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First City Lights Festival Lighting Ceremony

November 11, 2018
  • Location: Downtown Pensacola
  • S. Palafox Place Pensacola
  • Pensacola, FL 32502
  • (850) 434-5371 phone
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Are you ready to light up downtown Pensacola? Join us and Winterfest on the day after Thanksgiving immediately following the Elf Parade! The Grinch will try and prevent the Mayor of Whoville from flipping the switch to turn on the lights.

Around 5:00 p.m., the grumpy Grinch will attempt to prevent Augustus Maywho, the mythical mayor of Whoville, from flipping the switch to light up downtown and officially launch the holiday season. The First City Lights will stretch from Garden Street to Main Street on Palafox!

The holiday lighting ceremony will launch the First City Lights Festival, a diverse, season-long lineup of downtown holiday events as traditional as “The Nutcracker” and as contemporary as Pop-Up Opera. Wandering along Palafox throughout the holidays, you may chance upon live street performances, caroling in the streets, Santa posing for photos and Winterfest Trolley Tours.--