- Last year, 107.3 million people traveled for the holidays.
- Three of the top year-end holiday destinations are in Florida.
- Holiday shoppers plan to spend an average of about $1,000 this year.
As the holiday season rushes toward us, many people in Pensacola may be looking for activities to do this winter. Some may even be looking for new experiences to enjoy with loved ones, instead of buying gifts this year. Studies show that if you’re looking for family experiences instead of gifts, you’re doing the holiday season right.
While there are endless possibilities across the country for fun experiences this winter, there’s plenty to do right here in your figurative backyard! Here are 5 things to do in Pensacola this season. We’ve also included maps from these events to our offices so you know exactly where to reach our Pensacola personal injury lawyers if you need to.
1. Winterfest Elf Parade
November 23, 2018
223 S Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502
Ready to kick off the holiday season? The Elf Parade is an annual tradition in Downtown Pensacola on Black Friday that features a brass band, Santa and other characters, and even a Christmas song battle!
The parade starts at 4:45 p.m. is only 6 blocks and 20 minutes long, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your evening — but don’t go too far, or you may miss the First City Lights Festival! If you want to join in the parade or take part in the costume contest, be sure to show up no later than 3:30 p.m.
2. First City Lights Festival
November 23, 2018 – January 31, 2019
Downtown Pensacola, Pensacola, FL 32502
What’s Black Friday without some holiday shopping? Immediately following the Elf Parade is the First City Lights Festival in Downtown Pensacola. There will be live performances, food, art and, of course, shopping!
You can travel under 400,000 lights by Segway, pedi-cab, horse and carriage, Winterfest trolley, or just on foot. Be sure to come out and support local businesses on Black Friday!
3. Polar Express Pajama Party
November 24 – December 23, 2018
National Naval Aviation Museum, 1878 S Blue Angel Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32508
The holidays are a time to remember what this season is really about, and to find the true spirit of Christmas. That’s exactly what you and your children can do at the National Naval Aviation Museum ever Saturday and Sunday at the Polar Express Pajama Party.
Come decked out in your favorite PJs (or at least make sure your children are!) and enjoy this classic Christmas movie from 2004, based on the timeless book by the same name. Tickets are $7 and include hot chocolate and cookie. Be sure to get there early; the movie starts at 3 pm!
4. Cookie Festival
December 1, 2018
223 Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502
Of all the holiday traditions, perhaps one of the most treasured is enjoying Grandma’s cookies. The Cookie Festival magnifies that tradition by allowing bakers from all over Pensacola to show off their best baked goods!
Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The cost of admission covers cookie-tasting and the opportunity to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice award. There will be plenty of cookies to go around, and a panel of judges will pick the best bakers in different categories.
5. Surfing Santa Beach Parade
December 2, 2018
Via de Luna and Avenida 10, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
The summer isn’t the only time Santa hits the beach. Be sure to come down to Pensacola Beach to see the Surfing Santa Beach Parade! The route starts at Avenida 10, then travels down Via de Luna toward Casino Beach. Finally, it ends at Gulfside Pavilion, where kids can meet Santa!
The parade starts at 2 p.m., and the Santa meet and greet ends at 3 p.m. Admission is free, but you can participate in the parade. If you’d like to be part of the Surfing Santa Beach Parade, make sure you register with the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce by Tuesday, November 28 at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $50.
From Our Pensacola Personal Injury Attorneys to You: Have a Safe and Fun Holiday Season!
These are only a few of the many holiday traditions and activities in Pensacola this year. Be sure to check out the city events calendar for a full list of activities!
We hope you have a safe, fun holiday season. But if you are injured, we’re here to help. Our Pensacola personal injury lawyers are ready to take your call, no matter when you get injured. Give us a call or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation today!