Panama City Beach Thanksgiving Events

Some people are hesitant to head on vacation during the holidays. But when you’re planning a trip to Panama City during Thanksgiving, you’ll still have lots of chances to enjoy the tradition.

While some events have been changed for the season this year, there is still a distinct desire to celebrate the holiday season with spirited energy.

Some top-tier restaurants are offering big Thanksgiving meals and Santa is still expected to make an appearance- or two. You’ll find something for everyone as you explore the options for a Panama City Thanksgiving.

Dunes of Panama - Thanksgiving Events

Harpoon Harry’s

At harpoon Harry’s, the food and eating is an event in itself. Every year, Harpoon Harry’s is known for hosting a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet, along with an all you can eat crab legs and shrimp section. Bring the family along to celebrate one of the most wonderful times of the year at one of Panama City Beach’s favorite local spots.

Make this holiday season a unique one by celebrating in true Panama City Thanksgiving tradition. The cost is about $35 and the buffet runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are encouraged.

Schooner’s Beach Party

This popular Panama City restaurant is known for having a local party out on the beach on Friday and Saturday night right after Thanksgiving. They have live music, a bonfire, bar, s’mores, and all sorts of fun beach activities happening behind the restaurant. It’s definitely an interesting way to spend the holiday weekend.

Beach Home for the Holidays

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, head to Panama City Beach to kick off the rest of the holiday season. The whole event is based around Aaron Bessant Park and will truly get you into the spirit of the season.

On Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, there are activities from 3:30 p.m. through the evening. On both Friday and Saturday, soak in the ambiance of a campfire, s’mores, and Santa’s Village starting at 3:30 p.m.

On Friday, enjoy holiday entertainment and the lighting of the Christmas tree at 5 p.m., accompanied by one of the area’s PCB parades (details not yet announced). At the same time on Saturday, the Panama City POPS Orchestra will perform. On both evenings, fireworks start at 7:30 p.m. making this a wonderful event for all ages.

Other Events and Activities

In addition to these scheduled events and activities, there are other fantastic options to fill your days during your trip to Panama City and PCB during the Thanksgiving season. Play a round of golf at one of the many premier courses in the area, show at Pier Park, walk the pier, or even try your hand at deep sea fishing.

From the shopping to the sight-seeing and all the food options, there will be something memorable for every member of the family to enjoy during your Thanksgiving getaway to Panama City and the surrounding areas.

In addition to the options for events above, there are also several restaurants open in the area to serve Thanksgiving dinner. Some are buffets, menu items, or even potlucks—and our staff can help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Whether it’s one of these special local events you plan to head to or you are looking for something different than you see here, our staff can definitely help you.

More To Do

Even though Panama City is known for summer beach getaways, there’s still plenty of room to enjoy those things during the Thanksgiving and holiday season as well. Get ready to spend your holiday on vacation and pick out your perfect vacation rental online today.