Christmas in Seaside - South Walton, Florida
'Tis the Season for the Beach

The spirit of the holidays is alive and well in South Walton. Eat, drink and celebrate the season, whether you prefer traditional or as far from traditional as you can get! From festive restaurants to cheery gatherings, you'll be totally prepared for a white Christmas. (The role of snow will be played by sugar-white sand, though.)

Christmas Tree in Rosemary Beach - South Walton, FL

For an upscale holiday event, reserve a table at Havana Beach Bar & Grill, just steps from the legendary 25-foot Christmas tree in South Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach. Hoping Santa makes an appearance for the kids? Follow a “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” dinner with a cookie decorating session led by Santa’s elves and adult hot cocoa for mom and dad. And if you’re looking for a more traditional Christmas dinner, they’ve got that too.

Bud & Alley's in Seaside - South Walton, Florida

For a less conventional celebration, consider Bud & Alley's. It might seem like an outside-the-box option for a Christmas meal, but it’s right near the 24-foot tree in the Seaside Amphitheater. With a great view of the holiday lights in town and the Gulf, it puts a whole new spin on your holiday traditions. Have a laid-back meal on the patio and never lose sight of how good it feels to spend the holidays at the beach.

The REP Theatre in Seaside - South Walton, Florida

Love a good laugh? Take in The REP Theatre's smash-hit holiday comedy, "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)," now in its 9th year of jokes and spectacles. Reimagined each year with your favorite Christmas stories and traditions, it's a high-energy show that keeps the audience laughing as the cast mixes holiday spirit with humor.

And don't miss out on ice-skating, even if you otherwise prefer a tropical holiday. At Baytowne on Ice, you can strap on your skates and enter a winter time machine, right in the middle of Baytowne Wharf. You can even rent out the whole rink for parties or functions, then step right back out to your beach holiday without skipping a beat.

Along with tree lightings and festive decorations, you'll see that South Walton becomes a true winter wonderland each year. What might surprise you is that you can have the full holiday experience in the comfort of your favorite beach.

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