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Local Pulse’s Weekend Top 10

Photo: Cox Christmas Parade

The Christmas Countdown continues with fun events all season long! This weekend the fun continues all over Pensacola from Winterfest to Gallery Night, shopping and sales, and foodie fun for everyone!!


Let’s dive in and see what’s shakin’!

RALLY’S TWO-DAY SHOPPING SPREE Friday, December 8 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. and Saturday, December 9, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at various locations: This two-day Shopping Soirée will feature an elevated pop-up shopping experience on Friday at the SCI Building, located at 220 West Garden Street in downtown Pensacola. This public event will feature some of the best local vendors and brick-and-mortar stores who are generously donating a percentage of sales to support the mission of Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Enjoy complimentary champagne, brunch bites and sweets, a live DJ, gift wrapping, and more. The first 125 guests receive a free swag bag and souvenir champagne flute. More details on Saturday’s shopping and dining partners here.

CHRISTMAS ZOOBILEE The Gulf Breeze Zoo invites you to join us for the 5th Annual Christmas ZOObilee on December 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Christmas ZOObilee includes winter-themed bounce stations, live music and entertainment, and a Candy Cane Market full of gifts, sights, smells, and tastes of the season, including unique gifts from local artists and delicious holiday treats. Fun for the entire family, Christmas ZOObilee wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the jolly man in a red suit. ZOOBilee

UGLY SWEATER PARTY Friday, December 8 at 8 p.m. at The Pointe in Gulf Breeze ‘Tis the season for festive shenanigans and nothing is more festive than a hideous bell-frocked sweater of your cat with a Christmas tree on its head. The great news is that you’ll have more than one occasion to wear this horrid garment, with National Ugly Sweater Day on December 15. The Pointe Party Deets

BIKE PENSACOLA’S HOLIDAYSLOW RIDE Saturday, December 9 at 10 a.m. The most popular bike ride in town rolls again as part of our celebration of the Gonzalez St. Shareway. We’ll start and finish at Cordova Square across from the old Sacred Heart Hospital in East Hill. Pensacola Arts Market will be set up onsite with lots of local, handmade items–great for holiday gifts. Wear your holiday regalia and make it a fun time! https://www.bikepensacola.org/

NORTHWEST FLORIDA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY Saturday, December 9 at 12 p.m.Special guests from Francis M Weston Audubon, Florida Audubon, Sandspur Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Sunset Wildlife Connection, Roy Hyatt Environmental Center, Escambia County Sea Grant, Florida State Parks, Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Possum and Palmetto and more! Food by Porksacola!

There will be live birds of prey guests, kids activities and lots of fun. Don’t come empty-handed! View the list of great present ideas here.

LIGHTED BOAT PARADE KID’S PRE-PARTY Saturday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at Shaggy’s. Jingle all the way to Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach on the evening of the 2023 Lighted Boat Parade! On December 9 from 4 – 6 pm, come take pictures with Santa and enjoy some delicious cookies while decorating ornaments. Shaggy’s Pre-Party Details 

PENSACOLA BEACH LIGHTED BOAT PARADE Saturday, December 9 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. This unique parade begins in Big Sabine and wraps under the Pensacola Beach bridge to end behind the shell on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. Watch decorated boats glide through the water, reflecting the merriest display! Santa will be at the boardwalk immediately following the parade. *This parade was rescheduled from last weekend due to inclement weather. https://www.pensacolabeachchamber.com/lighted-boat-parade/
PENSACOLA CHRISTMAS PARADE Saturday, December 9 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. along a route through downtown Pensacola. You will not want to miss this event that draws over 50,000 people each year, including nearly 100 entries, and eight bands from Escambia County, Santa Rosa County, and New Orleans. The parade also features the nationally renowned Blue Angels flight team and a host of organizations from around the region. For the parade route and details, click here: http://www.coxpensacolachristmasparade.org/
DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA Four amazing events within walking distance. WOLFGANG’S SANTA PAWS Sunday, December 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Perfect Plain. ODD COLONY MARKET 11-4. A VINTAGE CHRISTMAS MARKET from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Pensacola Opera. For more details, check out Wolfgang’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/wolfgangparkandbrews

HOLIDAY SING-ALONG Sunday, December 10 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at The Rex Theatre. Presented by the Choral Society of Pensacola. Join us to sing your favorite songs of the season, enjoy holiday treats, and visit with Santa. (Be sure to bring your phone for a selfie with the jolly old elf!) Our hour of family-friendly music-making will also include brief performances by our Treble Ensemble, other members of the Choral Society, and special guests from Gulf Coast Chorale — and, as you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the a cappella quartet Impromptune.

Admission is free, although we hope you’ll bring non-perishable food items for Manna Pantries. Sing-Along Details

Bringing LIVE Poker to the Dog House! ♦️Put on your best poker face and join in the fun on Wednesday nights only.

Registration is FREE and games begin at 6:30 PM. ✨

Open Monday – Saturday, hours vary. Follow @__thedoghouse__ for specials, hours, and more!