The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the 2017 Holiday on the Harbor Street Festival and Boat Parade of Lights this Saturday, Dec. 9 from 2 to 9 p.m. in downtown Carrabelle.

Holiday on the Harbor will feature a street festival presenting terrific children’s activities like visits with Santa and his elves, bouncy houses, face painting, portrait with a pony, and a mini-train ride. This event will also include yummy holiday treats, vendors with delicious food and wonderful products for holiday gifts, and special music.

The majority of the festivities will take place along the Carrabelle Harbor near Marine Street. Admission to Holiday on the Harbor is free but we will still be accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Franklin Toy Project at the welcome tent. Be sure to stop by the tent to register for your chance to win $1,000 and a lovely three-foot Santa for your home or business! Public parking is available at First Baptist Church (corner of Hwy 98 & NE 1st Street), Marine Street south of Avenue C or George Sands Park.

This year our holiday celebrations continue to expand with activities at a variety of locations in Carrabelle. The Carrabelle Artist Association will be wrapping up its month-long Holiday Art Show at Rio Carrabelle with local artists giving demonstrations on Saturday. Also, downtown Carrabelle merchants will be open during the festival with holiday specials.

Enjoy an afternoon and evening of food, festivities, and fun. Watch the amazing parade of festive boats decked out in Christmas lights and décor, followed by a fantastic fireworks display courtesy of the Carrabelle CRA! The parade starts at approximately 6:15 p.m. and proceeds along the Carrabelle River and Harbor between the Fishing Pavilion on Marine Street and the Tillie Miller Bridge on US 98 so it can be enjoyed from many viewing spots along the route.

Singer Debi Jordan, and emcee Chuck Spicer, will appear at C-Quarters at 5:30 p.m. with music, commentary and the boat parade awards ceremony. And don’t miss the Christmas carol sing along at C-Quarters Marina – including songs unique to Carrabelle - after the fireworks and before the award ceremony. Following the sing along, the boat parade trophies for each boat category and the Marina Challenge Trophy, complete with a year’s worth of braggin’ rights will be awarded.

On Saturday, Dec. 9 starting at 8 a.m. both Marine Street and SE Avenue B will be closed to thru traffic at Hwy 98 for festival set up. SE Avenue B will be closed from Hwy 98 to Marine Street. Marine Street will be closed from Hwy 98 to Ave C. Patrons of Harry’s Bar, Marine Street Grill, Just Right Marine, and boaters wishing to use the Marine Street public boat ramp will be able to access Marine Street south of Avenue C via Gulf Avenue or via SE 3rd Street (George Sands Park across from the Dollar General Store) and either Avenue C, E, or F.

Parking on Avenue C is being reserved for staff (including performers) for Just Rite Marine, Harry’s Bar and Marine Street Grill. Parking and viewing will NOT be closed off at the Marine Street Public Pavilion. Streets will be re-opened Sunday morning after festival breakdown and cleanup, or sooner if possible. Public parking is recommended at First Baptist Church (corner of Hwy 98 & NE 1st Street), Marine Street south of Avenue C or George Sands Park.

For more information and registrations, please visit tinyurl.com/y9a8e6db or contact Chamber@nettally.com or 697-2585.

Special thanks to Silver sponsor Fathom’s Steam Room & Raw Bar, and Bronze sponsors Christie’s Cottage Living, Harry’s Bar, Hartman Law Firm PA, Hog Wild BBQ, Phoenix Family Health Care Center, and Seacrest Real Estate / Sandy Beach Properties. Funded in part by Carrabelle CRA and the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

We also want to extend a thank you to the community organizations and individuals that support this event through in-kind services and additional activities that help make Holiday on the Harbor a special weekend: At Your Service Concierge, Carrabelle Artist Association, Carrabelle Cares, Carrabelle Police Department, C-Quarters Marina, Chuck Spicer of Forgotten Coastline, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Forgotten Coast Photography, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin County Senior Citizens Center, Lanark Village Association, Old Carrabelle Hotel, Rio Carrabelle, Roberson & Associates PA, Tow Boat US, and WOYS Oyster Radio 100.5 FM and all the volunteers.