Thanksgiving center piece workshop
The Navarre Garden Club will be hosting their annual “Thanksgiving Center Piece Workshop” at the Holley Navarre Senior Center, 5476 Gordon Goodin Ln., across from the Navarre Library. The Workshop class will start at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments served. Reservations are required by Friday, Nov. 17. Cost is $15 per person. The public is invited. For more information, contact Rose Racz 850-396-6580.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market
Come shop the selection of area vendors, bringing you their very best at fair market prices from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Dr. Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks or other hot food vendors. Shop local artists and crafters for the perfect gift. For additional information, call 850-867-7263.
Pensacola Turkey Trot
This Thanksgiving Day turkey trot is fun for the whole family beginning at 8 a.m. at Seville Square. The charity of choice for this race is Manna Food Bank. Bring in three non-perishable food items to receive a race t-shirt. The post-race party will be held at Seville Square and the awards ceremony will take place in the pavilion at Seville Square. For additional information, visit www.werunwild.com.
Create unforgettable Christmas memories during the month-long Winterfest celebration in Downtown Pensacola amid the glow of more than 400,000 dazzling white lights Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Join the Elf Parade, talk with Santa, play Reindeer Games, and ride the Winterfest Trolley along a two-mile route that loops historic Seville Square and Palafox Street as The Grinch, Elvis, Charlie Brown and other entertainers pop aboard the trolley and mingle with passengers. For more information and times of events, visit www.pensacolawinterfest.org.
Come out to the Senior Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to see old friends and make new ones with an exciting night of music and dancing featuring music by the Joe Occhipinti’s Band. The general public is welcome. Soft drinks will be provided and attendees are invited to bring packaged snacks for the refreshment table. No alcohol allowed. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door. The Senior center is located at 5476 Gordon Goodin Ln., just across the street from the Navarre Public Library. For more information, call 713-819-1980 or 850-936-1644.
Shop Small Business Saturday
Join the Navarre Chamber as they promote Small Business Saturday throughout our community. Shop at local businesses in the Navarre area, upload a #ShopSmallSelfie, participate in the chamber’s Passport Program, and receive a chance to win prizes. Passports will be available at the Chamber office and participating businesses on Friday, Nov. 17. For more information, call 850-939-3267 or visit www.navarrechamber.com.
Visit with Santa
Santa will arrive to HarborWalk Village, 10 Harbor Blvd., in Destin at noon. Stop by for a photo, to share your Christmas wishes and enjoy free kids activities any Saturday or Sunday leading up to Christmas. For more information, visit www.emeraldgrande.com.
Polar Express Pajama Party
The Giant Screen Theater at the National Naval Aviation Museum will present The Polar Express at 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday beginning Nov. 25 through Dec. 17 with an additional showing on Dec. 23. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas for the magical journey to the North Pole to find the true spirit of Christmas. All children who wear their pajamas to the movie will receive a free cup of hot chocolate and cookie from the refreshment counter. Tickets prices are $7 per person. For more information, call 800-327-5002 or visit www.navalaviationmuseum.org.
Fresh produce, live plants, baked goods, fine art, and antiques are just a few of the items offered by vendors at Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items originate directly from onsite vendors who grow, make, or create the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and art for sale. For more information, visit www.palafoxmarket.com.
Gulf Breeze Farmers Market
Come shop the selection of area vendors, bringing you their very best at fair market prices from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Dr. For additional information, call 850-867-7263.
Cajun Christmas Hullabaloo
The Gulf Breeze Center for the Arts and History presents “Cajun Christmas Hullabaloo” on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. This is an exciting program of entertainment featuring local community talent. Dinner will be provided by Broussard’s Bayou Grill. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Gulf Breeze High School Drama Department. For more information, contact Carolyn at 850-384-2070 or email email@example.com.
The Community Life United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Dr., is hosting a holiday dance for persons with special abilities, 16 and older. RSVP at https://fridaydanceclc.weebly.com/. For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas”
The University of West Florida Department of Theatre will present “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” a new take on the beloved Charles Dickens classic adapted by Michael Wilson. Performances will be held on Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in the Mainstage Theatre of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82. Ticket prices are $18 per person for adults, $14 per person for senior citizens and active military, $12 per person for non-UWF students and UWF faculty and staff and $7 for high school students. UWF students are admitted free with their Nautilus cards. Tickets can be purchased at the CFPA Box Office, Building 82, 850-857-6285 or at uwf.edu/cfpa.
“Sights and Sounds of the Season”
The Gulf Coast Chorale presents a show that is filled with much-loved music evoking images of Christmas past, present and future at the Pensacola Little Theatre, 400 S. Jefferson St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, and are available through the Chorale website, www.gulfcoastchorale.org, at the door, and from Chorale members.
First Baptist Church of Navarre, 9302 Navarre Parkway, invites you to their Christmas drama and musical Dec. 1-3 beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 850-939-3424.
Jingle Bell Run-5K-Walk
Bring out the whole family, even the dog, and start off the holiday season with the Jingle Bell Run 5K at Navarre Main Fire Station (behind McDonald's). Race starts at 8 a.m. Dress up for the season, a special prize will be awarded for the most festive participant. Cost is $20. Register online at active.com.
Navarre Christmas in the Park & Parade
The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual “Christmas in the Park”, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Navarre Park. The Christmas Parade will start at 2 p.m. at the Navarre Library. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck in the parade and will be available for photos with children as soon as the parade ends. There will also be a holiday marketplace. For more information, visit www.navarrechamber.com.
Navarre First Assembly of God will host a craft fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be crafts, food, raffles and more. Navarre First is located at 9594 Navarre Parkway. For more information, call 850-939-3333.
Join DeFrance Antiques, 230 SE. Eglin Parkwayk, the first Saturday of December and meet with local vendors, artists and crafters as they display their one-of-a-kind creations, re-purposed items, jewelry, clothing, shabby chic furniture, art, yummy food and much more.
A Downtown Holiday
The City of Fort Walton Beach and The Downtown Fort Walton Beach Organization proudly present "A Downtown Holiday" at the Fort Walton Landing Park on Brooks Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event is fun for the whole family with a day of holiday shopping, live entertainment, kids’ activities, and the City’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to top it all off. For event or vendor inquiries, contact events.downtownfwb@gmail.
Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade
The Gulf Breeze Holiday Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Shoreline Drive. Entry forms are available at Gulf Breeze City Hall or the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce. For additional questions, call 934-5153 or 932-7888.
Lighted Boat Parade
The nautical parade officially delivers Santa Claus to the island at 6:30 p.m., from Sabine Marina to the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk. Santa will head to Castaways following the lighted boat parade to visit with friends and family and enjoy the fireworks - Soundside at 8 p.m. For additional information, visit pensacolabeachchamber.com.
You can go to two locations on the beach and play a game of “Pick-up” volleyball. You might even meet new friends.
Navarre Pier/Lagerheads on the Gulf
There is always one court open for pick-up volleyball. Volleyballs are available for sign out at the gift shop. There are occasional tournaments, but a court is always left open for visitors and locals to use.
League play is from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday thru Thursday. Every other Friday evening and every other Sunday are open tournaments.
Most days courts are open during the day and volleyballs are loaned to those who want to play.
Schedules are posted at the Pagoda Bar which
tell which courts are being used and when.
Navarre Beach is has undergone “beach restoration.” One benefit of beach restoration is the additional of more shells than usual. Have fun shelling!