Florida’s year-round sun and warmth is what makes it the ideal getaway no matter what time of year you’re looking for a getaway. Add some Christmas cheer to your Florida getaway this year and take a break and celebrate the holiday with a beach retreat. You’ll want to make time to take a stroll on the beach or bask in the sun and work on your tan at the many beaches along historic Route 30A. From indoor fun like shopping, theater productions, and more to outdoor activities like light displays and waterfront fun, every member of your group will have no trouble finding something to do on a vacation this Christmas on 30A.

Christmas Dinner

Choose from one of the many restaurants along Scenic Route 30A for your holiday meal with all the trimmings. Many local eateries offer Christmas Eve meals while others offer Christmas Day meals. Call about reservations and the availability of take-out for your delivery to enjoy the meal at home. If you simply must have a hand in the preparation and serving, your vacation rental provided by Dune Vacation Rentals has a fully equipped kitchen to handle any size holiday meal!

Christmas Services

You took a break from your every day when you came to 30A for a Christmas vacation. While you may be away from your home church, there are several churches in towns of 30A. Choose your preferred place of worship and contact them for details like dates, times, and locations of services. Some may even be holding services on the beach!

Jingle Jangle Christmas Musical Revue

If you love the Christmas soundtracks of White Christmas, Holiday Inn, or Meet Me in St. Louis, you can meet for entertainment along 30A. The Emerald Coast Theatre Company presents a holiday show with vocalists performing some of the show’s most memorable tunes. Show dates are December 16th, 19th, and 21st. All shows start at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company, located in Miramar Beach.

Gulf Place Wine Walk

The third Thursday of every month, including December, features great wine and food accompanied by live music and shopping galore. Get your last-minute Christmas shopping done while enjoying the wine and atmosphere. Pick up things like jewelry, artwork, handmade clothing, and more for everyone on your list. Admission is $25, cash only. Purchases made at merchants are separate from the admission fee. Visit the event on December 21st, 5-7 p.m. at Gulf Place.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides & Santa Photos

Take a magical horse-drawn carriage ride every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of December. The free rides guide you on a tour of the Coastal White Christmas lights and the Festival of Trees displays. Before or after your ride, take a complimentary photo with Santa. Enjoy the seasonal sounds of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s “Rock Around the Christmas Tree” Music Revue. The event takes place in Miramar Beach.

Farmer’s Markets

Visitors and residents alike looking for some last-minute gifts, or those who just want to see current local offerings, will want to visit the farmer’s markets offered by the many towns along historic Route 30A. Taking place most weekends in the month of December, you’ll find local foods, arts, crafts, and more to make your Christmas season merry and bright and complete your Christmas shopping list.

Emerald Coast Science Center

Take a break from a busy schedule of Christmas activities and slip in a little educational fun. A visit to the Emerald Coast Science Center this Christmas will keep everyone happy, busy, and exploring science through fun and interactive exhibits for all ages. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits to enjoy and explore, like interactive robotic units, engineering, physics, electricity, color, light, sound, and so much more.

Learn about space, and the Emerald Coast ecosystem, conduct an experiment in the lab, or make a creation of your own in the makerspace, where you can create anything you can imagine! Step outside to the center’s marine exhibit – an exhibit in a boat that shows you just what it takes to keep a craft afloat, how onboard radio communication is done, and the engineering behind boat building from bow to stern. Stay outside and stop by the Dino Dig Pit, where you may discover something of mammoth proportions.

Celebrate Christmas on 30A

Begin and end every day along 30A this Christmas in a vacation rental provided by Dune Vacation Rentals. Choose from cozy 1-bedroom condos for a solo or sweetheart Christmas break, all the way up to 8-bedroom single-family homes for a Christmas family reunion at the beach. Prepare the fixings for the Christmas feast, or any other meal during your trip, in the fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy the meal in spacious living and dining areas, or in outdoor living and dining spaces. Relax in beautiful and comfortable bedrooms and bring the feeling of home away from home.

Contact us to start planning your Christmas on 30A!