Where to find your Christmas spirit in Pensacola

The Pensacola Christmas Parade presented by Cox makes its way down Palafox Pl. in Pensacola, Fla., Saturday, December 13, 2014. (Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today)

The Pensacola Christmas Parade presented by Cox makes its way down Palafox Pl. in Pensacola, Fla., Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Photo courtesy of Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

We may not get a white Christmas in Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the Christmas spirit by attending these winter events in the area.

University of West Florida’s “A Christmas Carol”

Where: UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82)

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13

Why you should go: UWF theater students are planning on raising Christmas spirits with their rendition of the classic story of “A Christmas Carol.” Students with a valid Nautilus Card can attend for free (but tickets are required; get yours at the Commons).
Winter Public Skate Sessions

Where: Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St.

When: Dec. 18, 21-23, and 26-30 – Times vary. To stay updated with public skate times, visit the Pensacola Bay Center website.

Why you should go: Because Florida stays pretty warm throughout the year, residents do not get to experience the snow and ice that comes along with a traditional winter. So the Pensacola Bay Center provides us with a little taste of the cold with their public skate sessions.

Pensacola Saenger Theater performances

What’s showing:

  • The Pensacola Children’s Chorus’s “Christmas on the Coast” is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13
  • The Pensacola Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20
  • Nebraska Theatre Caravan will perform “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21

Where: The Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox Place. For tickets for any of these performances, visit the website here.

Why you should go: These classic Christmas tales of hope, joy and family are sure to make your heart grow three sizes this season.

Pensacola Winterfest

Where: Downtown Pensacola

When: Dec. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. The first performance starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday nights, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday nights. A new performance begins every 15 minutes until 8:45 p.m.

Why you should go: Downtown Pensacola will be transformed into “Christmas Town,” beginning with hot chocolate and having your name called out to be on the Polar Express and then taking you through a Christmas journey. Winterfest will attempt to transport you into your childhood Christmas dream. To get tickets, go to their website here.

 

Zoo Lights

Where: The Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway

When: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 27 (except Christmas Day)

How much: Admission for all ages is $10.

Why you should go: Not only would you be supporting our local zoo by attending this event, but you would get the pleasure of seeing animal themed Christmas lights — and who doesn’t love those? For more information, visit the website.

 

Pensacola Christmas Parade

Where: Downtown Pensacola

When: 5:15 p.m. Dec. 12

Why you should go: Lights, Christmas music, marching bands, the Blue Angels flight team, Christmas-themed parade floats, and a dancing Santa are all things you will see if you attend this annual parade. For more information and a route map, visit the website here.