Come Join the Festivities!
While the commonality between a giant Waterford Crystal and an 800-pound beach ball is not obvious, the season offers a clue. On December 31, Panama City Beach will embrace its seaside roots with the 5th annual Beach Ball Drop hosted by Pier Park. The Beach Ball Drop event represents what the destination is all about -- white sand beaches, family togetherness and just plain fun.
Ring in the new year with Panama City Beach!
The festivities begin on New Year’s Eve at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a Family Celebration complete with prize drawings, stilt walkers, mascots and the kid-friendly Family Beach Ball Drop, consisting of more than 10,000 inflatable beach balls released onto Pier Park Drive on the boardwalk.
This leads into the Midnight Celebration featuring live entertainment, fireworks and the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop. This free annual event is known for its glowing 800-pound beach ball drop at midnight.
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Family Celebration
Festivities to include: Stilt Walkers, Mascots, Prize Zone Drawings & Live Entertainment
5:45 p.m. Eric Heatherly -The Goats of Kudzu
Eric Heatherly’s rootsy, rockin’ new band, “The Goats of Kudzu” will be mixing up a southern gumbo of country, blues, rock and swing.
7:00 p.m. The Barry Fish Band presented by Margaritaville
Enjoy the fun music from the ‘80s and ‘90s with the Barry Fish Band.
7:55 p.m. Countdown Activities- Stage in front of Crocs
Join 6 Pack from Hot 107.9 and Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst as the Family Countdown begins.
8:00 p.m. Family Inflated Beach Ball Drop
8:45 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Countdown Celebration
Join us at the main stage as Melissa Miller & the Kick’n 103.5 crew kicks off the Countdown Celebration, with special remarks from local dignitaries.
9:15 p.m. Cumberland Collective
The Cumberland Collective is a community of independent singer/songwriters and musicians from across the U.S.
10:45 p.m. Headliner Performance
Country music star, singer/songwriter James Otto
Midnight Fireworks and New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop
Pier Park600 Pier Park Drive
Panama City Beach