This Thanksgiving, our friends in Panama City Beach, Florida, invite you to a celebration that’s heavy on the thanks and the giving.

This Thanksgiving, our friends in Panama City Beach, Florida, invite you to a celebration that’s heavy on the thanks and the giving.

Visit Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach was extremely fortunate during Hurricane Michael, remaining mostly unscathed, while Panama City and other neighboring communities took a major hit. That makes the fourth annual Beach Home for the Holidays—happening in PCB November 23-25, the weekend after Thanksgiving—all the more special.

Visit Panama City Beach, which is PCB’s convention and visitors’ bureau, has set up a web portal to guide visitors and locals who would like to volunteer and help Florida’s recovering coastal communities during the holiday season. And they’ve planned a major celebration that will give families in the area a place to come and experience the holiday spirit with their neighbors and with friends of the Panhandle who come down to show their support.

“We’re greatly looking forward to welcoming our friends and neighbors to Beach Home for the Holidays and giving our tremendous thanks to all those who put their personal needs aside and responded to those in need across our community,” said Dan Rowe, president and CEO of Visit Panama City Beach. “We’re ready to welcome back visitors to the beach and look forward to a very special Thanksgiving weekend where we will come together to give thanks and help our fellow Bay County neighbors who have been affected by the storm.”

Beach Home for the Holidays will be held at PCB’s Aaron Bessant Park and is a free celebration with carol-themed concerts, Santa, live entertainment, food trucks, fireworks, s’mores, and plenty of shopping. There will be a Christmas tree lighting and a Country Christmas concert by John Berry and Lorrie Morgan with the POPS Orchestra.

So if you’ve been wondering what you can do for Bay County residents recovering from the storm, join the celebration in PCB and volunteer to help out during your visit. (Recommended: Reserve your lodging before you head down. Santa tends to bring an entourage, and all those elves can fill a condo quicker than you can say "now Dasher, now Dancer, now Prancer and Vixen.")

For details, Visit Panama City Beach.

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