Things To Do Around the Key

Miles of sugar-white beaches, turqouise waters, community events, shopping and more have made Perdido Key a perfect vacation destination. From monthly events to various Perdido Key area attractions, Eden Condominiums is right in the middle of all the fun on the Gulf Coast! With so much to do and see, we've narrowed down some of our favorite things to do in and around Perdido Key here!

 

December Events

First City Lights Festival

December | First City Lights Festival

For three enchanting months beginning Nov. 23, visitors to downtown Pensacola will experience music, shopping, food, art and nightlife under a canopy of four hundred thousand white lights illuminating historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and outdoor spaces. Visitors can navigate the eclectic downtown Pensacola district, voted “Florida’s Greatest Place”—on foot or by Segway®, horse and carriage, pedi-cab or a Winterfest trolley.

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December | Winterfest Pensacola

From photos with Santa and reindeer games to Holiday Performance Tours and so much more, Winterfest is the place to be this holiday season! While some events are free, others do require tickets. Visit their website for more details and to purchase your performance tour tickets.

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Winterfest Pensacola

Surfing Santa Beach Parade

December 2 | Surfing Santa Beach Parade

Thousands of children, parents and other spectators make their way to Pensacola Beach on Sunday to see Santa Claus making his way down Via De Luna Drive at 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, where kids will be able to meet and greet with Santa until 3 p.m.

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December 7-9 | Pensacola Children's Chorus Presents: Christmas on the Coast

Christmas on the Coast is a sparkling holiday spectacular that celebrates the magic and music of the holiday season. Frequently nominated as one of the annual events in Pensacola, your family does not want to miss this!

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Christmas on the Coast

Pensacola Ice Flyers

December 7, 8, 27 & 29 | Pensacola Ice Flyers Hockey Games

Come out and cheer on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Pensacola Bay Center this Hockey Season. Get your tickets here.

December 7, 7:35 PM: Teddy Bear Toss Night
December 8, 7:05 PM: Christmas/Elf Night
December 27, 6:35 PM: School’s Out/Polar Express Night
December 29, 7:05 PM: Military Appreciation Night

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December 8 | 2018 Cox Pensacola Christmas Parade

Come join the fun beginning at 5:15pm on Saturday December 8. You will not want to miss this event that draws over 50,000 people each year, including nearly 90 entries, and eight bands from Escambia County, New Orleans and Mississippi.  

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Cox Christmas Parade

Santa Drop at Flora-Bama

December 8 | Santa Drop

Bring the family and watch Santa parachute in to Flora-Bama on the beach behind the world famous honky tonk. This is a free event with arts and crafts, sweet treats and live music/Christmas songs for the kids. Don't forget to get pictures with Santa after he lands in the tent. Parents bring a canned food item to donate to Manna Food Bank or a toy for Toys for Tots in exchange for a free drink.

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December 8 | 33rd Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

The Coastal Alabama Chamber of Commerce lighted boat parade takes off at about 5 p.m. from LuLu’s at Homeport Marina and finishes at Flora-Bama. More than 45 decorated vessels, including sailboats, charters and even a kayak or two, make this boat parade one of the largest in the Southeast. There are great viewing sites all along the Intracoastal Waterway, but for groups the best spot is The Wharf at Orange Beach, adjacent to the convention center.

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Lighted Boat Parade
Sara Evans at Christmas

December 14 | Sara Evans at Christmas

Get in the Christmas spirit with Sara Evans for one unforgettable night of Holiday music and her hits! Sara Evans is returning this year for another holiday season of her popular, limited-engagement At Christmas Tour, with festive shows created to get fans of all ages into the spirit of the season.

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December 21 | Gallery Night Pensacola

One special Friday evening each month, the streets of Historic Downtown Pensacola come alive for Gallery Night. Galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars open their doors to the night air as visitors and locals flood the streets to enjoy music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night starts at 5 p.m. The party officially wraps up at 9 p.m., but stick around for the after pARTy... most restaurants, bars and local businesses extend their hours to promote the excitement of late night crowds.

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Gallery Night Pensacola
Christmas Potluck at FloraBama

December 25 | Christmas Potluck at Flora-Bama

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, Christmas is a time for family and friends to gather and celebrate. The Flora-Bama wants you on the line to eat, drink and be merry for its traditional Potluck Dinner. This year the turkey and ham will be prepared and provided by the Flora-Bama Yacht Club! Beginning at 1pm, patrons are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share, because that’s what Christmas is all about. Live music will be playing all around the bar to add even more Christmas cheer.

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December 29 | Flora-Bama's Make it to the Line Run/Walk

Every year after all of the Thanksgiving & Christmas festivities are over, we help take some of those extra pounds off. Run, jog, walk or crawl to the line at our 4-mile run/walk and 1-mile fun run. Individuals and families up to three members can compete. Participants will receive run packets that include t-shirts and other goodies.

Trophies will be awarded three-deep for all age groups in both the run and the walk. Special awards will be given for overall male, overall female, overall wheelchair, master male, master female, grand master male, grand master female, senior grand master male and senior grand master female runner and walkers. A portion of the proceeds from this race will benefit the Secret Santa program. It helps local families in need with gifts at Christmas, clothing, food, etc.

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Flora-Bama's Make it to the Line Run/Walk
NYE Bash at Flora-Bama

December 31 | New Year's Eve Bash

The Flora-Bama is THE place to be on New Year’s Eve. Blow it all out before making those pesky resolutions. Live music on all three stages will be rockin’ until the party stops. Food, party favors and champagne flow all night help bring in the New Year the Flora-Bama way.

The New Year's Eve Bash starts at 6pm! Tickets (18+): $40, 18-20yr will be charged an extra $10 at the door if you bought a $40 ticket in advance.

Ticket Includes: All you can eat dinner buffet from 6pm until 11pm, breakfast buffet from 12-2am, free champagne split, party favors, souvenir huggie, live music on all three stages, + surprises all night long…

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January Events

January 1 | Polar Bear Dip

From photos with Santa and reindeer games to Holiday Performance Tours and so much more, Winterfest is the place to be this holiday season! While some events are free, others do require tickets. Visit their website for more details and to purchase your performance tour tickets.

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Flora Bama Polar Bear Dip

Pensacola Ice Flyers

January 4-5, 25-27 | Pensacola Ice Flyers Hockey Games

Come out and cheer on the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Pensacola Bay Center this Hockey Season. Get your tickets here.

Jan. 4, 7:35 PM: vs. Fayetville Marksmen | Fan Appreciation Night
Jan. 5, 7:05 PM: vs. Fayetville Marksmen | Vegas Night
Jan. 25, 7:35 PM: vs. Peoria Rivermen | Teacher Appreciation Night
Jan. 26, 7:05 PM: vs. Peoria Rivermen | Military Appreciation Night
- 10PM: Post Game Jersey Auction
Jan. 27, 4:05 PM: vs. Peoria Rivermen | Undie Sunday

Public Ice Skating Sessions after most Hockey Games. Learn more here!

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January 5 | Glenn Miller Orchestra 2019

Come hear one of the greatest bands of all time as they bring unique jazz and big band sounds to the National Naval Aviation Museum.  

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Glenn Miller Orchestra

Bridal Expo 2019

January 6 | Beautiful Beginnings Bridal Expo

Getting Married in 2019? Congratulations Bride-To-Be! Come out to the 16th annual "Beautiful Beginnings" Bridal Expo on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 11AM to 4PM at the Pensacola Bay Center. 100+ wedding professionals will be on site with displays, information, samples and more. Kids 12 & under are free and do not need a ticket.

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January 11 | Kane Brown Concert

Breakout artist Kane Brown’s Platinum-selling critically acclaimed #1 debut album instantly topped the Billboard Top Country Album chart and debuted Top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. The ACM, CMA, Billboard and CMT multi-nominee is the only artist in Billboard history to simultaneously top all 5 Country charts with his 3x Platinum #1 hits “What Ifs,” as well as the Double-Platinum multi-week #1 song “Heaven,” and his 12-week chart-topping album. Additionally, Brown’s breakthrough album and distinct vocal stylings have garnered him critical attention-with The NY Times naming him “one of Nashville’s most promising young stars and also one of its most flexible.”

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Kane Brown Concert
Gallery Night Pensacola

January 18 | Gallery Night Pensacola

One special Friday evening each month, the streets of Historic Downtown Pensacola come alive for Gallery Night. Galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars open their doors to the night air as visitors and locals flood the streets to enjoy music, art and cuisine. Gallery Night starts at 5 p.m. The party officially wraps up at 9 p.m., but stick around for the after pARTy... most restaurants, bars and local businesses extend their hours to promote the excitement of late night crowds.

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January 19 | Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Presents: Beethoven & Blue Jeans

Known for musical variety and surprising soloists, Beethoven & Blue Jeans continues that legacy with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and the rousing spectacle of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” The program also features Robert Sheena, Principal English Horn of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and arguably the best English Horn player in America today. Sheena will perform Two Sonnets After Shakespeare, a work commissioned for him and only performed once before. Casual attire is welcome as we enjoy these works and others by Bach and Daugherty. 

Tickets start at $23 and are available through the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Saenger Theatre Box Office or Ticketmaster.

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Beethoven & Blue Jeans
Romeo & Juliet

January 25 & 27 | Pensacola Opera Presents: Romeo & Juliet

Even if you think you know the story, you haven’t heard Romeo & Juliet like this. Pensacola Opera’s rendition perfectly blends grand opera and the two ill-fated lovers in a spectacle that will captivate audiences from start to finish without ever having to turn a page. Witness our historic take on the story, enhancing the true stars of this opera: Gounod’s beautiful, sweeping melodies and the talented voices of the production’s soloists. And don’t worry – we won’t be issuing any pop quizzes after the performance.

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Perdido Key Area Attractions

Blue Angels Practice & Autograph Sessions

The world-famous Blue Angels are based at NAS Pensacola, and can be seen practicing over the Museum at NAS Pensacola most Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from March to November. Practices typically begin at 11:30AM, and last about 55 minutes. Admission to practice is FREE and open to the public. 

Following most Wednesday practices, members of the Blue Angels meet fans and sign autographs inside the National Naval Aviation Museum. 

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Blue Angels Autograph sessions
Dolphin Cruise

Morning Dolphin Cruise

The Wild Hearts captain and crew are very good at cruising to areas where dolphins are known to play. Spot dolphins in their natural habitat for an experience you will never forget. This enjoyable nature cruise is always a hit with passengers on Wild Hearts.

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Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

Experience a once in a lifetime event at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo with a tiger encounter. The Zoo is currently home to two tiger cubs and for a limited time and offering visitors the chance to meet these extraordinary animals. Encounters will be available by reservation only at scheduled times throughout the day. Pricing is $50 + tax Per Person, PLUS the cost of regular zoo admission. Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

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Tigers at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo

OWA

OWA

With more than 20 amusement park rides, fabulous stores and excellent restaurants, there's excitement at every turn at the Gulf Coast's newest attraction! Get a headstart on your adventure by purchasing your tickets before you get to the park here!

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Big Lagoon State Park

Interested in exploring one of Florida's beautiful parks? Check out Big Lagoon State Park, which offers hiking, camping, bird watching, swimming and much more. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset.

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Big Lagoon State Park
National Naval Aviation Museum

National Naval Aviation Museum

Experience the history of Naval Aviation at the world's largest Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola. The museum is home to more than 150 restored aircrafts representing the Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Aviation. The Museum captures the history and heritage of Naval Aviation with free guided tours, flight simulators and more!

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Hummingbird Zipline at Gulf Adventure Center

Experience a thrill and enjoy spectacular views of the white sandy beaches and emerald green waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast at Gulf Adventure Center. The zipline course takes you as high as 90 feet above the ground as you fly through tree canopies and skim over the freshwater lake at the Gulf State Park.

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Hummingbird Zipline at Gulf Adventure Center

Tanger Outlet Mall

Tanger Outlet Mall

Shop until you drop at Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama. With more than two-hundred stores, this outdoor outlet mall has something for everyone! Tanger Outlets is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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