Winterfest Kicks Off the Season With A Little Help From Santa’s Friends

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Winterfest Kicks Off the Season With A Little Help From Santa’s Friends

By: Kelly Woodard

Santa’s little helpers are taking to the streets to kick off the holiday season in Pensacola this Friday November 29
th with the 2013 Pensacola Elf Parade beginning at the T. T. Wentworth Museum. The parade marks the beginning of the 2013 Winterfest, a magical Christmas town that will make you holidays merry with tours and performances that light up beautiful Downtown Pensacola from Historic Seville to the Palafox Business District.
Follow Frosty, Rudolph, and other holiday celebrities along the parade route as they trek to the Plaza Wonderland in front of the Old County Courthouse where Santa will greet all the good boys and girls in a flurry of song, dance, and snow. Then watch as Santa lights the tree to brighten the season and heads back to his sleigh to hear all of your Christmas wishes.
The excitement begins at 3:30 pm as the elves start to gather behind the T.T. Wentworth Museum. Join in on the fun for all the contests, including Best Elf Ears, Best Costume, and Best Elf Stroller or Wagon.
Then, join Parade Marshall Mollye Barrows of WEAR-TV 3 as she leads the merry crew to the Old County Courthouse Plaza Wonderland where you can watch Rudolph's Revue, a free song-and-dance show in the Plaza with your favorite holiday characters like Rudolph and Frosty. Stop in to see Santa Claus in his sleigh for your holiday portrait. This year we're also playing reindeer games in the plaza, with face painting, snowball fights, and snowman transformations for kids.
The Performance Tour features 12 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.
The Elf Parade and tree lighting is free, but the Performance Tour is $15.50 per person. Hot chocolate is provided on the tour.
After you get in to the spirit of the season, head over to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre for a viewing of a Christmas classic, The Polar Express. Slip, slide, and fly across snow banks and frozen ground on a magical train in search of the true meaning of Christmas. The show starts at 6 pm, and tickets are just $5.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
www.pensacolawinterfest.org or call 850-417-7321.