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A Guide to local entertainment in the Navarre Area
Tree Lighting & Trees for Troops
Join NAS Whiting Field in the Atrium for Christmas carols with the Blue Anchor Belles 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. 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. A fundraising bake sale will also be in the parlor. Contact Margie at 850-324-2905 for questions.
ECWR Grand Opening
The community is invited to Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge’s grand opening at 9 a.m. Flag raising ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m. There will have educational booths, craft tables and tours of the education facility located at 3051 Clopton’s Circle in Navarre. For more information, visit facebook.com/emeraldcoastwildliferefuge.
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 children, Merry Market, festival of wreaths, tree lighting, Mrs. Claus’ bakery, pictures with Santa and the Navarre Community 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 begins 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. After 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 80s Holiday Parade starting at 10 a.m. on Shoreline 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, children’s 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. 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. Children 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. 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 children 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, 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.
Community holiday event
Head over to Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park, 200 S. 10th Ave., for a celebration of the holidays. Wreaths Across America will lay wreaths at the Wall South at 9 a.m.; Toys for Tots will be collecting gifts to share with children in the community from 2 – 5 p.m.; The Pensacola Opera Carolers will provide some beautiful music from 3:30 – 5 p.m.; Santa will arrive on a fire truck and will be on hand for pictures beginning at 4 p.m.; The Christmas tree will be lit at 4:45 p.m.; and there will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, pastries and cookies for everyone to enjoy.
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