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Seven Days is your guide to entertainment, concerts, festivals and events in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

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The First City Light Festival

Now through Friday, January 13. Downtown Pensacola. Experience music, shopping, dining, art and nightlife under half a million white lights that illuminate historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and outdoor spaces. Strolling along the Palafox, visitors may encounter live street performances, street carolers, photo-ops with Santa and Winterfest Trolley Tours. More information: downtownpensacola.com.

Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display

Monday, December 26 at 5:30 pm, 7650 Sowell Road, Milton. Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Lights Display (Drive-In and/or Parking) is an annual Christmas light display put on by the Sowell family. The event will run every night, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Eve. An entrance fee is required; prices vary nightly. More information: sowellfarms.com/northpole.

Holiday Dreams – Spectacular holiday circus!

Monday, December 26 at 7pm. Saenger Theater, 118 S. Palafox St. Holiday Dreams is the most modern, exciting and original holiday show on the scene today. Featuring holograms, projection mapping, interactive lasers, and BMX daredevils, the production is a far cry from traditional circus-style shows. Holiday Dreams also features the most amazing and talented cast of circus performers, comedians, singers and professional actors from around the world. Tickets start at $44. More information: 850-595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.

monday night blues

On Monday, December 26th at 7pm, the Seville District, 130 E. Government St. Seville Quarter and the Northwest Florida Blues Association bring the “Blues” back to the Seville District Entertainment District. The event features live blues music and “BBQ and Bud” food and drink specials. More information: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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book jazz

Tuesday, December 27 at 1pm. West Florida Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. As an educational outreach event highlighting the Jazz Room on the second floor of the library, Jazz Pensacola and the West Florida Public Library co-sponsored the “Jazz by the Book” concert. The Jazz Room has a collection of books, magazines/newspapers, CDs, recordings and other materials available to anyone with a library card. Moderated by Jazz Pensacola founding member Joe Occhipinti. free. More information: 850-436-5064.


Flora-Bama New Year’s Eve Carnival

Saturday, December 31 at 6pm. Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. Flora-Bama is the place to be for New Years Eve, with live music on all three stages until the party is over. Treat yourself to treats, party favors, and a midnight champagne toast with New Year’s bells in Flora-Bama style. Tickets include an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet from 6-11pm, a midnight breakfast buffet and complimentary champagne. $80 for ages 21 and up. More information: 850-492-0611 or florabama.com.

Pensacola Symphony Presents to Celebrate the New Year

Saturday, December 31 at 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox St. The bright lights of Broadway come to the Saenger Stage as the Pensacola Symphony celebrates the New Year with some of the most memorable melodies in musical theater. The show features special guests Bronson Norris Murphy, Mamie Paris and Madison Claire Parks. Tickets start at $24. More information: 850-595-3880 or pensacolasaenger.com.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in the Seville District

Saturday, December 31 at 7 p.m. Seville District, 130 E. Government St. Seville The legendary New Year’s Eve Celebration will feature live entertainment, party favors, and a complimentary housewide champagne toast at midnight throughout the night. Member Party Packages: From $80. Dance Package: $20. More information: 850-434-6211 or sevillequarter.com.

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New Years Eve Red Carpet Party

Saturday, December 31 at 8 p.m., Coastal County Brewing Company, 3041 East Olive Road. Indulge and get ready for your red carpet debut when Coastal County Brewing hosts a night of networking, fun and celebration with all the glitz and glamor of a true Hollywood bash. In the evening there will be live DJ performances, all you can eat and drink, more than 30 house and specialty beers on offer, and a mimosa bar for unlimited drinks. 100 dollars. Suitable for ages 21 and over. More info: coastalcountybrewing.com/events.

Krewe of Gatsby Girls Speakeasy Ball and Charity Event

Saturday, December 31 at 9pm. Hilton Pensacola Beach 12 Via De Luna Drive. Crewe of The Gatsby Girls invites everyone to their eighth annual Speakeasy Ball. Tickets benefit the Honor HER Foundation in Northwest Florida, including a dance floor night with the Unfortunate Sons. General admission $150; $300 VIP. More information: kreweofgatsbygirls.com.

new year’s eve fireworks

Saturday, December 31 at midnight. Pensacola Beach. The annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display will take place along the Straits in Pensacola Beach. As midnight strikes, cast your gaze to the sky as dazzling lights take over the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk overlooking the Santa Rosa Straits. More information: meg@visitpensacolabeach.com.


Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip

Sunday, January 1 at noon, Flora-Bama Lounge & Package, 17401 Perdido Key Drive. After celebrating New Years Eve in Flora-Bama, start the new year with a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico. The Flora-Bama Polar Bear Dip is a New Year’s Day treat on the Gulf Coast. Groups and families gather in costumes, bathing suits and wetsuits to feel the salt water on their faces. Those fully immersed in the bay will receive free draft beer and a free New Year’s lunch of ham, black-eyed peas, vegetables and cornbread. More information: 850-492-0611 or florabama.com.

polar bear diving

Sunday, January 1 at 2 p.m., Paradise Bar & Grill, 21 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach. Head to Pensacola Beach and start the new year with an exhilarating dash by diving headlong into the Santa Rosa Sound at the annual Polar Bear Plunge . Hosted by Paradise Bar & Grill, hundreds of fighters and spectators — many in costumes — flock to the beach to take part in this time-honored tradition. Registration starts at noon and costs $15. Participants will receive a Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt or a $10 registration donation (attend without a t-shirt) and Cub Club for $5 and less. More information: katie@ewbullock.com.

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