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Destin’s Christmas Parade and Harbor Boat Parade. Everything you need to know

City of Destin Public Information Office

The 38th annual “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10th, 2022, at 10 a.m., and the 36th Annual Destin Boat Parade will take place on December 11th, 2022 at 6 p.m.

Christmas Parade

The floats will begin at the Downtown Destin Shopping Center and travel west along Harbor Boulevard (Hwy 98) to Stahlman Avenue. Spectators are asked to stand on the north side of Harbor Boulevard to watch the parade. 

For those who wish to participate in the parade, the application is available online. Applications must be received no later than Thursday, December 1st, and can be dropped off in person at the Destin Community Center (101 Stahlman Ave), faxed to 850-654-8998, or emailed to

  • Instead of an entry fee, each applicant must donate a toy, which will be given to a local charity. All donations can be dropped off at the Destin Community Center.

Destin Harbor Christmas Boat Parade

The annual Destin Christmas Boat Parade will light up the Destin Harbor in celebration of the upcoming Holiday season. Boats taking part in the parade will make their way from the east side of the harbor to the west side, ending near the Destin Bridge and East Pass area.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded in each category and there will be a fireworks finale at the end. Public viewing is available from the docks and restaurants west of Grand Harbor Condominiums.

  • Entry fee is $25 per boat. Anyone interested can register by dropping by Destin History and Fishing Museum at 108 Stahlman Ave.

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