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Local Pulse’s Weekend Top 10

Ballet Pensacola's The Nutcracker this weekend!

You may think it doesn’t feel like Christmas, but just remember somewhere Santa’s sleigh is waiting on an elf to salt the roads. Lucky for us, the palm trees are a swayin’ and the only white stuff is piled high on the shore.


The following 10 things will put you in the Christmas spirit with no snow needed. What will you cross off your Weekend Top 10 to-dos?

BALLET PENSACOLA’S THE NUTCRACKER at the Saenger Theatre this Friday, December 15 – Sunday, December 17. Friday at 7:00 pm; Saturday at 1:30 pm and 7 pm; Sunday at 1:30 pm. Celebrate the timeless story and tradition of The Nutcracker, the Mouse King, The Sugar Plum Fairy, and all the cast of Christmas characters. This is a wonderful way to introduce the theater to children (of all ages!). Tickets are still available at the link here: Nutcracker Tickets

TOYLAND AT THE MESS HALL Thursday, December 14 with more dates and hours listed in the link below. Don’t wait for a store-bought toy – make your own! Throughout December the featured activities will be toys that you make yourself. Experiment with the designs to get just the right actions then take it home to share. Included with regular admission. https://pensacolamesshall.org/

GULF BREEZE LIGHT DISPLAYS Ongoing through Christmas – If you’re looking for a drive to see homes with light displays, the Gulf Breeze Chamber now has an interactive map for locating homes. Homeowners must register their homes to be listed to compete for Gulf Breeze’s Griswald Award.

For listings, click here: Gulf Breeze Griswald Contestants.

GALLERY NIGHT MIRACLE ON PALAFOX STREET Friday, December 15 at 5 pm Join us once again to get into the festive spirit in Downtown Pensacola for Gallery Night “Miracle on Palafox Street,” presented by Publix!

Bring the whole family from 5-9 pm for 60+ artist vendors, live music, performers, restaurants, food trucks, shopping, gift-wrapping and so much more!
Stay tuned for announcements about performers, artists, and more! Make sure to visit gallerynightpensacola.org for more information.

SANTA STORYTIME AT BODACIOUS Saturday, December 16 at 11 am – Santa Claus is coming to town… and STORYTIME on December 16 from 11 am-1 pm. Mark your calendars and come meet the man himself for kids’ storytime and photos with Santa at Bodacious Bookstore!

PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT PENSACOLA BEACH BOARDWALK Saturday, December 16 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Take FREE photos with Santa right here on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk! Bring your camera and pile all the kids in our shiny red sleigh for a fantastic photo opp! Additional times listed here: Boardwalk Photos with Santa
4TH ANNUAL EAST HILL ALL-VEHICLE SLEIGH RIDE Help spread holiday joy throughout the streets of East Hill with the 4th Annual All Vehicle East Hill Sleigh Ride! Decorate your golf cart, car, trailered boat, wagon, trailers, dog leashes, and bikes for a fun nighttime holiday processional through the neighborhood. All are welcome, BUT your vehicle must be lit and able to go at least 5 mph. This event is not a parade, but rather a processional of fun. While there is no fee to participate, all are asked to consider a donation to the Gulf Coast Kids House. Details here: Sleigh Ride Info
A WHITE TIE CHRISTMAS Saturday, December 16th, 2023, The White Tie Rock Ensemble’s Christmas concert featuring the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Kick off the holiday season with a family-friendly holiday tribute concert featuring the music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Springsteen, McCartney, The Eagles, and other holiday classics at the Pensacola Bay Center in Downtown Pensacola.
HOLIDAY MARKET IN THE GARDEN Sunday, December 17 from 11 am – 3 pm at Lily Hall with Brunch available at Brother Fox. Stop by Pensacola’s delightful Lily Hall Hotel for a holiday market featuring products from local small businesses. For Directions to Lily Hall, click here: Holiday Market in the Garden
WISTERIA CHRISTMAS MARKET Sunday, December 17 from 11 am – 4 pm at Wisteria Tavern. This holiday market allows Pensacola locals to discover unique gifts, support hometown small businesses, and grab last-minute treasures. Live music out back from the Dead Flowers. Also, bring your puppy pals along for the annual Santa Paws event hosted by Wolfgang. Pictures with your four-legged family and Santa are what make Christmas bright!
Details on reserving a photo timeslot here: Santa Paws photos
Each weekend, the Top 10 is brought to you by our friends at The Dog House.
If you’re out and about this weekend, don’t forget you can always grab a pre-drink at The Dog House bar and get apps or dinner there, too, from their Dog House After Dark menu. And mark this new activity on the calendar: Poker Night!

Friendly faces of the LIVE Stax Poker Night happening at the Dog House!

The Dog House is open for dinner, drinks, & LIVE poker games on Wednesday nights. Games start at 6:30 PM and registration is free!

You are welcome to come watch, play, or sit down and eat!

30 S Palafox Street, Pensacola FL

The Dog House Poker Night