Seasonal Good Cheer
Fall and winter festivities abound at Village of Baytowne Wharf
As the year nears a close, Emerald Coast calendars fill with events. Temperatures may cool, but The Village of Baytowne Wharf heats up with a roster of some of their most popular and memorable happenings.
The fall event season kicks off with the 14th annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival, presented by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Oct. 7–8. Sample more than 200 domestic and international craft beers while listening to live music.
Wizards, witches, warlocks and more all invited to trick or treat at the merchants’ storefronts. Trick or Treat Street will take place from 6–8 p.m. on Oct. 31. All family members are encouraged to dress up for the costume contest. The night concludes with a spooky spectacular fireworks display.
The first weekend of November brings three days of music. Grab you blanket and lawn chair and enjoy the fall coolness during Tribute Weekend. Rock out to the tunes of tribute bands playing the classics you know and love. Bands will take the stage on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, from 7–9 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2–4 p.m.
One of the most anticipated Village of Baytowne Wharf events is the ticketed Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights event on Nov. 19 from 4–6 p.m. Attendees will be poured glasses from a selection of over 30 champagnes and served delectable appetizers from Village restaurants. The Village tree will be lighted, and carolers will be present to usher in the holiday spirit.
“The holiday season here is particularly special because we’ve put a lot of thought into making the decorations pop and the events especially memorable,” said Alan Meyers, executive director of the Village.
On Nov. 26, Santa is set to land his sleigh at the Village. At the Here Comes Santa event, you can meet the cheery fellow himself while enjoying face painting, kids crafts and a festive holiday fireworks display.
On Dec. 2, Florida gets a bit icy at the Icy Skating Extravaganza as the ice rink opens for the winter season. This event will feature performances by two professional ice skaters. Before and after the shows, skaters can lace up and join the pros on the ice.
Wednesdays are a winter wonderland at the Village. On Dec. 4, 14 and 21, children can visit with Santa and share what’s on their wish list. Each week, a different high school band will perform Christmas classics.
Ring in 2023 at the Baytowne Countdown with two stunning fireworks shows at 8 p.m. and midnight. From 6-8 p.m., the event is family friendly with crafts, activities and live music. From 7 p.m.–1 a.m., dance your way into a new year with live music on the main stage.
“With these events, we want people to make memories and experience that warm holiday feeling no matter whether they live here or are visiting for the holidays,” said Kensley Brooks, events coordinator for the Village.
For details on all of The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s events, visit: Baytownewharf.com/what_to_do.com
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
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