Season Your Holidays

Blog 11-22


The Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce is offering a snow-white sanded holiday season through the month of December on Pensacola Beach with activities guaranteed to get even the worst Scrooges in the holiday spirit.

“Bring the whole family out to Pensacola Beach to experience our Holiday Island Spirit,” said Meg Peltier, president and CEO of the Beach Chamber. “You’ll have two opportunities to see Santa! After all, this is Santa’s Island! Ho! Ho! Ho!” 

The Chamber’s 2022 “Season Your Holidays” festivities kick off with the Lighted Boat Parade.

  • Lighted Boat Parade – Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lighted Boat Parade will set sail at 6:30 p.m. from Sabine Marina and make its way around the Santa Rosa Sound to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk where it will dock. 

Leading up to the boat launch, a kids’ pre-parade party with Santa will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shaggy’s Pensacola Beach.

Directly following the boat parade, Santa will make his way to the Quietwater Shell on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk to greet more children by 8 p.m.

For those wanting to participate and compete in the Lighted Boat Parade, the deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $35 per boat. Compete for “most merry” and “best of show” awards. To download a parade entry form, click here.

A mandatory Captain’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Sandshaker Lounge and Package on Pensacola Beach for all boat parade participants. For more information, call 850-932-1500.

  • Surfing Santa Beach Parade – Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m.

Thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach on Sunday to see Santa Claus close out the annual Surfing Santa Beach Parade. 

Starting at 2 p.m. from Avenida 10, the parade will make its way down Via De Luna toward Casino Beach and end at the Gulfside Pavilion.

For those wanting to participate in the Surfing Santa Beach Parade, the deadline to register is Tuesday, Nov. 29 at noon and the entry fee is $50. To download a parade entry form, click here.

  • Polar Bear Plunge – Saturday, Jan. 1, 2023 at 2 p.m.

Need an exhilarating rush to help kick off your new year? Head to Pensacola Beach and plunge headfirst into the Santa Rosa Sound at the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Hosted by Paradise Bar & Grill, hundreds of dippers and spectators – many dressed in costume – flock to the beach to participate in this long-established tradition.

Registration begins at noon and the fee is $15 cash per person and participants will receive a Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt or a $10 registration donation to participate without the t-shirt and $5 Cub Club for ages fifth grade and under. All proceeds go to the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Please be aware that all event times are subject to change based on weather conditions. For weather updates, check the Pensacola Beach Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for the latest news.