Florida’s year-round sun and warmth is what makes it the ideal getaway no matter what time of year you’re looking to get away. Add some Christmas cheer to your Florida getaway this year and take a break during the Christmas season. You’ll want to make time to take a stroll on the beach or bask in the sun and work and your tan at the many beaches along historic Route 30A. From indoor fun like shopping, theater productions, bowling and more to outdoor activities including light displays and waterfront fun, every member of your group will have no trouble finding something to do on a 30A Christmas vacation.
30A Farmer’s Market
If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts, decorations, or delicious bites for your holiday table, many towns along historic Route 30A offer farmer’s market events each weekend in the month of December. You’ll find local foods, arts, crafts, and more to make your Christmas season merry and bright during your 30A Christmas adventure.
12 Nights of Lights
Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday this December leading up to Christmas will twinkle and glow with lights at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. It’s part of a special holiday multi-day edition of the area’s Wednesday Night Concert Series. There are three shows each day on the Village tree at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
If your Christmas respite also means a respite from cooking the big holiday meal, 30A has endless options. Choose from one of the many restaurants along Scenic Historic Route 30A for your holiday meal with all the trimmings. Some offer Christmas Eve meals, while others offer the soul-warming food with Christmas Day meals. There may even be live music and other activities available nearby. Call about reservations and the availability of take out our delivery from your chosen restaurant if you’d like to avoid the crowds.
If the weather is a bit cool for you, or you’d rather stay out of the sun for a while, consider the many offerings along 30A for indoor fun and holiday cheer. Visit the Man in the Sea Museum or be amazed at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Challenge your friends or family and head to Rockit Lanes in search of the perfect 300 score. Get lost in the maze, compete at laser tag with your group, or test your spy skills with the laser challenge at Emerald Coast Mirror Maze. There are plenty of indoor activities to make time fly and give everyone in the group a good time throughout your Christmastime vacation along 30A.
Emerald Coast Science Center
Take a break from 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. 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, the Emerald Coast ecosystem, conduct an experiment in the lab or make a creation of your own in the makerspace. Step outside to the center’s marine exhibit – an exhibit in a boat that shows you what it takes to keep a craft afloat, how on-board radio communication is possible, and the engineering behind boat building. Stay outside and stop by the Dino Dig Pit to discover something of mammoth proportions. The kids won’t even realize they’re learning!
New Year’s Eve
If you’ll also be ringing in the new year during your 30A Christmas getaway, the many towns along the historic route will be celebrating the beginning of a new year in style. Many restaurants and bars will be offering special meals, activities, discounts, and more as they count down the minutes and seconds until the new year.
Christmas Cabaret at the Boulevard
Christmas on 30A comes early at the Emerald Coast Theatre Company. The musical-themed cabaret show takes place December 14-17. Enjoy live musical selections performed by the theatre’s actors as you mingle. Classic holiday tunes join traditional carols for the limited run event. All performances are at 2:30 p.m.
Activities for Christmas on 30A
Begin and end every day of relaxation or adventure this Christmas season in a vacation rental by 30A Beach Properties. Enjoy the privacy of your own bedroom, as well as outdoor spaces like private patios or balconies. We have condos and homes with up to six bedrooms so everyone can stay and play this Christmas in the warm Southwest Florida sun. Simplify your stay with fully equipped kitchens loaded with all the tools you’ll need to create the Christmas feast or another home-cooked meal. Choose a premium rental for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, sprawling master suites, wood floors, and flat-screen TVs.
Contact us today to start planning your Christmas 30A trip of a lifetime!