December is a slower pace here in Panama City Beach. Don’t let that stop you from visiting, PCB is fast becoming a year round destination. There are several events happening and the weather is milder than most of the rest of the country. A long winter walk on the beach can be very therapeutic!
Why not try Christmas at the beach for a nice change of pace? Downtown Panama City and St Andrews as well as Pier Park are all decked out with lights and decorations. Santa is at the Mall and Pier Park, many restaurants are still open ( a few are even open on Christmas Day).
Harpoon Harry’s Christmas info is on the facebook page: https://www.facebook.
Below is a list of the events for December:
November 24, 2017 – December 24, 2017
AN EMERALD COAST CHRISTMAS
Aaron Bessant Park
December 8, 2017 – December 10, 2017
Live music, a Vendor Village and more!
OPTIMIST CLUB CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 9, 2017
THE 12TH DAY OF CHRISTMAS
Marina Civic Center
December 12, 2017
- Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- Price: FREE
LUNCH WITH SANTA
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
December 16, 2017
- Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- “Come enjoy Lunch with Santa and get a free photo taken with him while you are here! Santa will be visiting Margaritaville on Saturday, December 16th from noon to 3 pm. You can also make a Christmas card for our overseas troops in our Kid’s craft area. While listening to Christmas carols, you can also enjoy a cup of hot chocolate! We will be collecting toys for kids in our local area in partnership with the Salvation Army. “
Capt. Anderson’s Marina
December 13, 2017 – December 16, 2017
SENIOR’S WINTER SOFTBALL
Frank Brown Park
Starts on December 6
Recurring weekly on Wednesday until March 14, 2018
- Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Price: Free
NEW YEAR’S EVE BEACH BALL DROP
December 31, 2017
- Time: 5:30 PM to 12:00 AM
5:30pm LIVE MUSIC: Barry Fish Band 8:00pm Kids’ Beach Ball Drop: 10,000 Beach Balls drop down from nets above Pier Park Drive
8:15pm LIVE MUSIC: Terry Brock & Friends 10:00pm LIVE MUSIC: 12South Midnight Beach Ball Drop from the Celebration Tower
Come on down and join us for a fun family Christmas!
The weather is so perfect right now! Blue Sky, sunshine, warm temps in the day and cool at night. If you only visit Panama City Beach in the Summer you are really missing out! I know I have said this before, but it is so true! The water is so clear, the beach is empty, the seafood is great and the restaurants are not crowded.
Give Venuture Out a try in the Fall and come see what you have been missing!
If you are still undecided about Thanksgiving, we have availability and there are lots of restaurants open with special menues. See our Facebook page or previous blog post with a list.
Looking for a new family tradition for Thanksgiving? There are several restaurants open with special menus. Stay here in Venture Out with us at Venture Out Vacations and let them do all of the cooking and cleaning. OR if you love to cook your own Thanksgiving (like I do), our rentals all have great kitchens! Call us 850-230-0676 today to see what we have available.
The annual Beach Home for The Holidays at Pier Park is a perfect family event. Check out the schedule:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017
|3:30PM – Campfires, S’mores & Santa’s Village||3:30PM – Campfires, S’mores & Santa’s Village|
|5:00PM – Holiday Entertainment:|
Harmony Shores Chorus
|5:00PM – Holiday Entertainments:|
|6:00PM – Panama City POPS Orchestra|
Christmas Tree Lighting
|6:00PM – Restless Heart|
Seasons of Harmony
Below is a list of restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving and have special menus, most require a reservation and some “suggest” reservations. Phone numbers are also provided for you. Click on the name and it will take you to their website. Some of the restaurants do not have their Thanksgiving menus posted on the website yet. I called each of them to ask if they are going to be open. The below list are the ones that confirmed that they will be open and that they will have a Thanksgiving menu. There could be others as well and some chains such as Po Folks I believe are open.
Boar’s Head: 850-234-6628
Dirty Dick’s: 850-230-3425
Grand Marlin: 850-249-1500
Hammerhead Fred’s: 850-233-3907 (they couldn’t confirm 100%, but they were open last year)
Harpoon Harry’s: 850-234-6060
Montego Bay Seafood House: 850-233-6033
Patches Pub: 850-233-8879
Runaway Island: 850-634-4884
Sharky’s Beach Club: 850-235-2420
Sister’s of the Sea: 850-233-0334
Saltwater Grill: 850-230-2739
Schooner’s is not open for Thanksgiving but they are having a “locals” Party on the beach Friday and Saturday night. Live music, bonfire, bar, s’mores and more all on the beach behind the restaurant.
In addition the the great restaurants that are open, the resort (Venture Out) has a pot luck lunch at the clubhouse at noon. There is a $5.00 per person charge and bring one dish to share. If you would like to attend this luncheon, please contact Jeannie Boyd in the front office so that she can have a count for planning. 850-234-2247
The Lagoon pool bath house renovation is still going. They had some logistical issues with the power that are now resolved. They’re working on the plumbing this afternoon and the “pool pit” (filter/heater, etc) is being put in this week. Once these things are complete the building should go up pretty fast. The goal is to have it complete before Thanksgiving.
The playground, basketball court, pavilion and picnic area are all still available for use. The resort added new benches on the pier and it is ready for fishing or just relaxing and watching the boats and birds.
Panama City Beach Fall Events 2017
Every year Panama City Beach is host to a variety of Autumn events. They range from the family friendly Pirates of the High Seas Festival to the Bloody Mary and Music Festival. The weather is still warm during the day and mild in the evenings. Autumn is also the best time for less crowded restaurants. It’s a great time to get your Christmas shopping done too. Most of the shops have big sales on their summer clothes making it a great time to stock up for next year!
This year Venture Out Vacations is offering 10% off the nightly rate in select properties booked for one of the following festivals. Just show us your “proof” of attendance and we will take 10% off the nightly rate (cleaning fees and resort registration is not discounted).
Lobster Festival (postponed to Sept. 25 – Oct. 1st)
Pirates of The High Seas (Oct. 6-8th)
Bloody Mary & Music Festival (Oct. 21st)
Thunder Beach Autumn Rally (Oct 25-29th),
Emerald Coast Crusin’ (November 8-11th)
Beach Home for the Holiday’s (Nov. 24 & 25th)
Come on down and join us! The water is fine and the beach is beautiful.
If you are looking for Fall Color, just check out our Fall Sunsets!
Venture Out Vacations now has T-shirts available to purchase online. You can go to the following link to order a t-shirt, tank top or lady’s T-shirt, we are also offering a longsleeve T, child sizes, beach towel and throw pillow. https://teespring.com/stores/venture-out-vacations-designs
After the storm finally left us, there was crazy beautiful clouds and big beautiful waves. You may want to turn your sound down, it was windy and it’s a little loud.
Venture Out and Panama City Beach survived Irma with little to no damage. There was a little rain and lots of wind. There are palm fronds and tree boots everywhere. Tons of leaves and a few limbs and trees in some parts of town. Venture Out is in good shape, we will do a more intense check tomorrow when the weather is more favorable.
The strangest part of the storm has been the water. The Lagoon water has been blown out to the gulf. It’s beautiful but strange to see.
The water on the beach is like low tide but even farther out than normal.
After watching the video, scroll past to see a few pictures from Venture Out and a couple from the beach at the county pier. It was raining pretty hard when we were out and that is a great place to see the beach without having to get out of the car.