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Let the Holiday Fun Begin

With the beginning of December starts the celebration of the holiday season.

11.29 Children’s Coloring Contest
Children are encouraged to create island-themed, holiday works of art. Coloring sheets are available at the Visitor’s Information Center, 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Island Style 782 Quietwater Beach Rd., Pensacola Beach and 8715 Ortega Park Dr., Navarre. All art will be displayed at the locations. Winners will be announced December 16.

11.30 Kaleidoscope Asssociates Cooking Classes: Gingerbread House Session 1
Local pastry chef Sharon Tobin of Sweet Creations will share her secrets on how to make a gingerbread house from scratch. In the hands-on class, two people can create and decorate the edible house of their dreams. The class costs $75 for each pair and $15 for each additional person. The class begins at 6 p.m. at Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox. For more information, call 261-4063.

11.30 & 12.1 1st Annual Gingerbread Creation Competition
The Gulf Breeze Zoo is encouraging families and individuals to enter zoo themed gingerbread creations. The winner in each category will be awarded a zookeeper lead tour of the zoo, including several up-close interactions with animals. Submissions must be in no later than November 30 at 4 p.m. Judging will be December 1 and all creations will be on display through December 31. For more information, contact Kayte Wanko at 932-2229 ext. 122.

11.30-12.2 Snowball Derby
Head to Five Flags Speedway for a fast holiday. The weekend-long festivities come to a close with the Snowball Derby on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Five Flags Speedway, 7451 Pine Forest Rd. For more information, call 944-8400 or 944-8406 or visit 5flagsspeedway.com.

11.30, 12.1-12.2, 12.7-12.9, 12.14-12.24, 12.26-12.30 Cookies with Santa
At the Gulf Breeze Zoo, kids can enjoy the Christmas lights and have a snack with the man in the red suit. Cookies with Santa is from 5 to 6 p.m. and is for toddlers to 9-year-olds. Tickets are $25, ZooLights admission is included. Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.

12.1 Breakfast with Santa
Santa will be at St. Paul Preschool, located at 4600 N. 9th Ave. for breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Children will have the chance to have a kid-friendly breakfast and take a photo with Santa. Entrance is free.

12.1 Gulf Breeze Christmas Parade
Get to your parade spot early to see the Gulf Breeze Christmas Parade, starting at 10 a.m. on Shoreline Drive. For more information, call 932-7888.

12.1 Kaleidoscope Asssociates Cooking Classes: Gingerbread House Session 2
Local pastry chef Sharon Tobin of Sweet Creations will share her secrets on how to make a gingerbread house from scratch. In the hands-on class, two people can create and decorate the edible house of their dreams. The class costs $75 for each pair and $15 for each additional person. The class begins at 10 a.m. at Distinctive Kitchens, 29 S. Palafox. For more information, call 261-4063.

12.1 Holiday Open House
From noon until 3:30 p.m., the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida will have a holiday open house to celebrate 30 years with live music by Sweet Prospect Celtic band. Take a tour and snack on various treats. There will be games and crafts for kids, story time and a book giveaway. The party will be at the Sanctuary grounds, 105 N. S St. For more information, call 433-9453 ext. 5 or visit pensacolawildlife.com.

12.1 Pensacola Lighthouse Christmas Gala
View the lighthouse’s Christmas lights, Pensacola’s tallest Christmas tree, refreshments and visit Santa Claus for free. The gala begins at 6 p.m., at 2081 Radford Blvd. For more information, call 393-1561 or visit pensacolalighthouse.org.

12.1 ‘Simply Christmas’ Presented by Gulf Coast Chorale
The Gulf Coast Chorale’s season begins with “Simply Christmas,” an evening of holiday music at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 100 Daniel St. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 932-2859 or visit gulfcoastchorale.org.

12.1 Open Mic Holiday Jazz
Vocalists, musicians, rappers, poets, fine artists and dancers are invited to showcase their talent at The Belmont Building, located at 401 N. Reus St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and $15 per couple with two non-perishable foods or school supplies to be collected at the door. For more information, call 745-4367.

12.1 & 12.2 Choral Society of Pensacola Presents “Messiah”
The Choral Society of Pensacola will have two performances of the holiday classic, Handel’s “Messiah,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 3131 Hyde Park Rd. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Tickets are $20 for reserved section seating, $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets for the December 1 performances can be purchased at 484-1847 and tickets for the December 2 performances can be purchased at 251-968-2411. For more information, call 484-1806 or visit choralsocietyofpensacola.com.

12.1 & 12.8 Santa’s Workshop at Blue Morning Gallery
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Morning Gallery, located at 21 S. Palafox, children aged nine and under are invited to a free workshop to make ornaments and gift items. Cookies and punch are provided, as well as holiday cheer from Santa and Winterfest characters. For more information, call 429-9100.

12.1, 12.14-12.16 & 12.18-12.23 Winterfest Trolley
Downtown Pensacola becomes Christmas Town through the eyes of Winterfest. Take a ride on the red trolley or carriage and see your favorite holiday characters come to life. The tour begins at the historic Escambia County Courthouse, 223 S. Palafox, where you can get your picture taken with Santa or take in a free show by Rudolph’s Revue. Tours begin at 5 p.m. To book your tour, call 417-7321 or visit pensacolawinterfest.org.

12.1-12.2, 12.7-12.9, 12.14-12.16, 12.21-12.24 & 12.26-12.30 Zoo Lights
Enjoy the Gulf Breeze Zoo at night while it’s lit with thousands of holiday lights. The lights are on from 5  to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and children, half-off for season pass holders. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.

12.1-1.1 Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display
Make the trip to Milton to see the Sowell Farm family turn on their Christmas Light display of over 500,000 Christmas lights from dark until 10 p.m. The display is located at 7650 Sowell Rd., Milton

12.2 Christmas Card Making Class
You’re never too old for crafts. On Sunday, Dec. 2 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., meet at Blue Morning Gallery, 21 S. Palafox to make a unique Christmas card by hand. Tickets are $25, all tools and supplies are included. Reserve your space by calling 429-9100.

12.2 Christmas on the Hill
Presented by the North Hill Preservation Association, Inc., the Christmas on the Hill tour takes you through four of North Hill’s most prestigious, historic homes built between the late 1800s and early 1990s and decorated for the holiday season. The tour begins at 11 a.m. at 16 W. Strong St. Tickets prices are $18-$20. Proceeds benefit USO and Toys for Tots. For more information, call 712-9037 or visit historicnorthhill.com.

12.2 12th Avenue Trolley
The East Hill tradition is back. The 14th Annual 12th Avenue Trolley provides a fun, free holiday event for all ages. Two trolleys will run up and down 12th Avenue between historic Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, stopping at all participating businesses for food, drinks, shopping, art, entertainment and photo-ops with holiday characters. This year’s sponsor is ProClinic. For more information, call 434-6168 ext. 6 or e-mail marketing@prohealthfl.com.

12.2 Pictures with Santa
While you’re shopping for holiday gifts at Alyssa’s Antique Depot located at 4586 Chumuckla Hwy., make sure to get a photo with Santa. Pictures with Santa will be available on Sunday, Dec. 2 from 12 to 6 p.m. Appointments must be made by either calling or visiting the front desk. Packages start at $5. To make an appointment, call 994-9114.

12.3 Jazz Jingle
Bandleader Paul Bruketa presents a program of holiday songs in jazz style. Admission is $8 for JSOP members $10 for non-members and $5 for students. Proceeds benefit Pensacola JazzFest. The music begins at 5:30 p.m. at Phineas Phogg’s in Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St. For more information, call 434-6211 or visit sevillequarter.com.

12.4 Joy for the Beach
The holiday concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption, 920 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach.

12.6 Holiday Open House
Spread a little holiday cheer at the Northwest Florida Ronald McDonald House, located at 5200 Bayou Blvd., December 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 477-2273.

12.6 Free Holiday Concert
The Pensacola State College Concert Chorale and Jazz Choir, “Entertainers,” will present a free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium, 1000 College Blvd. Tickets are not required, seating begins at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Xiaolun Chun at 484-1810 or xchen@pensacolastate.edu.

12.6 Holiday Evening in Olde Seville Square
Celebrate the 2012 holiday season with hot chocolate, caroling and a holiday-themed concert. The fun is located in Olde Seville Square on Alacaniz and Main Street, downtown Pensacola.