Christmas Lights :: PMC’s Favorite Spots to Enjoy Some Holiday Magic


woman enjoying Christmas lights downtown

Oh Christmas light so fair and bright

You glow in the darkest of night

Come fill our hearts with Christmas cheer

as we wait for Saint Nicolas to appear

There is a special kind of childlike magic that everyone can feel this time of year, and Christmas lights contribute greatly to the festivities. We hope this list adds extra sparkle to your holiday season!

Ticketed Events

Winterfest – Downtown Pensacola 

223 S Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502

Enjoy Downtown Pensacola and the festive lights on Palafox at Christmas! Snow, music, and free performances November 19, 24—26; December 1-2, 8-10, 15—17, 19—24. Performances begin at 5pm on Friday nights and 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday nights. New performances start every 15 minutes until 8pm.

Tickets are required for trolley tours. See the Pensacola Winterfest website for more information regarding schedule and prices.

Christmas Zoobilee

December 9, 10, 16, and 17

December 9, 2023, 10am to 4pm, Kick off the holidays with the Gulf Breeze Zoo’s Christmas Zoobilee. The most wonderful time of the year deserves the most exciting daytime event to kick off the coming holiday season. Santa and Friends: 10:30a to 3:30p. Santa, his Elf, and even The Grinch are coming to the Zoo, and you do not want to miss it! Enjoy taking beautiful family photos with Santa in the sleigh and meet some extraordinary animal friends. Santa will accept those last-minute Christmas letters and special requests from your little ones. The Grinch will also be available for fun photos! $10 per person.
Live Music: 11a to 3p
Face Painting by Amy’s Awesome Faces: 10a to 4p
Caricatures by Time: 10a to 4p
Sunday, December 10: A Time To Dance Performance: 1p
Saturday, December 16, Chili Cook-Off sponsored by Navarre Rotary Club: 10a until the chili is gone! 

Sowell Farms North Pole

7650 Sowell Road, Milton, FL 32570

A light display of over ONE MILLION lights, train rides, photos with Santa, camel rides, and more! The cost of entry is $20 per vehicle, and train rides are $2 per person, cash only.

Hours of Operation: 5:30p – 9:00p

Dates of Operation: Nov 25 – Dec.25

Bellingrath Gardens: Magic Christmas in Lights 

12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road, Theodore, AL 36582

Enjoy an hour-long walking tour of the gardens to view the light displays. Santa is also in attendance nightly from 5:30 until 9pm through December 23rd. Ticket prices range from $8 to $25 and can be purchased online or at the door. Open November 24-January 3, (closed December 25th and January 1st).

Free Events

Drive Thru Holiday Lights at Bicentennial Park

51233 State Highway 225 Stockton, AL 36579

This is a drive-thru light display. Free admission and donations are accepted. Open nightly from November 27 through December 22, 2022, from 5-10pm and December 27-29, from 5-9pm. Closed December 9-10 for Christmas Festival

Campus Church Christmas Lights Drive-Thru

250 Brent Lane, Pensacola, FL 32503 (at Pensacola Christian College)

December 15-16 from 6-9pm

This is a free event; guests are invited to bring non-perishable items that will be collected for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

Run-A-Muck Ranch

4591 Rigby Rd., Century, FL 32535

This is a walk-thru event, so dress warmly and wear proper footwear. Open nightly from Thursday-Saturday, 11/24-12/24 from 5:30-8:30pm. This event is free, but donations are accepted, and concessions are available (cash only)

“Hometown Christmas” in Century

A tree lighting ceremony with caroling will be held Friday, December 1, at 5 p.m. at Nadine McCaw Park on North Century Boulevard. Refreshments will follow across the street at the Century Chamber of Commerce.

A Christmas parade will roll at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8. It will be followed by the movie “The Grinch” and food from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office at Anthony Pleasant Park.

Neighborhood Light Displays


4810 Randee Cir., Pensacola, FL 32526 (Buckley Family Christmas display)

7329 Tannehill Dr. Pensacola, FL 32526 5-10pm (Manna Food Bank donations accepted)

6600 Bellview Pines Rd., Pensacola, FL 32526

2583 Amberjack Court Pensacola, FL 32526

6301 Nashville Ave, Pensacola, FL 32526

2519 Longleaf Dr., Pensacola, FL 32526 (tune 107.9 or from 5-11pm nightly to enjoy a lights and music show)

7544 Lillie Ln. Pensacola, FL 32526 (nightly from 5-9pm)

2300 Interstate Cir., Pensacola, FL 32526


6113 Chester Dr. Pensacola, FL 32526 (Beulah) 5-9pm

10790 Beulah Rd. Pensacola, FL 32533 5:30-10pm (Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9pm and Friday-Saturday 5:30-11pm)

Cordova Park

3540 Summit Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32503

535 Wynnehurst, Pensacola, FL 32503 5-10pm tune to 89.1

2365 Hallmark Dr. Pensacola, FL 32503

2801 Dunsinane Rd. Pensacola, FL 32503

6132 Bougainvillea Cir. Pensacola, FL 32504

4281 Crawford Dr. Pensacola, FL 32504

3649 Buford Dr., Pensacola, FL 32504 Dusk-9pm (A Buggs Family Christmas page)

6409 Fairview Dr Pensacola 32505 (Tents of Terror Haunted House page)

533 Tampico Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32506

318 Chattman St., Pensacola, FL 32507

33 Orleans Ave., Pensacola, FL 32505

3281 Whistler Dr., Pensacola, FL 32503

The Sneaky Tiki Holiday Spectacular 8344 Sphere Way Pensacola, FL 32514

East Hill

2701 N. 20th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503


14443 River Rd., Pensacola, FL 32507 (Perdido)


1085 Forehand Ln., Cantonment 32533, 5-10pm (caution: this is a dirt road, if it rains)

119 Bosque Ct., Cantonment 32533, 5:30-10pm (down during rainy weather)

Carrington Lakes subdivision off West Quintette Road

Gulf Breeze

Gulf Breeze Community Center – 800 Shoreline Dr., Gulf Breeze FL 32561


Avalon Baptist Church – 4316 Avalon Blvd., Milton FL 32583

8942 Manassas Rd., Milton, FL

5975 Twin Oaks Dr., Pace 32571

5142 Oakleaf Drive, Pace FL

5975 Twin Oaks Drive, Pace 32571

5889 Quintette Rd. Pace, FL 32571 Large walk thru display (free hot cocoa Friday-Sunday)

Abernathy and Hammersmith neighborhoods (off Berryhill Rd in Pace)

Where is your favorite light display this season?

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