PANAMA CITY BEACH — As temperatures drop and the colors of fall foliage slowly cease changing, the scene for the most celebrated time of the year comes into focus.
Ahhh, the holidays are upon us. And one annual two-day Panama City Beach event has everything you need to start your Christmas season off right. Beach Home for the Holidays will be held from 3:30-7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Aaron Bessant Park, 500 W. Park Drive.
The free event is in its sixth year and on the journey to create new beach traditions, according to Visit Panama City Beach Public Relations Manager Lacee Rudd.
"Panama City Beach was typically an off-shoulder slow season come fall or wintertime. We wanted to generate a series of things our visitors can do to promote the destination as a year-round destination. We want to bring in those loyal visitors that love PCB, that will come in for Beach Home for the Holidays, the New Year’s ball drop and other events," Rudd said. "In PCB, you can have a great time in the summer, but you can also have a great time in the fall and wintertime."
With an estimated 6,000 guests to attend each day of the event, a new virtual game is joining the festivities this year — Reindeer Games Scavenger Hunt. The app can be downloaded using a QR code found on the event's page, www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/beach-holiday/.
Visit Panama City Beach tested the tool at the Pirates of the High Seas Festival in October in response to social distancing recommendations for the COVID-19 pandemic. Rudd said it received a lot of engagement and she hopes the response will be the same with the reindeer games.
"It’s virtual, but it is also an in-person scavenger hunt, giving everyone an opportunity to participate without creating a huge crowd in one location," Rudd said.
"We will have several different spots throughout PCB where you can stop and take photos. Each checkpoint will be decked out in holiday decorations. Once you start participating and take those pictures, and make all those stops, you will be entered to win a PCB swag bag," she said, which will be chock-full of gift cards for local restaurants and attractions, and Real. Fun. Beach. beach towels, stickers, and more.
While there is no age limit to participate in the game, the hosting platform GooseChase recommends users to be 9 years of age or older. Join the game by entering code PCBHolidays, and then enter a team name. The reindeer games run Wednesday through Saturday.
Also new this year is a live performance by country music hitmaker Josh Turner, who will be kicking off his cross-country 14-stop Holiday & The Hits tour at Beach Home for the Holidays, hitting the amphitheater stage at 6 p.m. Friday.
According to an announcement, Turner has sold more than 6 million records and has topped the charts with five No. 1 singles, including "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," "Why Don't We Just Dance," and "All Over Me."
"We’re very excited to have Josh Turner at the event. It’s not just an event to us, it's an opportunity for locals and visitors to create new traditions," Rudd said. "Bringing on a big headlining name like Josh Turner is another way to do that, and showcase what a spectacular time it’s going to be right after Thanksgiving — kicking off the holiday season. It’s going to be amazing."
Also on Friday, at 5:55 p.m., a Christmas tree at the park will be illuminated by PCB Mayor Mark Sheldon. The lighting ceremony will be followed by fireworks set off from Russell-Fields Pier, which is scheduled at 7:15 p.m. for Friday and Saturday. The fireworks will be visible from the park.
Also at Beach Home for the Holidays: Holiday movie Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" will be shown at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, and "The Polar Express" on Saturday at the same time. Campfires, S'mores & Santa's Village will open at 3:30 p.m. on both days of the event. At the latter, a booth for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will set up; photos are free and can be digitally downloaded onsite.
"Come, hang out with your friends and family and roast some s’mores. We'll have some cool activities at Santa's Village," Rudd said, noting the event and village are free and not ticketed.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, Panama City Symphony Orchestra will perform an hour-long holiday-themed set on the stage.
“This is one of our most favorite events of the year,” Panama City Symphony Conductor David Ott said in a news release. “There is nothing more heartwarming than the traditions of Christmas, and we love to set the stage for the season of rejoicing.”
Concert-goers will hear beloved carols such as “Silent Night” and “The Christmas Song,” plus perennial favorites like the “Festive Christmas Overture” and “White Christmas,” the release stated. They also will be treated to an original holiday piece by Ott entitled “Christmas Fantasy.” Wrapping up the evening will be “1812 Overture” performed during the fireworks presentation.
For more information about Beach Home for the Holidays, go online to www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/beach-holiday.
This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Panama City Beach Florida's Home for the Holidays this weekend
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