Usher in the holidays at Christmas in the Park

Christmas in the Park is coming to Navarre Beach!

I love this time of year, and I love that while our neighbors up north are shivering, we are celebrating comfortably in the park.

The annual Christmas in the Park festival marks the arrival of the season and is always a blast for locals and visitors alike. I mark it as the official beginning of decorating season for my household.

It all kicks off Dec. 1 with the Christmas Parade through town starting at 2 p.m. Festive floats with candy and other prizes will make their way through the streets, usually to the upbeat tunes of the holidays.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck in the parade and will be available for free photos with children as soon as the parade ends.

The festivities take place in our lovely waterfront park where a plethora of activities await.

Reindeer games will challenge kiddos with potential prizes on the line. Booths featuring a variety of items will be on sale. Can you say checking off your Christmas shopping list?

Kids can also get their faces painted or have “Fair Hair.” Wild and fun, I highly recommend these kooky hair-dos.

Free baked goods and hot beverages will be available at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery as well. I’m a sucker for hot chocolate this time of year.
Christmas in the Park is really the ushering in of the Christmas season for Navarre Beach. We may not have snow in our slice of tropical paradise, but we definitely have Christmas spirit.

The celebration has that small-town holiday feel. Live entertainment, featuring local schools and choirs from the local area will start at 11 am and continue throughout the event.
The whole festival culminates in the lighting of our 20-foot-tall Christmas tree at 5 p.m.

Christmas time is a perfect time to soak up the sun and enjoy all that Navarre Beach has to offer, no bathing suit required.

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