Winterfest 2011 and a Ticket Giveaway


*Be sure to read through the whole post to learn how to enter to win a family four pack of tickets to the Winterfest Performance Tour!

This is one of my favorite times of the year in Pensacola.  Things have settled down from all of the great fall festivals and it is time to get ready to bring in the holidays.  Winterfest is a wonderful family friendly activity to help get you in the mood for the holidays.

Each Winterfest tour begins at Plaza Wonderland, which is at the Courthouse Plaza.  Here, you can visit Santa Claus and see Rudolph’s Revue.  Rudolph’s Revue is a musical show that is shown twice nightly.  Even if you aren’t going to take one of the paid tours, Rudolphs’s Revue is a free show.  Grab a  cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the show!

There are three Winterfest tours available: Performance Tour, Rudolph’s Holiday Stroll, and Santa’s Holiday Express Tour.  The Performance Tour is a sixty minute ride that makes 12 stops for performances along the way.  The performances all feature scenes that you will recognize from Grinch, The Polar Express and more.

Performance Tours run November 25, and December 3, 9, 16, 17, and 18th.  Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 10 and under.

Rudolph’s Holiday Stroll is a one hour guided walking tour through the downtown area.  The tour makes stops to see Scrooge, Elvis, Polar Express, the Gingerbread House and more.

Rudolph’s Holiday Stroll runs the same nights as the Performance Tours: November 25, and December 3, 9, 16, 17, and 18th.  Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under making this an inexpensive holiday activity for your family.

Santa’s Holiday Express Tour is a good choice if you have younger children.  The tour ride is only thirty minutes long but you will still get to see many of your favorite characters.

Santa’s Holiday Express tour is available every night from December 20th to the 22nd.  Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.

There are also 20 minute carriage rides available but they do not include Winterfest performances.  Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 2-10.

Tours are already selling out, so be sure to purchase your tickets if you would like to go!  Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at Winterfest.  It can get busy so I highly recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to avoid waiting in line and to make sure that you get the scheduled time you would like.  There is a small processing fee associated with the tickets and there is an additional fee if tickets are purchased at the event.  

I am so excited to announce that we are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the December 3rd Performance Tour!  Before entering, please make sure you can attend on December 3rd!

How to Enter

If you would like a chance to win, leave one comment in this post before 5:59pm CST on Sunday, November 27, and tell us what your favorite holiday activity is.  Don’t worry about being creative with your comment, the winner will be chosen by a random number generator.  Please make sure that you fill out the required fields by putting your first name (you don’t need to put your last name) in the name field and your email address in the email address field.  I do not share email addresses and you will not receive mail from Pensacola with Kids unless you win.   


We will choose ONE winner randomly and announce the results here on Pensacola with Kids after Sunday, November 27th.  Tickets will be emailed to the winner.


One comment per person per giveaway post.  Duplicate comments and anonymous comments will be discarded.  Please make sure that the email address in your comment form is valid so that we can contact you (email addresses are never made public).  Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize.  We will disqualify any entries that we believe are generated by scripts and other automated technology.  No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that Pensacola with Kids reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.  Relatives of Pensacola with Kids are not eligible to win.

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  1. My families favorite holiday activity is putting up the christmas tree and watching the classic holiday cartoons: rudolph, frosty, charlie brown christmas.

  2. Amanda M. Alvarado says

    My families favorite holiday activity is singing Christmas songs while driving to and from places.

  3. My favorite holiday activity is putting up the Christmas tree!

  4. Nancy Richardson says

    We experienced our favorite family holiday tradition today. Every year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving we head to Country Pines Christmas Tree Farm to cut our tree. Our two girls always head to the huge tree in the middle of the farm and ask for that one, but we setlle on another, cut it down, and bring it home to trim.

  5. putting up the Christmas tree & drinking hot chocolate

  6. Driving around in our pjs looking at Christmas lights.

  7. Elizabeth Sloman says

    Our FAVORITE holiday thing to do is to put up the Christmas tree ornaments – each child gets an ornament each year and they get to hang theirs up each year so the older kids have quite a number at this point and take GREAT care in choosing the “perfect” spot on the tree for them. My plan is when they are older and move away to have their own family they will take their ornaments with them for their tree 🙂 Hopefully remembering their yearly “decorating” at home with mom & dad.

  8. We love making cookies 🙂

  9. Personalized stockings!

  10. My favorite family activity is sipping hot chocolate around the fire.

  11. Angie Spicer says

    Our favorite family activity at Christmas is putting up the tree. The kids even asked to put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving this year!

  12. Definitely decorating the tree with my children!:)

  13. Favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies and drinking hot chocolate with the kids!

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