Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Florida (WMBB) – Panama City Beach was in the holiday spirit this weekend.
The community gathered at Aaron Bessant Park for the 6th Annual Beach Home For The Holidays event returned this year after being postponed last year.
The event kicked off Friday night with singer Josh Turner, s’mores, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and fireworks.
“Last year we had to postpone due to COVID, so it’s just very special to be able to welcome this again. It’s something that’s a favorite event for Panama City Beach so families can just get out there and get into that festive vacation spirit, ”said Lacee Rudd, public relations manager for Visit Panama City Beach.
And they did.
The children spent most of the night lined up to visit Santa Claus.
“I really love being here and couldn’t ask for a better place to come from and it’s cold where I’m from anyway. Ho ho ho, ”said Santa Joe.
In addition to telling you whether or not you made the good list, the visit with Santa Claus also serves a good cause.
“Well, several years ago I was diagnosed with cancer and when I went to the Institute of Proton Therapy at the University of Florida. I saw all of these kids and decided to start fundraising by representing Santa for charity, ”said Santa Joe.
Last year they raised $ 67,000, but this year their goal is to raise $ 85,000.
All money raised will go to the University of Florida Institute for Proton Therapy and the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta.
The organizers of the Beach Home For The Holiday event were happy with the turnout and hope families were able to create some new memories.
“It was truly an unforgettable night and a perfect time for families to start a new tradition here in Panama City Beach, it was just an absolutely fantastic night,” said Rudd.
The night ended with more smores, tours with Santa Claus, the Polar Express and fireworks.
To learn more about Santa Joe and his history, visit his website.
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