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.
12.13-12.14 & 12.20-12.21 CHRISTMAS AT PENSACOLA LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. The Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum stays open late over the weekends leading up to Christmas. Visitors can climb the tower to view the holiday lights of the grounds, visit Santa Claus, and tour the Keeper’s Quarters, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. 2081 Radford Blvd. $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 and under, seniors ages 65 and over, and active duty military. 393-1561 or pensacolalighthouse.org.
12.13 & 12.18-12.22 WINTERFEST TROLLEY TOURS 5 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.
12.13 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.; and 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 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.
12.13-12.15 & 12.19-12.22 PENSACOLA LITTLE THEATRE PRESENTS IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE 7:30 p.m. 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 SANTA’S WORKSHOP AT BLUE MORNING GALLERY 11 a.m. –3 p.m. Santa and his elves will be present at the gallery to help kids with free arts and crafts and face painting. While working, kids can also treat themselves to refreshments. 21 S. Palafox. 429-9100 or bluemorninggallery.com.
12.14 & 12.19-12.21 WINTERFEST AT THE PMA 12 – 5 p.m. In partnership with Winterfest, The Pensacola Museum of Art will be transforming into a wonderland of model trains this holiday season geared toward children of all ages. 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 little ones. $5. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org.
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 across the Gulf Coast. Hundreds participate in this festive tradition. Parade route begins at Spring and Garden streets. coxpensacolachristmasparade.org.
12.15 “OUR KING HAS COME” CANTATA 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ty Lovette directs “Our King Has Come: The Joyful Sounds of Christmas” in which the Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church Choir will perform traditional and contemporary Christian Christmas songs. Admission is free to both performances. Holy Cross MCC, 3130 W. Fairfield Dr. 469-9090 or holycrossmcc.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.
12.15 “CANDLES & CAROLS” CHRISTMAS CANTATA 6 p.m. The Beach Church, Via de Luna & Avenida 18. 932-1500 or pensacolabeachchamber.com.
12.16-12.18 HOLIDAY CABARET AT PLT 7:30 p.m. The Holiday Cabaret at PLT features local performers singing a range of Christmas songs, from traditional carols to modern favorites. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Courtroom of the Pensacola Cultural Center. 400 S. Jefferson St. $10 General Admission; $17for café seating. 432-2042 or pensacolalittletheatre.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. The Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox. $20-$32. 595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.
12.21 KIDSNASIUM CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kidsnasium welcomes families to attend an open house, where kids can meet Santa Claus and Kazoo, the Blue Wahoos mascot, and play on the Kidsnasium equipment. Light refreshments and hot cocoa will also be on hand. Tailored for children ages 6 month to 10 years, Kidsnasium offers a range of classes aimed at fostering a love of fitness from a young age. Anyone registering for classes on the day of the Open House will have the registration fee waived, and will receive $10 off their first month’s tuition. 801 E. Gregory St. 206-1011 or kidsnasium.com.
12.21 DRIVE IN MOVIES AT COMMUNITY MARITIME PARK 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Hill-Kelly presents a free holiday Drive-In Movies double feature. “The Polar Express” will show at 4:30 p.m. and “Elf” will show at 8:30 p.m. Parking opens two hours before each film and concessions will be on the grounds, too, for those who forget to pack snacks. 436-5670 or pensacolacommunitymaritimepark.com.
12.23 TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY 10 p.m. Tickets for the earlier 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows of this popular event have already sold out, leaving only seats for the last performance available. WUWF presents an evening of music and song at Old Christ Church in Historic Pensacola Village. Dale Riegle, host of “Jazz with Dale Riegle” and “Big Bands and Jazz” chooses music for this annual evening of music, with The Perdido Brass and friends playing a mix of traditional and new holiday tunes. 405 S. Adams St. $12. Purchase tickets by phone at 800-239-9893. Visit wuwf.org for additional information.
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; $14 per child ages 6 to 10. Reservations are strongly recommended. 321 E. Cervantes St. 607-7336 or potroastpinot.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 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 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.