Annual Christmas celebration part of Destin’s ‘DNA’

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 02:29 PM.

“We would sing ‘Jingle Bells’ as loud as we could,’ “ he added, noting that 1992 was the last time the “original” Christmas celebration was held, before it became an actual city event.

Mayor Sam Seevers said she remembers taking her children, now grown ups, to the annual celebration and the joy it brought to their faces.

“It’s part of the DNA of this city and who we are,” she said. “With the ever changing and evolving Destin that we have now, it’s nice to know that we will always have one steadfast event that will never change.”

As the evening wrapped up, the youngsters had a chance to visit with Santa and share their Christmas wishes.

For 6-year-old Lilly Stuart, a guitar was on her holiday wish list, telling The Log “I’m starting to learn the piano.”

A Dancing Dora would light up the holidays for 3-year-old Emilyn Kilpatrick, who was joined on Santa’s lap by her 6-month-old brother, Wyatt.

With almost a century of history behind it, Marler said he hopes to see the annual Christmas celebration carry on for another 100 years.

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