Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Santa Sightings Around Pensacola and More!

If you're idea of pictures with Santa leans towards the free side, and, far, far away from the mall, then you are in the right city! Within half an hour drive around Pensacola are lots of different places Santa is sure to visit.

The Wharf at Orange Beach: everyday from 1pm-5pm
The Bass Pro Shops at Fort Morgan: Mon-Fri 5pm-9pm; Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
Big Lagoon: Friday and Saturday 4pm-9pm (Santa comes at 6pm!)
*At the Bass Pro Shop, you'll get one FREE picture with Santa. But please be prepared to wait in an unbelievable long line. Unless you get there in during the week in the evening. Bring your camera and let the kids pose around different displays. We had a great time just trying all the games and doing the crafts (only on the weekends). We took a picture with Santa in the background because there was no way we were waiting in line that long. The kids did end up talking to Santa when he was at Wal-Mart! That is guaranteed no wait. Too bad it was only the past two weekends.

Christmas Parades this weekend:
The Wharf at Orange Beach: Sat 4pm
Gulf Breeze Parade and Santa Fest: Sat 10am-5pm
Pensacola Christmas Parade: Sat 5pm, Downtown
Orange Beach Lighted Boat Parade: Friday 5pm-til
Pensacola Beach Lighted Boat Parade: Friday 7pm
* If you live near the Perdido area, the Innerarity Point Firehouse gives Santa a ride on the firetruck and they drive around all the neighborhoods throwing candy and beads shouting Ho! Ho! Ho!

Church events this weekend:
Christmas Pageant at Hillcrest: Fri, Sat, Sun at 7pm, also Sun 4pm!
Spirit of Christmas service at Marcus Pointe: Sun 10 am, JC Watts as speaker; Roast Beef dinner afterwards
We Are Family Concert, Olive Baptist: Sun 6pm- Olive's choir joins w/ Greater Union Baptist choir for Christmas Panorama

*A few years ago, we went to Big Lagoon's event. Not only is the park decorated with lights. But near the Pavillion, the lights are coordinated with the Christmas music. It's really neat. They had a mini concert while we waited for Santa plus several arts and crafts take home projects for the kids. Hot cocoa and cookies were served. Best of all, it was all FREE, even the park entrance fee!

* We also went to Marcus Pointe's Spirit of Christmas to see Kirk Cameron speak. That was awesome. He gave a powerful message and invitation. We stayed for the dinner too. I have never seen a more organized food line. The line moved so fast, next thing you know you're sitting down. If you go, arrive early to get parking around the Church. Otherwise you will have to park a few buildings down and take a shuttle bus back to the church.

1 comment:

  1. We went to Bass Pro shops last weekend and saw Santa. The boys really loved walking around and looking at all the animals. Not sure if it was something special or not but they gave us 3 free kids meal cards good through January.


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