Christmas spirit lights up during area parades

Santa Rosa Press Gazette
The Blackwater Pyrates' Captain Fins Up won the best theme award at the annual lighted boat parade. His theme was an old fashioned country Christmas.

The Milton community kicked off the holiday season earlier this month with a couple of Christmas parades, with the Milton Christmas Lighted Boat Parade followed by the the Milton Christmas Parade.

The Santa Rosa County Republicans prepare to join the Navarre Christmas parade earlier this month.

Navarre also got in on the celebrations, with the annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade and the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Christmas in the Park taking place Dec. 7.

The Milton Christmas Lighted Boat Parade was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.
Santa, portrayed by Ed Spears from the city of Milton's Office of Economic Development, was on hand to take in children's Christmas wishes.
Santa rode on top of a fire truck during the Navarre Christmas parade.
A huge crowd took in the "drive-in movie" hosted by the city of Milton.