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Local Pulse’s Weekend Top 10

Don't miss the mustache and beard competition at The Handlebar! Details Below! Photo: Gustavo Fring.

With just four days until Christmas Day, there are a few more shopping days and time to squeeze in some great activities!


I usually don’t do this, but now and then an event stands out to me that is unlike any other event that has evented before…this week it’s DecemBEARD. Not only does this raise money for a great cause (The Campfire Fund for Men’s Mental Health), it’s simply a GREAT event…it’s a BEARD contest. Trees aren’t the only thing that occasionally need trim-ming…get it?

DecemBEARD Untangle your tinsel (and your beard) this Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Handlebar for the mustache and beard competition, then at 9 p.m. ramp up the party by rocking out to Metal, Punk, Rock, and Alternative vibrations. Natural Mustache, Styled Mustache, Partial Beard, Full Beard Under 6”, Full Beard Over 6, and the Whiskerina. For more information on the contest and event, click here: Mustache & Beard Competition.

PALAFOX MARKET Thursday, December 21 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Plaza Ferdinand. Due to rain, one of the Holiday Market dates was canceled in November. But you can make up for lost time with this bonus Palafox Market Holiday Edition, and gain one more chance to shop under the holiday lights with more than 70 local artists, makers, bakers, and creators! This special holiday event will be held at Plaza Ferdinand at the corner of Government and Palafox.

Live music will add to the festivities, and streetlights, holiday lights decorating the trees, and lighting provided by the vendors will illuminate the market site during the dark evening hours.
WINTERFEST Ongoing through 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24. Even if you don’t have tickets for the tours or Santa, the preshows are each night at 5 p.m. with a cast of fun holiday characters. The atmosphere is festive and fun. There are still tickets for tours and photos here: Winterfest Tickets

EAST HILL ALL-VEHICLE SLEIGH RIDE Friday, December 22; Line-up starts at 4:15 pm at the Bayview Community Center parking lot. The processional starts at 5:30 pm. 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. For more information, check out this event listing!

PHOTOS WITH SANTA Saturday, December 23 at the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, starting at noon. 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!

HANDLEBAR X SAUCE BOSS CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday, December 23 from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at The Handlebar! Get in that last-minute shopping! They will have some incredible local vendors including Garden Street Vintage, Obsolete Heat, ItsaCookie, Emerald Coast IV Drips, Joe Hobbs Glass, and MORE! Mark your calendars for a fun-filled Holiday Market and some awesome food!! More details here: Handlebar Market

UGLY SWEATER CHRISTMAS PARTY Saturday, December 23 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. at Coastal County Brewing Company. It’s the tackiest of the tacky 4th Annual Ugly Sweater Party at Coastal County Brewing Company! Break out the tinsel, pom poms, lights, and fringe to ugly up CCBC! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/coastalcounty

LIGHTED BIKE RIDE IN NAVY POINT Saturday, December 23. Neighbors and friends will gather to go on a bike tour of this cute West Pensacola neighborhood. The ride will begin at roughly 5:15-5:30, with a gathering at Navy Point Triangle Park.

ICE FLYERS PEANUTS NIGHT Saturday, December 23 at 7 p.m. Whether you’re a die-hard Peanuts fan or just looking for a fun night out with the family, Peanuts Night is not to be missed! With a specialty jersey featuring the characters of the beloved comic strip, Santa Claus, and other holiday-themed experiences, there is fun to be had for the entire family! Tickets here: iceflyers.com/tickets/single-game-tickets/

CHRISTMAS AT THE SAENGER THEATRE Sunday, December 24. All are invited to a Christmas Eve service given by Pastor Tim and Momentum Church. There are two services to choose from at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/MomentumONL

That’s it for Christmas Week 2023!

Thank you once again to The Dog House for bringing this fun list week after week. We put this list together to simplify decision-making when it comes to weekend planning.

From the Dog House family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Spend the holidays with The Dog House as you close out your shopping this week. Palafox is lined with last minutes finds and the best places to eat!

The Dog House is open Thursdays – Saturday, 8 AM – 9 PM. Closed on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day!