Ring in the New Year in Downtown Pensacola

Contact: Laura Lee, director of communication, Pensacola Bay Area CVB,
(850) 434-1234; (800) 874-1234, llee@visitpensacola.com, or
Lindsay Pieler, public relations manager, EW Bullock Associates,
(850) 438-4015, lindsay@ewbullock.com
Raad Cawthon, public relations manager, EW Bullock Associates,
(850) 438-4015, raad@ewbullock.com

Ring in the New Year in Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola, Fla. –  Nov. 23, 2010 – The Pensacola Bay Area offers the perfect combination for New Year's Eve family fun: sugar-white beaches, a lively street party, brilliant fireworks and a half-ton, illuminated pelican that drops 100 feet at midnight.

Family-friendly fun abounds New Year's Eve at the Pensacola Pelican Drop,™ featuring a full slate of entertainment from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. in historic downtown. Live bands perform on three stages. Children enjoy their own countdown, pelican drop and bubble stomp at 8 p.m. Plus, dozens of downtown shops, art galleries, local restaurants and other vendors will be open for business. The evening ends as the giant pelican drops at midnight followed by a fireworks show in the skies above downtown.

New Year's Eve Deals


  • Victorian Bed & Breakfast – Enjoy the company of friendly owners and the quaint décor of a Victorian mansion, all within walking distance of the festivities. Rates start at $85. (850) 434-2818, www.pensacolavictorian.com
  • Residence Inn by Marriott – Stay in the heart of downtown Pensacola near the waterfront for a rate of $119. (850) 432-0202
  • Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel – Stay inside a restored 1912 L&N railroad station, while just a short cab ride or walk away from the festivities. Rates start at $139 with specials in the bar. (850) 433-3336, www.pensacolagrandhotel.com
  • Sole Inn and Suites – Stay right on Palafox Street within walking distance of the Pelican Drop. Rates start at $150. (850) 470-9298, www.soleinnandsuites.com

Pensacola Bay Area

  • Paradise Inn – Enjoy a casual weekend directly on Santa Rosa Sound in Pensacola Beach. Rates start at $79. (850) 932-2319, www.paradiseinn-pb.com
  • Comfort Inn Davis Highway – Stay near downtown Pensacola convenient to 1-10 for just $69 per night. (850) 484-8070
  • Hilton Garden Inn – Just a short drive from the downtown festivities, this new property is offering a rate of $119.  (850) 479-8900, www.hiltongardeninnpensacola.com
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott – Stay right on Pensacola Beach with a great view of the fireworks. Rates start at $129. (850) 932-6000, www.springhillsuitespensacolabeach.com
  • JME Vacations – Stay in a condo or beach house right on Pensacola Beach with a view of the fireworks. When you stay two nights, you get the third night free over New Year's. (866) 317-8491, www.jmevacations.com
  • Perdido Realty – Get a 15 to 25 percent discount on a condo in Perdido Key over New Year's. (800) 717-SAND, www.perdidokey.com

The Pelican Drop is produced by the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) of the City of Pensacola, which guides redevelopment efforts in downtown Pensacola. Additional event information is available at www.pensacolapelicandrop.com.

For more information about the Pensacola Bay Area or to request a Visitor Guide, call Visit Pensacola at (800) 874-1234 or (850) 434-1234 or go online to www.VisitPensacola.com.