Winterfest puts on a white-hot winter show

winterfest-color_edited-1Winterfest, a festival in downtown Pensacola that celebrates all things Christmas, will be held from November 20th- December 24th.

Through the magic of Pensacola’s Winterfest, the moment you walk into the Christmas Town at the Courthouse on Palafox Street, the snow begins to fall. A cup of hot chocolate and the sound of the trolley bell creates vivid memories of Christmas. When the conductor calls your name, be prepared to board for the most enchanting journey you’ll take this Christmas season.

Winterfest contains many elements, all dedicated to bringing you the most spirit this season. This includes the Performance tour, Santa’s Express tours, reindeer games, and a chance for you and your family to visit Santa.

The Performance tours are offered at various times Friday, Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16-18. Tickets range from $13- $19 for children, and $19- $32 for adults.

The Performance Tour is structured as it were a play. From downtown Pensacola to historic Seville, the trolley makes multiple stops along the way to pick up “passengers.”

These passengers include characters from our most beloved Christmas movies, such as: The Grinch, Ebenezer Scrooge, Rudolph, and even a performance from Elvis.

The trolley guides you through 16 scenes along a 60-minute trip which evokes Christmas memories.

Live action from the characters is featured on the trolley as well as in staged sets on either side, all complete with singing guides who accompany you into a world of wonder.

Winterfest and the Red Trolley Repertory Theatre Project pioneered the trolley theatre concept in which the audience rides along to meet the actors of each scene. The vehicle becomes a stage while the downtown neighborhood and the set pieces provide a dramatic backdrop.    This practice breaks the third wall and encourages audience participation, which creates a unique experience for all involved.     Santa’s Holiday Express tour allows you to go on a journey with Santa through the highlights of this holiday season. This 25-minute tour is especially great for young children and out of town guests. Santa rides every night December 19th – 24th, and tickets are $7 dollars for children and $15 for adults.    If you’re strapped for cash, no need to fear, Winterfest offers many free activities. On Performance Tour nights, you can see a show on the new stage and play reindeer games; including Christmas Challenge Jenga and Family Connect Four. You can stop by Santa Plaza to write your letter to Santa, which you can hand-deliver to Santa in his sleigh. Other activities include playing in the snow machine, throwing snowballs at the Grinch, dancing with Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen, and of course, meet and greets with Santa Claus.

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