In spite of chilly temperatures and a stiff breeze, attendance was up at Carrabelle’s Holiday on the Harbor this year and those in attendance were treated to an abundance of delights.

As always, the highlight of the event was the boat parade. This year 18 vessels adorned with lights circled the harbor twice to give the audience an eyeful.

There were about 20 vendors offering wares on Marine Street throughout the afternoon, including candied bacon and specialty tacos. Several churches offered baked goods and a half dozen booths did a brisk trade in hot cocoa.

Also available were local arts and crafts and the Carrabelle Artists Association hosted a show in Rio Carrabelle.

Businesses along the street opened their doors to Christmas shoppers and some offered food and wine. The festive atmosphere put attendees in the mood to purchase stocking stuffers.

On the street, Apalachicola’s Flat Head Band, Chris Matechik and Haden McBeth, performed folksy favorites. A miniature train gave free rides to young and old.

Santa, who was visiting his favorite helper, Bo May, put in an appearance and heard the wishes of around 150 boys and girls and the Dinner Divas provided each child an age-appropriate book..

“I did everything I could to promote Holiday on the Harbor this year,” said Carrabelle Chamber Director Lisa Munson. “I put it out to all the newspapers in the area including Tallahassee and Panama City and announcements ran on the radio.”

Among the people on the street and on Santa’s knee were a number of visitors to the area who had driven in for the day. Kudos to Munson for a job well done.