Selected Community Events


Pier Park Rings in the New Year with Fifth Annual Pier Park Beach Ball Drop

Dec 31, 2012 - Jan 1, 2013 Various Times

Pier Park, 600 Pier Park Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32413
Celebrate the arrival of 2013 in true Panama City Beach style during the Pier Park Beach Ball Drop. Ring in the New Year with white sand beaches, family and friends and live entertainment on the Emerald Coast.

The festivities begin on New Year’s Eve at 5:30 p.m. and will feature a Family Celebration complete with prize drawings, stilt walkers, mascots and the kid-friendly Family Beach Ball Drop, consisting of more than 10,000 inflatable beach balls released onto Pier Park Drive on the boardwalk.

This leads into the Midnight Celebration featuring live entertainment, fireworks and the New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop. This free annual event is known for its glowing 800-pound beach ball drop at midnight. For more event details, follow us on Twitter at, find us on Facebook at or visit

WHEN: Monday, December 31
5:30 p.m. Family Celebration Begins
Festivities include: Stilt Walkers, Mascots, Prize Zone Drawings & Live Entertainment

8:00 p.m. Family Beach Ball Drop & Fireworks

8:30 p.m. Countdown Celebration Begins
Festivities include: Live Radio Remotes, Prize Zone Drawings, Special Appearance by Local Dignitaries, Live Entertainment & Fireworks

10:45 p.m. Headliner Performance
Country music star James Otto

Midnight Fireworks and New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop
Lyndsey Mincey, 850-236-9974,