Panama City – The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will hold its 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Bay County Government Center, located at 840 W. 11th St.

“We are excited to once again hold the Christmas Tree Lighting, after the pandemic sidelined the event last year,” Bay County Commission Chairman Robert Carroll said. “We look forward to again bring the community together to celebrate the peace, love and hope of the holiday season.”

The Mosley High School choir and band will perform Christmas music while free hot cocoa and cookies are served to the public as they await a special appearance by Santa Claus.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring cameras for photos with Santa.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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