They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but Panama City Beach just may be an improvement over your typical Christmas tradition. Instead of packing up the family for the trip to grandma’s this year, why not start a new family tradition and spend your holidays on a snow white beach? Here are 8 awesome reasons to spend your Christmas holiday in the Spring Break Capital of the world.
Really. December doesn’t have to be miserable and cold. The average daily temps for Panama City Beach is in the 70s, and evenings seldom dip below 60. You can top off your Christmas Eve with a midnight walk on the beach – without your coat!
Leave the Stress at Home
Whether you’re hosting or being hosted, Christmas at home can be a major source of stress. Why fight traffic or spend your entire day cooking and cleaning when you can enjoy a lazy brunch, hang out poolside with cocktails, and sit down to an expertly prepared holiday dinner – without lifting a finger?
Fun for the Whole Family!
Let’s face it. By the time the kids hit their teens, a family holiday is just one more social obligation they’d rather avoid. Treat them to a Panama City Beach Christmas, where they can hit the water slides and hang out on the beach instead of making nice with that aunt who smells like lavender and old lace.
Winter is a relatively quiet time in Panama City Beach. Most families book Florida vacations for summer, and the kids tend to head down for Spring Break. When you book a Panama City Beach Christmas vacation, you get to take advantage of off-season pricing and special holiday deals. The same holds true for the best restaurants and other attractions – they’re competing for fewer people, so the prices are lower. Consider that a holiday gift to yourself!
Wind Down the Year with Pure Relaxation
Skip the hustle and bustle of a busy holiday season and relax with a Panama City Beach spa vacation. It’s the perfect romantic getaway and gift for your loved one. Can’t slip away from the kids – and who’d want to on Christmas anyway? Some of the best all-inclusive resorts are family friendly – and include generous babysitting and kids’ activities so that mom and dad can share some special romantic time together over the holiday.
New for 2016, you can enjoy a Panama City Beach Christmas in a whole new way. This year, the city will be hosting their first ever Christmas Village on the beach. There will be all sorts of activities and festivities taking place throughout the entire month of December, making it a magical time to visit the snow-white beach of PCB.
Christmas Tree Forest
Lights, lights and more lights! The intersection of Alf Coleman Drive and Front Beach Road will be transformed into a Christmas Tree Forest, including a 40-foot tall Christmas tree decorated with twinkling lights dancing to holiday music.
Ice Palace Skating Rink
What would you expect to find at the center of the Christmas Tree Forest? A magical ice palace, of course! The 50 x 100 foot artificial ice rink will provide lots of fun for all ages throughout the month.
Santa’s Beach House Village
For most of the year, Shipwreck Island is a water park featuring all the toys and activities you’d expect at a water park. For the month of December, it will be transformed into a holiday village, complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus and all their sea-going friends. There will be lighted starfish, seahorses, dolphins, fish and crabs, and Santa will be available to pose for pictures. Kids can enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and make their own holiday crafts at the craft table.
Christmas Under the Sea
The M.B. Miller County Per will become the staging site for viewing the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches in all their holiday finery. Even better, visitors can watch videos of the dolphin family decorating their home for the holidays alongside their friends, the fish and the sea turtles.
Why fight traffic and snow and cold when you could be relaxing poolside with a cocktail while the kids play with Santa and the elves at Panama City Beach? This is the year to take a break from it all and enjoy a Panama City Beach holiday getaway.