Years ago, the winter season was a very sleepy time in Panama City Beach. While it is still true that traffic thins out nicely and the busy crowds of summer are long gone, these days there seem to be just as many fun activities for our winter residents as there are for visitors arriving in spring or summer!

Starting off the year with events like the New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop, and rolling right into Winter Resident Appreciation Days, the Homecoming Dance & Social, Senior Prom, the Audubon's Adventure Film Series, Karaoke contests, and more, there's always something going on in Panama City Beach.

Fun Times in PCB:

The Senior Prom (prom for Seniors!) has been a hit for years now, allowing guests a chance to dance the night away, choose a prom king and queen, and generally behave like teenagers. New for 2014 is the Homecoming Dance & Social, and the Winter Resident Grand Finale - which will allow guests selected from dances and karaoke nights in January and February a chance to compete for the top spots in each category before ending the night with a performance by the "Sauce Boss," who has thrilled crowds from the swamps south of Tallahassee to New York City. This showman is famous for both his soul singing and soul cooking, as a typical show features the Sauce Boss cooking up delicious gumbo while belting out the blues, then serving bowls of the delicious concoction to the audience at the end of the show.

There are also several "Canada Days" and "State Days" that give our winter residents a chance to bond with friends from back home (or make new friends) and celebrate the shared good fortune of escaping the cold to make warm and happy memories in Panama City Beach.

Meanwhile, the Panama City Beach Senior Center (www.pcbsc.com) also offers a plethora of activities, including dances, bingo, art shows, dinner, and social coffee times.

Staying Sharp:

There's plenty to keep you engaged in PCB, too. You might learn a new skill or become a teacher at The Ark, take a Continuing Education Class specifically designed for winter residents at Gulf Coast State College, join a chess group or knitting group at the Panama City Beach Library, or listen to talk from a famous author (Pat Conroy is one this year) at BooksAlive.

See a compiled list of events & happenings below, or consult our Events Guide:

January 17, 31 Winter Resident Appreciation Days at the CVB (9-11 a.m.)

January 23 - Homecoming Dance & Social - Edgewater from 4-9, $5

February 1 - Oyster Bash at Man in the Sea Museum (1-8 p.m.)

February 1 - BooksALIVE Festival of Reading

February 9 - Canada Day, Bay Point Wyndham Resort (3 p.m. - 10 p.m.)

February 14 - Valentine's Snowbird Dance Party - Boardwalk Beach Resort (4-10 p.m.)

Feb 16 - Winter Resident Senior Prom, Bay Point Resort from 4-9 p.m., $5

February 26 - Winter Resident Grand Finale from 2-7 p.m. at Boardwalk Beach Resort, $5

  •  Social (2-3 p.m.)
  •  Dance finals (3-4 p.m.)
  •  Karaoke finals (4:30-5:30 p.m.)
  •  Sauce Boss performs (6-7 p.m.)

 Snowbird Dances w/DJ Jim Lawson at Boardwalk Beach Resort (3-6 p.m.)

Winter Resident Karaoke with DJ Paul Tuesdays and Fridays at Edgewater - 6-9 p.m. on Jan. 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31; Feb. 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

Audubon's Adventure Film Series: Travel & Adventure Film Series - shown at J.R. Arnold High School auditorium

  • Jan. 16 "Italian Lakes Adventure" with Stan Walsh, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 23 "The Gift of the White Moose" and "Florida's Alien Wildlife" with Tom Sterling, 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 30 "Eastern Canada Adventure" with John Holod, 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 13 "Pacific Coast, Top to Bottom," Bob Deloss, 7 p.m.

 

PCB Senior Center: (PCBSC.com)

  • The Coffee Shoppe: 9-10:30 every Wednesday
  • Beach Bum Bingo (January 7 - February 18, every 2 weeks) 3 p.m.
  • Welcome Snowbirds Dance (Jan. 11, 7-11 p.m.)
  • Beach Boogie Dance - Jan 25 Panama City Beach Senior Center (6-10 p.m.)
  • Jumble Sale (8-2) - Feb 1
  • ‘Clothesline' Art Show and Sale - Feb 15 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Century Club Dinner (5 p.m.) 233-5065 - Feb 28 (Members who donate an extra $100 annually to their base $30)

State Days at Capt. Jack's ($12, Call 234-6060 for reservations)

  • Wisconsin Day #1 Feb. 25, 11 a.m.
  • Michigan Day #1 Feb. 26, 11 a.m.
  • Wisconsin Day #2 Feb. 27, 11 a.m.
  • Canadian Snowbird Association Day Feb. 28, 11 a.m.

GCSC Continuing Ed classes

PCB Library

  • Sea Needles (Knitting group) meets every Friday 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Chess Group meets every Thursday at 1 p.m.

The Ark (More info: 249-1980)

  • Events at the Ark include wood shop work, pine needle knitting, embroidery on cards, craft projects, and more. Events are scheduled on Jan. 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31; and Feb. 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27