It’s Thanksgiving, and the in-laws are coming to town, or the parents, or the extended family.

Whoever your guests are this year, at some point you will want to take them out to see the sights and enjoy the Emerald Coast. So, we’ve come up with a handy dandy list of Thanksgiving week events in the area. Check it out!

Monday, Nov. 20: Life-sized Snow Globe

What says winter better than a snow globe? A life-sized snow globe, of course. Take your family to Rosemary Beach to check out the giant snow globe and become part of the winter scene. The event takes place 2-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20,  in South Barrett Square. For more information, visit 

Tuesday, Nov. 21: Festival of Trees

If your company arrives early, venture to Grand Boulevard for the Festival of Trees held 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21. This event is held in the Grand Park and features dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local non-profits. The event is free and open to the public. Come back on Saturday, Nov. 25, for free photos with Santa 2-3 p.m., as well as free kids holiday arts and crafts by Abrakadoodle. For more information visit

Wednesday, Nov. 22: Beach Bonfire

The Bay restaurant at the foot of the U.S. 331 bridge hosts weekly Wednesday night bonfires on the beach behind the restaurant. This week’s event runs 6-9 p.m., Nov. 22, and while you dine, enjoy the music of live band the Pickled Pickers.

If you wish to host your own beach bonfire, you must obtain a permit from the South Walton Fire District for a fee of $50, and the bonfire can be held on only one day at a South Walton public beach access or private property.

Thursday, Nov. 23: Family sandman contest

Thanksgiving leftovers are the best for making easy picnics, so after packing up a basket of food, gather some sand toys and head to the beach. Florida may not have snow, but we do have white sand, and it makes for a fun challenge to create a sandman. Make the activity into a family-friendly competition by splitting into groups of two or three and competing for the best sandman. Make it even more amusing by adding categories such as most creative or best snowman look-alike. Oh, and don’t forget to take photos and tag us online #destindotcom.

Friday, Nov. 24: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

• Movies on the Lawn: Pack up your lawn chairs and blankets and head to the Events Plaza Lawn at Baytowne Wharf for an outdoor screening of "The Polar Express" on Friday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Here Comes Santa Claus: Bring the kids out Saturday, Nov. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. for an evening of Christmas cheer as Santa Claus makes his big entry into Baytowne to light the Christmas tree. There will also be face-painting, kids crafts and fireworks at 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Nov. 25:  Gulf Place Holiday Open House

It’s time to ring in the holiday season with art, crafts, music and food. On Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. families are invited to Gulf Place to create holiday crafts with local artists, enjoy live music, taste good food. For the kids, there will be a chance to meet and greet with Santa. The event is free, but holiday gift crafts range in price from $12 to $30, and photos with Santa are $5. For more information visit