PANAMA CITY BEACH – As the temperatures drop and the colors of the fall foliage slowly stop changing, the scene of the most celebrated time of the year becomes clear.

Ahhh, the holidays are upon us. And a two-day year Panama City Beach event has everything you need to get your Christmas season off to a good start. Beach Home for the Holidays will take place from 3:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Aaron Bessant Park, 500 W. Park Drive.

The free event is in its sixth year and is set to create new beach traditions, according to Visit Panama City Beach public relations manager Lacee Rudd.

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“Panama City Beach was generally a slow season in the fall or winter. We wanted to generate a series of things our visitors can do to promote the destination as a year-round destination. We want to attract those loyal visitors who love PCB, who will be coming to Beach Home for the holidays, the New Years Ball and other events, ”Rudd said. “In PCB, you can have a good time in summer, but you can also have a good time in autumn and winter.”

With around 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 application can be downloaded using a QR code on the event page, www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/beach-holiday/.

Activities for children are the hallmark of Beach Home for Holidays.  The Christmas tree will be lit up at 5:55 p.m. Friday.

Visit Panama City Beach tested the tool during the Pirates of the High Seas Festival in October in response to social distancing recommendations for the COVID-19 pandemic. Rudd said he received a lot of engagement and she hopes the response will be the same with the reindeer games.

“It’s virtual, but it’s also an in-person scavenger hunt, giving everyone the opportunity to participate without creating a huge crowd in one place,” Rudd said.

“We will have several different places in PCB where you can stop and take pictures. Each checkpoint will be decorated with holiday decorations. Once you start participating and taking those photos, and making all of these stops, you’ll be entered to win a loot bag PCB, ”she said, which will be chock full of gift cards for restaurants and local attractions, and real. fun. beach. beach towels, stickers and more.

While there is no age limit to participate in the game, the GooseChase hosting platform recommends that users be 9 years of age or older. Join the game by entering the code PCBHolidays, then enter a team name. The reindeer games take place from Wednesday to Saturday.

Campfires, S'mores, and Santa's Village open at 3:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Beach Home for the holidays.

Also new this year is a live performance from country music hitmaker Josh Turner, who will kick off his Holiday & The Hits 14-stop tour at Beach Home for the Holidays, reaching the amphitheater stage at 6 p.m. Friday.

According to an announcement, Turner has sold over 6 million records and topped the charts with five No.1 singles, including “Your Man,” “Would You Go With Me,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and ” All on me.”

“We are very happy to have Josh Turner at the event. It’s not just an event for us, it’s an opportunity for locals and visitors to create new traditions,” said Rudd. “Bringing a big name to the headliner like Josh Turner is another way to do it and to show what a spectacular time it will be right after Thanksgiving – the kicking off of the holiday season. It’s going to be amazing. . “

Kids of all ages can enjoy the s'mores by the fireside at Beach Home for vacationing this weekend.

Also on Friday at 5:55 p.m., a Christmas tree in the park will be lit by PCB Mayor Mark Sheldon. The lighting ceremony will be followed by fireworks from Russell-Fields Pier, scheduled for 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The fireworks will be visible from the park.

Also at Beach Home for the holidays: Dr. Seuss’ holiday movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will air at 4:15 pm on Friday and “The Polar Express” on Saturday at the same time. Campfires, S’mores and Santa’s Village will open at 3:30 p.m. on both days of the event. At the latter, a photo booth with Father Christmas and Mother Christmas will be set up; photos are free and can be downloaded digitally on site.

“Come, hang out with your friends and family and grill s’mores. We will have some cool activities at Santa Claus Village,” Rudd said, noting that the event and the village are free and without a ticket.

Organizers expect around 6,000 guests each day for the annual Beach Home for the Holidays.

On Saturday at 6 p.m., the Panama City Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-hour holiday-themed set on stage.

“This is one of our favorite events of the year,” Panama City Symphony Orchestra conductor David Ott said in a press release. “There is nothing more heartwarming than the traditions of Christmas, and we love to set the stage for the season of celebration. “

Concert-goers will hear beloved Christmas carols such as “Silent Night” and “The Christmas Song,” as well as classics like “Festive Christmas Overture” and “White Christmas,” the release said. They will also be entitled to an original holiday piece from Ott called “Christmas Fantasy”. The evening will end with an “1812 Overture” performed during the presentation of the fireworks.

For more information on Beach Home for the Holidays, go online at www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/beach-holiday.