PANAMA CITY — A Christmas-themed weekend of food, drinks, music, comedy and fun is planned for historic downtown Panama City, between the annual Boat Parade of Lights, the Taste of Downtown epicurean experience, and a Martin Theatre holiday production. 

The 2017 Boat Parade of Lights will be from 4-9 p.m. on Saturday. Good viewing locations for the Boat Parade of Lights include the St. Andrews Yacht Club, Downtown Marina, St. Andrews Marina and Sun Harbor Marina. To enter your boat in the parade, go to HistoricStAndrews.com and download a registration form; the registration fee is $10.

According to organizers, marina vendors will be open from 4-9 p.m., and the boats will begin their journey from St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club at 5:30 p.m.. They will navigate by the Downtown Marina, then proceed past the St. Andrews Marina, with the end of the procession at Shipyard Grill at Sun Harbor Marina. Fireworks will launch above the Downtown Panama City Marina after all the boats have safely passed, about 6:15 p.m., organizers said.

Just as the boats begin their journey, the fifth annual Taste of Downtown will starting. From 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, an array of restaurants and shops in downtown Panama City will offer a chance to experience all that Downtown has to offer. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 per person at the door.

This year, 18 restaurants and businesses are participating: The Place Downtown, Tom's Hot Dogs, Funky Mermaid Lounge, Elegant Endeavors Antique Emporium, Blasted Screen Print, Mainstreet Antiques, The Little Mustard Seed, Clara Jean's Antiques, Tutu Pink Boutique, Maddie's La Casita, The Light Room, Vinny & Bay's, The Wine Dog, The Maddie Hatter, Panama City Center for the Arts, Millies, Smoky Barrel BBQ, and Mosey's. The Wabi Sabis ukulele band will be set up in front of the Randy Johnson Art Gallery next to Main Street Antiques on Harrison.

"The Wine Dog is really excited about participating in this event," said the shop's owner, Terri Davidson, in a Facebook post. "We are the new kids on the block. We really like being downtown — so much going on! We'll have wine and food goodies to share."

Meanwhile, the comedy "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" will debut at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The play finds a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant who have to deal with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Opening night, ticketholders are invited to meet the cast at a Green Room gala after the show. The play will also run at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, with a second run of performances on Dec. 14, 15 and 16. For details and tickets, visit MartinTheatre.com or call 850-763-8080.

Next weekend, downtown marks a "Dickens of the Christmas" with extended evening shopping, specials and live music, as well as a free showing of "The Polar Express" at the Panama City Marina. See the Christmas Events list for details, below. 

 

CHRISTMAS EVENTS 

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 8

CHIPPY - THE ELF ON THE SHELF: Find him daily through Dec. 15 at the Panama City Beach Public Library, 12500 Hutchison Blvd. Each child that finds Chippy’s hiding spot will receive a small candy cane and a ticket for a chance to win 'The Elf on the Shelf' book. The winner will be notified Dec. 19. Details at 850-233-5055

17th ANNUAL MILLVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE FOR CHILDREN: 10 a.m. parade will begin at Third Street and Maple Avenue and will end at Daffin Park on Third Street. Details, Mary Sue Boles, 850-624-5160

CITY OF PARKER CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: 4:30-7 p.m. at Memorial Park next to Parker City Hall, 1001 W. Park St., off U.S. 98. Admission is free. Enjoy “snow” from several snow machines and a barbershop quartet, Santa, vendors, and kids' activities.

FREE HOLIDAY WINE TASTING: 5-7 p.m. at Somethin's Cookin', 93 E. 11th St., Panama City. Enjoy wines selected with the holidays in mind. Details, 850-769-8979

HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS: 6-8 p.m. in St. Andrews, merchants will offer extended hours, festive spirit, holiday treats (live music, hot chocolate, cider, candy canes, popcorn and goody bags), and memories of favorite Christmas and holiday movies. Special menu items and entertainment at local restaurants and cafes. Oaks by the Bay will be alight.

HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS CHURCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS: 6-8 p.m. at 1004 Chestnut St., Panama City. Enjoy puppet shows, cookie decorating, ornament making and goodies.

CHRISTMAS IN CALLAWAY: 6-9 p.m. at the Callaway Arts and Conference Center, 500 Callaway Park Way, off State 22. Free admission. Enjoy Santa, vendors, kids' activities, a balloon slide, obstacle course and more. There will be free hot dogs and hot chocolate, and live entertainment.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES - A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT OF MUSIC: 6 p.m. at City Church at Northside, 530 Airport Road, Panama City. A night of Christmas music from favorite Christmas movies. Free and open to the public. Details at citychurchpc.com

AN EMERALD COAST CHRISTMAS: Tonight's events have been cancelled because of expected inclement weather.

LIVING NATIVITY: Tonight's nativity at Messiah Lutheran Church has been cancelled because of expected inclement weather.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE CELTS: 7 p.m. at Gulf Beach Presbyterian, 271 S. Arnold Road, Panama City Beach. An uplifting and spirited holiday celebration. Proceeds benefit the Community Food Pantry at Gulf Beach Presbyterian. General admission $10. Details at bayartsevents.com

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER': 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Opening night, meet the cast gala after the show. Details at MartinTheatre.com or 850-763-8080

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 9

HOLIDAY PET PHOTOS: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Humane Society of Bay County, 1408 Harrison Ave., Panama City. Packages start at $20 donation. Options include traditional family, pet, couples or themed. Details, 850-215-0352

HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXPO: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Southerland Event Center, 1112 Ohio Ave., Lynn Haven. Shop local and home-based businesses for your holiday gifts. Open to the public. Admission is one canned good. Door prizes throughtout the day. Call 205-242-9185 for details

COOKIES WITH MRS. CLAUS: 10 a.m. at the Panama City Beach Public Library, 12500 Hutchison Blvd. This Saturday Storytime is geared for ages 4 and up. Details at 850-233-5055

AN EMERALD COAST CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach with performances throughout the day; presented by Emerald Coast Fellowship in Lynn Haven and Woodstock Church in Panama City Beach. Featuring food vendors, booths, family activities, s'mores station, bounce houses, live Nativity scene with barnyard animals and people reenacting the Christmas story.

2017 BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS: 4-9 p.m. Viewing locations include St. Andrews Yacht Club, downtown Panama City Marina, St. Andrews Marina and Sun Harbor Marina.

OPTIMIST CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5 p.m. through Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach. Details, VisitPanamaCityBeach.com

CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES - A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT OF MUSIC: 6 p.m. at City Church at Northside, 530 Airport Road, Panama City. A Night of Christmas music from your favorite Christmas movies. Free and open to the public. Details at citychurchpc.com

LIVING NATIVITY: 6:30-8 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 3701 W. State 390, Panama City. Free admission. Stay in your cars and drive through, experiencing the true meaning of Christmas. Pass by scenes that tell the Christmas story from the angel’s visit to Mary to the manger scene in Bethlehem. Any donations will go to LDR for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico and South Florida. (Weather permitting.)

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER': 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Details at MartinTheatre.com or 850-763-8080

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 10

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER': 2 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Details at MartinTheatre.com or 850-763-8080

SANTA SATURDAY: 2 p.m. at Sheraton Bay Point, Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach. Sample great holiday wines while painting wine glasses for Christmas. Cost: $35, includes all supplies. Reservations and details: email beachartgroup@att.net or call 850-541-3867

AN EMERALD COAST CHRISTMAS: 2-8 p.m. at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City Beach with Christmas program at 3 p.m. featuring full choir and orchestra performing holiday classics with special appearances by dancers and soloists; presented by Emerald Coast Fellowship in Lynn Haven and Woodstock Church in Panama City Beach. FeatureS food vendors, booths, family activities, s'mores station, bounce houses, live Nativity Scene with barnyard animals and people reenacting the Christmas story.

PET PHOTO NIGHT WITH SANTA: 5-7 p.m. at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, near Kilwins Chocolates and Ice Cream. Reservations available at Simon.com/petphoto

CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES - A BLOCKBUSTER NIGHT OF MUSIC: 6 p.m. at City Church at Northside, 530 Airport Road, Panama City. A Night of Christmas music from your favorite Christmas movies. Free and open to the public. Details at citychurchpc.com

 

MONDAY, DEC. 11

SEA NEEDLES HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE: event runs through Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Panama City Beach Library, 12500 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach. Items for sale include quilts, sweatshirts, aprons, jar openers and more.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 12

BAY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FAMILY CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m. at the Bay County Public Library, 898 W. 11th St., Panama City. A fun, holiday filled evening with stories, carols and craft activities. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit and provide a photo opportunity. Refreshments are provided by the Gulf Coast Woman’s Club. Free books will be provided by Early Education and Care while supplies last. Details at 850-522-2118

THE 12TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: 7-8:30 p.m. at Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Ave., Panama City. Interactive night of Christmas music celebrates Jesus’ birth, featuring St. Andrew Baptist Church Celebration Choir and Orchestra with special guest violinist Lori Jean Smith. Free admission. Details: 850-785-8596, SABC.org or see the event listing at Facebook.com/SABCPC

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Capt. Anderson Marina, 5550 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods and unwrapped toys will be gladly accepted by a different charity each night. Enjoy live music, live Nativity, food and gift merchants, and a petting zoo stable. Walk through ancient Bethlehem, register for the census, deposit your canned good or unwrapped toy at the Tax Collector, search for lodging at the Inn, and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Information at CaptAndersonsMarina.com

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 14

CHRISTMAS AFTER-SCHOOL STORYTIME: 3 p.m. at the Springfield Public Library, 408 School Ave., Springfield. Holiday themed for elementary-aged children and younger, with a holiday craft to make and take home. Details at 850-872-7510

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Capt. Anderson Marina, 5550 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods and unwrapped toys will be gladly accepted by a different charity each night. Enjoy live music, live Nativity, food and gift merchants, and a petting zoo stable. Walk through ancient Bethlehem, register for the census, deposit your canned good or unwrapped toy at the Tax Collector, search for lodging at the Inn, and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Information at CaptAndersonsMarina.com

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER': 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Details at MartinTheatre.com or 850-763-8080

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 15

CHIPPY - THE ELF ON THE SHELF: Find him daily through Dec. 15 at the Panama City Beach Public Library, 12500 Hutchison Blvd. Each child that finds Chippy’s hiding spot will receive a small candy cane and a ticket for a chance to win 'The Elf on the Shelf' book. The winner will be notified on Dec. 19. Details at 850-233-5055

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Capt. Anderson Marina, 5550 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods and unwrapped toys will be gladly accepted by a different charity each night. Enjoy live music, live Nativity, food and gift merchants, and a petting zoo stable. Walk through ancient Bethlehem, register for the census, deposit your canned good or unwrapped toy at the Tax Collector, search for lodging at the Inn, and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Information at CaptAndersonsMarina.com

OUTDOOR MOVIE IN THE SNOW: 6 p.m. at Oaks By The Bay, 2715 W. 10th St., Panama City. Bring a lawn chair and dress for snow. Four Winds Church PC is hosting. The event is free and open to the public. Hot cocoa provided by Native Spirit Museum and Gallery. Details at fourwindschurchpc.com

HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS: 6-8 p.m. in St. Andrews, merchants will offer extended hours, festive spirit, holiday treats (live music, hot chocolate, cider, candy canes, popcorn and goody bags), and memories of favorite Christmas and holiday movies. Special menu items and entertainment at local restaurants and cafes. Oaks by the Bay will be alight.

HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS CHURCH CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 6-8 p.m. at 1004 Chestnut St., Panama City. Enjoy the Bay County Christian Youth Choir and instrumental performances.

BAY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 p.m. at Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church, 271 S. State 79, Panama City Beach. An uplifting and spirited holiday celebration. Information at bayartsevents.com

A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: 7-9 p.m. at Roberts Hall, 831 Florida Ave., Lynn Haven. Performed by national recognized tribute artist (and Lynn Haven mayor) Margo Anderson, paying tribute to Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and other country music singers. Admission: $20. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presented by the Lynn Haven Heritage Society to benefit the restoration and operation of the McMullin Library. Refreshments will be served. For details, call 850-248-1106

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER': 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Details at MartinTheatre.com or 850-763-8080

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 16

CHRISTMAS WITH THE COPS!: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynn Haven Recreation Center, 2201 Recreation Drive, Panama City. With local law enforcement, military and emergency services; activities include crafts, face painting, bounce houses, Child ID program and K9 demo at noon. Details, 850-625-4111

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year.

CHRISTMAS AT HARDER'S PARK: 4 p.m. at H.G. Harder’s Park, 8110 John Pitts Road, Panama City. Santa Claus will arrive via helicopter courtesy of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 5 p.m. The front of the park is decorated with Christmas lights and displays around the pond, and visitors are invited to drive or walk through the park any time through Jan. 5 to view the lights. Parents are encouraged to bring cameras for pictures with Santa, available for visits from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; cookies will be served. Patrons may also visit Santa’s stables with reindeer and Santa’s Workshop, decorated with toys, Santa letters and more. Bay County Parks and Recreation is collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for placement in Santa’s Workshop; at the end of the event, all toys collected will be donated to the BCSO Project 25. Visitors are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. Choir groups that would like to perform at the event are encouraged to call Janie Lucas at 850-784-4065

HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT: 5 p.m. at Seaside Amphitheater, Seaside. A special holiday performance by the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Details, SeasideFL.com

DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS: 5-9 p.m. in downtown Panama City. Extended shopping hours, Circle C Ranch is bringing ponies for children to ride, trains are returning. Some activities will collect a small donation for charities. Activities for children in many retail stores include cookie decorating, fishing pond, crafts, photo opportunities, special music, and Santa. Treats include kettle corn, apple cider, hot chocolate, plus carolers, musicians, face painter and a place to drop off letters to Santa.

BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Capt. Anderson Marina, 5550 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach. Admission is free, but donations of canned goods and unwrapped toys will be gladly accepted by a different charity each night. Enjoy live music, live Nativity, food and gift merchants, and a petting zoo stable. Walk through ancient Bethlehem, register for the census, deposit your canned good or unwrapped toy at the Tax Collector, search for lodging at the Inn, and rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Information at CaptAndersonsMarina.com

MOVIES BY THE BAY - 'THE POLAR EXPRESS': 6 p.m. at the Panama City Marina, 1 Harrison Ave., Panama City. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a free movie brought to you by the Downtown PC Business Alliance.

'NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS': 6-7 p.m. at Aerial Dance PC, 243 Commercial Drive, Panama City. A spectacular aerial presentation by the teen performance company. Cost is $15, limited seating. Details, 850-630-9229

'THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER': 7:30 p.m. at the Martin Theatre, 409 Harrison Ave., Panama City. A couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. Details at MartinTheatre.com or 850-763-8080

 

SUNDAY, DEC. 17

'JOY NOW' CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 1:30 p.m. at Unity of Panama City, 1764 Lisenby Ave., Panama City. Seasoned musical theater performer and singer Laura Derocher, along with local guest artist Al Hill, perform a collection of timeless classics, New Thought favorites and songs from the Great American Songbook. General admission: $15. Details at UnityOfPanamaCity.org/events

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 18

SEA NEEDLES HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE: event runs through Dec. 21, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Panama City Beach Library, 12500 Hutchison Blvd., Panama City Beach. Items for sale include quilts, sweatshirts, aprons, jar openers and more.

2ND ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE, HOLIDAY SALE AND BIRTHDAY PARTY: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Dec. 23 at The UnReal Artist's Gallery, 839 Oak Ave., Panama City.

 

TUESDAY, DEC. 19

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

'DIE HARD': 5:30 p.m. at the Bay County Public Library, 898 W. 11th St., Panama City. Film Fan Club will celebrate the holidays with an unsung Christmas tale for adults. See Detective John McClane try to get his life back on track or die trying. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Bay County Public Libraries. Details at 850-522-2100

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 21

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

 

FRIDAY, DEC. 22

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year. 

HOLLYWOOD HOLIDAYS: 6-8 p.m. in St. Andrews, merchants will offer extended hours, festive spirit, holiday treats (live music, hot chocolate, cider, candy canes, popcorn and goody bags), and memories of favorite Christmas and holiday movies. Special menu items and entertainment at local restaurants and cafes. Oaks by the Bay will be alight.

HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS CHURCH LIVE NATIVITY: 6-8 p.m. at 1004 Chestnut St., Panama City.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 23

'EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)': 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Rep Theatre, 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside. The hit holiday tradition presented by the Seaside Repertory Theatre melds all your favorite holiday classics together with fresh jokes and improv that keeps audiences coming back year after year.