Beach Home for the Holidays

Bay County is the place we call home and we couldn't imagine spending the holidays anywhere else. Join us as we come together for this FREE event to celebrate the strength and spirit of our community on this very special Thanksgiving Weekend with holiday concerts, a tree lighting ceremony, campfires with S'mores, Santa's village, fireworks and more!

Schedule of Events

Friday, November 23 Saturday, November 24
3:30pm - Campfires, S'mores, & Santa's Village Open 3:30pm - Campfires, S'mores, & Santa's Village Open
4:00pm - Holiday Entertainment  5:00pm - Panama City POPS Orchestra
6:00pm - Live Music Performance by John Berry 6:00pm - Live Music Performance by Lorrie Morgan
7:30pm - Lighting of the Christmas Tree & Fireworks 7:30pm - Fireworks


Thanksgiving Weekend 2018



Aaron Bessant Park is one of Panama City Beach's newest and most manicured parks. The centerpiece of Aaron Bessant Park is a state-of-the-art amphitheater, which hosts world famous musicians as easily as local community performances, all just steps from the beach!

Located adjacent to Pier Park, the 70-acre Aaron Bessant Park also features a veterans memorial, 3 looping trails that are great for walking (North Loop, South Loop, and Amphitheater Loop), and an open, grassy area that is perfect for watching the concert performances or for picnics and throwing the Frisbee in the sun on non-concert days.
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  • All bags, purses, backpacks and persons are subject to screening by security personnel. Fans entering the grounds should prepare accordingly. Attendees/Ticketholders should be aware that there are no provisions for returning banned items to them when such items are left at the venue entrances. Patrons are encouraged to leave all banned items at home or in their vehicles before entering the venue. Individuals who deliberately attempt to bring banned items through security checkpoints are subject to removal from the facility. 
  • Prohibited Items: Weapons, Laser Pointers, Possession or use of Illegal Substances, Animals (only service animals are allowed), Bullhorns and air horns, Fireworks / sparklers, Selfie Sticks, Signs with sticks, Flags, Professional cameras, video recorders, Nonstandard size large chairs, Tents of any kind, Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and Umbrellas.
  • This event is a non-smoking event - only smoke in designated areas.
  • Proper attire is required.