Visit Panama City Beach is pleased to announce record-breaking numbers at their sixth annual Beach Home for the Holidays this past November 26-27 with 6,500 in attendance on Friday for headliner Josh Turner who performed several of his number one hits and sang his brand-new Christmas album, King Size Manger. Visit Panama City Beach typically sees 4,500 in attendance for a Friday headliner, so this year’s event saw a staggering 44% increase year-over-year. Beach Home for the Holidays will return to Aaron Bessant park next year during Thanksgiving Weekend on November 25-26, 2022.
“After having to cancel the 2020 event, we could not be more delighted to see how many families, friends, locals and visitors alike came together for the 2021 Beach Home for the Holidays event to celebrate the kickoff to the holiday season and our wonderful community here in Panama City Beach,” shares President and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach Dan Rowe. “We are already looking forward to the seventh annual Beach Home for the Holidays and hope that these families continue to return to get in the holiday spirit and create lasting memories with us.”
In addition to Josh Turner’s special show, Friday night featured the official countdown for the 38-foot tree lighting by Panama City Beach Mayor and other city officials. On Saturday night, the Panama City Symphony, lead by Conductor David Ott, helped set the mood for Christmas with a performance of holiday classics to a crowd of 3,500.
A new addition for this year’s event, Visit Panama City Beach hired Santa Joe to pose for photos and greet children and adults alike. Santa Joe donates his holiday earnings to various charities that benefit the fight against pediatric cancer, including the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute and the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta. During the Beach Home for the Holidays event, Santa Joe was able to add over $5,000 in donations for these charities, which will help him reach his goal of $85,000 this year. For more info https://www.therealdealsanta.com/
This event could not have happened without the city’s great local organizations who provided over 100 volunteers, including The Boy Scouts of America, The 325th Air Force Medical Boosters, Arnold High Athletics, Pirates of the White Sands, Women’s Civic Club of PCB and the PCB Senior Center.
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