The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a special shopping event, Perdido Shop Hop, from Nov. 27 through Dec. 15. The Perdido Shop Hop highlights the best holiday shopping opportunities in Pensacola, Perdido Key, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
Shoppers may pick up a Shop Hop Passport to gather stamps from participating businesses. Each full passport will earn the shopper an entry into a grand prize drawing. Receipts of $25 purchases or greater from participating vendors also garner the holder a chance to win prizes.
Businesses that are participating in The Perdido Shop Hop include Artworks: Local Art and Gifts, Body Works of Perdido Key and Perdido Artist Gallery and Gifts, among many others.
In downtown Pensacola, Winterfest offers families unique opportunities to enjoy interactive outdoor entertainment based around holiday themes like the Polar Express, A Cajun Christmas, The Grinch and more. Winterfest 2021 events are set for Nov. 21, 26, 27, and 28; December 3, 4, 10, 17, 18, 19, 21,22, 23 and 24.
Each night’s programming will include the free Winterfest live performance at the plaza at the former County Courthouse on Palafox Street. Ticketed themed tram tours based on the various holiday themes leave periodically every evening. To purchase tickets to Winterfest, including photo time with Santa, click here.
Sponsored in part by a grant from Visit Pensacola, Winterfest has been highlighted in Coastal Living magazine, Southern Living magazine and Expedia. Florida Travel + Lifestyles named Winterfest the “Best Christmas celebration in the Sunshine State,” and the Southeastern Tourism Society put Winterfest on its coveted Top 20 list of festivals and events for the Southeast.
While you are visiting Downtown Pensacola, don’t forget about the outstanding local shops and boutiques. Not only do downtown shops like Don Alans and The Market and Mainly Shoes offer some of the most exclusive and trendy merch around, but one lucky downtown shopper will win a $1,000.00 Visa gift card to enjoy yet more of that that great holiday bounty.
The “All I Want” giveaway, sponsored by Pensacola’s Downtown Improvement Board, awards shoppers one chance to win the gift card for every $10 they spend. And that’s not just merchandise purchases, but also food and drink, as well.
All you have to do is upload your receipts All I Want. The contest winner will be announced on Christmas Eve.
If you happen to be in town on any of the following dates, you could head to Downtown Pensacola for some live Christmas spirit.
• Pensacola Symphony presents: “Home for the Holidays Featuring Ashley Brown,” on 28 November at the Saenger Theatre.
• StoryTyme with Grandma Jenkins, presented by University of West Florida Historic Trust, will have holiday themes on Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, at the Pensacola Children's Museum.
• K-LOVE Christmas, Dec. 4, at the Pensacola Bay Center.
• Pensacola Children’s Chorus presents, “Christmas on the Coast,” on Dec. 10-12, at the Saenger Theatre.
• “1940’s Radio Hour,” on Dec. 10-19, at the Pensacola Little Theatre
• White Tie Christmas, on Dec. 18, at the Pensacola Bay Center.
• Ballet Pensacola presents “The Nutcracker,” on Dec, 17-19 at the Saenger Theatre.
If you are interested in a glimmering Christmas tree light program that coordinates with holiday music, you can head to the nightly Holiday Tree Show in Downtown Owa, in Foley. The free show, set on Owa’s 36-foot tree, is scheduled for every night through Dec. 31.
In addition to the tree show, Owa has special holiday entertainment, a craft show, opportunities for brunch with Santa and more.
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