Welcome to DeFuniak Springs, FL! The gem of our community is our Historic District, mostly comprised of an old campus built during the Victorian Era for the Florida Chautauqua Assembly, 1885-1927.  Visiting our community during the holidays is like visiting a Charles Dickens village adorned with over 6 million Christmas lights!   

Download our Nov/Dec 2015 Visitors Guide!

October, 2015

  • Halloween Happenings, October 30:  Bring your trick-or-treaters to the Historic Downtown business district and enjoy the activities for all children on Baldwin Avenue.  Treats provided by the shop owners and area businesses along with local firefighters, police and other organizations.  Begins at 5pm.  Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association.

  • Haunted House, October 30 & 31:  Compliment your Halloween with “An Evening with Hannibal” at Lakeside Building (the old hospital), 1290 Circle Drive.  Tour this “haunted hospital” and get spooked by Hannibal and those who know him!  For ages 12 and up.  Tickets $10 each at the door beginning at 7pm.  Sponsored by the Florida Chautauqua Association and the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-op.

  • Trick-or-Treating Around the Lake, October 31:  Bring the kids to Circle Drive and to some of the homes on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua for some real Halloween experiences!  Excitement lasts from 5pm – 7pm with area businesses and organizations sponsoring the goodies at participating homes!  Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club.

November, 2015                                          

  • 4th Annual Energy Expo, November 7, 2015:  Learn how to use renewable energy, recycle and re-purpose various items at the 4th Annual Energy Expo at the Walton County Fairgrounds, 790 North 9th Street (Highway 83 North), 9am-2pm!  This specially presented event by the City of DeFuniak Springs brings together organizations and businesses to inspire members of your family to learn of creative ways to save and preserve your environment.  SHRED-IT will be on hand to dispose of unwanted or old paperwork.  The Walton County Board of Commissioners
    will be on site with Amnesty for disposal of unwanted batteries, paint, tires, etc.  Even TESLA will exhibit the latestin electric cars and provide test drives.  That's not all!  Many vendors and the Walton County Extension Service will provide free classes at booths relating to gardening, energy saving tips, ways to cut household waste and more.  Lowe's will also be on site to show environmentally friendly items that can be purchased and installed in your home.  Free admission.  Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee.  Cindy Permenter, (850) 892-8503.

  • Scottish Dinner, Spirit Tasting & Ceilidh: November 14, 2015:  Celebrate the cuisine and beverages of Scotland through a genuine Scottish dinner, spirit tasting & ceilidh beginning at 5pm at 4C BBQ Family Restaurant, 1045 U.S. Highway 331 South in DeFuniak Springs.  Entertainment provided by Celtic rock band “Krooked Kilt” from Tallahassee.  Proceeds benefit the Walton County Heritage Museum.  Tickets $40 and available at 4C BBQ Family Restaurant, (850) 892-4227 (www.4CBBQ.com).  Sponsored by the Walton County Heritage Association. www.waltoncountyheritage.org.  (850) 951-2127.

  • Movie Night, November 27, 2015:  Enjoy a movie with your family “the old fashioned way” at the outdoor amphitheater on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs beginning at 7:30 pm.  Tonight’s movie is Miracle on 34th Street (1947 color version).  Food vendors on site to settle your appetite and qualifying food purchasers will be entered into a chance to win a raffle!  Free admission.  Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee. 
    (850) 892-8500.

  • Hometown Christmas, November 28:  The 26th annual Hometown Christmas will be held Saturday, November 28th, 9am -5pm at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North.  The annual shopping event brings thousands of holiday shoppers to historic DeFuniak Springs and features activities for children, food, entertainment, and hundreds of unique one-of-a-kind gifts for every taste.  Santa will be flying in from The North Pole to visit good boys and girls all day.  Often imitated, but never duplicated, the original Northwest Florida Hometown Christmas features up to 100 crafters from around the south.  Free admission.  Sponsored by DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association. www.thedbpa.comdefuniakdbpa@aol.com.  (850) 835-4834 or (850) 830-1661.


  • Christmas Reflections, November 27-December 31:  See how six million Christmas lights multiply to 12 million when reflected on the perfectly round lake which is the centerpiece of the DeFuniak Springs Historic District.  This incredible display on the original grounds of Florida’s Historic Chautauqua has no equal!  5pm-9pm nightly from November 27 through December 31.  $3/person, Season Passes $35, ages 6 and under free.  Carriage rides by High Horse Farm LLC will be available for an additional fee on November 27, 28 &29; December 4, 5 & 6; and nightly December 11-31.  Sponsored by the Christmas Reflections Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs.  (850) 892-3950.

  • Festival of Trees, December 4-7, 2015:  Visit our spectacular display of trees and wreaths decorated for your Christmas pleasure in the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood on Circle Drive.  Light refreshments served.    Local business and organization sponsors make this event possible through their participation.  Dec. 4, 5pm-9pm; Dec. 5, 8am-9pm; Dec. 6, 1pm-9pm; Dec. 7, 5pm-9pm.  Free admission.  Donations accepted to help fund an elevator in this historic building.  Sponsored by Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation, Inc.  (850) 892-7625.

  • Tour of Homes, December 5, 2015:  Come catch the Christmas Spirit at the 23rd Annual Tour of Homes!  Tour five homes all decked out in their holiday best, and learn about Historic DeFuniak Springs as you enjoy its old-fashioned ambience at your own pace on your self-guided tour.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12.  Tickets on sale the day of the tour from 8 am - 2pm at Walton County Heritage Museum (1140 Circle Drive).  Advance tickets available after November 1st at The Little Big Store (35 S. 8th Street), Sanford and Sisters Mall (938 U.S. Hwy 331 South), and Walton County Heritage Museum (1140 Circle Drive).  The 2015 tour is co-sponsored by Partners in Progress and Walton County Heritage Association.  www.waltoncountyheritage.org.  (850) 892-2448.

  • Christmas Parade, December 12, 2015:  Bring the family to enjoy the 12th Annual DeFuniak Springs Woman's Club Christmas Parade!  Event begins at 1pm on Circle Drive at Lake DeFuniak.  Individuals, churches, businesses and clubs will put you in the holiday mood with beautiful Christmas floats, costumed walkers, decorated vintage cars, bicycles, motorcycles and even horses!.  Oh - and "ho! ho! ho!" - Santa will be waving and throwing candy to all the children, families and holiday fans.  Free event.  Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman's Club.  dfswomansclub@gmail.com.  Cate Campbell, Parade Chair, (850) 368-8953.

January, 2016

  • Snowbird Day, January 21, 2016:  Hours of fun from 11am-2pm designed to introduce winter visitors to Historic DeFuniak Springs.  Take a tour of the Historic District, visit and tour the oldest continuously-operating library in Florida, visit the Walton County History Museum inside the charming train depot and visit the red caboose.  Compliment your day with a dance with live music (1950s theme) and bingo with prizes. Take advantage of a wide array of discount coupons and shop quaint stores.  Enjoy a wonderful, complimentary homemade lunch prepared by renowned chef Ellen Mayfield.  Goodie bags packed with helpful information, brochures of local interest, and discount coupons for local businesses.  Guests will have a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE:  A Florida Chautauqua Assembly Passport!  Snowbird Day in DeFuniak Springs, activities and meal free.  No RSVP required.  Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee.  For details or directions, call Lisa or Lacey at the City of DeFuniak Springs.  (850) 892-8500.  

  • Florida Chautauqua Assembly, January 28-31, 2016:  An historic 4-day educational program for families comprised of famous keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, evening dinner performances and exhibits relating to an annual theme.  2016 theme is “A Journey into America: Life Since Leave It To Beaver,” featuring a keynote presentation by Jerry (“The Beave”) Mathers!  All exhibits free including a Florida Frontiersmen Settlement Camp, Florida Forest Service Indoor Nature Trail, Tin Can Tourists Antique Camper & RV Show, Chautauqua Cruisers Antique Car show, Home Depot Kids Clinic, Native American Camp, Chautauqua Student Museum and more!  Sponsored by Florida Chautauqua Association.  www.FloridaChautauquaAssembly.org.  (850) 892-7613.

February, 2016

  • QUILT SHOW, “Quilting With the Stars,” February 12 -13, 2016 :  Come to the quilt show at the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 North 10th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433, 9am - 4pm each day.  Admission $6.00 per person.  Children 12 and under admitted free.  Show includes vendors, door prizes, guild boutiques, demos, and free mini-classes, along with many beautiful quilts to view.  Sponsored by Chautauqua Quilters Guild, Inc. along with guest guild Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild.  Lesa Harrison, Lesah51@yahoo.com. (850) 585-2796.

April, 2016

  • Marvel of Flight, April, 22-23, 2016:  Bring the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of one of the largest fly-in and aviation expos in Northwest Florida!  Marvel of Flight features a variety of aircraft static displays, flight demonstrations, aerospace career exploration exhibits, pilot workshops, concerts, free kids activities, food/aviation/art/crafts vendors; and lots of thrills for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.  The theme of the Marvel of Flight 2016 is “A Tribute to Vietnam War Era Aviation.”   Marvel of Flight 2016 will take attendees on a journey back in time to revisit the highly misconceived and misreported era of the Vietnam War though the eyes of the American aviators and aircraft that played such a vital role in this tragic conflict.  Free admission.  Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs.  Ryan Adams, (850) 892-2000.


DeFuniak Springs, Florida

How to Find Us:

We are halfway between Tallahassee and Pensacola, Florida in the Florida Panhandle.  Here are driving directions to our Visitors Center:

From I-10:  Take I-10 (East from Pensacola, West from Tallahassee) to Exit 85. At end of ramp, head North on U.S. Highway 331. Pass Lowe’s (on your right), Walmart (on your left) until you reach the intersection of Live Oak and 331. Right onto Live Oak. Left onto Circle Drive. Our hexagon shaped brick building will be on the left next to the train depot (Walton Heritage Museum).

From South Walton County:  Take Highway 98 (East from Destin, West from Panama City Beach) to U.S. Highway 331 North. Go 20 miles to DeFuniak Springs. Pass Lowe’s (on your right), Walmart (on your left) until you reach the intersection of Live Oak and 331. Right onto Live Oak.  Left onto Circle Drive.  Our hexagon shaped brick building will be on the left next to the train depot (Walton Heritage Museum).


(850) 333-2241

This is your official online visitors guide provided by the DeFuniak Springs Visitors Bureau