It’s that time of year once again. The coming weeks will see Navarre light up with holiday cheer and festivities the whole family can enjoy while creating holiday memories to last a lifetime. From our Navarre Press family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Lighting & Trees for Troops
Join NAS Whiting Field in the Atrium for Christmas carols with the Blue Anchor Belles, holiday beverages for purchase and squadron ornament hanging. The fun starts at 3 p.m., the ornament ceremony at 4:30 p.m. and the tree lighting at 5 p.m. To register for a tree from Trees for Troops, call the MWR Ticket and Travel office at 850-665-6250.
Light Up Milton
Enjoy the festive lights of Historic Downtown Milton along with caroling, carriage rides, Christmas market, the Pyrates Lighted Boat Parade and ending the night with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.sracf.org/light-up-milton.
Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland
The 1 SOFSS is excited to invite all DoD ID holders and their guests to Tree Lighting & Winter Wonderland at the historical Memorial Air Park on Hurlburt Field AFB from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Join them for an evening of family-friendly fun celebrating the holidays. Admission is free to everyone with base access and their guests. For more information, call 850-884-4252.
The Jingle Market will be at the downstairs parlor of the historic Imogene Theatre in Milton from 4-9 p.m. Stop by to find unique Christmas gift ideas from local artisans & craftsmen selling their original creations. A fundraising bake sale will also be in the parlor. Contact Margie at 850-324-2905 for questions.
Christmas in the Park & Parade
Join the Navarre Chamber for a full day of Christmas fun. Events include the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk, reindeer games for kids, Merry Market, festival of wreaths, tree lighting, Mrs. Claus’ bakery, pictures with Santa and the Navarre Annual Christmas Parade. For more information, call 850-939-3267 or visit www.navarrechamber.com.
Join the Pensacola Lighthouse for their annual Christmas gala from 3-7:30 p.m. There will be holiday fun for the whole family, Pensacola’s tallest Christmas light display, music and more. For additional details, visit pensacolalighthouse.org.
Milton Christmas parade
The parade beings at 6 p.m. at the Milton Community Center on Byrum Street and ends on Elva & Stewart Streets. For more information, visit srcchamber.com.
Films on the Field
Family fun night begins at Shoreline Park, 800 Shoreline Dr. Gulf Breeze, at 5 p.m. with games, prizes, jingle bell cake walk, sleigh rides, slides, bounce houses, elves and a visit from Santa. “A Christmas Story” will start at 7 p.m. Visit facebook.com/gbparksnrec for more information.
Lighted Boat Parade
The Lighted Boat Parade will set sail at 6:30 p.m. from Sabine Marina making its way to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. Directly following the boat parade, Santa will be at the Quietwater Shell to greet children. A dazzling firework display begins around 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.pensacolabeachchamber.com.
Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade
Join the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber for a Totally Awesome 80’s Holiday Parade. The parade will start at 10 a.m. on Shoreline Drive and end at Fairpoint Drive. Attendees can line the grassy areas along Shoreline Drive and McLane unless the area has been otherwise marked. Call 850-932-7888 for more information.
A Downtown Holiday
Enjoy “A Downtown Holiday” from noon to 7 p.m. at the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park. There will be live entertainment, local vendors and restaurants, kids’ activities and much more. Tree Lighting Event starts at 5:30 p.m. Visit www.shop.downtownfwb.com for additional details.
Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
Come out and shop a variety of crafts and small local businesses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warrior Landing Community Center, 2950 Azalea Dr., on Eglin Air Force Base. Free admission, free parking, and free refreshments. This is a rain or shine event. Show your support for the local community and get lots of Holiday gift ideas. For more information, call 850-613-5050.
Surfing Santa Beach Parade
Thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach at 2 p.m. to see Santa Claus make his way down Via De Luna Drive. Kids will be able to meet and greet with Santa until 3 p.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Call Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce at 850-932-1500 for more info.
Christmas on the Coast
Christmas on the Coast is a well-loved holiday tradition on the Gulf Coast, featuring some familiar Pensacola Children’s Chorus classics as well as exciting new material. Show runs Dec. 13-15 at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre. Call 850-434-7760 or visit pensacolachildrenschorus.com for more information.
Holiday Pops Concert
Join Sinfonia at Village Baptist Church, 101 Matthew Blvd., Destin, from 7:30-10 p.m. for the most festive holiday concert along the Gulf Coast featuring singer/actor Matthew Morrison. Purchase tickets online at sinfoniagulfcoast.org or by calling the box office at 850-460-8800.
Christmas with the Krewe
Bring your kids out to visit Santa and his Elves at the Navarre Park from 5 to 8 p.m. The Navarre Krewe of Jesters will provide Christmas music, hot cocoa, punch and some delicious treats for all to enjoy. Each child will receive a Christmas stocking. For more details, visit nkoj.org.
Christmas ZOObilee features live music, performances, contests, food, artists, pictures with Santa and a Candy Cane Market Dec. 14, 15, 21 & 22. Admission includes the entire Gulf Breeze Zoo plus, artificial snow, winter-themed bounce stations and the family photo opportunities. For dates and times, call 850-932-2229 or visit www.gbzoo.com.
Pace Christmas Parade
This year’s parade will be at 10 a.m. Applications may be picked up at Firehouse#1 located at 4773 Pace Patriot Blvd. or downloaded online at pacefirerescuedistrict.com.
Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade
Pensacola Christmas Parade draws over 50,000 people to downtown Pensacola from
5:15-8:15 p.m. The parade has grown to over 110 entries, including more than 70
floats. It is televised live on WKRG-TV5 (CBS), pays tribute to the Navy’s Blue
Angels and hosts six local high school bands. For more information, visit
Ho-Ho Hustle 5K
The HoHo Hustle 5K and Kids Mile is fun for the whole family. This Christmas themed run starts and finishes at Running Wild in Pensacola with a post-race celebration that even Santa attends. Visit facebook.com/runpensacola for more information.
Yule of Yesteryear
Yesteryear at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will feature food and
crafts from local restaurants and artisans along with live music and more from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit
https://heritage-museum.org/special-events for additional details.
Visit with Santa
Celebrate the Holidays on the Destin Harbor with free kid’s crafts, a Letters to Santa station and a visit with St. Nick every Saturday & Sunday through Dec. 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. All of Santa’s guests will receive a special treat and a free 4×6 photo. For more information, visit www.emeraldgrande.com.
The Destin Harbor, 10 Harbor Blvd., will be dancing with holiday lights and cheer during the 33rd Annual Holiday on the Harbor Destin Boat Parade, starting at 6 p.m. The evening ends with a bang as fireworks light up the sky. For more information, visit www.emeraldgrande.com.
Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Children’s Fiesta
This is an everything is free, six-hour, Latin-flavored party focused on giving area children and their families an opportunity to have a great and enjoyable time together. From 1 to 2 p.m., families with kids with disabilities will be allowed and the general public comes in at 2 pm. Event is held at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. For more information, visit unitedforagoodcause.org.
Holiday movie night
Enjoy a night under the stars at HaborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd. “Elf” begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.emeraldgrande.com.
Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach for a day of fun snow-themed activities.
Between making snow slime, participating in snowball fights, and crafting
glitter snowflake or snowman ornaments, there’s tons of fun for everyone to
enjoy from 12 to 3 p.m. For more information, visit
New Year’s Eve Gala
Celebrate the New Year in “The Roaring 20s” fashion with the Pink Pirates at the Navarre Conference Center from 8 p.m.-midnight. The New Year’s Eve Gala includes a prime rib dinner, live music, dancing, raffles and a midnight champagne toast. For more information email Frankie Gibbs at email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/pinkpiratesnavarre.
NYE Fireworks Display
Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for a free firework display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. At Midnight a dazzling light display, provided by the beach chamber, will take place overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. For more information, go to visitpensacolabeach.com.
Parties on the Harbor
Ring in the New Year with five parties at HarborWalk Village beginning at 7 p.m. There will be fireworks at 8 p.m. and midnight. For more information, visit www.emeraldgrande.com.
Penguin Plunge ‘n Paddle
Celebrate the first day of the year “freezin’ for a reason” at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 850-939-1092 or visit www.juanaspagodas.com/PenguinPlunge.htm.
Polar Bear Plunge
Head to Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach at 2 p.m. and plunge headfirst into the Santa Rosa Sound at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. All proceeds go to support the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit facebook.com/pensacolabeachchamber.