Pensacola Winterfest is a Family Favorite

Santa's Puppy Party will bring extra cheer and cuteness this afternoon!

Mini-Tours Monday through Christmas Eve

Starting Monday, we'll have Polar Express and Grinch Mini Tours, joined by our all-new Scrooge Mini-Tour on Saturday the 22nd. Santa will wrap up the season in bells and bows on Christmas Eve with the Santa Send-Off.

Performance Tour SOLD OUT

The Winterfest Performance Tour is sold out for 2018, but there’s plenty of cheer to be shared with our mini tours, visits with Santa, and Christmas storytime through Christmas Eve

Congratulations Avalyn, 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: Avalyn T Second Prize: Alexis R Third Prize: Izzy G

Thanks to all the kids who entered! You can see all their creative drawings here


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.

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

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 Pensacola News Journal Downtown Crowd WEAR TV 3 ABC Mike Wood Productions

Holiday Memory Tours

Our tours and performances light up beautiful Downtown Pensacola from Historic Seville to the Palafox Business District. Our special Christmas Week Mini-Tours are great for young children and visiting family! Our Polar Express and Grinch tours are joined by new daytime tours in 2018 featuring Scrooge and Puppet Magic! 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

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?

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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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Visiting Santa is always free. You can reserve a date and time for $10, which will be applied towards any photo package you purchase
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
December , 20, 21, 22, 23, FREEFREE

Winterfest's premier tour features 17 performances along a 60-minute trolley trip through Downtown Pensacola.
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida

When you hear the bells ring, you will believe
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
December , 20$7$14
December 22$8$16
December 23, $10$20

Handmade delight for kids of all ages
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
December $8$16
December 23, $10$20

Get a blessing from Tiny Tim on Christmas Week
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
December $8$16
December 23, $10$20

Your heart will grow three sizes
223 S. Palafox Place, 32502Pensacola, Florida
December , 20$7$14
December 22$8$16
December $10$20