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During this holiday season members of our community came together for healing and camaraderie. The spirit of the season was alive and well in Panama City and could be seen in full display at the numerous events that happened despite Hurricane Michael trying to be the Grinch who steals our cheer.

The Holiday Bazaar at the Panama City Center for the Arts allowed local artist to sell their work which made the perfect, unique gift to give a loved one.

St. Andrews is holding “Light Up St. Andrews” events every Friday in December and have had amazing activities such as a gorgeous Christmas tree lighting, a candlelight vigil and poetry reading, a movie screening, and caroling all taking place in the delightfully decorated Oaks by the Bay park.

Downtown was host to the Jaycees Christmas Parade which provided visual spectacle as children caught candy being tossed from the holiday floats as they passed by giving off lights, sounds, and colors that invoked the joy of the holiday season and filled the Downtown air with music and laughter.

As the holiday season wanes and we head into the New Year it may be easy to reflect on what was lost; but our community is proving time and time again that the absence of what once was only provides opportunity for innovation and progress. 2019 holds a world of possibilities, and Panama City will be exploring all that it contains.

Wishing you a hopeful, joyous New Year.


Destination Panama City

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On December 19th, 2018 a nautical sleigh pulled into the C.S.S. Yacht Basin in St. Andrews carrying gifts for the children affected by Hurricane Michael. Operation Santa Boat saw the delivery of over 1,500 presents to Panama City for residents to pick up from Panama City’s Salvage Santa at the First Baptist Church located at 640 Grace Avenue.

Citizens of Panama City came out to donate their time and help unload the boat which was filled to the brim with toys, bikes, and games that are guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of local children this holiday season.

The gifts were collected by The Emerald Coast CVB, Commissioner Windes, and their charter boat captain community.

Thank you to all involved, and all who came to out to help. This is a wonderful example of the community spirit in Panama City, and what better time of year to have that on display.



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Panama City has always been renowned for its thriving arts community; and our local artists have been showing the world that it will take much more than hurricane to stifle the creative soul of our beautiful city.

Panama City has always been renowned for its thriving arts community; and our local artists have been showing the world that it will take much more than hurricane to stifle the creative soul of our beautiful city. Read more…

As the chainsaws sang and the debris was swept away from our streets the artists banded together to offer reprieves for those working hard to rebuild. Public Eye Soar offered visual spectacle and unique films for the community during their annual projection event held just a month after Michael.

Local writing guild The Syndicate placed a call out to all of those who felt they had a story to tell and collected work by those affected to release the beautifully-insightful “Survivors” anthology; with work created in three short weeks of the aftermath so the nerves were still raw.

Gulf Coast State College Theatre offered a two-night original theatre performance titled “10/10: What’s Past is Prologue” which incorporated traditional theatre, music, dancing, and poetry. The neighborhoods of Downtown Panama City and St. Andrews have given musicians stages to express themselves and let the city begin dancing again.

These examples barely scratch the surface of what has happened and what’s to come for unique artistic experiences in Panama City. Art galleries will be open for eyes to feast on, live theatre and comedy will be presented to offer an escape; and music will be played to soothe the soul. The arts have always been the fabric with which Panama City’s culture has been woven; and despite these trying times there is not a thread out of place.



To stay updated on all events visit destinationpanamcity.com for the weekly event calendar.

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