The heart of our community is our Historic District, comprised of gorgeous homes and buildings built during the Victorian Era that encircle the old campus of the Florida Chautauqua Assembly.
Beans and Rice Distribution, Saturday, November 19, 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Two pounds of beans and three pounds of rice plus breakfast (and whatever groceries can be provided) are available at the Parish Hall of St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive. No paperwork. No questions.
Family Movie Night, Friday, November 25, 6:30 p.m.: See "Home Alone" (PG) on Baldwin Avenue in the downtown Historic District. If it rains, the movie will be shown in the DeFuniak Springs Community Center, 361 North 10th Street. Concessions will be available. A qualifying food purchase will enter you in a raffle drawing. Free admission. Flyer.Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee and the Walton-DeFuniak Library. 850-892-8500.
Christmas Reflections, Friday, November 25, through Saturday, December 31, 5:00-9:00 p.m.: A variety of Victorian people and animal vignettes surrounded by twinkling trees will light up the park surrounding Lake DeFuniak. Travel or walk around Circle Drive to experience the magic of Christmas as more than three million lights reflect on the lake. Admission is $3 per person; children under 6 free. Horse drawn carriage rides are available for an additional fee. See High Horse Farm LLC's Facebook page for dates and rates. Sponsored by Christmas Reflections Volunteers. 850-974-6774.
Hometown Christmas, Saturday, November 26, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: The Walton County Fairgrounds on Highway 83 North will be the setting for a day of family fun and holiday cheer featuring arts and crafts for sale, food vendors, and kids activities. Free admission. See the flyer for more information. Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Business and Professional Association. 850-830-1661.
Festival of Trees, Friday through Monday, December 2-5, times vary: Enjoy a room full of Christmas trees, beautifully decorated by local merchants and organizations. View the trees in the Museum Room of the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive, on Friday, December 2, 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 3, 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, 1:00-9:00 p.m.; and Monday, December 5, 5:00-9:00 p.m. The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation to benefit the restoration of the building.
Breakfast Cooked to Order, Saturday, December 3, 7:00-11:00 a.m., at St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive. 850-830-7663.
Tour of Homes, Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.: In addition to the usual home tours, two homes in progress of restoration and points of local interest (such as the Walton County Heritage Museum and Caboose, the Chautauqua Museum, the Festival of Trees, architectural plans for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, St. Agatha's Church and Parish Hall, etc.) will be featured as "icing on the cake" for Tour participants. All sites, along with the names of Tour sponsors, will be listed in the Official Tour Guide. See the flyer for further details. Sponsored by St. Agatha's Episcopal Church. Proceeds will be allocated to preservation of the Church's three historic buildings on Circle Drive.
Christmas Concert in the Park, Sunday, December 4, 3:00 p.m.: Enjoy a free Christmas Concert at the Amphitheater on Circle Drive. Sponsored by the City of DeFuniak Springs Special Events Committee. 850-892-8500.
Blue Christmas Service, Wednesday, December 7, 6:00 p.m.: Ecumenical service for those who find the holidays difficult or who experience sadness during this period of the year. St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive. 850-830-7663.
Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 10, beginning at 1:00 p.m.: The annual Christmas Parade around Circle Drive in the Historic District is one of highlights of the holiday season. Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman's Club. 850-368-8953.
Beans and Rice Distribution, Saturday, December 17, 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Two pounds of beans and three pounds of rice plus breakfast (and whatever groceries can be provided) are available at the Parish Hall of St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive. No paperwork. No questions.
"The Nativity of Our Lord" Christmas Eve Service, Saturday, December 24. St. Agatha's Episcopal Church, 150 Circle Drive. Call 850-892-9754 for the time.