffiti transforms Alys Beach into a living work of art. If you’ve never attended, you’ll definitely want to get tickets as they celebrate their 10th year. | more info |

Selling Real Estate is More Than “Filling Out a Contract” – Destin Florida

types of Florida broker representation

A few days ago a buyer contacted me to write an offer on a Destin area “For Sale By Owner” property. He asked how much I would charge to “fill out the contract”. I responded with my fee, which I thought was fair.  Here is what I wrote the buyer:

“Most ‘For Sale By Owners’ (FSBOs) gladly pay a buyer’s agent, but I understand if this particular party won’t do it and am grateful you asked me to help. However, if I get involved writing contracts I am immediately taking on responsibility, liability, care, diligence, etc., and thus there is a fee.” I suggested he contact an attorney to write his offer if that were more suitable in terms of fee for representation. The minimum form of representation a real estate broker in Florida can provide to the public is called “No Brokerage Representation”.  Those duties to the buyer or seller include:

1. Dealing honestly and fairly;

2. Disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of the residential real property which are not readily observable to the buyer; and

3. Accounting for all funds entrusted to the licensee.

The minimum form of representation I provide, however, is at a higher level,  called “Transaction Brokerage”, which in Florida means:

(a) Dealing honestly and fairly;

(b) Accounting for all funds;

(c) Using skill, care, and diligence in the transaction******

(d) Disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of residential real property and are not readily observable to the buyer;

(e) Presenting all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner, unless a party has previously directed the licensee otherwise in writing;

(f) Limited confidentiality, unless waived in writing by a party. This limited confidentiality will prevent disclosure that the seller will accept a price less than the asking or listed price, that the buyer will pay a price greater than the price submitted in a written offer, of the motivation of any party for selling or buying property, that a seller or buyer will agree to financing terms other than those offered, or of any other information requested by a party to remain confidential; and

(g) Any additional duties that are mutually agreed to with a party.

Florida broker representation

Notice, importantly, that omitted by the “No Brokerage Representation” designation is that of using “skill, care and diligence”.  I could not, in good conscience, write a contract for a buyer nor represent a seller not using skill, care and diligence. What are the opposites of these attributes?

Skill is something that has been “acquired by training”. The opposite is “inability”.

Care is “judiciousness in avoiding harm”. If I weren’t careful in writing your offer, what harm could be caused to you?

Diligence is “conscientiousness in paying attention to a task”. Who would accept the opposite– sloppiness and inattention?

Writing a real estate contract in Florida, or presenting one to a seller, to me, requires, at a minimum, skill, care and diligence. A real estate transaction is commonly one of the most substantial financial transactions a person makes in his lifetime.  Who would you want representing you?

Here is the complete copy of Florida Statues Chapter 475.278.  For more information, please contact your attorney.
Florida Real Estate Representation by Wendy Rulnick on Scribd

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Guest Post: Things to Do With Kids in Destin, South Walton, and on 30A

Guest Post: This post, written by Destin resident Lori Saczynski, originally appeared on Andy’s Saczynski’s web site in July 2014 and was revised in February 2017. Andy was the 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year, and was voted Best Local Artist multiple times. His art gallery is located in Grayton Beach.

I’ve called the Emerald Coast home since 1990, so I’m very familiar with the area. I have five kids ranging in age from 3 to 17. Below are my top 10 things to do with kids in Destin, South Walton, and on 30A. These activities are listed in no particular order.

Destin beach
#1 The Beach
My favorite public beach access is James Lee Park (at the Crab Trap) because they have a playground, restrooms, showers, plenty of free parking, and an option to buy food if you’re too lazy to pack snacks.

Village of Baytowne Wharf playground
#2 Playgrounds
These are my favorite playgrounds and why: The Village of Baytowne Wharf (built of wood and the most interesting), James Lee Park (on the beach), Morgan Sports Center (surrounded by a tall fence to prevent little ones from escaping), Destin Commons (has a splash pad), and Clement Taylor Park (shaded with bay access).

Village of Baytowne Wharf fireworks
#3 Fireworks
During the summer, you can see fireworks every Tuesday night at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and every Thursday night at HarborWalk Village. Arrive early to both or parking will be a nightmare.

#4 Outdoor Movies
Throughout the summer, you can enjoy family-friendly movie night in the Seaside amphitheater every Friday night.

Gulfarium Fort Walton Beach
#5 Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
The Gulfarium gives you an opportunity to see dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, otters, sharks, alligators, tropical fish, and more!

Big Kahuna's Destin waterpark
#6 Big Kahuna’s
My kids love water parks, especially Big Kahuna’s. I hate to say it, but sometimes the beach is too hot to enjoy in the summer.

Destin paddleboarding
#7 Surf or Paddle Board Lessons
My kids have never taken surf or paddle board lessons because their dad teaches them. I know there are a few companies in town that rent boards and offer lessons, but since I haven’t personally used them, I’m not sure who to recommend.

Biophilia Center Freeport
#8 E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center
The Biophilia is a great place to learn about northwest Florida’s natural habitat and see a lot of cool animals.

Big Kahunas mini golf
#9 Putt-Putt
You can play miniature golf at The Track or Big Kahuna’s.

Fudpuckers Gator Beach
#10 Gator Beach
Gator Beach at Fudpucker’s in Destin offers free interactive gator shows every day at noon, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. You can even hold a gator and get your photo taken with one.

The fun doesn’t stop there, but this is a good start. And if you’re on vacation, this should at least keep your kids occupied for a week. If you’re looking for things to do that don’t necessarily cater to kids, check out this post.

How Creativity Sells Real Estate on 30A – Santa Rosa Beach Florida

90 Sandstone 30A Fixer Upper

Let me tell you a little story and fun discovery of a unique marketing angle for a home I have listed south of 30A in Beachview Heights at 90 Sandstone Street. “30A” is a very popular South Walton section of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. It’s a long stretch of road south of Highway 98 from the west end nearer to Destin, east towards Panama City Beach and Inlet Beach.  There are multi-million dollar homes, lots, condo developments and swanky, upscale shopping and restaurants, yet it retains an old Florida charm, punctuated by rare coastal dune lakes, bike trails and quaint public beach accesses. The 30A area attracts buyers from all over the country and outside the U.S.

 When I got the call to list this old one-story cottage south of 30A (note: “south of 30A” is another keyword that points to “closer to the beach”), I met the out-of-state sellers on site.  It was notable that the home was directly across the street from Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, in fact, there was a sign posted with the following: “State Park Boundary, All Trees, Plants and Animals Are Protected By State Law”.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

The sellers mentioned that when there was a rare forest fire, they could see the Gulf of Mexico from the house, which had not been lived in for many years.  This immediately got my marketing brain into high gear.  I noticed there were two newer, upscale, three-story homes a couple lots away and I just wondered if they had gulf views. You see, the value of my listing is more in the land, as the house needs major remodeling, so the potential of a gulf view would significantly add value and expand its marketing reach to prospective buyers. To research the view potential, I checked the MLS (multiple listing system) to see if the two neighboring homes had ever been listed and if there were photos of gulf views.  Voila! They had indeed been listed as new construction a few years ago and there were pictures of the gulf views from the balconies! This almost confirmed that my listing, a couple hundred feet away, would offer gulf views with a new two-three story home built on the site. See the aerial map below depicting the house, outlined in red and its proximitiy to the Gulf of Mexico across the State Forest.

Aerial 90 Sandstone to Gulf

My next step was to hire professional photographer, Jason Parker of Emerald Coast Real Estate Photography to bring his pneumatic, compressor-controlled boom to do low-altitude aerial photography and verify the water view, plus take fabulous photographs for me to publicize the home. While waiting for Jason, I serendipitously met a neighbor at one of the adjacent homes who was sitting on her third floor balcony! I shouted up “Hello! I am Wendy Rulnick, Broker, and I just listed 90 Sandstone, the home next door! We are verifying there could be a gulf view from the third floor of a new home on the site. Can you see the gulf from where you are?” She graciously and delightedly responded “Yes!”. That was my second confirmation of a view possibility. Then Jason arrived and it was really cool watching him set up his equipment (see video of the photography boom), towed on a heavy-duty trailer and attached to a computer in his vehicle.  He mounted his camera and pumped it up to match the third floor balcony height of the adjoining homes, verifying the approximate level with his computer monitor.

OK, here goes…. He swung around the camera to the Gulf of Mexico, and there it was! The gulf view was spectacular over the trees, you could even see the white sands of the beach! I was thrilled at my final verification and marketing path forward.

Here are some snaps of the views:

90 Sandstone St Gulf View90 Sandstone Beachview Heights

30A Gulf View lot 90 Sandstone Street Gulf View lot 30A

Read more about 90 Sandstone St., 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

See the virtual tour 90 Sandstone St., Gulf View.

Forward flyer to a friend www.90Sandstone.com

Listing and selling real estate is more than sticking a sign in the yard. Creativity,  problem solving and attention to detail are key elements in getting your real estate sold.  Contact me to discuss your real estate needs on 30A and the Emerald Coast.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

30A Fixer Upper – 90 Sandstone St., Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Handyman Special south of 30A
Fix up this old south of 30A cottage for sale at 90 Sandstone Street in Beach Highlands or tear down and build a new home with stunning Gulf of Mexico views available from third floor! Near million dollar properties, this 30A home site in Santa Rosa Beach Florida is directly across from Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.

This is a 30A property you can invest in- remodel to live in now or plan on building your dream or retirement  home.  The one-third acre lot is approximately 100 x 140 with public water and sewer  available.  The home itself is 1440 square feet with a carport and outdoor shed. It sustained some water damage to part of the floor from an overflowing washing machine.  The outside, too, needs work.  The value of this Beach Highlands property is in the land and view. There are many South Walton beach accesses nearby. Since it’s located near the west end of 30A, you can zip right out to Highway 98 and hit Sandestin, Grand Boulevard, Baytowne Wharf, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Destin Commons, Whole Foods and even more beach locations.  (But since you would be near Topsail Hill Preserve State Park -take a little video tour.) Enjoy a multitude of restaurants, bike, shop and live the South Walton 30A lifestyle of your getaway dreams! Buyer to independently assess view potential. We had a photography boom at the same level as neighbor’s 3rd floor balcony – about 27 feet up. We can recommend builder/designer for remodel or your new 30A home.

Here is a virtual tour of 90 Sandstone Drive offered at $399,900. Contact me for more pictures or a private viewing.

Looking for unique marketing of your 30A property? Email me for details.

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Learn more at www.90Sandstone.com

My Clients Are What Make Selling Real Estate Special

Wendy Rulnick Destin Real Estate

After selling their Emerald Coast home, my clients suprised me with a lovely closing gift.  Thank YOU to my wonderful sellers. You are what makes my business special!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Maravilla Condo #3207, Destin Florida – Just Sold

Maravilla Condos for Sale Destin Florida

JUST SOLD – Maravilla Unit 3207, Miramar Beach, Destin Florida! The Maravilla condo complex is one of the most popular in Destin and Miramar Beach. Maravilla has four buildings, the most sought-after units have a gulf view. Unit 3207 had a side gulf view highlighting the stunning emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. This two bedroom Maravilla unit was a rental unit and earned over $30,000 in revenues yearly. There recently was a special assessment for improvements to the Maravilla condo complex and the seller paid those prior to the sale.

Maravilla has 2.5 acres of deeded beach access directly across the street.  There are two pools, whirlpool, tennis courts, basketball, shuffleboard, clubhouse. Beachside dining is nearby at Pompano Joe’s, Kenny D’s, The Crab Trap, and Captain Dave’s restaurants! A short drive away are Destin Commons, Whole Foods, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, IMAX theater and more.

This Maravilla condo unit 3207 was 840 square feet and could sleep seven.  It sold for $270,000.

See the virtual tour.

  

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

SOLD Half-Acre Lot South of 30-A, Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459

 

view from lot south of 30A

Lot 4 Chivas Lane, south of 30-A, recently sold for full price – $575,000. This half-acre lot in Santa Rosa Beach Florida was a rare opportunity to purchase a lot of this size.  Most lots in the greater south of 30-A vicinity are in the .10 (one-tenth of an acre) range. Lot 4 Chivas Lane has deeded beach access just two lots away and is located on a cul-de-sac. The covenants allow multi-family dwellings.  The lot already had the water and sewer tap fees paid.  Finally, there are no association fees in the small subdivision of Walkover Dunes!

Here are some more photos of the views and beach access for Lot 4 Chivas Lane.  If you have a lot you need to sell in the 30-A area, or anywhere on the Emerald Coast, give me a call!

It’s Wendy… It’s Sold!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
Call 850-650-7883 ext 204
Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

2rd Floor View Lot 4 Chivas_20150321_061  Beach Access Lot 4 Chivas_20150321_011 Beach Access Lot 4 Chivas_20150321_012

 

Emerald Coast Holiday Events 2016

Emerald Coast Holiday Events 2016

There are so many events happening between now and the end of the year, I have compiled an Emerald Coast Holiday Events 2016 list just for you!

Santa to arrive at Destin Commons with fireworks
November 18, 2016 6:00-8:00 PM
Santa Claus is coming to town at Destin Commons on November 18, 6 – 8 pm. At 7 pm, join in Santa’s arrival with a festive holiday celebration parade down Main Street and the official lighting of the center’s spectacular 50’ Christmas tree. Delight in a fireworks finale to kick off the holiday season. Activities and entertainment for the whole family include musicians playing traditional holiday favorites, kid’s craft projects, and free photos with Santa at Bass Pro Shops. Kids can visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops throughout the rest of November and December. Visit basspro.com for Santa’s hours.

Baytowne on Ice
Everyday until mid-February
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
A seasonal ice skating rink with the first hour of each day reserved for kids 12 and younger.
(850) 267-8184 | dates/hours

The Nutcracker
November 18 & 19 – 7:30 PM; November 20 – 2:30 PM
In November, NFB will present their thirty-seventh annual performance of the brilliant holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Performances will feature the return of international ballet stars Adiarys Almeida Santana and Joseph Michael Gatti in the principal roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince. Several other international guest artists, the NFB Company and over 100 local children round out the cast.
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, 100 E College Blvd, Niceville, FL | (850) 729-6000

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights
November 19, 2016 4:00-6:00 PM
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Cruise the twinkling lights and greenery, as you sip a variety of champagnes with featured menu items from various Village restaurants.
BaytowneSparklingWineFest.com

Festival of Trees, Grand Boulevard
November 22, 2016 – December 25, 2016
Grand Boulevard’s seventh annual “Festival of Trees” will showcase 12 uniquely decorated Christmas trees from area non-profit organizations, November 22 – December 25 in Grand Park. The public is invited to attend the kick-off on Tuesday, November 22, 4:00-6:00 PM, as the trees are lighted, judged on their decorations and winners are announced at 6:00. A People’s Choice winner will be selected by the voting public that night as well. Refreshments will be served, making this a fun kickoff to the holidays for the entire family. The trees will be on display through Christmas and open to the public to enjoy at no cost. This free event is presented as part of the Coastal Culture calendar of events, made possible by Grand Boulevard Arts & Entertainment Program.
(850) 837-3099 | grandboulevard.com

Santa’s Arrival at HarborWalk Village
November 25, 2016 noon-4:00 PM
Santa makes his grand entrance to the Destin Harbor at their holiday season kick-off! Kids will enjoy free activities and can visit with Santa Claus! The event is free and open to the public. This day and evening is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!

Rosemary Beach Wine Spectacular Showcase
November 25, 2016 5:00-8:00 PM
Don’t miss the most spectacular event of the season as they transform the town into a winter wonderland of amazing sights and live entertainment! Rosemary’s greens will be filled with a bevy of characters that will amaze and entertain all! Take a photo in a life-size snow globe and enjoy dazzling performances from our cast of entertainers that include Stilt Walkers, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Ariel Artists a Snow Queen, Fortune Teller and several spectacular shows to fill your evening with holiday spirit and joy!

Holiday Movie Night under the Stars
November 25 – 26, 2016 6:00-9:00 PM
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Enjoy a holiday movie under the stars on Friday night followed by Santa’s arrival and tree lighting on Saturday night with fireworks over the lagoon.

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Rosemary Beach
November 25, 2016 6:00-6:30 PM
Tree Lighting Ceremony on South Barrett Square. Don’t miss the excitement as we “turn on the town!” Enjoy musical performances by the Charles Dickens Carolers, see Santa’s big arrival and take a carriage ride through town.

Chautauqua Winery’s Christmas on the Lawn
November 26, 2016 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
364 Hugh Adams Rd, DeFuniak Springs
Music, free wine tastings, vendors.
(850) 892-5887

Breakfast with Santa, Rosemary Beach Town Hall
November 26, 2016 8:00-10:00 AM
Bring the kids to Santa’s Workshop for a magical morning filled with delight! Included are a boxed breakfast, a professional color photo with Santa and a special goodie bag from Gigi’s! Tickets are $15 per child (adults are complimentary) and are available at the door. (100% of money from ticket sales will be donated to a local Children’s Charity to help spread some holiday joy to children.)

Visit with Santa
HarborWalk Village
It’s time for the children to bring their wish list and visit with Santa Claus. All of Santa’s guest receive a special treat!
dates/times

Sequins & Suits Auction and Wine Tasting
December 1, 2016 7:00-10:00 PM
Superior Residences at Bluewater Bay, 4595 Highway 20, Niceville
Silent and Live Auctions, Wine Tasting, Delectable Small Plates, Live Music, Festive Holiday fun and prizes! Benefitting Charities: Sharing & Caring and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc.
buy tickets

12 Nights of Lights
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday between December 2 – 31, 2016
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
A festive light show in the Events Plaza set to holiday music with shows at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 PM.
(850) 267-8117

Wednesday Night Concerts
Every Wednesday between December 7 – 21, 2016 1:00-3:00 PM
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Every Wednesday in December come listen to the holiday edition of the Concert Series with a light show and Ole’ St. Nick. Free admission.
(850) 267-8117

Mattie Kelly Sounds of the Season
December 2, 2016 7:00 PM
Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd, Destin
21st annual evening of spectacular holiday music.

Christmas In The Park and Navarre Community Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Navarre Park at the foot of the Navarre Bridge

Navarre Jingle Bell Run-5K-Walk
December 3, 2016 7:00-10:00 AM
Bring out the whole family, even the dog, and start off the holiday season with the Jingle Bell Run 5k at Navarre Main Fire Station (behind McDonald’s). Race starts at 8:00 AM. Dress up for the season – a special prize will be awarded for the most festive participant.
more info and sign up

Santa’s Workshop, Navarre Conference Center
December 3, 2016 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
The Navarre Garden Club will again sponsor Santa’s Workshop Craft Fair.

Niceville Christmas Parade
December 3, 2016 10:00 AM-noon
Niceville Christmas Parade sponsored by the Niceville Valparaiso Rotary Club.

Santa’s Arrival at Silver Sands Premium Outlets
December 3, 2016 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Join Silver Sands Premium Outlets Saturday in the courtyard in front of Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH to greet Santa as he arrives on a fire truck. Enjoy photos with Santa, complimentary treats from Carrabba’s Italian Grill & Pino Gelato Cafe, coloring with Disney Store Outlet, face painting & crafts provided by Abrakadoodle and more! Be sure to bring your camera for photos with Santa. Sponsored by ZT Motors of Fort Walton Beach.
more info

Dig In! Holiday Brunch – Trees Destin
December 4, 2016 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Destin Bay House, 127 Calhoun Ave, Destin
Join Trees Destin as they Dig In! and celebrate the holidays at their brunch event. Proceeds will benefit the local non-profit, which is dedicated to improving the Emerald Coast’s tree canopy and enhancing the area’s beauty through planting, conservation and education. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (age 10 or younger). Live entertainment will be provided along with a fabulous full brunch buffet, courtesy of The Local Market/La Paz; Bloody Mary Bar, sponsored by Timbercreek Distillery and Lulu’s Destin; and much more! The event will also showcase a fabulous silent auction.

Holiday Pops
December 9, 2016 7:30-9:30 PM
The Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra’s 30th Season continues with their popular annual HOLIDAY POPS concert in the Mainstage Theater of the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Ring in the season with all your holiday favorites as the NFSO is joined by the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale and the talented NWF State College Madrigal Singers and Belle Voci Women’s Ensemble. $25 adult/$18 Active-duty Military & Youth.
(850) 729-6000 | more info

Tuba Christmas
December 10, 2016 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
More than 30 brass instruments will play holiday music with entertainment for the kids.

Yule of Yesteryear – A Traditional Holiday Festival
December 10, 2016 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Spirit of Christmas will fill the air with musical performances from local choirs, musicians, dancers and historic theatrical performances. The Walton Guard Civil War Re-enactors will portray a living history in Perrine Park across the street from the Museum. Visit their camp and experience life as it was 155 years ago during the Civil War Christmas of 1861. There will also be historic craft demonstrations including blacksmithing, basket, seat and loom weaving. The museum will be open with free admission all day. Discover the history of Northwest Florida with exhibits about the areas first inhabitants, early industries including, fishing, boat building, turpentine and pioneer living. Kids will play and learn in the “Discovery Room” while everyone will enjoy “Paradise Gardens”. There will be ornament making for children, a holiday bake sale and free picture taking with Santa Claus. Feast on fabulous favorites and shop for unique one-of-a-kind gifts from talented art & craft vendors and find affordable stocking stuffers in the Museum’s Gift Shop.
Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, 115 Westview Avenue, Valparaiso

Smooth Jazz and Jingle Bells
December 10, 2016 7:30 PM
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville
“A Peter White Christmas” with trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Euge Groove.

Tee Off for Toys
December 10 – 11, 2016 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Raven Golf Club / Baytowne Golf Club / The Links Golf Club
Donate new, unwrapped toys or gift cards with a value of $15.00 or more in exchange a game of golf with golf cart fee. Toys and donations will be given to Harvest House’s “Hope for Holidays” and Children in Crisis programs.
(850) 267-8155

Breakfast with Santa
December 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2016 8:00-11:00 AM
Grande Vista Bar and Grill, Emerald Grande
Ring in the holiday cheer and have breakfast with Santa Claus at Grande Vista Bar and Grill!

30th Annual Destin Harbor Boat Parade
December 11, 2016
Harborwalk Village
The Destin Harbor will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 30th Annual Destin Boat Parade. Come enjoy live music, children’s arts and craft and hot chocolate! Visit with Santa Claus from noon-4:00 PM at HarborWalk Village’s Main Stage. Boat Parade will light up the harbor beginning at 6:00 PM.

27th Annual Destin Christmas Parade
December 13, 2016
The City of Destin presents the 27th Annual Christmas Parade! “Christmas Past, Present and Future” is the theme of this year’s parade that will travel down Harbor Boulevard.

Santa Pub Crawl with the Destin Nights
December 17, 2016 7:00 PM
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village 10 Harbor Blvd, Destin
Dress in your Christmas best (tacky sweaters, Santa outfits, elves and more) and spread Holiday cheer through HarborWalk Village with cheerful drink specials at every stop. Passes can be purchased in advanced or on the day of the event.
more info

Dreamcatcher Vocal Performance Studio’s Make It Shine Concert
December 18, 2016 5:00-7:00 PM
Harborwalk Village, Destin
No instrument is more deeply moving than the human voice. Watch talented young vocalists perform at this stirring musical holiday experience.

Gingerbread Tea
December 22, 2016 1:00-3:00 PM
The Pearl Ballroom, Rosemary Beach
Bring the kids to The Pearl Ballroom for an afternoon tea and individual gingerbread house decorating!
$25 per Adult | $15 per Child | $25 per additional Gingerbread House
Reservations Required

Chanukah Menorah Lighting
December 26, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM
Enjoy a grand menorah lighting on the main stage with hot latkes, Chanukah music and kids activities.
more info

New Year’s Eve Street Party
December 31, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Park once and party all night with thousands! Celebrate with free live concerts by Flow Tribe and Departure: the Journey Tribute band, two fireworks shows at 8:00PM and Midnight, and the 9th Annual Ball Drop over the Harbor. This will be Destin’s most exciting place to be on New Year’s Eve!
(877) 443-4005 | more info