Panama City Beach has plenty to do during the holiday season, with Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas displays galore. But New Year’s is not to be forgotten. With everything from fireworks on the pier to a beach ball drop, you can ring in the new year Florida-style in Pier Park.
Pier Park is definitely the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., you’ll be able to listen to three different live bands in Pier Park while enjoying an evening meal, doing some post-Christmas shopping, or enjoying the local scenery. The three groups performing this year are the Barry Fish Band, Terry Brock & Friends, and 12South.
Kids’ Beach Ball Drop
Pier Park caters to families and adults for the New Year celebration. For youngsters that aren’t ready to stay up until midnight to ring in the new year, Pier Park has a kids’ celebration at 8 p.m. This is when 10,000 beach balls are released from nets hanging above the streets and fall down as a “beach ball drop.”
Beach Ball Drop
The traditional midnight celebration for the new year is the Beach Ball Drop at midnight. The large “beach ball” in Pier Park will lower at midnight, similar to the famous ball drop in New York City.
Once the beach ball drop is over, you can head to the front end of Pier Park (or up to the condo, if you’re staying in Calypso!) and enjoy a fireworks display off the Russell-Fields Pier.