The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park” set for Saturday is moving to the Days Inn Navarre Conference Center due to a rainy forecast.
Festivities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8700 Navarre Parkway.
This year’s event will include a Merry Market where local arts and crafters will gather with gift ideas. The Festival of Wreaths will also be at the Conference Center from 10 a.m., and bidding will end at 4 p.m.
If the weather is not storming, the Annual Navarre Community Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. at the Navarre Library and will roll south along Presidio Street, making a left at Esplanade Street and ending in the back parking lot of Centennial Bank.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck in the parade and will be available for photos with children as soon as the parade ends at the Navarre Conference Center. Visits are free and parents are invited to bring their cameras for photos. Free baked goods and hot beverages will be available at Mrs. Claus’ Bakery after the parade.
If the parade gets canceled, Santa and Mrs. Claus will go to the Navarre Conference Center at 2 p.m.
Reindeer Games will begin at 11 a.m. at the Navarre Conference Center. There will be ticketed games for children to play for prizes, as well as face painting, a cake walk and “Fair Hair”. And, Santa’s Workshop will be open where children can participate in a holiday craft project.
The annual lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree will still be in the park. The tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m., weather permitting.
The Chamber Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. at the Holley-Navarre Fire Station at 8618 Esplanade Street (behind McDonalds’s). There will be post race refreshments and door prizes at the Holley Navarre Fire Department. A special prize will be awarded to the most festive participant. You can download a registration form at www.navarrechamberfoundation.org