Spending holidays in Panama City Beach–ideas that won’t break the bank

If you are looking for an innovative way to spend your holidays, a Panama City Beach getaway might just do the trick. A bit of sunshine mixed with the relaxing vibe of the beach, Florida beaches set the perfect stage for the family to enjoy one another this holiday season. Here are some helpful tips so your family can experience all Panama City Beach has to offer this winter vacation.

Holiday Events in Panama City Beach

Beach Home for the Holidays

(Dates: November 25th and 26th) )This epic event is loaded with fun for all ages and did we mention it’s free! Beach Home for the Holidays kicks off November 25th and is a two day event. With s’more, live entertainment and an appearance from Santa, it’s safe to say this event is a must do! They even have fireworks. Be sure to check event timeline to take advantage of the headliner Cam on Friday night and get the family ready for some exercise on Saturday with the 5k Run.

Beach Home for the Holidays is takes place in Aaron Bessant Park. (Located in Pier Park) Since it is Black Friday you can get a little shopping accomplished throughout Pier Park, then hop over to the event. It’s a great way to keep the kids busy and it won’t break the bank!

Bethlehem Christmas Village

(Dates: December 7th -10th) Experiencing the Bethlehem Christmas Village at the Captain Anderson Marina is a peaceful way to connect with the holidays. This incredible event will take you on a journey experiencing a live nativity, enjoying caroling and even having a stable with petting animals!
This is a free event for all happening on December 7th-10th. During the event they also run a Toy and Food drive, so donations are greatly appreciated.

A Day Trip to Seaside

(Dates starting in November) If you’re looking to explore surrounding areas of Panama City Beach, Seaside makes for a perfect day trip partake in holiday season. The area is filled with decor, plenty of novelty shop and historical buildings making the perfect scene to stroll around. Make sure to bring your appetite, there is plenty of food options for all cravings. From food trucks to sit down restaurants, you will certainly have plenty to keep your busy for the entire day.

Looking for a helpful tip on how to save, we got you covered. Since this area is adjacent from the beach, picnic lunches are always a hit at the beach. Maybe skipping on the cost for lunch will give you a few extra bucks for dinner if you plan to enjoy the festivities. Make sure to check the calendar for an update on photos with Santa and concert times.

New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop

(Date: December 31) Contemplating on how and where to ring in the new year? How about PCB home to”The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” and at the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop of course. This family friendly celebration lets the youngsters enjoy an earlier 8pm count down to a 10,000 beach ball drop with fireworks to follow.

As the night goes on live music will be continuing throughout on the main stage. As for the main count down, you will want to make your way to the celebration tower where a massive Beach Ball sits high in the sky awaiting the big count down. Event is free to all and is one you don’t want to miss.

Affordable Things to do in PCB

In addition to all of the festive happenings PCB offers, make sure to save yourself plenty of beach time. Although weather may be a little chilly for swimming, taking walks during sunset or daytime picnics are great ways to enjoy your stay.

Whether you want to explore our State Park or just hit the jacuzzi at your resort, there are endless ways to enjoy the beach during the winter months.

Holiday Beach Photos

Another affordable family activity is having family photos in Panama City Beach. Smiles Beach Photo do not charge a sitting fee to take the portraits at the beach. All photos are taken and are available to purchase directly afterwards. Some families really get into the spirit by bring along props to really liven the photo. Along with being affordable, their most flexible feature is that they accept same day bookings.

Other Family Friendly Ideas

  • Frank Brown Park
  • Shell Island
  • Conservation Park
  • Zoo World
  • Rock it Lanes
  • Boat Tours
  • Pier Park
  • Race City
  • Wonderworks or Riley’s

Holding the responsibility to host your holiday vacation this winter is a task Panama City Beach is delighted to undertake. As a town we love to share our area with visitors and make them feel as if they are home–with lots of sunshine!

So come be merry and bright with us this holiday season!

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