Looking for a unique, white winter wonderland this holiday season without the frigid temperatures? The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is offering a sugary-white sands holiday season on Pensacola Beach jam-packed with “island style” activities guaranteed to get even the worst Scrooges in the spirit.
The chamber’s 2021 “Season Your Holidays” festivities kick off with the Lighted Boat Parade.
Lighted Boat Parade – Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. – The Lighted Boat Parade will set sail at 6:30 p.m. from Sabine Marina and make its way around the Santa Rosa Sound to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk where it will dock.
Leading up to the boat launch, a kid’s party will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach.
Directly following the boat parade, Santa will make his way to the Quietwater Shell on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk to greet the children, then a dazzling firework display will take place over the Santa Rosa Sound by 8 p.m.
For those wanting to participate and compete in the Lighted Boat Parade, the deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 29, at noon. The entry fee is $35 per boat. Compete for bragging rights. A mandatory Captain’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Sandshaker Lounge and Package on Pensacola Beach for all boat parade participants. For more information, go to www.pensacolabeachchamber.com or call 850-932-1500.
Surfing Santa Beach Parade – Sunday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. – Thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach on Sunday to see Santa Claus close out the annual Surfing Santa Beach Parade.
Starting at 2 p.m. from Avenida 10, the parade will make its way down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and end at the Gulfside Pavilion, where kids will be able to meet and greet with Santa until 3 p.m.
For those wanting to participate in the Surfing Santa Beach Parade, the deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 30 at noon and the entry fee is $50.
New Year’s Eve Firework Display – Friday, Dec. 31, 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 the stroke of midnight, a dazzling light display, provided by the beach chamber, will take place overlooking the Santa Rosa Sound from the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk.
Polar Bear Plunge – Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at 2 p.m. – Need an exhilarating rush to help kick off your new year? Head to Pensacola Beach and plunge headfirst into the Santa Rosa Sound at the annual Polar Bear Plunge.
Hosted by Paradise Bar & Grill, 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 and 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. All proceeds go to the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Please be aware that all event times are subject to change based on weather conditions. For weather updates, check the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for the latest news.