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First City Lights Festival: Lighting Ceremony

In downtown Pensacola, crowds were gathering for the night,
Eagerly awaiting the First City Lights.

Families had traveled all the way to Pensacola,
From far away towns such as Austin and Nola.

After a tustle between August Maywho and the Grinch,
Downtown was brightly lit up, every single inch.

The four-hundred thousand dazzling bubs was a breathtaking sight,
Reminding everyone just how much they love the First City Lights.

Are you ready to light up downtown Pensacola? Join us and Winterfest Pensacola on the day after Thanksgiving immediately following the Elf Parade! The Grinch will try and prevent the Mayor of Whoville from flipping the switch to turn on the lights.

It all happens on the stairs of the old Pensacola Courthouse on Palafox Street. Santa will be there too! And downtown will be lit up with half a million white lights for the season (if the Grinch doesn’t stop things)!

The First City Lights will stretch from Garden Street to Main Street on Palafox!

For sixty-nine enchanting nights beginning Nov. 8, visitors to downtown Pensacola will experience music, shopping, food, art and nightlife under a canopy of four hundred thousand white lights illuminating historic buildings, parks, shops, galleries and outdoor spaces. Visitors can navigate the eclectic district that’s anchored by Palafox Street—named one of America’s “Ten Great Streets”—on foot or by Segway, horse and carriage, pedi-cab or a free Downtown Trolley.