Lighted Boat Parade - The sparkling spectacle of decorated vessels parading against a dark December sky delights those watching from the shore or a waterfront Beach business. Children are given light sticks to illuminate the landing site. Dozens of captains compete for prizes as the nautical parade delivers Santa Claus officially to the Island. Children of all ages can whisper into Santa’s ear at his workshop at Bamboo Willie's. 7 p.m. from Little Sabine Bay to Boardwalk. Free. >
Surfing Santa Beach Parade - Delightfully decorated whimsical floats wind their way down the island's main street sharing holiday joy, candy and trinkets with all who care to catch the spirit. Santa oversees the parade from high atop his bright red fire engine which delivers him to the Gulfside Pavillion where children of all ages can speack to him personally. Via de Luna to Casino Beach, 2 p.m.
New Year's Eve Fireworks - Come out to Pensacola Beach to celebrate the New Year! The dazzling fireworks display begin at 8 p.m. and at midnight from the end of the Gulf Pier.
Polar Bear Plunge - The emerald waters of Santa Rosa Sound are filled with those hardy souls who wade, swim and scurry to the finish line! Heaping bowls of black-eyed peas wait to warm them. Entry fee benefits the Pensacola Chamber. No charge to cheer! 2 p.m. at Paradise Bar & Grill.