Panama City Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony planned for Dec. 3rd

The City of Panama City is hosting its Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 3, 2020 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Christmas Tree is located on the backside of City Hall at the intersection of Grace Avenue and W. 5th Street.

A short ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with the Christmas Tree being lit at approximately 5:25 p.m. Santa Claus is expected to arrive via fire truck following the ceremony.

Families can also enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies while playing in the “snow” and listening to Christmas music performed live by the NuGulf Coast Choir.

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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