Christmas on the Beach

We’ve all seen those cheesy commercials with the palm tree done up in Christmas lights on a beautiful beach. The guy is still wearing shorts and looking out over the tropical waves.

Cheesy or not, it is not that far off from what a Navarre Beach Christmas really looks like.

Now, you will not catch me climbing any palm trees to hang my Christmas decorations, but you may catch me taking a trip down the beach for a little lounging time.

Christmas on Navarre Beach is a wonderful time of year, not just because of the holiday cheer (and fantastic weather), but because it is the time of year when our community comes together for a whole lot of fun.

Here are just a few ways to ring in the holiday fun on beautiful Navarre Beach:

Jingle Bell Fun Run

Take a run for a good cause with the annual Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk/Fun Run put on by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. This non-competitive 3.1 mile trek through the center of town is for all ages. Fun starts at 8 a.m. Registration is $20 which includes a festive long sleeve tee. All proceeds go toward the Foundation’s community projects. Register online at navarrechamberfoundation.org/jingle-bell.html.

Local Christmas Shopping

Several local boutiques will be selling unique items perfect for gifting. From monogramed mugs to designer jewelry to southern comfort wear, these stores are offering gifts that are sure to be one of a kind. Support small business while checking off all the nice ones on your list.

Navarre Community Christmas Parade

Ring in December with some holiday fun at the annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade. This is one of my favorites each year. This year’s parade participants include a variety of local nonprofit organizations, the Sheriff’s office mounted posse, dancers, the Navarre High School Band and more. Some will bring treats to share. The parade will end with the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus atop a fire truck, a must see for the kiddos.

Christmas in the Park

After the Navarre Community Christmas Parade, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch settle in at Navarre Park, our waterfront park. The Clauses and the Grinch will be available to meet the children in Navarre Park during the annual Christmas in the Park celebration.

Vendors will have food, games, unique gift shopping and sweet treats. From baked goods to fair hair this is a perfect time to start a new family Christmas tradition.

Local schools, choirs and other performers will be singing seasonal tunes throughout the event.

As the sun goes down the festivities will be wrapped up with the lighting of the 20 foot Christmas tree at 5:15 p.m.

For me, when that tree lights up the night and the children begin to dance with glee that is the official start of the Christmas season.

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