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Come to the coast this season for unique seasonal festivities.
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Nov. 1-2 – Florida Seafood Festival

Florida’s oldest maritime festival kicks off its 56th year on Friday and Saturday, November 1-2 in historic Apalachicola. Held at Battery Park overlooking the mouth of the Apalachicola River, this event annually draws thousands and features fresh Apalachicola Bay seafood, arts and crafts exhibits and the famous Oyster Eating and Shucking contest. This year’s festival music headliner will be Parmalee, from North Carolina.


Nov. 11 & Dec. 11 – Full Moon Lighthouse Climbs

St. George Island’s historic Cape St. George Lighthouse will host Full Moon Climbs on Monday, November 11 and Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30–7 p.m. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse to see breathtaking views of the bay as the sun sets and the moon rises.


Dec. 6 – St. George Island Lighting of the Palms

Celebrate the season at St. George Island’s Lighthouse Park on Friday, December 6 and enjoy the festive display of holiday lights on the Cape St. George Lighthouse, Visitor Center and along Franklin Boulevard. There will be a
Jingle Jog fun run, carolers, Santa and a tree lighting around sunset. 


Nov. 29 & Dec. 7 – Apalachicola Christmas Celebration  &  Holiday Fresh Market Saturday

Apalachicola lights up the day after Thanksgiving from 4–8 p.m. The downtown streets will be lined with luminaries and carolers. Merchants will be open late. Santa arrives on a shrimp boat, and there will be free hot dogs for kids. The Historic Orman and Raney House museums will be open for holiday tours. On the following Saturday, December 7, the downtown Holiday Fresh Market will feature handcrafted Apalachicola specialties.


Dec. 14 – Holiday on the Harbor

Carrabelle will host its 25th annual Holiday on the Harbor Street Festival and Boat Parade of Lights Saturday, December 14, along Carrabelle’s downtown waterfront. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of food and fun featuring a street festival with children’s activities. Merchants will be open late. In the evening, watch the parade of festive boats decked out in Christmas lights and decor in celebration of the holidays followed by a festive fireworks display.


For a complete list of all upcoming Forgotten Coast events, visit Floridasforgottencoast.com

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