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What Makes Panama City Beach a Great Holiday Destination?

Author 11-21-2019

Forget spending the holidays in the dreary winter cold and pack your bags for a spectacular holiday vacation in Panama City Beach! When you visit us for the holidays, you can trade freezing snow for white-sand beaches, and your parkas for swimsuits. Besides the simply gorgeous weather, our lovely city of Panama City Beach offers fantastic local dining, and a plethora of seasonal Florida activities to get you in that holiday spirit even when the sun is shining bright!

Spend the Holidays Relaxing by the Beach

Imagine Thanksgiving or Christmas morning spent taking long strolls on the beach, or a New Year’s celebration right on the shore. Having a holiday getaway to Panama City Beach means you can eschew the traditional holiday stress and instead go the route of pure relaxation, sitting by the beach with a cocktail in your hand. Take a dolphin watching tour in the days leading up to the holiday or take an excursion out to the undeveloped Shell Island. The choices for beachside Florida activities are endless, no matter the season!

Countless Options for Holiday Dining

While your vacation home will always have a fully equipped kitchen where you can craft a feast using ingredients from local markets, you’ll find there’s a wide variety of restaurants open on the holidays in both Panama City Beach and nearby beach towns. The Boars Head Restaurant & Tavern offers a holiday buffet on both Christmas and Thanksgiving, and iconic staples like Margaritaville stay open for the holidays as well. At the Watercolor Inn in Santa Rosa Beach and the Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach, you can take advantage of their holiday specials and enjoy an elegantly plated multi-course meal with seaside views.

Festive Beachside Holiday Events and Florida Activities

Panama City Beach is home to many holiday events and Florida activities, which can make visiting this time of year quite special. On Thanksgiving weekend, you can kick off the season right at the annual Beach Home for the Holidays event in Aaron Bessant Park, and enjoy holiday activities, a tree lighting, spectacular sunsets over the water, and nightly firework displays. You’ll also find other holiday events throughout December such as Christmas at the Barn, a winter wonderland themed Christmas event, and the Bethlehem Christmas Village for a peek into the past. If you’re lucky enough to be here over New Year’s, you can attend one of our most exciting events, the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, when the streets of Pier Park are full of revelers, live music, and of course, a fantastic firework show.

Have One of Your Best Holidays Ever in Panama City Beach

With beautiful weather, great food, and amazing local events, Panama City Beach has everything you could want for the holidays—and more! Give us a call to start planning your holiday trip to Panama City Beach!