Free Christmas Events In Pensacola

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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.

Mom and Daughter Having Fun at a Pensacola Christmas event

FREE Christmas Light Shows In Pensacola

Pensacola Night of Lights

Lights, Frosty, Santa, games, a concert by Mac Powel and the Family Reunion and more to kick off the season at Kia Autosports of Pensacola on November 24, 2019 from 6-8 pm.

First City Lights Festival

November 29, 2019 through January 15, 2020 Downtown Pensacola becomes alive with hundreds of twinkling lights. Tree lighting is on November 29, 2019 at 5 pm.

Tree Lighting Ceramony

December 2, 2019 from 5-6:30 pm at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital. Along with the tree lighting, enjoy sounds of the season and refreshments.

Light Up Milton

Lighting of the tree, parades, movies, snow, fireworks, Santa and more in Downtown Milton on December 6, 2019 from 5-9 pm.

Festival of the Trees

Christmas trees, refreshments and holiday entertainment along with a silent auction at Hadji Shrine on December 12 and 13 from 6-9 pm.

Holiday Lights

Walk through the beautiful lights and hear the native owls at the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida on December 22, 23, 27 and 28 from 4:30-7 pm.

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

Community Bands of the Panhandle Christmas Concert

Christmas concert featuring community orchestras and bands throughout the Panhandle on December 2, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Sanders Beach – Corinne Jones Resource Center. Non perishable food for the Manna Food Pantries will be collected and seating is first come first served.

The Sounds of Christmas

Pine Terrace Baptist Church’s annual Christmas concert on December 8, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm at the church (6212 Pine Blossom Rd., Milton). Childcare available for children 5 and under.

Christmas at First

First Baptist Church of Milton’s annual Christmas concert on December 8, 2019 from 6-8 pm.

Christmas Concert

The Pensacola Homeschool band will hold it’s Christmas concert on December 9, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the UWF Fine and Performing Arts Hall.

Holiday Sing Along

Sing your favorite carols at the Rex Theatre Pensacola (18 N. Palafox St, Pensacola)  on December 15, 2019 from 5-6 pm. Presented by the Pensacola Choral Society’s Women’s Ensemble with special guest Pensacola Bay Harmonizers. The concert is free, however, if you can please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

Free Santa Events In Pensacola

Visit Santa in Downtown Pensacola at Winterfest

Santa will be in Downtown Pensacola for pictures starting November 15, 2019 and then every night of the Performance Tour, every weekend day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and every afternoon before the Christmas Week tours.

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Visiting Santa is always free! In order to help Santa spend more time downtown each year, you are asked t0 not take personal photos or videos. Photo Packages are available for $25.

There will also be a Santa Send Off celebration On December 24th.

SANTA VISITS JTS

Head downtown to Jewelers Trade Shop for a visit with Santa and some hot cocoa on the following dates:

  • December 13 and 20, 2019 from 4-7pm
  • December 21, 2019 from 4-5:30

There will also be a Santa Send Off celebration On December 24th.

Pictures with Santa

Free Santa pictures for kids and furkids at Harley Davidson of Pensacola on November 30, 2019 from 11 am – 3 pm. Lunch will be available for purchase from Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ and they will have free kids drinks and adult beverages.

Christmas In the Park and The Navarre Community Christmas Parade

Mark your calendars because on December 7, 2019 the fun starts at 10 am and the parade at 1 pm at Navarre Park.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck during the parade and will be available for pictures throughout the afternoon.  End the day with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 pm.

Breakfast with Santa at Library Church Gulf Breeze Campus

All you can eat pancakes (gluten free options available), hot chocolate, movies, fun and of course Santa Pictures at Library Church Gulf Breeze Campus on December 7, 2019 from 8-11 am. FREE

Breakfast with Santa at Navarre United Methodist Church 

Pictures with Santa, storytime, hot chocolate and a pancake breakfast at Navarre United Methodist on December 7 and 8, 2019 from 8-10 am. 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.

  • Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 pm – Century Branch Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 pm – Pensacola Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 10:30 am – Southwest Branch Library
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6 pm – Molino Branch Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 19, 10:30 am – Tryon Branch Library
  • Thursday, Dec. 19, 6 pm – Southwest Branch Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 pm – Pensacola Library

Santa Day at Perfect Plain Brewing Company

Free Santa photos on December 14, 2019 from 3-6 pm at Perfect Plain Brewing Company

Christmas Parades In Pensacola

Elf Parade 2019

November 24, 2019 at 4 pm. Starts and ends on Government and Palafox Streets. After the parade there will be the Downtown Pensacola tree lighting and fireworks.

Christmas In the Park and The Navarre Community Christmas Parade

Mark your calendars because on December 7, 2019 the fun starts at 10 am and the parade at 1 pm at Navarre Park.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive via fire truck during the parade and will be available for pictures throughout the afternoon.  End the day with a tree lighting ceremony at 5 pm.

Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade

December 7, 2019 at 10am starting on Shoreline drive behind Gulf Breeze High School.

Jay Annual Christmas Parade

December 7, 2019 at 10 am through Downtown Jay.

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Jay Elf Parade

Dress up in your elf costumes and head to downtown Jay for the Elf Parade. The parade starts at 3 pm on December 7, 2019 and will go through downtown Jay, the hospital and the Terrace Retirement Home. Before the parade at 2 pm there will be readings of the Grinch and after the parade there will be a costume contest for best elf at Opie’s Kool Stop Cafe and Coffee Shop (5252 Commerce St, Jay).

Milton Christmas Parade

The Milton Christmas Parade starts at Guy Thompson Community Center on December 7, 2019 at 6 pm. Route – South on Stewart St to Elva St.

Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade

Sails from the Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk on Quietwater Beach on December 7, 2019 from 6:30 – 8pm. Santa will be available for pictures after the parade.

Surfing Santa Beach Parade

December 8, 2019 from 2-3 pm. Starts at Avenida 10 and ends at Casino Beach.

Pace Christmas Parade

The Pace Christmas Parade starts at Pace High School on December 14, 2019 at 10 am.

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 14, 2019

Free Christmas Events In Pensacola

Cookies with Santa Storytime

Story and activities based on the book Cookies with Santa at Barnes and Noble on November 30, 2019 from 11 am – NOON.

Kids STEAM – Holiday Cards

Kid can make 3D cards and gift tags at the West Florida Libraries

  • December 3, 2019 at 4 pm at the Tryon Branch Library and at 6 pm at the Century Branch Library
  • December 7, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Southwest Branch Library
  • December 10, 2019 at 6 pm at the Molino Branch Library

Polar Express Pajama Storytime

Story and activities based on The Polar Express on December 6, 2019 from 7-8 pm.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Storytime

Story and activities based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas on December 7, 2019 from 11 am – NOON.

Pensacola Lighthouse Gala

Cookies, cocoa, holiday music, games, Santa and more on December 7, 2019 from 3-7:30 pm at the Pensacola Lighthouse on NAS Pensacola.

Holiday Ornament Party

Create holiday ornaments with the family at the Molino Branch Library (6450-A Highway 95A) at 10:30 am on December 8, 2019

Christmas Open House

Holiday treats, cottage tours, entertainment and more on December 13, 2019 from 5:30-7:30 pm at FBCH and One More Child (1000 Chemstrand Rd, Cantonment). Donations for the children will be accepted – non perishable food items, PJs, socks, paper goods, person hygine items, and unwrapped toys are neeeded.

Escambia County Youth Holiday Extravaganza

Children and families are invited to a night of fun featuring singing, dancing, giveaways and more from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Brownsville Community Center on December 13, 2019 

Merry Christmas Princess Party

Holiday fun with Elsa, Anna, Cinderella and Tiana at Wild Honey Frozen Yogurt on December 15, 2019 from 12-4 pm.

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December Gallery Night

Holiday Fun in Downtown Pensacola during this month’s gallery night from 5-11 pm on December 20, 2019

Christmas Storytime

Story and activities based on Construction Site on Christmas Night on December 21, 2019 from 11 am – NOON.

Christmas By the Bay

December 23, 2019 from 5-8 pm. Family friendly activities and hot cocoa starting at 5 pm with a candlelight Christmas service at 6:30 pm.

Living Nativities In Pensacola

A Night in Bethleham

Interactive Christmas experience where you can see, touch, feel and smell what life was like when Jesus was born at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Pensacola on Decmber 6, 2019 from 6-8 pm.

An Evening In Bethleham

Recreation of the town of Bethlehem with 15 stops as you experience the nativity story at Gonzalez United Methodist Church in Cantonment on December 6 and 7, 2019 from 6-8 pm.

Pensacola Bethleham Experience

December 12 and 13, 2019 from 6-8:30 pm at Smyrna Baptist Church in Pensacola. Live animals, photo booth, food and more as you get a taste of Bethleham 2000 years ago.

A Rode to Bethleham

Interactive presentation of the Chrsitmas Story at Woodbrine Baprist Church in Pace on December 13, 14 and 15 from 6-8:30 pm.

Drive Through Nativity

Drive through scenes from the nativity with live animals on December 12, 13, and 14, 2019 from 6-8:30 pm 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.

Bethleham Live

Walk through the candlelit streets of Bethleham at Hickory Hammock Baptist Church in Milton on December 21, 2019 from 6-8 pm. Live animals artist demonstrations and refreshments.

Free Christmas Movies In Pensacola

Grinch in the Garden

Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas at From the Ground up Community Garden (501 Haynes St.,Pensacola) on November 30, 2019 from 11 am – 2pm.

Movies On the Field

Enjoy kids games, fun and more before the movie and then watch A Christmas Story from 5-10 pm at Gulf Breeze Parks and Recreation (800 Shoreline Dr., Gulf Breeze) on December 7, 2019 

Flicks on the Field

Watch The Grinch on December 7, 2019 from 5-8 pm at the Pensacola Greyhound Track.

Family Movie Night

Popcorn, cookies and The Grinch on December 13, 2019 from 6-8 pm at Christ Church Parish Pensacola.

Community Christmas Movie Night

Watch a Christmas movie and enjoy free popcorn and drinks at Ensley Church of the Nazarene (8300 N. Palafox, Pensacola) on December 14, 2019 from 6-8 pm.

Christmas Family Movie

Watch a Christmas movie at the Navarre Library (8484 James Harvell Rd, Navarre) on Decembe 16, 2019 from 3:30-5:30 pm.

Family Movie Night at Tryon Branch Library

Watch The Polar Express at the Tryon Branch Library at 4pm on December 17, 2019.

Did we miss a FREE Christmas events in Pensacola? Let us know in the comments! 

For more FREE Christmas events along the Gulf Coast check out Free Christmas Events in Eastern Shore and Free Christmas Events in New Orleans.

About the Author

Cara
Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

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