Pensacola Winterfest Will Return November 2018!

Thanks to everyone who participated in Winterfest 2017, we'll see you sooner than you think!


Congratulations Callie Menard, grand prize winner of the My Sleigh Ride with Santa Drawing Contest!

We had so many great entries in this year's drawing contest, and the winners will all ride in the Elf Parade. We're really proud of all the kids who entered, and thanks so much - you are all so creative!

First Prize: Callie Menard Second Prize: Ananya Chaki Third Prize: Chloey English

Honorable Mention: Arianna Webb, Ashley Russell, Colton Nguyen, Ella Pacyga, Ethan Mahugnos-Hammac, London Mathew

See all our amazing participants!

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

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 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.

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What do tickets cost? When is Winterfest? Is visiting Santa free?

New for 2017!

  1. The Winterfest Express electric train for kids!
  2. Two new mini-tours featuring scenes from the Grinch and Polar Express.
  3. Santa's Puppy Party with puppies from the Escambia County Animal Shelter.
  4. Christmas story time for children at Winter Wonderland.
  5. Charlie Brown's Christmas tree lot.
  6. Rudolph's Revue with dancing Christmas trees.
  7. And more to come!


Holiday Memory Tours

Our tours and performances light up beautiful Downtown Pensacola from Historic Seville to the Palafox Business District. Our special Christmas Week Polar Express and Grinch Tours (new for 2017!) are great for young children and visiting family! Our flagship Performance Tour returns with even more fun performances with your favorite holiday characters including Snoopy, Elvis, Frosty, and the Whos of Whoville on an hour-long trolley ride around downtown Pensacola.

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


Reindeer Games

NEW IN 2017

Christmas Storytime with Paul Morrell and the Winterfest Express electric train ride!

Dance and play with Santa's reindeer every night of the Performance Tour! Reindeer games are free fun for everyone, and you can also visit Santa Claus in his sleigh and write him a letter.

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

Find out More

Still have questions? Ask the Chief Elf! You can email us, call us, or text us at 850-583-1365 any time.

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