Christmas at the beach is a unique experience. Panama City, Florida, is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the beach in winter along with many Christmas events. You can experience everything from boat parades to the Russian Nutcracker ballet performances. Below you will find a listing with descriptions of some of the events for December in Panama City taken from the following web site: beachguide.com.
Festival of Trees When: Dec 1 – 4, 2010
Where: Marina Civic Center
Date: 12/01/2009 – 12/04/2009 This annual fundraiser helps ring in the Christmas season through a beautiful display of uniquely designed Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses. The General Admission is planned for Friday Dec 4, 5-9 pm. There will be free crafts for kids, a tour of trees, concessions and holiday treats, silent auction, and an entertainment stage. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Families get a discount.
Phone: (850) 769-0783
Run for the Redfish When: Dec 4, 2010 8:00 AM Where: Pier Park
Runners from across the Southeast will participate in the inaugural Run for the Redfish in Panama City Beach, Florida. A combined half marathon, 5k run and kids’ fun run will be held at Pier Park. A portion of the proceeds for event will benefit the Coast Conservation Association (CCA). Start Times: 8:00 AM (1/2 Marathon), 8:30 AM (5K) and 10:00 AM for Kids’ Fun Run. Event features: Timing Chip for 1/2 Marathon SWAG Bag to all 1/2 and 5K runners Aid and water stations located at miles 2,4,6,8,10 & 12 Music on course sponsored by DJ Markie Mark.
More Info: www.runfortheredfish.com
23rd Annual Boat Parade of Lights
When: Dec 12, 2010
Where: St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club Panama City, FL
The Classic Russian Nutcracker
When: Dec 29, 2010
Where: Marina Civic Center Now on its 17th annual tour, the Great Russian Nutcracker will visit over 70 cities in the United States and Canada. Tickets prices: $27.50, $37.50, $47.50, $67.50. More Info: www.marinaciviccenter.com.
2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop
When: Dec 31, 2010 5:30 PM – 1:00 AM
Where: Pier Park
Family time from 5:30 to 8:30 featuring bounce houses, party favors, street performers, and live radio remotes. The New Year’s Eve countdown celebration begins at 9 p.m., with live entertainment and prize giveaways until the 800 pound beach ball drops 12 stories at midnight, followed by a dazzling fireworks display.