Thousands will Watch Downtown Light Up for the Holidays on Nov. 23

Posted: Oct 3, 2018 6:10 PMUpdated: Nov 9, 2018 9:57 PM
This Black Friday, Downtown Pensacola's annual holiday lighting ceremony will launch the First City Lights Festival, a diverse, season-long lineup of downtown holiday events including Ballet Pensacola’s “The Nutcracker," a “Little Spruce” makers market, Christmas lights tours with Go Retro and much more! 
 
Crowds will gather in downtown Pensacola at around 5pm, immediately following the Winterfest Elf Parade, when the grumpy Grinch will attempt to prevent Augustus Maywho, the mythical mayor of Whoville, from flipping the switch to light up downtown and launch the holiday season. The Winterfest Elf Parade features characters from the Peanuts Gang, the Island of Misfit Toys and other Christmas classics, and will make its way from the T.T. Wentworth Museum to the steps of the Artel Gallery, where visitors will enjoy performances from the cast of Christmas characters, snow, “reindeer” games, food and more. Winterfest’s popular Performance Tours take visitors on a 60-minute trolley ride through downtown's historic streets, stopping along the way for live street performances featuring carolers, meticulously detailed sets and a full cast of Christmas characters. 
 
All along the tree-lined streets of downtown, visitors will experience music, shopping, food, art and nightlife under a canopy of half a million white lights illuminating historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and outdoor spaces. Visitors can navigate the eclectic downtown Pensacola district, voted “Florida’s Greatest Place," on foot or by Segway(R),  horse and carriage, pedi-cab or a Winterfest trolley. Wandering along Palafox throughout the holidays, you may chance upon live street performances, caroling in the streets, Santa posing for photos and Winterfest Trolley Tours.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Laura Bogan Photography