12.19 EMERALD CITY’S CHRISTMAS PARTY 2013 8 p.m. Emerald City is hosting its annual Christmas Party. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from 8 to 10 p.m., followed by a Christmas edition of the Jewels of the Emerald Coast show. EC asks that guests bring an unwrapped toy or gift for a child ages 2 to 17 for Children’s Medical Services at Sacred Heart Hospital. 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.com.
12.19-12.24 & 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.
12.20-12.21 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 view climb the tower to view the holiday lights of the grounds, visit Santa Claus, and tour the Keeper’s Quarters, which are decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas. 2081 Radford Blvd. $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under, seniors ages 65 and over, and active duty military. 393-1561 or pensacolalighthouse.org.
12.19-12.22 WINTERFEST TROLLEY TOURS 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. 19. 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.
12.19-12.21 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. Also featured will be the much-loved Brio and Thomas wooden train sets for the little ones. $5. Children 10 and under are admitted free. 407 S. Jefferson St. 432-6247 or pensacolamuseumofart.org.
12.19-12.22 PENSACOLA LITTLE THEATRE 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.
12.20 –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.
12.21 KIDNASIUM CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE 9 a.m.— 3 p.m. Kidnasium welcomes families to attend an open house, where kids can meet Santa Claus and Kazoo, the Blue Wahoos mascot, and play on the Kidnasium equipment. Light refreshments and hot cocoa will also be on hand. Tailored for children ages 6 month to 10 years, Kidnasium 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 kidnasium.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 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 AT JACKSON’S 7 and 9 p.m. seatings. Just down Palafox Street from the Pelican Drop, Jackson’s will offer a fixed-price three course meal with bottomless champagne for $125 a person in the President’s Room. The price include complimentary favors and valet services. Jackson’s will open at 5 p.m., and will also feature service from the fall/winter dinner menu all evening long. 400 S. Palafox. Call 469-9898 to make reservations.
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.
12.31 NEW YEARS EVE BLOWOUT AT EMERALD CITY 9 p.m. Free champagne and party favors are just as small part of the fun during Emerald City’s New Year’s Eve party, which will also feature a Top 13 of 2013 Countdown by DJ JAY-R and performances throughout the night by the Jewels of the Emerald Coast. A balloon drop at midnight with $500 in cash and prizes are just two more reasons to stop by EC’s NYE extravaganza. 406 E. Wright St. 433-9491 or emeraldcitypensacola.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.