If you’ve never celebrated Christmas at the beach, it’s the perfect time to check that experience off your bucket list—in where else besides the Sunshine State? In the exclusive 30A area, you can enjoy long walks on white sand beaches with views of turquoise water, a community feel with big city amenities, and a more peaceful and unhurried pace than many fellow Florida beach towns. The area is home to a collection of beachfront communities each offering their own unique charms, and you’re sure to find something for travelers from all walks of life. When you’re thinking of planning your next Christmas vacation to 30A, rest assured that you’ll find plenty of ways to get into that seasonal spirit, while enjoying some of Florida’s most scenic highlights along the coast of the Gulf. We’ve rounded up some inspiration for your Christmas on 30A!
Beaches Like You’ve Never Seen Before
It’s amazing that beaches as perfect as these exist, but they do, and they can make all your tropical dreams come true! Pay a visit to Blue Mountain Beach for a low-key atmosphere and sparkling blue-green water, or visit the historic town of Seagrove Beach for a shoreline against lush greenery. The huge Grayton Beach State Park offers opportunities for recreation, such as hiking and biking trails, as well as ocean swimming (though you might need a wetsuit in the Christmas season), and it also boasts a marshy lakefront. Paddleboarders and kayakers will love Seacrest Beach, where the far end of 30A is home to Inlet Beach with its picturesque seaside atmosphere.
Endless Choices for Christmas Fun on 30A
The great part about 30A is that it’s home to several beach towns, giving Christmas vacationers their choice of events, whether they’re looking for family-friendly activities or celebratory adult-centered Christmas events. In downtown Seaside, you’ll find a performance of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” on weekends in December, at 11 a.m. in front of the Seaside Post Office. Visit the bustling Village of Baytowne Wharf to see their 12 Nights of Lights holiday light show, commencing at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Wednesdays December. The area is also home to a number of shops and restaurants, giving you so much to do that it can be more than a festive Christmas outing. On Wednesdays you’ll also find a holiday concert series, and visits from Santa!
Do Some 30A Style Christmas Shopping
Whether it’s for a treat yourself gift or a souvenir for a loved one, Christmas visitors will find plenty of opportunities for shopping in 30A, from outdoor malls to local farmers markets. The 30A Farmers Market offers several convenient locations—Grand Boulevard Farmers Market in Miramar Beach, and the 30A Farmers Market at Palm Plaza on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the 30A Farmers Market Rosemary Beach in the Florida Town Center on Sundays at the same time. The market offers up local vendors of all sorts and might even have some seasonal treats for sale. The Watersound Town Center Farmers Market presents a gorgeous outdoor setting and runs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdoor malls boasting both local and nationwide shops include Destin Commons and Harborwalk Village and can be an excellent choice for some last-minute Christmas shopping and only-from-30A gifts!
Celebrate in Style at the 30A Holiday Market
Christmas Markets aren’t just for the freezing cold cities in Europe! You can find a bit of holiday market cheer right here on 30A at the Holiday Market at the Watersound Town Center Pavilion in Panama City Beach. The market gives visitors the chance to peruse aisles lined with local food vendors, gourmet farm stands, 30A based food trucks, and Christmas themed crafts and gifts. It’s a great way to support local businesses and get something special to remember your Christmas vacation on 30A! The Holiday Market takes place December 23rd and 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy Some Classic Winter Fun at Baytowne Ice Rink
A fun activity to give the kids some of that classic Christmas cheer is to take a day to ice skate at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. Running from Halloween to February, visitors will find it conveniently located to other Christmas points of interest like the 12 Nights of Lights show, making it easy to combine both for a fun day and evening exploring one of 30A’s holiday attractions.
Spend Your Christmas 2021 with 30A Beach Girls!
We’re one of 30A’s top vacation rental companies for a reason, and we take the extra time and effort to pair you with a rental that will fit your vacation needs like the missing piece of a puzzle. Take a look at our properties and give us a call to reserve your Christmas 2021 30A vacation home today!