Holiday events in Santa Rosa County

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MILTON — Events listed are highlights of activities in Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office is not responsible for any changes or cancellations. For more information, visit or call 850-981-8900.

Highway 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. first and third Saturday Nov. 6 and 20, and Dec. 4 and 18, 1922 Highway 87, Navarre.

This bi-weekly outdoor market takes place on the first and third Saturday of each month. Farm-to-Table vendors are available along with arts and crafts and shopping inside Pik-Itz! Art & Antiques. For more information, visit or call 850-710-7128.

Holland Farms Pumpkin Patch & Maze, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 6, 2055 Homer Holland Road, Milton

Enjoy a farm hayride that will take visitors around the farm and to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin of their choice. New activities for this year include a 3/4 mile train ride around the farm and a new innertube hill slide! Other activities include corn box, horse and regular swings, spider web, pirate ship, zip lines, pedal tractor cart racing, rat racers, sand box and an 8-acre corn maze with kiddie maze. Every visitor receives a free cup of the farm's famous homegrown boiled peanuts. Sit back and relax on our farm market porch. Follow the farm on Facebook (Holland Farms) or Instagram, Hollandfarmsonline. For more information  visit or contact BJ Holland at 850-675-6876 or email 

13th annual Sweet Season Farms Corn Maze and U-Pick Pumpkins and Sunflowers, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7, 2260 Horn Road, Milton

Visitors can spend time this fall season navigating their way through our fun and unique corn maze with plenty of room to spread out on the farm! More details on our website and Facebook page. Over 25 fun farm-themed activities, including the cow train, beeline zipline, corn popper jumping pillow, barnyard ball, farm themed playground and more! Plenty of food on site including the farm bakery with fresh squeezed lemonade, homemade caramel apples, roasted sweet corn, sno cones, kettle corn and much more. Find us on Facebook or Instagram (sweetseasonfarms) for more details and event updates! For more information visit or call 850-686-9917 or email

Painting Class at the Holley Navarre Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 6, 8476 Gordon Goodin Lane, Navarre

Open to all ages, first time painters to experienced artists. Paints and brushes available to use and welcome to bring art supplies. Class will be an acrylic 11" by 14" painting of the Blue Angels and Ft. Pickens at sunset along the beach. Canvases are available for extra charge. Bring lunch or snacks; dessert and drinks provided. Painting class tickets cost $25 per person, and $15 for students. For more information and tickets, call Mary Ellen Linthicum at 812-243-1727 or the Holley Navarre Seniors Center at 850-936-1644.

Shark School at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 and 20, 8740 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach

Explore local gulf coast sharks, shark biology, and shark conservation. Shark school participates receive: Introduction class to sharks of the Gulf of Mexico, shark arts and crafts, shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion, and early entrance to the NBSTCC. Each program accommodates up to 10 “enrolled students” and a guest/parent or guardian. For more information and to register, visit or call 850-684-3347.

Loomis Bros Circus, June Ates Arena, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. showtimes Nov. 8, 8604 Bobby Brown Road, Milton

Traditional style circus with the sights of superhuman athleticism and animal magnificence, the sounds of a singing ringmaster, along with fresh popcorn and cotton candy. For more information and tickets, visit

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display, 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 26 – Dec. 25, 7650 Sowell Road, Milton

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display (drive through and/or park) is an annual Christmas light show put on by the Sowell family. The event will be open every night including Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Admission fee required; prices vary each night. For more information, visit  or

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 27, Gulf Boulevard, Navarre Beach

Help protect sea turtles and other imperiled species through a citizen science program that allows volunteers to take an active role in the war against marine debris. Volunteers collect trash from different areas along the 4.5 miles of Navarre Beach and record data that is forwarded to state and federal agencies. Meet in the main Navarre Beach parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supplies of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided, or bring supplies. For more information, visit or call 850-684-3347.

Milton Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3, 5158 Willing St., Milton

The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. The Blackwater Pyrates host this unique Florida style event in downtown Milton along the Blackwater River. For more information, visit or email

Annual Navarre Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in Navarre Park, 8513 Navarre Parkway, Navarre

The parade starts at 1 p.m. The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Christmas in the Park “Joy To The World!” presented by Walmart-Navarre and the Navarre Neighborhood Market and the Annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade presented by PrimeLending. The parade starts at the Navarre Library and runs south on Presidio Street, left on Esplanade St. and ending in the back parking lot of Centennial Bank. Local artists and crafters will gather with great gifts at the Merry Market, take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Grinch. Enjoy free baked goods and hot beverages at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery sponsored by Okaloosa Gas after the parade. For more information visit or call 850-939-3267.

Milton Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Dec. 4, 5629 Byrom St., Milton

Parade starts at 6 p.m. The Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Milton Christmas Parade, “A Toy Christmas,” presented by Sport & Wheat Certified Public Accountants. The parade starts at the Milton Community Center, runs north to James Street, east on James to Stewart Street, and then south on Stewart Street to Elva Street. For more information visit or call 850-623-2339.

Christmas ZOObilee, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze

Christmas ZOObilee includes winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, a candy cane market full of gifts, sights, smells, and tastes of the season. Including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats. Christmas ZOObilee wouldn't be complete without a visit from the jolly man in a red suit for photo opportunities as well as the Grinch. With all event activities included with regular daytime admission. For more information, visit or call 850-932-2229.

13th annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 1, 2022, 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway, Navarre Beach

Come out and celebrate the first day of the year and “freezin’ for a reason”. The Annual Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle is a charity event. For more information, visit or call 850-939-1092.

5th annual Pirate Plunge, noon Jan. 1, 8579 Gulf Blvd., Navarre Beach

Arrr you ready to take the plunge? This charity event features a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier followed by an after party at Windjammer’s on the Pier. For more information, visit