Forget about the night before Christmas. In Pensacola, it’s all about the month (and some change) before Christmas. Pensacola Winterfest 2018 will be Nov. 16 through Dec. 24. During that time, downtown Pensacola will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa and his elves, performances, and even reindeer games.
Get the details on the best events and activities, and clear your calendar. This is one of the best Christmas festivals ever, and you’ll want to take it all in.
The Elf Parade
The Elf Parade is a Winterfest tradition. Each year, the parade kicks off the festival, and this year won’t be the exception. The parade will line up at the old Escambia County Courthouse at 4 p.m. on Nov. 23, and it’ll roll out at 4:30 p.m. This parade might only be four blocks long, but it’s crazy fun. There’ll be Christmas characters and kids marching through the streets for the parade. Plus, there’ll be music, and of course, the “tumbling snowflakes” will be there. Then, it’ll be followed by fireworks. Talk about starting Winterfest with a bang! And it’s all free!
Remember how Rudolph couldn’t join in any reindeer games? Well, you can, starting opening night and then on various dates during Winterfest. The Reindeer Games are free, and guess what? Rudolph gets to participate now. He’ll be there, along with the other reindeer. Plus, Santa will be at the games. There will be all kinds of wacky games, a Storytime Corner, and get this…
There’ll be snow. No, you didn’t misread the weather forecast. It’s really not coming to Pensacola, but there’ll be some fake snow here.
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Okay, the performance tours just might be the best part of Winterfest. There will be 17 tours in all, and each one takes an hour. Ticket prices vary depending on the date, but the most kids will pay is $19, and the most adults will pay is $25. You’ll board a trolley and take off through the downtown streets. The trolley will take you from one destination to the next, where actors will perform a scene. You don’t have to leave the trolley to watch the scene unfold. This is seriously really neat.
If your kids don’t want to go on a performance tour, you can also entice them with a mini-tour, where they can hop aboard the Polar Express, watch puppet shows, and more.
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