By JEANNIE WELLER COOPER: You can’t go wrong on Panama City Beach this weekend. What a fantastic place to grab a few gifts and enjoy the lovely surroundings. You can sample established Panama City Beach traditions like the Optimists’ Panama City Beach Christmas Parade at Pier Park, and launch new traditions with your family, right here on the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches.
Panama City Beach Christmas Parade
Lot of excitement on Saturday night at 5:00 when thePanama City Beach Optimist Club Christmas Parade leaves Town Center, traveling throughout Pier Park, down the Boardwalk to Front Beach Road.
Christmas Parade in Millvillle
This is quite a unique tradition. You’ll be glad you got up if you head over the bridge on Hwy. 98. Friday morning at 9:45 the schoolchildren of east Panama City will parade through historic Millville. They’ll be joined by local high school and middle school bands, Christmas floats, dog fanciers, the Chic-Fil-A Cow, the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Christmas Elves and holiday surprises- and- Santa on a big red fire engine! 3rd Street in Panama City’s Millville.
Magical Christmas at Gulf World
Master Illusionists Noah and Heather Wells will be at Gulf World Marine Park to present “…A Magical Christmas!” This two hour extravaganza features Christmas-themed illusions, comedy, and special effects “It’s A Magical Christmas!” is at Gulf World Marine Park on Front Beach Road. Adults $20.00 plus tax. Bring and unwrapped child’s toy and receive $2.00 off each adult ticket. Children 5 – 12 $10.00 plus tax. Children Four and under, no charge. Toys and a portion of ticket sales benefit Children’s Home Society of Florida.
Kaleidoscope Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol”
Don’t miss a fantastic performance of the holiday favorite, “A Christmas Carol.” See Scrooge, The Cratchets, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas, and more. Adults: $16, Mil/Sen: $15, Students: $8 reserved;$1.00 higher at the door. Kaleidoscope Theatre 24th Street Lynn Haven. Friday at 7pm, Saturday Matinee at 2pm, evening show at 7pm, Sunday 2pm
Pet Photos with Santa
PetSmart offers an opportunity for you to get your furry friend’s picture taken with Santa! 23rd Street in Panama City.
Christmas at H. G. Harders Park with Santa
Bay County Parks and Recreation invites you to a special Christmas event at H. G. Harders Park, located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., off of Hwy 231. Come out at 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday for Christmas carols, free hot chocolate and cookies, and a winter wonderland of lights. A certain visitor from the North Pole will make his entrance-from the sky – at 5 p.m. Santa plans to stay around for photos, so have your camera ready! More info, call 248-8170.
Panama City Beach is an amazing place to get out of the cold and into the Spirit of the Holidays. See you here!
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