Santa’s Island. I think so. Pensacola Beach is located on Santa Rosa Island. A visit during December has a sparkle all its own. White sands blanket the shores where it’s still warm enough to stroll, skip or search for shells. Innkeepers have special holiday rates. The beach’s Chamber of Commerce hosts the Season Your Holidays with Island Spirit promotion. It kicks off with a lighted boat parade Saturday, December 5. It’s an eclectic collection of vessels that fills Little Sabine Bay at 6:30 p.m. Glittering with lights and powered by holiday spirit, they bob along through the channel into Santa Rosa Sound on a route to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. The lead boat delivers Santa to his Beachside workshop. Fireworks light up the sky in a spectacular show. Santa makes another appearance on Sunday, during the Surfing Santa Beach parade which wends its way along the island’s main drag, Via de Luna about 2 p.m. After all, the island’s first name is Santa. Lots to do if you’re naughty or nice. See all the events in the Pensacola Bay Area here.

By Shelley Johnson