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Last Chance for Holiday Fun

Nightly Christmas Lights Night Segway Tour
Emerald Coast Tours offers a new holiday tour through the month of December. Glide through Downtown, North Hill, East Hill and Old East Hill and view beautiful holiday decorations with a stop at East Hill Yard for a drink or bite to eat. The tours are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and are $45 per person. For more information call 417-9292 or visit emeraldcoasttours.net.

12.20 Emerald City Christmas Party
The party begins at 8 p.m. at Emerald City, 406 E. Wright St. Bring an unwrapped gift suitable for children aged 2 to 17 from Children’s Medical Services at Sacred Heart Hospital. At 10 p.m., catch a festive show featuring The Jewels of the Emerald Coast. For more information, call 433-9491 or visit emeraldcitypensacola.com.

12.20-12.24, 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.

12.20-12.23 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.

12.21-12.24 & 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.

12.21 Christmas in DeVilliers
Spend a part of your holiday in the Historic Belmont DeVilliers community. One Friday, Dec. 21, the DeVilliers Cultural Heritage Society will celebrate by hosting a Progressive Dinner Party starting at 5:30 p.m. The night will begin with appetizers at The Belmont Building, 432 W. Belmont St. and move on to gumbo at the Gumbo Gallery, 314 N. DeVilliers St., main entrée at Five Sisters Blues Café, 421 W. Belmont St. and dessert in DeVilliers Square, 312 N. DeVilliers St. Entertainment will be provided by The Dizzy Juke Band, Red Dog, Acoustic Soul, West Florida Tech Jazz Band and the Belmont Youth Band. Tickets are $50. For more information, contact Sonja Griffin Evans at 912-6806 or visit devilliersmuseum.com.

12.21-12.22 Holidays in the Park
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Big Lagoon State Park, 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy. along with Friends of Pensacola State Parks Inc. will be holding their annual Holidays in the Park event from 4 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature a vibrant light display, hot cocoa and coffee and a craft table. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance around 5 p.m. For more information, call 492-1595.

12.21-12.23 The Santaland Diaries
The short story by David Sedaris was adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. The story follows how a slacker views Christmas as he works as an elf at Macy’s. The play will be at Theatre West, 9732 Sidney Rd. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, call 912-4087 or visit sanctuarytheatrewest.com.

12.22 Sail with Santa
Hop aboard the 53-foot catamaran, Wild Hearts, and visit Santa. Cookies and eggnog will be provided as you sail along the beautiful waters of Orange Beach, Ala. A professional photographer will also be available to capture the memories. For reservations and schedule, call 251-981-6700 or visit sailwildhearts.com.

12.22 It’s a Wonderful Life
Watch the classic holiday movie, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, projected on the Saenger stage, located at 118 S. Palafox. All seats are general admission and cost $5. Tickets are only available at the box office, get yours now. For more information, call 595-3880 or visit pensacolasaenger.com.

12.23 Tidings of Comfort and Joy
WUWF’s popular night of music features music provided by The Perdido Brass, flutist Stephanie Riegle, harpist Katie Ott, pianist Tina Buran and soprano Sewell Griffith inside the Old Christ Church, 120 East Church St. There will be three performances at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 474-2787 or visit wuwf.org.

12.24 Candlelight and Carols
The Beach Community Church, located on Via DeLuna Drive at the corner of Avenida 18, will have a Candlelight and Carols service at 6 p.m.

12.24 A Not So Silent Night
The children and family service begins at 5 p.m. at Woodbine United Methodist Church, 5200 Woodbine Rd., Pace, followed by the contemporary service at 7 p.m. and carols and candles at 11 p.m. The speaker will be Rev. Jimmy Allen. For more information, call 995-0007.

12.24 Candlelight and Carols at First United Methodist Church
In pace, enjoy this special Christmas Eve service at 6:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pace, 4540 Chumuckla Hwy. Call 994-5608 or visit pacefumc.org.

12.26 Ice Sculpture Demonstrations
Watch as master craftsmen wield a chainsaw against towering blocks of solid ice to create beautiful works of zoo themed art. Sculptures will remain available for photo opportunities throughout the evening. The demonstrations begin at 6 p.m. at Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. For more information, call 932-2229 or visit gulfbreezezoo.org.