Winterfest has so much to be thankful for in 2012! It's been a banner year for our charter and parking fundraising projects. We've met a bunch of great folks parking in our lots at Wahoo games and Civic Center events, and those parking donations support over 50% of our festival budget and make it possible for us to invent new and exciting adventures. We're so grateful for our guests who've made Winterfest a part of their holiday traditions year after year.Most of all we give thanks for our tireless team of performers and volunteers who support our activites year-round with over 10,000 hours of their time. We really couldn't do it without their help.Join us at the Elf Parade tomorrow to see Santa's new sleigh pulled by our full team of reindeer. Help our guest of honor Tony make the first wish of Christmas. Then we'll light up the plaza and start the snow as we kick off the Christmas season in song. The first 100 elves get free tickets to see The Polar Express at the Saenger Theater at 6:30. Happy Thanksgiving!
Even in Florida the spirit of the bayou can be discovered. Louisiana native, Dr. Stu Bonnin who is a pediatric dentist with offices on East Olive Road in Pensacola, recites a special version of the Clement Moore's, "Night Before Christmas" for Winterfest visitors. In Trosclair's version, alligators with names like Gaston, Pierre and Suzette pull Santa's pirogue through the water.
Clovis, the Crawfish joins Gaston, the alligator along the Winterfest tour route. Watch for a very special appearance by Cajun Santa who is dressed in muskrat and burlap.
Thanks to our customers, staff, volunteers and sponsors, we had a wonderful Winterfest - better than ever. Our New Year's Resolutions: more snow, more singing, dancing and fun. (images by Cheryl Casey - cherylcaseyphotography.com)Santa and Winterfest wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We'll see you soon.
There have been great network affiliate news stories about Winterfest this year. Here are two examples. One is from our friends at WEAR TV, Channel 3 about the "Christmas Story" performance in Seville Square. The CBS video is a synopsis of the event. The Atlanta station was in Pensacola to promote tourism.
The Pensacola News Journal and Pensacola Hardware are sponsoring a "Great Holiday Cookie Contest". Winterfest is participating by supplying some of the judges, including Santa who has sampled more cookies than anyone else in the world. Do you have a secret recipe for the perfect Christmas cookie? Here's your chance to show Santa that you have the right stuff. He'll be watching and checking for the tastiest sample. Your reward could be a $100 Pensacola Hardware gift certificate or a $50 certificate for the People's Choice Award. Along with Santa, lucky passengers on Saturday night, December 17th will be the judges. See contest details listed below.
Santa visited Escambia Country Commissioners at their final meeting before the holidays. He thanked Commissioners and staff for their invaluable support since 2004. The Winterfest Festival has been held at the restored County Courthouse building and in the adjacent plaza since 2009. In addition to providing Winterfest with a home, the County contributed funds and equipment, giving the project a head start. Frosty, Rudolph and Elf John passed out goodies to the assembled dignitaries.