Pensacola Winterfest is a Family Favorite

New in 2021: Catch a Ride on the Grinch's "Best" Trolley!

A certain surly sneak with a grizzly green grimace has built himself a trolley. Whatever his intentions, it's sure to lead to an avalanche of adventure. Keep your ears to the ground and your eyes on your Christmas tree …

 

Even more of your favorites

Enjoy an expanded Cajun Christmas party and more fun with your friends from the Polar Express!

Find Your Spirits on Christmas Week

Scrooge and Tiny Tim return for a special tour from December 21-24 featuring ghosts and good cheer

What do tickets cost? When is Winterfest? Where is Winterfest?

Family Photos with Santa and the Grinch

Santa's sleigh returns downtown this year on November 21! Get your reservations early to ensure you have the perfect family photo.

You may also intrude upon the Grinch for a photo or two, but he may have a surprise in store for you.

 
Where do I park? How do I get tickets? Where is Winterfest?
 

The Magic of Pensacola Winterfest

The moment you enter Plaza Wonderland on Palafox Place, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of a trolley bell brings back memories of the Polar Express. The conductor calls your name: All aboard for the most wonderful journey you'll take this Christmas season. Take a ride aboard our mini-train through the lights, snow, and magical scenery of Winterfest!

Thanks for your support!

You've helped us receive national recognition for our Winterfest celebration

Hearing from you that you've made Winterfest part of your family's Christmas traditions makes it all worthwhile.

#1 Christmas Event in Florida, from Florida Travel + Life Top 20 Events in the Southeast US for November 2016, from the Southeast Tourism Society Top 25 Cities in the U.S. for Christmas Festivities,
Best American Towns for Holiday Shopping 2016, 2017
Visit Pensacola Quint and Rishy Studer Downtown Crowd WEAR TV 3 ABC Stu Bonnin - Kids Dentist


Which tour should I take? What are the trolleys like? What time does it start?

How to Make the Most out of Your Visit to Winterfest!

We have free to the public preshows for our tours every 15-20 minutes each night of Winterfest from 4pm-8pm! Go to our tour pages for more information.

Awards!

Make the most out of your visit by winning as many of our awards as possible!

Polar Express Award- Win train tickets by having the best pajamas or pajama family set on your tour! Everyone in pajamas will win a ticket to ride on the train! Be sure to dress warm and cozy for our open-air tram! In addition to that, everyone who takes this tour will receive the first gift of Christmas, a bell from Santa's sleigh!

Grinch Award- Win train tickets by dressing in your Who best! Most Suessian looking Who on each tour will win! Every Who dressed up in the winning party will win a train ticket!

Cajun Christmas Awards- Win a crawfish necklace for completing the crawfish scavenger hunt! Beat a gator in a wrasslin' competition to win a certificate!

Santa Award- Earn train tickets from Santa when you bring him homemade cookies complete with a copy of the recipe used to make it! Every cookie recipe will be logged in Mrs Claus' recipe book, but only the best cookie of each week will be posted on social media with Santa's own explanation of what made this cookie the best!

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Still have questions? Ask the Chief Elf! You can email us, call us, or text us at 850-583-1365 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:p.m. CST. If the elves are busy, you may leave a message and we will return your call.

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Reserve your time with Santa
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
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November , 21, 26, 27, 28;
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23,
$37$37

Reserve your time with the Grinch
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
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November , 21, 26, 27, 28;
December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23,
$37$37

When you hear the bells ring, you will believe
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
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November $9 $8$13 $11
November 26$16 $15$22 $21
November 27$14 $12$19 $17
November 28$10 $9$17 $15
December 3$9 $8$13 $11
December 4$10 $9$17 $15
December 10, 18, 19$16 $14$22 $21
December 21$14 $12$19 $17
December 22$16 $14$22 $21
December $16 $15$22 $21

Your heart will grow three sizes
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
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November $9 $8$13 $11
November 26$16 $15$22 $21
November 27$14 $12$19 $17
November 28$10 $9$17 $15
December 3$9 $8$13 $11
December 4$10 $9$17 $15
December 10, 17, 18, 19$16 $14$22 $21
December 21$14 $12$19 $17
December 22$16 $14$22 $21
December 23, $16 $15$22 $21

Laissez les bons temps rouler
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
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November $9 $8$13 $11
November 26$16 $15$22 $21
November 27$14 $12$19 $17
November 28$10 $9$17 $15
December 3$9 $8$13 $11
December 4$10 $9$17 $15
December 10, 18, 19$16 $14$22 $21
December 21$14 $12$19 $17
December 22$16 $14$22 $21
December $16 $15$22 $21

Get a blessing from Tiny Tim
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
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December $14 $12$19 $17
December 22$16 $14$22 $21
December 23, $16 $15$22 $21