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JINGLE JAZZ

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The Jazz Society of Pensacola and Paul Bruketa heads up the 15th edition of Jingle Jazz with an all star cast of musical talent once again on Monday, December 1.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm at Seville Quarter, 130 E. Government St, Pensacola, (850) 434-6211. Music starts at 6:30 pm.

Bert Kimberl on piano, Walt Kattner on guitar, Bob Andrews on bass, Bob Maksymkow on sax, Charlie Dicken on drums, featuring the vocal talents of Saundra Daggs and Kathy Lyon as they kick off another great Christmas season for the Jazz Society of Pensacola.


PENSACOLA'S FAVORITE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION - THE MAGIC OF WINTERFEST

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It all comes together this Christmas for Winterfest 10th anniversary jubilee!

Winterfest has had a great year, with new community partners, new programs for downtown Pensacola visitors, but the real show is just about to begin...

Friday November 28 - A Marching We Will Go
The 2014 Pensacola Elf Parade - Free Holiday Fun for Families
Lineup - contest judging at 3:30 behind the T. T. Wentworth Museum - Parade 4:30

The Elf Parade is a grand kickoff to the 2014 holiday season in downtown Pensacola! Parade Grand Marshall Christian Garman of WEAR-TV 3 leads the merry crew of kids, parents, toys, and characters from the T. T. Wentworth Museum to Plaza Wonderland at Palafox and Government Streets. Costumed kids of all ages march alongside an alligator second line brass band, Santa, the Snow Princes, and our all-new Misfit Toys. The four-block route takes about 20 minutes, and includes a Christmas song battle, tumbling snowflakes, and plenty of cheer. Join us!  Find out more at www.elfparade.com!

The Reason for the Season

Through the magic of Pensacola Winterfest, the moment you enter Christmas Town at the Courthouse on Palafox Street, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of a trolley bell bring back memories of the Polar Express. The conductor calls your name: All aboard for the most wonderful journey you'll take this Christmas season.


Through the magic of Pensacola Winterfest, the moment you enter Christmas Town at the Courthouse on Palafox Street, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of a trolley bell bring back memories of the Polar Express. The conductor calls your name: All aboard for the most wonderful journey you'll take this Christmas season.

Tours and performances light up beautiful Downtown Pensacola from Historic Seville to the Palafox Business District. This year, there are four exciting tours for the whole family, including a special Santas Express Tour thats great for young children, and is the flagship Performance Tour, which features 16 fun stops with your favorite holiday characters.

Plaza Wonderland

All of our tours begin in Plaza Wonderland, a lovely restored courthouse building that we fill with holiday cheer " Get your photos with Santa Claus, enjoy tasty treats.
Every year, our Nativity scene is one of the most popular parts of the Performance Tour. We got together with our singing guides and pulled out all the stops for this year. We'll meet wise men, shepherds, and angels as we make our way through a four-song scene that really celebrates the first Christmas, and reminds us why we're called to Go Tell it on the Mountain!

More free fun!
Your family will also find more free activities at Winterfest, so you can come have fun even on nights when you aren't taking the tour. There will be singalong carols in the gallery, a Snow Queen Cafe with all kinds of tasty treats, Dickens carolers singing songs of Christmas past, and an even bigger Reindeer Dance Party featuring one of our special guests. For info: pensacolawinterfest.org


SEASON YOUR HOLIDAYS ON PENSACOLA BEACH

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Season Your Holidays with Island Spirit festivities kick off Saturday, December 6 with a Lighted Boat Parade at 6:30 pm. The event runs from Sabine Marina to the Portofino Boardwalk. Prior to the parade, Shaggy's will host a kids pre-party from 4 - 6 pm. Santa will head to Castaways following the Lighted Boat Parade to visit with friends and family and enjoy a fireworks display at Soundside around 8:30 pm.

The Pensacola Beach Chamber is looking for Captains and boat owners to participate in the Lighted Boat Parade, a Pensacola Beach tradition since 2007. Participants have an opportunity to win up to $300 and make this year's event the largest to date. For more information on registration - visit pensacolabeachchamber.com. Mark your calendar for the mandatory captain's meeting Thursday, December 4th at SandShakers, starting at 6:30 pm (complimentary beer and pizza will be provided).

Be sure to join the crowd for the Surfing Santa parade Sunday December 7th at 2 p.m. The fun, festive and family-friendly event runs from Springhill Suites on Via de Luna to the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach.

For more info: pensacolabeachchamber.com.
                                                                                   
PARADE WEEKEND

Friday, December 5th

"Toys for Tots" Songwriter's Showcase @ Lilo's.  Doors open @ 7pm, Show starts @ 7:30pm - Admission: Unwrapped toy or a cash donation.

Saturday, December 6th

1pm - 4th Annual Toys for Tots Poker Tourney @ The Dock! Buy is is a new toy for a boy and a girl.

4-6pm - Children's Party with Santa @ Shaggy's

6:30pm - Lighted Boat Parade from Sabine Marina to the Portofino Boardwalk - Look for Santa on the lead boat! 

Santa will head to Castaways following the Lighted Boat Parade to visit with friends and family and enjoy the Fireworks - Soundside - 8:30pm

8pm - Live Music - Flock of Monkeys - @ Bamboo WIllie's

Sunday, December 7th

8am - Kowabunga Breakfast with Surfing Santa @ Surfburger

2pm - Surfing Santa Beach Parade on Via de Luna to Casino Beach. This year's Parade Marshall, Bob Solarski -WEAR-TV

Tuesday, December 9th

7pm - Joy for the Beach Concert, Our Lady of the Assumption Mission

Friday December 12th

3-6pm - Cookie Decorating @ Tiki Island Family Golf & Arcade

Saturday, December 13th

5:30pm - Christmas Dinner Party @ The Beach Church - Free!  Call 850-932-6628 for more information/reservations

                           
Sunday, December 14th
Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl @ Noon

12pm - Paddy O'Leary's
12:30pm - The Break
1pm - The Islander
1:30pm - Paradise Bar & Grill
2pm - Flounder's
2:30pm - Castaways
3pm - Capt'n Fun Beach Club
3:30pm - Bamboo Willie's - Sexy Elf Contest!
4:30pm - Sandbar
5pm - Sanshaker - Ugly Sweater Contest!

$20/$25 Bar Tab raffle at each stop.  We have partnered with Toys for Tots and ask that you bring an unwrapped toy!

December 21st

10am - Christmas Cantata @ The Beach Church

December 31st
New Year's Eve Fireworks  - TWO SHOWS!  
   8pm- Portofino Boardwalk and Midnight - Gulf Pier

New Year's Eve @ Margaritaville,  8pm-Midnight, "Steel Drums & Margaritas at Midnight"

January 1st
New Year's Day - Polar Bear Plunge
   2pm Paradise Bar & Grill


CHORAL SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA PRESENTS HANDEL'S MESSIAH

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The Choral Society of Pensacola presents the holiday classic Handel's Messiah,
7:30 pm on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 3131 Hyde Park Road
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Messiah will feature the 60 singers of the Choral Society of Pensacola, the Choral Society of Pensacola Orchestra; and four excellent guest soloists, all under the baton of Choral Society Artistic Director, Xiaolun Chen. Guest soloists for the evening are Carla Connors, soprano; Monika Cosson, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Rowell, tenor; and Patrick Jacobs, bass-baritone.
 
Tickets for the concert are $22.00 for reserved section seating, $18.00 for general admission, and $5.00 for students and children. Visa and MasterCard can be used to purchase tickets in advance, and there is a $2.00 discount per ticket on the purchase of reserved or general admission tickets for groups of ten or more.  Call 850-484-1806 to purchase tickets in advance or to inquire about group rates.
 
Tickets can also be purchased through the Pensacola State College Lyceum Ticket Office (850-484-1847). Tickets will be available at the door beginning one hour prior to performance time.
 
For more information about the Choral Society of Pensacola: phone 850-484-1806; e-mail csop1@juno.com; web site www.choralsocietyofpensacola.com.


PENSACOLA CHILDREN’S CHORUS CELEBRATES 25th ANNUAL SEASON - CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST

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The Pensacola Children's Chorus announces its annual Christmas on the Coast performance schedule as part of its 25th Anniversary Season:

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 2:30 PM


"Elves, reindeer, brightly wrapped presents, glorious, brightly lit trees, fruitcakes, toy soldiers and even Santa.   What more could we want this chilly evening as we anticipate the season?  Christmas on the Coast shimmers and sparkles with the sounds and sights of this beautiful time of year,"  Susan Pote, Founding Artistic Director.

All three performances will take place at the Saenger Theater, downtown Pensacola. Tickets are $24, $34, and $40 each and can be purchased at the Saenger Theater Box Office or online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

About Pensacola Children's Chorus:
The Pensacola Children's Chorus, open to grades 3-12, is a non-profit, community-based arts education program that teaches music and performance skills to youth, providing opportunity for personal growth, friendship, and community service. Founded in 1990 by Susan and Alan Pote as an outreach project of the Pensacola Symphony, the Chorus continues to pursue diversity of talent, membership, repertoire, and performances to fulfill the cultural needs of our community. The more than 350 members, primarily from Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, attend 62 area public and private schools. To fulfill its role as the preeminent regional youth music education program, the Chorus presents a full season of outreach and performances each year for thousands in Escambia County. The 2014-2015 Season marks the 25th Anniversary of Pensacola Children's Chorus.


A NEW ADAPTATION OF SNOW QUEEN COMES TO PENSACOLA LITTLE THEATRE

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PLT Treehouse Productions brings the Hans Christian Andersen tale Snow Queen to the Valerie J. Russenberger Theatre. Performances will run Dec 12-13 & 18-21, 2014. 

Snow Queen is adapted and directed by Johnnie Odom.  Ticket prices range between $14 and $30 with the Theatre Thursday performance being half price.  Call the Box Office or visit us online at PensacolaLittleTheatre.com to reserve your seats today! 850-432-2042

Synopsis:
Snow Queen is a spellbinding new adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen classic. When the shards of a magic mirror freeze his heart, Gerda's best friend, Kay, is spirited away by the mysterious Snow Queen. As she seeks to find him, Gerda encounters a world much stranger and more wondrous than she has ever imagined. Talking crows, smart princesses, and bossy robbers are but a few of the fascinating characters she meets on her journey north to a land of eternal ice.

Pensacola Little Theatre is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization providing a complete theatrical experience to children and adults through performances, volunteer opportunities, outreach programs and classes. PLT is located inside the Pensacola Cultural Center at 400 South Jefferson St., Downtown Pensacola. For additional information, visit PensacolaLittleTheatre.com or ring (850) 432-2042.


VISIT PENSACOLA PRESENTS EXCITING WEEKEND EVENTS TO CELEBRARE THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

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Pensacola shines during the month of December and the weeks leading up to Christmas

December weekends are jam-packed with unique island style holiday activities ranging from the Surfing Santas Christmas Parade to the national Snowball Derby automobile races.  Add in traditional Christmas musical performances, professional hockey games, tree lightings and trolley tours, and any traveler looking for a warm winter wonderland will find it in Pensacola along with award winning white beaches and water activities. Pick a weekend and plan a getaway!

December 5-7 The first December weekend in Pensacola is the official kick-off to the Christmas season.

  •     Pensacola Beach hosts several coastal Christmas themed events with Santa sightings including the beautiful, nighttime Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade and the daytime Surfing Santa Beach Parade.
  •     Sports fans won't want to miss the nationally known Snowball Derby automobile races that attract big names in short track racing and even top series NASCAR drivers.  Or, take in a Pensacola Ice Flyers hockey game at the Pensacola Bay Center.  The Flyers are Pensacola's professional hockey team and winners of the 2013 Presidents Cup.
  •     History buffs can tour a Victorian home decorated for the holidays and learn more about life in the Victorian era and how it influenced modern holiday traditions during Historic Pensacola's Victorian Holiday Traditions tours.
  •     The Historic Pensacola Lighthouse will officially light Pensacola's tallest Christmas tree during its Christmas Gala, featuring Santa Claus and hot cider.
  •     Old-fashioned Christmas-themed trolley tours provide family-friendly entertainment and the chance to get close to the big man in the red suit!  Pensacola Winterfest coordinates 30-minute sing along tours with Santa Claus, Frosty, and other classic Christmas characters.
December 12-14 Celebrate additional unique coastal Christmas events, the arts, music and the grand Pensacola Christmas Parade featuring the Blue Angels the second weekend in December.
  •     The Pensacola Christmas Parade brings the holiday sights and sounds through historic downtown Pensacola.  The parade draws more than 50,000 people each year and features 90 entries, including the Blue Angels and bands from across the Southeast.
  • Santa parachutes onto the beach during the annual Santa Drop at the Flora Bama in Perdido Key, kicking off a daylong holiday celebration, including Christmas carols for the kids.
  •     The Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl on Pensacola Beach is a fun way to celebrate and flaunt those spirited Christmas sweaters you might hide in the back of your closets 394 days of the year.
  •     The famous Pensacola Children's Chorus presents Christmas on the Coast, one of Northwest Florida's most popular holiday musical events, featuring pint size singers with perfect pitch.
  •     Art enthusiast will be greeted by a whimsical wonderland at the Pensacola Museum of Art.  The Alice in Wonderland exhibit brings Lewis Carroll's beloved novel to life through brightly colored oil on canvas paintings.
  •     Watch live theater and celebrate local actors during Pensacola Little Theaters production of Snow Queen, a mysterious and magical performance, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson.
  •     In addition to the above, the Victorian Holiday Traditions and Winterfest trolley tours continue through the second week of December.
December 19-21 Take advantage of last minute, unique Christmas shopping opportunities the weekend leading up to Christmas during downtown Pensacola's Gallery Night as well as artistic performances, hockey, ice skating, and spirited trolley tours in a relaxed atmosphere - unlike the mall this time of year.
  •     Ballet Pensacola's beautiful performances of The Nutcracker tell the traditional story of Clara and her dream of the Nutcracker Prince.  
  •     Gallery Night is a Friday street celebration in downtown Pensacola where retail shops, museums, art galleries, and restaurants celebrate the Christmas spirit with light refreshments, activities, and holiday music.
  •     The Ice Flyers are at home this weekend and public ice skating sessions take place afterward. Victorian Holiday Traditions tours continue in Historic downtown Pensacola as do the Winterfest trolley tours and carriage rides.
In addition to the variety of Christmas and cultural events listed above, deep discounts and travel incentives are plentiful in Pensacola and along Pensacola Beach during December.  For a list of discounts, more information on holiday events, or to request a Visitor Guide, call Visit Pensacola at (800) 874-1234 or visit www.visitpensacola.com.


BALLET PENSACOLA PRESENTS “THE NUTCRACKER”

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Ballet Pensacola invites you to experience the magic of The Nutcracker at the historic Saenger Theatre Dec. 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

The classical ballet, based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, will enthrall audiences as the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky accompanies the story of Clara and her dream of the Nutcracker Prince. The captivating scenes of a battle between toy soldiers and mice, a pas de deux of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Cavalier, and a serene snow scene have made The Nutcracker an annual favorite. Featuring a cast of more than 125, the production is choreographed by Artistic Director Richard Steinert.

Tickets are available for purchase for $21-33 from the Saenger Theatre Box Office, or through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information visit www.balletpensacola.com or call 850-432-9546.

Under the artistic direction of Richard Steinert, Ballet Pensacola has become one of the cultural cornerstones of Pensacola, Fla. It is committed to the production of both classic ballet works and innovative originals along with its strong educational program. Located at 400 South Jefferson Street in the historic Pensacola Cultural Plaza, the organization was originally founded in 1978 as Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre.

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