Christmas is expensive. The presents, the food, the fun, everywhere you turn someone wants you to spend more money. Well your Christmas fun doesn’t have to be expensive. Why? Because we live in an area full of FREE Christmas Events that the whole family will love. So get out, make some memories and save some money at the same time with these FREE Christmas Events in Pensacola and the surrounding area.
FREE Christmas Light Shows In Pensacola
First City Lights Festival
Now through January 13th Downtown Pensacola becomes alive with hundreds of twinkling lights.
OWA Light Show
Every night in December at 7,8, and 9pm in Downtown OWA, see a mesmerizing light show on the 36ft tall Christmas Tree.
Holiday Fountain Shows
Dancing light show choreographed to holiday music everyday through December in Downtown OWA at 7:30 and 8:30pm.
Pensacola Neighborhood Light Displays
- 221 Crow Rd.
- 4819 Randee Cir from 6-9pm
- 3281 Whistler Dr.
- 3340 Pennifield Dr.
- 583 Tampico Blvd.
Free Christmas Concerts In PEnsacola
The Gulf Breeze High School Band will hold their annual Christmas concert on December 6th from 6:30-8:30pm Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church on Fairpoint Drive
BTWHS BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT
The Booker T. Washington High School Band will be holding its annual Christmas concert on December 6th from 7-10pm at the high school. Admission is free but you are asked to bring a donation of non-perishable foods, cash, or local grocery gift cards for Caring Hearts Meal Mission, a local charity that provides warm meals to Pensacola homeless people.
THE BALDWIN POPS
The Baldwin Pops will be hosting two holiday concerts with Santa as their special guest on Monday, December 10th at the Foley Civic Center. FREE
FPMS Band Holiday Concert
The Ferry Pass Middle School’s Holiday Concert will be on December 13th from 6:30-8pm in the gymnasium.
Christmas Cheer with Kate
Christmas performance by Kate Engelmeyer Musch at The Drowsy Poet (86 Brent Ln, Pensacola) on December 15th from 7-9pm.
Tis the Season to Sing Along
Sing your favorite carols at the Rex Theatre Pensacola (18 N. Palafox St, Pensacola) on December 16th from 5-6pm. Presented by the Pensacola Choral Society’s Women’s Ensemble with special guest from the Pensacola Homeschool Choir and Pensacappella. The concert is free, however, if you can please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.
The Sounds of Christmas
Pine Terrace Baptist Church’s annual Christmas concert on December 16th from 6-7:30pm at the church (6212 Pine Blossom Rd., Milton). Childcare available for children 5 and under.
Sanctuary Choir Christmas Concert
Classical Christmas favorites performed with a full orchestra on December 16th from 7:30-9pm at First UMC of Pensacola (6 E. Wright St, Pensacola).
The Pensacola Homeschool band will hold it’s Christmas concert on December 17th at 6:30 pm with a reception following the concert at McIlwain Presbyterian Church (1220 E. Blount St., Pensacola).
Caroling with the Blue Anchor Belles
The Blue Anchor Belles will be holding two Christmas Concerts filled with your favorite songs of the season.
- December 20th from 6-7pm in the Cordova Mall Foot Court
- December 22nd from 11am-12pm at the Naval Aviation Museum.
Free Santa Events In Pensacola
SANTA VISITS JTS
Head downtown to Jewelers Trade Shop for a visit with Santa and some hot cocoa on the following dates:
- December 7th, 14th and 21st from 4-7pm
- December 8th, 15th and 22nd from 3-5pm
VISIT SANTA DOWNTOWN AT WINTERFEST
Santa will be in downtown Pensacola for pictures every night of the Performance Tour, every weekend day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every afternoon before the Christmas Week tours. Visiting Santa is always free! If you provide your email address, you will get a free photo from your visit that’s suitable for sharing online with your friends and family. In order to help Santa spend more time downtown each year, you are asked t0 not take personal photos or videos. More Information
There will also be a Santa Send Off celebration On December 24th.
Santa will be in front of Fairhope History Museum in Downtown Fairhope, AL on December 8th from 10:30am-NOON for a visit and pictures (bring your own camera). FREE
Santa drops on the beach behind Flora-Bama on December 8th from 11am-2pm. There will be arts and crafts, sweet treats, Christmas music and a visit with Santa. Parents can bring a can good or an unwrapped new toy and receive a free drink. FREE.
BILLY CLAUS AND THE LULU BELLES
Billy Claus, Santa’s warm weather-loving brother who lives in the Caribbean, will be at Lulu’s Gulf Shores on December 8th at 1pm. Kids can have their picture taken with Billy and the Lulu Belles, listen to a story and make some arts and crafts. FREE.
SANTA AT THE WEST FLORIDA LIBRARY
Santa will be visiting the West Florida Libraries in December to read a story and hear your Christmas wishes.
- Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. – Molino Branch Library
- Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. – Pensacola Library
- Thursday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – Tryon Branch Library
- Thursday, Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m. – Century Branch Library
- Tuesday, Dec. 18, 10:30 a.m. – Southwest Branch Library
- Thursday, Dec. 20, 6 p.m. – Southwest Branch Library
Saturday with Santa
Storytime, snacks and a gift from Santa at the Milton Library (5541 Alabama St., Milton FL from 10-11:30am on December 15th.
Selfies with Santa
Free selfie and treats from Santa at Rouses Markets Orange Beach on December 15th from 10am-NOON.
Santa at T&W Flea Markets
Santa will be at the flea market (1717 N. T St, Pensacola) on December 15th and 16th from 10am-2pm. Bring your own camera to get picture with Santa.
Christmas Parades In Pensacola
Daphne Christmas Parade
Join the fun at the Daphne annual Christmas Parade that will roll on the Main St. Route starting at the Daphne Civic Center/Recreation Center/Library Complex at 6:30pm on December 7th.
FAIRHOPE’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS PARADE
With 60 parade units and Santa Claus, Fairhope’s Magical Christmas Parade starts at 7:00 pm at the intersection of Morphy and Section Street, and continues down Section to Oak Street on December 7th.
FOLEY CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Foley Christmas Parade runs through downtown Foley, AL starting at 10am on December 8th.
Pace Christmas Parade
The Pace Christmas Parade starts at Pace High School on December 8th at 11am.
COX PENSACOLA CHRISTMAS PARADE
The annual Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade starts at 5;15pm and rolls through Downtown Pensacola with floats, bands and of course Santa on December 8th.
Milton Christmas Parade
The Milton Christmas Parade starts at Guy Thompson Community Center on December 15th at 6pm. Route – South on Stewart St to Elva St.
Free Christmas Events In Pensacola
Christmas In Candyland
Now through the end of December in Downtown Andalusia (505 E. Three Notch St., Andalusia, AL). Play cottages for kids to explore, train rides, light shows, snow and more. Everything is free except ice skating and slides which are $5 for skate rentals and $5 for 5 slides.
FOLEY CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
Visit Santa, sing Christmas carols, and sip hot chocolate at Christmas in the Park at Heritage Park in Foley, AL (125 E Laurel Avenue Foley AL) from 6-8pm on December 7th.
SNOW IN FOLEY
After the Christmas Parade head over to Heritage Park for snow, crafts, live music, storytime with Mrs. Claus and more from 11am-3pm on December 8th.
Create holiday ornaments with the family at the Molino Branch Library (6450-A Highway 95A) at 11am on December 8th.
LOTIONS AND POTIONS
Make soothing bath products like sugar scrubs and bath soak for gifts at the Pensacola Library (239 N. Spring St.) at 2pm on December 8th.
ESCAMBIA COUNTY HOLIDAY YOUTH EXTRAVAGANZA
Children and families are invited to a night of fun featuring singing, dancing, giveaways and more from 6-8pm at the Brownsville Community Center on December 8th.
Salvation Army Christmas Program
Music, refreshments, a visit from Santa and fun on December 10th at 6:30pm at Homestead Village of Pensacola (7830 Pine Forest Rd, Pensacola).
DAPHNE’S SNOW AND MOVIE NIGHT
Play in real snow, visit with Santa and enjoy a movie on December 14th from 4-8pm at W.O. Lott Playground (2039 Main St. Daphne, AL).
Christmas For Kids
Kids day out with Christmas crafts, games, storytime, music and fun for ages 4-11. December 15th from 9:30am-NOON. Register
Hot Chocolate Drive Through
Get free hot chocolate from 10am-NOON on December 15th at West Pensacola Baptist Church (5213 W. Jackson St., Pensacola).
Elf Parade and Party
Dress up in your elf costumes and head to downtown Jay for the Elf Parade. The parade starts at 5pm on December 15th and will go through downtown Jay, the hospital and the Terrace Retirement Home. After the parade there will be costumes for best elf, cookies and hot chocolate and the movie Elf at 6:40 at Opie’s Kool Stop Cafe and Coffee Shop (5252 Commerce St, Jay).
December Gallery Night
Holiday Fun in Downtown Pensacola during this month’s gallery night from 5-11pm on December 18th.
Snow, sledding, santa and fun at the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail behind the Orange Beach Sportsplex on December 19th from 4-8pm.
Christmas at the Waterfront
Storytime, crafts, Santa and more for ages 12 and under on December 22nd from 12-4pm at the Pensacola Thrift Store Pound Room.
Living Nativities In PEnsacola
Journey through the sights and sounds of the birth stories of Jesus with music and live animals from 5-7pm at Trinity Presbyterian Church ( 545 S. Mobile St., Fairhope, AL) on December 9th.
Drive Through Nativity
Drive through scenes from the nativity with live animals on December 13th-15th from 6-9pm at Navarre First Assembly of God (9494 Navarre Pkwy.) There will also be hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, pony rides, a petting zoo and a bounce house.
Live music, refreshments and a living nativity on December 15th from 5-8pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church (6305 N. Blue Angel Pkwy, Pensacola)
Free Christmas Movies IN Pensacola
Big Screen on the Blackwater
Holiday movies all month long in Milton.
- December 7th – Elf at the Imogene Theater (6866 Caroline St, Milton).
- December 14th – Polar Express on one of the rail cars in Downtown Milton
- December 21st – It’s a Wonderful Life at Jernigan’s Landing
HOLIDAY MOVIE NIGHT
Enjoy kids games, fun and more before the movie and then watch The Grinch (2000) from 5-8:30pm at Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation (800 Shoreline Dr., Gulf Breeze) on December 8th.
Popcorn and the Movie
Watch Christmas Vacation and enjoy popcorn, Christmas cookies, and hot chocolate t the Gulf Shores Cultural Center Auditorium on December 12th from 6:30-8:30. Register
Community Christmas Movie Night
Watch The Star and enjoy free popcorn and drinks at Ensley Church of the Nazarene (8300 N. Palafox, Pensacola) on December 16th from 6-8pm.
Movie Under the Stars
Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas at From the Ground up Community Garden (501 Haynes St.,Pensacola) on December 19th at 5:15 and 7:30. Get Tickets
Christmas Movie Madness
Watch Nightmare Before Christmas at the Navarre Library (8484 James Harvell Rd, Navarre) on December 21st from 2:30-4:30pm.
Did we miss a FREE Christmas events in Pensacola? Let us know in the comments!