Community Calendar Events


Friday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 24
“Santa’s Photo Party”
Meet Santa and his elves at Santa Plaza in front of the Escambia County Government Building.
Games, hot chocolate and photos
Fridays 5-9pm; Saturdays 11am-9pm; Sundays 11am-8pm

Friday, Dec. 1
“Caravan Arts & Crafts Show”
More than 40 vendors offering handcrafted gifts and decorations
9am-4pm both days
Free admission
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Vendor list at

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2
Winter Arts and Crafts Fair
Shop for holiday gifts and decorations
12n-7pm Friday; 9am-2:30pm Saturday
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Milton

Saturday, Dec. 2
Handel’s Mesiah
Performed by the Pensacola Choral Society with soloists from Pensacola Opera Artists in Residence
Saenger Theater

Saturday, Dec. 2
Santa’s Puppy Party
Escambia County Animal Shelter will have pets ready for adoption
Escambia County Government Building Place
Escambia County Animal Shelter @

Saturday, Dec. 2
Merry Marketplace Retail & Business Expo
Shop for unique and personalized gifts, learn more about area organizations and businesses
Presented by Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce
Free Admission with donation of one non-perishable food item
Versailles Event Center @ 1504 W. Intendencia

Saturday, Dec. 2
Lighted Boat Parade & Fireworks
View from Little Sabine at 6:30; from Quietwater Beach at 7pm
Santa’s Fireworks at 8pm Soundside
Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce

Friday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 10
“Christmas on the Coast”
Pensacola Children’s Chorus

Saturday, Dec. 9 (through May 12)
Walking Cemetery Tour
Friends of St. John’s Cemetery Foundation guides a walking tour through Pensacola’s largest and oldest historic cemetery.
$12 adults

Friday, Dec. 15          
Gallery Night
“Christmas Theme”

Friday, Dec. 15  (continues through December 30)
“Zoo Lights” at Gulf Breeze Zoo
5-9pm nightly through December 30
Special holiday events at the zoo throughout the holidays

Saturday, Dec. 16
Ballet Pensacola presents “The Nutcracker”
Saenger Theater
All seats reserved starting at $25.  

Saturday, Dec. 16
“All Night Yahtzee”, FSU’s acapella choir performs at “Zoo Lights”
Two performances
6 & 7:30pm
Gulf Breeze Zoo 

Saturday, Dec. 16
Navarre Rotary Club Chili event at “Zoo Lights”
Enjoy a cup of homemade chili for just $5
Gulf Breeze Zoo

Sunday, Dec. 17
Pictures with Santa at the Gulf Breeze Zoo during “Zoo Lights”
Also Thursday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 23
Gulf Breeze Zoo

Monday, Dec. 18  (through Dec. 23)
Winterfest Grinch Mini Tour
Reindeer games, snow machines and snowball battles along with gourmet cocoa and snacks
Downtown Pensacola at “Plaza Wonderland”
Free admission

Thursday, Dec. 21
White Tie Rock Ensemble covers a Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute
Tickets start at $28
Saenger Theater

Friday, Dec. 22 – Dec.24
Santa’s Photo Party continues Friday through Sunday downtown
Escambia County Government Building
Games, hot chocolate and pictures with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 23
Pictures with Santa during “Zoo Lights”
Gulf Breeze Zoo

Sunday, Dec. 31
Celebrate the New Year
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra
Guest Artist vocalist Dee Daniels
Music of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughn and more

Sunday, Dec. 31
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Sponsored by Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce
8pm at Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach
Free; bring the kids and blankets

Monday, Jan. 1
“Polar Bear Plunge”
Paradise Bar & Grill at Pensacola Beach
Registraton starts at noon, plunge happens at 2pm.

Monday, Jan. 1
“Polar Bear Dip” + black-eyed peas
Flora-Bama at Perdido Key

Friday, Jan. 5
Mardi Gras Kick-Off
Celebrate with all of the Krewes
Downtown Pensacola

Saturday, Jan. 6
“Black Jacket Symphony”
Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes
Classic interpretation of the greatest hits of Tom Petty.
Reserved tickets $35 and up
Saenger Theater