Pensacola sure doesn’t see a lot of snow, and we have been known to wrap palm trees in strings of colored lights, but that doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate a good cup of hot chocolate, holiday cheer, and celebrating the winter season. Experience all that Pensacola has to offer this holiday season below.

Events that Sparkle

Come for the beach, stay for the sparkle. Pensacola is home to some of the most magical moments of the holiday season. From half a million lights at the month-long First City Lights Festival to grinch trolley tours and boat parades, it’s likely you’ll feel like you stopped at the North Pole without the winter chill. Scroll below to explore this season’s events.  

Shop Small for a Big Return

Never has shopping had the opportunity to give you so much. Now more than ever it’s important to support local business. Pensacola is home to a multitude of locally-owned shops and boutiques. With the addition of the holiday season, markets can be found happening almost every weekend. Explore your options below.

Holiday Drinks, Sweet Treats, and Eats

We know visions of sugar plums and eggnog are what come to mind, but we’re a tad more creative than that in America’s First Settlement. From pop-up Christmas bars to festive desserts and special dine-in menus, Pensacola is sure for flavors that pack a punch.

Polar Bear Plunge

It’s crisp, it’s cool, so don’t be a fool! While plunging into the Gulf of Mexico might not be first on your to-do list, it definitely shouldn’t be last. Welcome the new year at one of the official plunges, like the one at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, or DIY from now until then.

Search for Santa

We know the big guy in red can be spotted making his rounds around town. From Cordova Mall to corners of downtown and everything in between, our favorite Christmas character is always up for a photo op. Be sure to snap one and share it and tag @visitpensacola for a chance to be featured on our channels!


Holiday Fireworks

Send off the season with a bang at one of several holiday fireworks displays. From downtown Pensacola to Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key, there are options throughout the area that are sure to dazzle.

Cash in on the Cheer! Enter to win $1,000 in prizes from Visit Pensacola

It’s both joyful and triumphant! We’ve rounded up some incredible prizes (including a two-night stay at Margaritaville Beach Hotel) to make your holiday endeavors that much more festive. We’ve compiled all of the holly-jolly holiday to-do’s in Pensacola, all you have to do is take part, snap a photo, and check-in to the Experience Pensacola App when you visit. Each new check-in = 1 entry, no limits!  To learn more and download the app, click here.



Have a favorite Pensacola holiday event or tradition? Share it with us below!