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Local Pulse’s Weekend Top 10 – New Year’s Edition

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Every week, we bring you the weekend’s top ten events with our partners at The Dog House. This list covers the spectrum of type, audience, affordability, and purpose. But the most important function of the Weekend Top 10 list is to help make weekend planning effortless. We do our homework and only recommend events that we would do.


We answer the question, “What should we do this weekend?” and this weekend is no different because we have answers! And our answers have solutions for every social threshold from staying home to being cozy to dressing to the nines.

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE CINEMA The Boys in the Boat is getting stellar reviews everywhere I turn, except critically. I’ll take word-of-mouth reviews (96% verified audience rating) over technical reviews anyway. My brother shares that it is one of the best sports movies he’s seen in a very long time. Rotten Tomatoes said it was too traditional to leave much of an impact, but I’ll take my chances and see it regardless of criticism.

Wish, Migration, and Wonka are three great PG options. The Color Purple is on my list of must-see movies, garnering high critical and audience ratings. All are playing at the AMC Theater on Bayou, with tickets available here: https://www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/pensacola-mobile/amc-bayou-15

NOON YEAR’S EVE AT LAGUNA’S Saturday, December 30 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ring in the New Year early with this family-friendly event with fun adventures at the park, a DJ, a beach ball drop, and a celebratory family toast. Don’t miss the noon-year countdown as we say goodbye to 2023 and welcome the new year! Check the website for a timeline of events: https://www.facebook.com/LagunasBeachBar

PHASES OF FUNK NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION AT ODD COLONY Sunday, December 31 from 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. FREE ADMISSION with beer releases, OG Lola’s Food Truck, DJ Hale Dance Party, and complimentary saison and champagne pours at midnight. Follow Odd Colony on social for more: https://www.facebook.com/oddcolony

BOUJ YEAR’S EVE AT PERFECT PLAIN Sunday, December 31 from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. $149-$199 ticket prices include unlimited libations, late-night tacos, a one-night-only menu and much more. Visit the site for specific details: Perfect Plain Bouj Year’s Eve

CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR WITH THE SYMPHONY on Sunday, December 31 at 7 p.m. at the Saenger Theatre. Performing with infectious joy, wry playfulness, and robust musicality, pianist, and vocalist Tony DeSare returns to ring in the new year with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. This year, the Gulf Coast tradition will feature the music of the piano men, from Elton John to Ray Charles and Billy Joel, along with a special performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” A handful of resale tickets may still be available at Ticketmaster here.

MAKE A WEEKEND OF IT AT LILY HALL Although the New Year’s Eve dinner at Brother Fox is sold out, there is still availability at Lily Hall (at the time of writing) and guests can enjoy the New Year’s Soiree Under the Stars Garden Party on-site. You do not have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the festivities. For details visit the Lily Hall Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lilyhallpensacola

GREAT GATSBY NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY AT THE DISTRICT December 31st from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM for an unforgettable night filled with glamour, live music, and the spirit of The Great Gatsby. Check the social media pages here for specifics and tickets: Gatsby Party

NEW YEAR’S EVE BASH AT THE POINTE in GULF BREEZE All Inclusive NYE Party Includes light hors d’oeuvres, party favors, a guest DJ, dancing, a midnight countdown & champagne toast.

Only general admission tickets remain, so visit the site and get tickets now! The Pointe NYE

NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS ON PENSACOLA BEACH Sunday, December 31 at midnight. Keep your eyes focused on the Pensacola Beach skies this New Year’s Eve for a free firework display along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. At Midnight, a dazzling light display, sponsored by Escambia County, will take place overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE Monday, January 1, 2024, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Paradise Beach Bar & Grill. Plunge (safely) into the Santa Rosa Sound at the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Hundreds of dippers and spectators – many dressed in costume – flock to the beach to participate in this long-established tradition.

Registration begins at noon and the fee is $15 cash per person – participants will receive a Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt or a $10 registration donation to participate without the t-shirt and $5 Cub Club for ages fifth grade and under (no shirt). For more on the Polar Bear Plunge, click here.

Thank you to one of our favorite places in Pensacola – The Dog House – for sponsoring this list week after week.

Don’t forget to stop into The Dog House during the New Year to try your hand at High Stax Poker, meet friends for a signature cocktail, or surprise your taste buds with The Dog House After Dark elevated menu. Closeout 2023 with us at The Dog House! The Dog House will be closed for New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Stop in for football, delicious food, and signature cocktails this Saturday!