The holidays are always so busy with the kids out of school, shopping to do, holiday meals to plan, traveling and entertaining guests, it can be easy to lose track of time and get stressed out. Make sure you also take some time for yourself and your friends and loved ones! If you’re looking for some fun activities and entertainment for the holidays, or you’d like to show off Pensacola to your out of town guests, take a look at all the exciting things going on around town during December. The list below includes tons of fun things to do in Pensacola like pajama parties for the kids, pub crawls for the adults, car racing at the Snowball Derby, several Christmas parades, lots of shopping options and much more! For more live music, plays and others things to do in Pensacola check out our December event calendar.
Polar Express Pajama Party – The Giant Screen Theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum will present the modern holiday classic at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday beginning Saturday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Dec. 18 with an additional showing on Friday, Dec. 23. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the magical journey to the North Pole to find the true spirit of Christmas.
Public Ice Skating at Pensacola Bay Center – Come out and bring your friends, family or a hot date and enjoy ice skating while you are entertained by music. Great experience for everyone! Each session is one hour with three skate sessions per day, several days this month.
2016 Snowball Derby – Racing at its finest at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola starting Wednesday, November 30th! Don’t miss Jeremy Pate in the #89 Michles & Booth car in this year’s Allen Turner Snowflake 100 on Saturday, December 3rd & the grand finale Snowball Derby on Sunday afternoon, December 4th!
Christmas Caravan – Get into the Christmas spirit while contributing to local charities. The 60th St. Christopher’s Christmas Caravan is Friday December 2nd. Activities include a tour of three seasonally decorated homes overlooking the bayou in the East Hill neighborhood, a bazaar with unique gifts and a bake sale.
Third Annual Christmas Scavenger Hunt – Hosted by Seville Quarter, “Rockabilly ‘Round the Christmas Tree” Attire Theme: Rockabilly, 1950’s, Pinup. This is a ladies, 21+ only event! Cost is $25 per person with the goal of a $1,000.00 donation to Gulf Coast Kids House. This year the Scavenger Hunt will be a two day event!
Blue Angel Christmas Classic – Eat Sleep Disc Presents Christmas Classic Pensacola, Florida on December 3rd. This golf even features 2 rounds of 18 holes. Sign Up: Saturday from 7:00-8:45 Players Meeting: 9:00am 1st Round Tee Off: 9:15am Lunch Break: Will be available at course 2nd Round Tee Off: 1 hour after last card turned in. This is a 2017 Southern Nationals Qualifier.
Breakfast with Santa at Crabs on the Beach – Santa has made his way to Pensacola Beach and wants to have Breakfast with you on December 3rd!! Bring the family and enjoy this occasion with us. We all know that his time is limited, so Breakfast will start at 10 am and Santa will be making his way back to his Sleigh at Noon.
Deck the Halls: A Holiday Lunch Event – In celebration of the holidays and back by popular demand, Jackson’s will be open for three special lunch events; “Deck the Halls,” on Saturday, December 3, Saturday December 10 and Saturday December 17 at Jackson’s Steakhouse. Jackson’s has once again teamed up with the Pensacola Opera to present a lunch filled with holiday cheer featuring costumed carolers strolling from table to table singing all of the traditional carols.
6th Annual Christmas Gala – Come out and celebrate at the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum with cookies, cocoa, and Santa! Our annual Christmas Gala is our way of saying “thank you” to the community who supports us every year, and as such is free to the public!
Santa Pub Crawl 2016 – It’s that time of year again when hundreds of Santas shall descend upon downtown Pensacola to enjoy good spirits and yule-tide cheer! The O’Riley’s Santa Pub Crawl is like no other event and we are expecting to top last year’s attendance! As always our main focus is gathering toys and being merry!! Hope to see everyone Saturday, December 3rd for our 4th Annual Santa Pub Crawl all dressed up as the jolly old gift-giver!! ho ho ho!!!
Lighted Boat Parade – Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk – Look for Santa on the lead boat! Following the Boat Parade friends and family can visit with Santa and enjoy the Fireworks.
Surfing Santa Beach Christmas Parade – Sunday, December 4th 2pm – Surfing Santa Beach Parade on Via de Luna to Casino Beach.
Joy for the Beach x 2! – Levin Rinke Realty & Mortgage Trust Inc. are so excited to Present: Joy For The Beach 2016 (times 2)! Joy for the Beach is a holiday concert that will be held on two nights and two venues this year!
Merry Marketplace – The Greater Pensacola Chamber is kicking off the holiday shopping season with the inaugural Merry Marketplace retail expo from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8 at the Pensacola Grand Hotel. This event will showcase the area’s boutiques, shops and organizations, and the public is invited to shop for unique and personalized gifts.
Rhonda Hart’s Barbie Party – Rhonda Hart’s 8th Annual Barbie’s for Charity Birthday Party Bash is December 8th at 8pm in the Flora-Bama Main Room. Come dressed as your favorite Barbie and bring an unwrapped Barbie or toy to be donated to Pirates of Lost Treasure’s Secret Santa Program, Toys for Tots, or Nemours Clinic at Sacred Heart! Recieve a free drink if you come in costume!
Palafox Market – Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods and art work are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola. The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
2nd Annual “Happy Home For The Holidays” Adoption and Bake Sale – Please join Anderson Subaru (Pensacola FL) and Friends Of The Escambia County Animal Shelter for their 2nd Annual “Happy Home For The Holidays” Adoption and Bake Sale Event on Saturday, December 10th from 10-2. There will be a variety of pets waiting patiently to go home with you and lots of sweet goodies for sale.
4th Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl – It’s the most wonderful time of the year to raid the thrift stores and your grandparents’ cedar chests and get your hands on the ugliest, most heinous sweaters that you can find. Once you’ve accomplished this, get yourself registered for the Kaboom Sports and Social Club Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl on December 10th!
Pensacola Christmas Parade – Come join the fun beginning at 5:15pm on Saturday December 10th. You will not want to miss this event that draws over 50,000 people each year, including nearly 90 entries, and eight bands from Escambia County, New Orleans and Mississippi. The parade also features the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team and a host of organizations from around the region.
Pensacola Gallery Night – Gallery Night takes “Arts to the Streets” and invites visitors to engage and connect with the unique culture of Pensacola. A private group of downtown community leaders representing the many disciplines of business arts and culture have come together to revive and return Gallery Night to the community on a monthly basis.
Winter Wonder Ride – Come on out on December 17th to the inaugural slow ride through the city! Join the team and pedal through Pensacola as we celebrate and raise money for kids to experience the joy a bike can provide.