Pensacola Lights  is  looking for a new home for 2014 ! (see SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT below)

Welcome to Pensacola - a preview of our outdoor lights display

  • featuring animated holiday scenes to dazzle and delight
  • 1000s of NEW lights in 2013 !
  • computer controlled and synchronized to music
  • one of the largest private outdoor light displays of its kind
  • hosted by the Johnson Family for many years
  • moved to Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company, CPAs in 2011

The display music is simulcast over FM 103.9 so you can enjoy the show in any weather from the comfort of your own car.

A Colorful Dream Come to Light

Pensacola Lights began years ago when Dennis Johnson and his wife had their entire family at Thanksgiving Day dinner at their house. They had over 30 guests that year, so they decided to "go all out" and put up 5,000 Christmas lights to get everyone in the holiday spirit. The family really enjoyed the display, so they immediately started to plan how to make it even more exciting for the following Thanksgiving Day gathering.


Since then, Pensacola Lights took on a life of its own as it continued to grow and evolve into a display featuring over 75,000 lights. It turned into a year-round avocation incorporating Mr. Johnson’s varied interests in art, music, electronics, computers, engineering, design, carpentry, and electrical wiring.

In 2011, Pensacola Lights was moved to the offices of the Certified Public Accounting firm of Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company, P.A. in Downtown Pensacola.


Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company has had its own Christmas light display for over a decade.  During this time, their office site has served as the “Grinch” stop on the downtown Winterfest trolley tour. 

Pensacola Lights is now Brown Thornton Pacenta’s holiday gift to our community.


We believe in the family and establishing holiday traditions that will be remembered by our children. We hope that you will make a visit to Pensacola Lights a holiday tradition for your family as well!

Merry Christmas from your friends at :



Directions & Maps

Link to Online Map

Click here for enlarged print directions



Pensacola Lights is looking for a new home for Christmas 2014 due to a loss of display space. If you or someone you know would like to add this synchronized light display to an existing one or start a new spectacular light display at your home, business, church or other organization, NOW is the time to contact us. This includes miles of wiring harness, thousands of lights, a 30-ft jump-jack Mega-Light tree and LED lights, dozens of additional display Christmas trees for additional lights with both LED and incandescent lights, FM radio broadcaster, Animated Lighting software and two large lighting controller boards with 96 channels each, dozens of large display items, many extra items for spares or expansion, as well as this popular website and domain name   (see also “Behind The Scenes” tab above on website).


The best way to see what you want is to come by and view the installation close-up. Drop us an email or call Mr. Thornton at Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company at (850) 434-3146 for a tour. First come, first served…   Available for pick-up first week in January, 2014.


From Milton, FL (see Crestview)

From Mobile, AL
Travel on I-10 eastbound for 46 miles. Take I-110 exit number 12 toward Pensacola and travel southbound for 6.2 miles. Take next to last downtown exit 1C (last exit before Civic Center) to E Garden Street US-98. Go 0.7 miles from I-110 to the first red light on Garden Street and turn RIGHT (north) onto Tarragona Street.  Go ONE block to the first light.


Pensacola Lights is located at the offices of Brown Thornton Pacenta and Company, CPAs, on the block to the left as you proceed through the light (if you turned right at Chase Street you would enter the downtown ‘on ramp’ back onto I-110 northbound.  This is an easy way back on the interstate for your return trip back to I-10).


From Fort Walton Beach, FL
Travel on US-98/Miracle Strip Parkway westbound for 38.7 miles. After crossing Three Mile Bridge, US-98 becomes East Gregory Street.  Stay left on Gregory St (do not go onto the interstate) for just 0.5 mile and turn left onto N. Tarragona Street.

Pensacola Lights is located at the offices of Brown Thornton Pacenta and Company, CPAs, on the block to the right as you proceed south on Tarragona right after turning left at this intersection.


From Gulf Breeze  (see Ft. Walton)

    56 East Chase Street ( Corner of E. Chase and N. Tarragona)
Pensacola, FL 32502

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Display Schedule

Our spectacular light display begins on the Friday night week before Thanksgiving Day and continues until New Years Day.  You and your family can enjoy the display during the following hours:

       FM 1O3.9 Every night
4:30 pm to 11:00 pm

The complete sequence of synchronized music lasts for approximately 1 hour and loops continuously.



A view of the arches:




A scene from the Winterfest Trolley tour at the “Grinch’s Workshop” at Brown Thornton Pacenta & Company (Learn More About Winterfest)  :




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