How to Celebrate Christmas in Panama City Beach

This may be Panama City Beach in Florida, and while it’s still warm enough to go out without a jacket – we certainly don’t need the cold weather and snow to get us in the festive mood. There are plenty of seasonal events and activities happening all around town, so grab your friends and family and enjoy your very own winter wonderland, right here in Panama City Beach!

Saturday, December 5th Pet Photos with Santa at Pier Park.

Bring your favorite pet to the Santa House on the Boardwalk and take home a picture that you will treasure forever! This fun event takes place from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Saturday, December 5th – Panama City Holiday Parade.

It may require a trip over the bridge but you can’t miss this holiday parade! With a “Christmas Around the World” theme, floats from local businesses, schools, entertainment and community groups, individuals, marching bands and car clubs will line the streets. The parade starts at the Panama City Marina, and then travels along Harrison Ave to 13th Street.

Sunday, December 6th – Christmas Table Tour and Gift Sale.

Located at 17012 Hernando Avenue in Panama City Beach, the Gulf Beach Garden Club is holding a table tour and gift sale event from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm that is open to everyone. Admission is $5.00, and the event will include holiday table decorating ideas, wines, gift baskets and much more. Call (850) 234 0137.

Monday, December 7th – Christmas Tree Lighting at Frank Brown Park.

Starting at 6:30 pm, the City of Panama City Beach will present the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Frank Brown Park Community Center. Music and refreshments will be provided by local school, church and civic groups.

Saturday, December 12th – Panama City Beach Christmas Parade.

It’s parade time on the beach! Starting at 4:00 pm, this festive annual parade begins at town center, travels throughout Pier Park, and down the Boardwalk to Front Beach Road. Bonus – there will also be 3 live marching bands to help you celebrate the spirit of the season! Bands will be: Arnold Blue Thunder Marching Band, Mosley High School Band, and Surfside Middle School Band.

Saturday, December 12th – Annual Boat Parade of Lights.

For a unique and visually stunning Christmas parade, don’t miss the annual boat parade of lights, where locals and visitors alike will gather to watch the collection of beautifully decorated boats as they set sail from the historic St. Andrew’s Marina, through St. Andrew’s Bay and into the Downtown Marina. Call (850) 872 7208 for more details.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

10 thoughts on “How to Celebrate Christmas in Panama City Beach

  1. Unfortunately, I’m missing all these things, but I will be here over the Christmas and New Years so hopefully there’ll be lots more to do.


    1. We’ll be there over christmas/New Years also. Not that we can’t find things to do on our own, but are there any other planned events between Dec. 12 and NYEve?


  2. We always go to the boat parade…. not like you can see that anywhere else!!! There is always so much to do for all of the holidays and year round. PCB is the place to live!


  3. Nothing actually happening on Christmas Day, but you can’t beat a long walk on the beach with the family after a big lunch. For New Years Eve, head to Pier Park to be part of the celebrations which will include live entertainment, prize giveaways, a dazzling fireworks show and the second annual ball drop. Alternatively, Spinnaker’s Beach Club is hosting the New Years Black and White Ball Dinner & Dance – with a sumptuous menu and dancing till 4 am!


  4. I can’t seem to find any information on Christmas-related activities from 12/23-12/28. Seems everything happens before Christmas. Can you give me any suggestions? We love to drive around at home and look at Christmas lights, attend Christmas musicals, and attend classical music concerts. Any suggestions would be welcome.


  5. Wish Friday night’s free concert was advertised earlier or waited a week to kick off.
    This interferes with Grills Gone Wild. Can’t we wait until after Thanksgiving to start the Christmas season?


  6. Thanksgiving is a whole different story.yes you can find places open.but, Christmas? Even the restaurant owners want to be home with their families.:( good luck to you ! I think golden coral is open( poor people)


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