December Events in Panama City Beach

December Events in Panama City Beach

Some may have the misconception that the town of Panama City Beach, Florida, winds down for the winter months, though this is far from the truth! The area is always bustling with both new events, and events that have been reoccurring for generations. The opportunities for a fun family-friendly time in Panama City Beach seem never-ending. Tourists and locals alike are sure to find something to look forward to in the month of December.

If you’re not already in the Christmas spirit, you will be after coming out to Aaron Bessant Park in Pier Park for An Emerald Coast Christmas! This is a weekend long event (taking place from the 8th-10th) that celebrates the joyous holiday. Serving as a getaway from the hectic holiday stresses, the environment will surely bring you some much needed Christmas Cheer.

There will be lots of excitement on the night of the 9th at 5:00 when the Panama City Beach Optimist Club presents its Christmas Parade! The parade will leave Town Center and travel throughout Pier Park and down the Boardwalk to Front Beach Road! This is most certainly an event for all ages- children, teens, and adults will be sure to enjoy the visuals, music, and so much more!

Quite possibly one of the most discussed events that Panama City Beach has to offer the community is the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop! Come and join with thousands to bid adieu to 2017, and to greet 2018 with open arms at this grand celebration. Taking place on the 31st, the streets of Pier Park will be closed off to traffic as the community enjoys free live music, entertainment, fireworks, and good cheer. For those with younger revelers, an 8:00 countdown will take place where over 10,000 inflated beach balls will be released from nets that stretch over the street. To signal the start of a new year, an enormous glowing beach ball is lowered and is followed by a phenomenal fireworks display. There is no better way to spend your New Year’s celebration than at Panama City Beach’s very own Pier Park!


Makers, Bakers, and Local Artistry.

If you are looking to enjoy some local ‘home grown’ fruits, vegetables, and other local artistry’s, why not check out one of the area’s farmers markets?  Located in three different areas for variety and convenience, visit 30A Farmers Market in Rosemary Beach, Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market on Panama City Beach, or St. Andrew’s Waterfront Farmers Market located at the marina in historic St. Andrews, Panama City.

30A Farmers Market is open from 9 am – 1 pm every Saturday and Sunday.  With a variety of local farmers goods, this market offers everything from fruits and vegetables to wine jellies, homemade soups, hot sauces, hydroponics, veggie dips, eggs, and grass fed beef just to name a few.  Browse the local shops surrounding the market or just meander along the different booths taking in the fine work of some of the surrounding makers, bakers, and growers.

Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers Market is located in the parking lot of Captain Anderson’s and is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm.  This farmers market offers a wide array of goods from some of the finest local artists.  Included in what is offered are both perishable and nonperishable items.  Arts and crafts, fruits and vegetables, and other food items are some choices to come check out.

St. Andrews Waterfront Market is a seasonal farmers market located in historic St. Andrews near the marina.  It runs on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, in the months May through October.  Local merchants display their goods which include fresh produce, baked goods, honey, art and crafts.  This market is a community wide initiative that was developed as a way for the residents to improve their overall economic health and to promote small businesses.  Come check out the fresh products and fine artistry provided by the area’s local residents.

If you want to take in some fresh air and stroll through some of the area’s finest farmers markets, then come check out one, or maybe all three on a spare weekend that you have. You’ll be able to pick up fresh produce, specialty sauces and jellies, and other fine artistry products made by some of our very own locals.  Afterwards, schedule an appointment with one of our Miller and Associates agents so that we may be of assistance in showing...