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.

Weekend Events – Eclectic!

Looking for Panama City Beach events? Bookmark our Events section!

If the sun shines, we will plan it, execute it and revel in it.   Proof of this statement lies in the expanding events calenders County Wide.

We listed a few, eclectic options for you here but if you have something you want to share with us, don’t hesitate- let us know!

Weekend Events for February 25-27

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8 Spots for Waterfront Dining in Panama City Beach

What could be better than a relaxing and appetizing meal in the company of someone special? How about a gorgeous view of the water to complement the experience? In Panama City Beach, there’s no shortage of beautiful waterfront settings that will turn any meal into a special occasion – check out our guide (in no particular order) to some of the best. Continue reading “8 Spots for Waterfront Dining in Panama City Beach”

Coastal Cleanup 2008

This time next year, we will be aware of and report the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup before the event happens.  But this year, we are pleased to report that the event did take place in Bay County in four locations: downtown St. Andrews, St. Andrews State Park, Camp Helen State Park and Tyndall Air Force Base.

I chose to do my own little “KeeptheBeachClean.com” cleanup in the area of the weekend’s best event, Schooners Lobster Fest.  I am pleased to announce that the beaches between Access #1 and Schooners were very clean, and I picked up less than 5 gallons of trash on both my morning trip and sunset run.

Thanks to Schooners for putting on events like Lobster Fest to improve activities for locals and tourists alike.  It was such a perfect beach day…

Schooners Lobster Festival and Tournament

19th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament planned for Sept. 18, 19, 20 & 21st

Panama City Beach, FL –  Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, will host the 19th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament again this year! The event, which has grown to be the biggest 4 day Lobster Festival in Florida will be held on September 18, 19, 20 & 21. The first tournament was held in the fall of 1989; today, it draws divers and enthusiasts all over the country!

Divers will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of categories including Spiny Lobster, Big 6 and Shovelnose, with cash prizes totaling $5000.00. Weigh-ins will be from 3-8pm on Saturday and Noon-3pm on Sunday.

The Lobster Feast will begin at Noon on Sunday and spectators will get a chance to taste the catch for themselves! Fresh local lobster will be served grilled, fried, steamed, and chilled.
The final awards ceremony and the Huge Auction will begin Sunday at 4pm.  Lobsters, incredible merchandise and unique packages donated by local businesses are up for bid.

Otherwise known as “Lobsterfest”, the Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament has experienced changes over the years.  Ten years ago, a family oriented Sand Sculpting Contest was added to the menu. This year, Sand sculptors Suzanne Altmare and Meredith Corson of Sanding Ovations return to WOW the crowds with their spectacular sculptures. Between the two of them, they have won or placed in every major competition in the country. Troy Syfrett and the Nashville Mafia, The Eric Heatherly Band and Stainless Steel will entertain the crowds with their own special brand of great dance music.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida Aquatic & Marine Institute (FAMI) and the Children’s Home Society of Florida

“This event will provide much needed help to the Children’s Home Society, a program that works to develop, restore and strengthen families. They help loving people become parents through their adoption and foster care programs. They enable families to stay together through their child abuse prevention programs. Along with helping FAMI who’s three main purposes are: Habitat development, fisheries research and environmental education for elementary education for elementary age children.”