12.6-12.8, 12.13-12.24 & 12.26-12.29 ZOO LIGHTS 6 – 10 p.m. The Gulf Breeze Zoo invites you to enjoy the beauty of the zoo at night as you admire thousands of sparkling holiday lights. 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. $10 for adults; $10 for children. Season Pass holders receive half off ticket price. 932-2229 or gbzoo.com.
12.6 SAINT CHRISTOPHER’S CHRISTMAS CARAVAN 10 a.m. Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church presents its 56th Christmas Caravan with the theme “Sharing Christmas Joy and Peace.” A Holiday Home Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $10; luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10; gala with live music at 6:30 p.m. for $25; and bazaar and bake sale throughout the day. For more information, contact Pat Fogg at 479-9962. 3200 N. 12th Ave. scpen.org.
12.6 BIG SCREEN ON THE BLACKWATER: “A CHRISTMAS STORY” 6 p.m. Presented by the City of Milton and area Tom Thumb stores, “A Christmas Story” will be the first film in a three-week holiday movie series shown on a 25-foot inflatable screen alongside the Blackwater River. Be sure to pack a lawn chair and if it’s too cold to sit outside, a radio to tune into the soundtrack from the comfort of your car. Santa Claus will be at the South Riverwalk Pavilion on Dec. 6, also. Parents can bring kids to have photos made with Santa; $10 for each 5” x 7” print. S. Willing St., Milton. 983-5466 or miltonlocal.com.
12.6 PENSACOLA BEACH LIGHTED BOAT PARADE 6:30 p.m. Dozens of captains compete for prizes as the nautical parade officially delivers Santa Claus to Santa Rosa Island. Children can visit Santa Claus at his workshop at Bamboo Willie’s, 400 Quietwater Beach Rd. The Boat Parade will cruise from Sabine Marina to Portofino Boardwalk. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.
12.6 FIRST CITY ART CENTER PRESENTS “HOT GLASS COLD BREW” 5 – 9 p.m. Patrons receive a one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass cup or clay mug to fill with complimentary beverages all evening long. FCAC’s glass and pottery artists will be demonstrating their creative skills throughout the evening. Patrons will enjoy complimentary pizza, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, live music, live art demos and more. In addition, there will be a Holiday Art Sale with gift items made by the FCAC Pottery and Glass Guilds and Studio artists this evening as well as on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10am to 3pm. 1060 N. Guillemard St. $25 for non-members; $20 for members. 429-1222 or firstcityart.org.
12.6-12.8 & 12.13-12.15 UWF THEATRE DEPARTMENT PRESENTS “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” 8 p.m. This holiday classic is back for its seventh season as a Pensacola tradition. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows at 2:30 p.m. Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, on the main UWF Pensacola Campus, 11000 University Pkwy. Tickets are $16 for adults; $12 for senior citizens and active military; $10 for non-UWF students, UWF faculty and staff; and $5 for high school students. 857-6285 or uwf.edu/cfpa.
12.7 BLIZZARD ON THE BEACH 5K FUN RUN AND SNOW PARTY 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 5K Events and the Pensacola Ice Flyers are bringing up to 20,000 pounds of real snow to Old Seville Square and Bartram Park in Pensacola. The 5K fun run participants can choose to run, jog or walk through a route that will take them through downtown Pensacola and along Pensacola Bay. During the 5K, the runners will pass twice through each of the three “Blizzard Zones” that will blow artificial snow on runners. Santa Claus will also be in attendance. Separate Snow Play passes are available for those who do not wish to participate in the 5K. 5K registration is $35, and includes a free ticket to a Pensacola Ice Flyers regular season home game. Snow Play passes are $7 in advance; $10 on the day of. blizzardonthebeach.com.
12.7 CAMP FIRE KIDS FESTIVAL OF TREES: KIDS DAY EXTRAVAGANZA 9:30 a.m. The Pensacola Interstate Fairgrounds hosts a day of family activities including a parade, model of Santa’s Workshop, and a Gingerbread Kitchen at the Expo Hall. 6655 Mobile Hwy. $6 for adults; $4 for children 13 years and younger; children 2 years old and younger are admitted for free. 476-1760 or campfirekids.com.
12.7 & 12.14 FIRST CITY ART CENTER’S KIDS’ HOLIDAY CLAY ORNAMENT WORKSHOP 10 a.m. Students will make three ornaments and a necklace from clay using cookie cutters. Sessions for ages 5-9 will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the workshop for ages 10-14 will be held from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Parents of children in the younger class must be present on FCAC Campus. Ornaments will be fired after the first session and the students will glaze during the second session. A ribbon will be added for hanging. Finished pieces will be ready pick-up on Dec. 21st. Students can enjoy cookies and cocoa at the end of the session. 1060 N. Guillemard St. $20 per student. 429-1222 or firstcityart.org.
12.7 PENSACOLA LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTMAS GALA 6 –9:30 p.m. The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum hosts its annual free Christmas Gala event, with the lighting of Pensacola’s Tallest Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. Guests can sip on hot chocolate and cider, while enjoying live music, hayrides around the grounds, and even visiting Santa Claus and touring the Keeper’s Quarters, which are decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. 393-1561 or pensacolalighthouse.org.
12.7, 12.13 & 12.18-12.22 WINTERFEST TROLLEY TOURS 6 p.m. The Red Trolley Repertory Theatre entertains families with a variety of programs, including the Performance Tour featuring 16 performances during a 60-minute trolley ride through Downtown Pensacola. Other offerings include the Santa’s Express Tour on Dec. 18 and 19 only. Trolley tours take off every 10 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday nights, and 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. Tours begin at the Old County Courthouse, 221 S. Palafox. Depending on the day, adult ticket prices range from $18-$22; kids’ ticket prices from $13-$15. 583-1365 or pensacolawinterfest.org.
12.7 GULF COAST CHORALE PRESENTS “WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS” 7:30 p.m. For this special concert event, the Chorale will be presenting traditional holiday favorites that you can sing along to plus a few jazzier arrangements. Joining the Chorale will be special guests, the Guffman Trio and Tate High School’s Vocal Jazz and Cantus Chorus. St. Anne Catholic Church, 100 Daniel St., Gulf Breeze. $10 for adults; $5 for students; free for children ages 10 and under. gulfchostchorale.org.
12.7 HANDEL’S MESSIAH 7:30 p.m. St. Paul Catholic Church hosts the Choral Society of Pensacola’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” The performance will feature the society’s 60 singers, the Choral Society of Pensacola Orchestra, and four excellent guest soloists, all under the baton of Choral Society Artistic Director, Xiaolun Chen. Soloists include Carla Connors, soprano; Anne Duraski, alto; Leo Day, tenor; and Patrick Jacobs, bass-baritone. 3131 Hyde Park Rd. $20 reserved seating, $15 general admission, $5 for students. 484-1806 or choralsocietyofpensacola.com.
12.7, 12.14 & 12.19-12.21 WINTERFEST AT THE PMA 12 – 5 p.m. The Pensacola Museum of Art will be transforming into a wonderland of model trains this holiday season. The Museum is working with Pensacola’s Winterfest to provide children of all ages exciting experiences in December. Families and model-train lovers are invited to the Museum on special dates in December to view the exciting and amazingly detailed model trains in action. Two very scenic railroad systems will be in operation along with art activities and refreshments. An N-Gauge and G-Gauge train layout will be operated by engineers from the Pensacola Model Railway Club and the Emerald Coast Garden Railway Club. Also featured will be the much-loved Brio and Thomas wooden train sets for the littleones. $5. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org.
12.8 TAKE YOUR PET TO SEE SANTA 12 – 2 p.m. The Pensacola Humane Society invites you to dress Fido or Fifi in holiday attire and head to PetCo. Take home a festive photo for only $8.95 per frame. Multiple animals may be in a single photo. All proceeds go to benefit the not-for-profit, no-kill shelter. 1670 Airport Blvd. 432-4260 or pensacolahumane.org.
12.8 SURFING SANTA BEACH PARADE 2 p.m. Santa oversees the parade from high atop his bright red fire engine that delivers him to the Gulfside Pavillion where children of all ages can speak to him personally. Via de Luna to Casino Beach. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.
12.13 BIG SCREEN ON THE BLACKWATER: “ARTHUR CHRISTMAS” 6 p.m. Presented by the City of Milton and area Tom Thumb stores, “Arthur Christmas” will be the second film in a three-week holiday movie series shown on a 25-foot inflatable screen alongside the Blackwater River. Be sure to pack a lawn chair and, if it’s too cold to sit outside, a radio to tune into the soundtrack from the comfort of your car. S. Willing St., Milton. 983-5466 or miltonlocal.com.
12.13-12.15 CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST 7:30 p.m. Pensacola Children’s Chorus under the direction of Allen and Susan Pote, will present its annual production of “Christmas on the Coast” at the Saenger Theatre. Friday and Saturday evening, the show begins at 7:30 p.m.; on Sunday, a 2:30 p.m. matinee will close out the weekend of music featuring traditional carols, Christmas favorites, exciting African music, a “Gingerbread World,” “The Grinch,” “Skating at Rockefeller Center,” the lights of Chanukah, and an inspirational nativity scene. Tickets are available at the Saenger box office and online at ticketmaster.com. 118 S. Palafox. $23-$39. 434-7760 or pensacolachildrenschorus.com.
12.13-12.15 & 12.19-12.22 PENSACOLA LITTLE THEARE PRESENTS IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Come see the theatrical production of the film classic on PLT’s Mainstage. George Bailey dreams of escape and adventure, but he has been quashed by family obligation and civic duty. On Christmas Eve, an angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performance begins at 2:30 p.m. 400 S. Jefferson St. $14-$30; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. 432-2042 or pensacolalittletheatre.com.
12.14 CHUMUCKLA REDNECK CHRISTMAS PARADE 1 p.m. Over 250 floats are said to participate in this increasingly popular event. Parade rolls for 1.5 miles from the cotton gin on Chumuckla Springs/Gin Road to Chumuckla Highway at Salter Road. Search the parade name on eventful.com for more details.
12.14 CHRISTMAS PARADE DASH 5 p.m. Just before the Downtown Christmas Parade rolls, runners (and walkers) of all ages have a chance to race along the one mile parade route in the Christmas Parade Dash to Plaza Ferdinand. Adult registration is $10; middle school age children and younger are $5. 255-1610 or pensacolarunners.com.
12.14 DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA CHRISTMAS PARADE 5:15 p.m. Cox presents the annual Pensacola Christmas Parade, featuring high school marching bands from throughout Escambia County and the Gulf Coast. Hundreds participate in this festive tradition. Parade route begins at Spring and Garden streets. coxpensacolachristmasparade.org.
12.15 “CANDLES & CAROLS” CHRISTMAS CANTATA 6 p.m. The Beach Church, Via de Luna & Avenida 18. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.
12.15 UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER PUB CRAWL 1:30 p.m. Pub crawl to seven stops on the beach, beginning at Paddy O’Leary’s. Be sure to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.
12.20 –12.21 HOLIDAYS IN THE PARK 4 –7 p.m. Big Lagoon State Park gets in the holiday spirit during this annual event, featuring light displays and kids’ activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be welcoming kids to take pictures, and may have early Christmas gifts for those who’ve been nice this year. 12301 Gulf Beach Hwy. Free admission; park fees are waived for the event. 492-1595 or floridastateparks.org/biglagoon.
12.20 BIG SCREEN ON THE BLACKWATER: “ELF” 6 p.m. Presented by the City of Milton and area Tom Thumb stores, “Elf” will be the third and final film in a three-week holiday movie series shown on a 25-foot inflatable screen alongside the Blackwater River. Be sure to pack a lawn chair and, if it’s too cold to sit outside, a radio to tune into the soundtrack from the comfort of your car. S. Willing St., Milton. 983-5466 or miltonlocal.com.
12.20-12.22 BALLET PENSACOLA’S NUTCRACKER 7 p.m. Ballet Pensacola promises audiences will be enthralled during this annual Pensacola holiday tradition as the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky accompanies the story of Clara and her dream of the Nutcracker Prince. Performances will be held nightly at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 22. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. $20-$32. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.
12.23 SAENGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 6:30 p.m. See director Frank Capra’s film classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed on the big screen. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. $5. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.
12.24 POT ROAST & PINOT CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS EVE 4 –10 p.m. Pot Roast & Pinot’s exclusive three course holiday menu will be offered on Christmas Eve. The pre-fixe menu is priced at $35 per adult and $14 per child ages 6 to 10. Reservations are strongly recommended. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastpinot.com.
12.31 PENSACOLA SYMPHONY: CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR! 7 p.m. Ring in the new year with an exciting mix of popular and jazz hits with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Peter Rubardt, conductor, and Chris Vadala, saxophone. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. $22 -$84. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.
12.31 PENSACOLA PELICAN DROP 5:30 p.m. With the Pelican Drop party growing each year, there is no reason to sit at home on New Year’s Eve. Family festivities begin early in the evening, followed by the Raising of the Pelican at 8 p.m. and musical performances by Antoine Knight, Blend & DJ, Mojeaux, Big Jim Brown and the Speed Kings, Dew Pendleton & UR Friends, and Timberhawk. It all culminates with the lit pelican descending to mark the start of the New Year at midnight. pensacolapelicandrop.com
12.31 NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON THE BEACH 8 p.m. and midnight. Two fireworks displays on the beach, the first at Portofino Boardwalk and the last at Gulf Pier at midnight. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.
1.1 POLAR BEAR PLUNGE 2 p.m. Take an icy plunge into the Santa Rosa Sound; be rewarded with a bowl of black-eyed peas. Entry fee benefits the chamber. Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via de Luna Dr. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.