Get Your Christmas Spirit Up

Looking for more holiday events to help get the Christmas Spirit flowing?  There are plenty more events to attend!

Santa’s Beach House

November 26th -December 24th

Want to tell Santa what you want and get a picture taken with him?  He will be at his Pier Park house ready to take pictures Monday’s- Thursday’s 11:00am – 8:00pm, Friday’s – Saturday’s 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sunday’s 11:00 am – 6:00pm, and on December 24 from 9:00am – 6:00pm.

Christmas Parade

December 3rd

Downtown on Harrison Ave, at 5pm keep your eyes open for the Christmas parade to come by!  There will be floats themed “White Christmas” from local businesses, schools, entertainment and community groups, individuals, marching bands, and car clubs.  The parade will start at the marina and continue to 13th Street. For the 3rd year, the Panama City Parrot Head Club will be collecting donations and blankets for the local Jaycees group.

Christmas Boat Parade

December 3rd

Departing from Bay Point Marina and looping to the west end of Grand Lagoon, boats will pass in front of the Boatyard, Captain Anderson’s Lighthouse Marina, Treasure Island Marina, Pirates Cove Marina, Tacky Jacks, and 30 Degree Blue.  There will be a panel of judges at the Boatyard, with prizes being awarded in various categories including: Best Sailboat, Best Boat Under 30 feet, Most Outlandish, and Best Overall.  The awards will be presented at Bay Point Mariana and the after party will be held at 30 Degree Blue.

Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5th

At 6:30pm, the City of Panama City Beach will keep in the holiday tradition of lighting their Christmas Tree in Frank Brown Park.  Refreshments and music will be provided by local school, church, and civic groups.

We hope you have a blast looking at the lights, parades, and of course- telling Santa what you want for Christmas!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Looking to shed the Scrooge-like funk before the holidays hit?  Panama City Beach is full of events and activities to get you singing “Jingle Bells” in no time!

Santa’s Arrival and Breakfast

November 25th, 2011

At 9:00am, Santa will be arriving at Pier Park for cookies, hot chocolate and pictures with all of the boys and girls who come to see him!  Pictures will be taking place at the Santa House on the boardwalk.

Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting

November 25th, 2011

The age old tradition of the Christmas tree lighting will take place from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  Listen to holiday carolers as the Mayor lights the 20ft tree in Pier Park and starts the holiday season!

25th Annual Christmas Boat Parade

November 26th, 2011

This year’s boat parade will mark the 25th Anniversary of the parade in Panama City.  From 4pm- 9pm in Historic St. Andrews you can watch the “Silver Anniversary”-themed parade tour the St. Andrews Marina.  For more information, please visit the website.

Schooners Last Local Beach Party

November 26th, 2011

Celebrate the holiday season with Schooners!  Starting at 7pm, Schooners would like to thank those who have supported them all year long.  They will have live entertainment from Smoke N Mirrors.  There will also be food and drink specials, holiday gifts, and VIP card giveaways.  The event will benefit the Children’s Home Society.  Schooners asks you to bring a new unwrapped toy to benefit an underprivileged child in the community.

8th Annual Festival of Trees

November 29th- December 2nd, 2011

The Panama City Rescue Mission is hosting the 8th Annual Festival of Trees: The Greatest Gift of All at the Marina Civic Center.  This event enables local artists and designers to decorate beautiful Christmas items for charity, which are judged in a competition and then sold at auction.  All proceeds help Bethel Village, the Rescue Mission’s home for recovering homeless women and families.

The Rescue Mission will also be hosting a “Lunch with Santa,” which will be a field trip for our school’s homeless children allowing them to enjoy beautiful trees, learn the history of Christmas, meet Santa, and receive presents.

Tickets and more information are available online.