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A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS: 6-9 p.m.in downtown Panama City with horsedrawn carriage rides, free ice skating, carolers, concerts and extended shopping hours. Author Michael Lister will be at the event to give away free books as long as they last.
MOVIES AT THE MARTIN: ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’:7 p.m. at the Martin Theatre in downtown Panama City. Details: 763-8080.
I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS:8 p.m. at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 2401 Ruth Hentz Ave., Panama City. Latin party with a twist; dress in your white Christmas clothes. Bring friends and share the experience. Donations made will go to a family in need. Details: 873-6269 or FredAstairePanamaCity.com.
JINGLE BELL SWING: 6:30 p.m. at Northside Baptist Church, corner of 19th Street and Airport Road in Panama City, featuring the Cloud 9 Orchestra playing the Christmas chestnuts accompanied by guest vocalists from Undivided. A family fun event celebrating the season, doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets: $9 general admission can be purchased in advance at www.cloud9orchestra.com/jingle-bell-swing-2.
‘EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME)’: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 29 at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre. Details and tickets: SeasideRep.org or 231-0733. Tickets ($12.50 for students, $25 for adults) also on sale at Amavida Coffee in Seaside and Rosemary Beach.
KYLE LAMONICA: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fonville Press in Alys Beach, enjoy cocktails, a variety of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, white chicken chili, and live music.
PANAMA CITYBEACH’S FIFTH ANNUAL BALL DROP: Family celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. in Pier Park, with stilt walkers, mascots, prize zone drawings and live entertainment; 8 p.m. is the Family Beach Ball Drop, with 10,000 inflatable beach balls dropped from the sky; 8:30 p.m. the Countdown Celebration begins with live radio remotes, special appearances, fireworks; 10:45 p.m. is the headliner performance by country music star James Otto; and at midnight, fireworks and New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop, featuring an 800-pound glowing beach ball. Details: VisitPanamaCityBeach.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE DINNER: 6-10 p.m. at Kingfish Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 4114 Jan Cooley Drive, Panama City Beach, enjoy a special 5-course dinner for $75 per couple; stay the night for only $139 dollars per couple, includes dinner for two at Kingfish and stay at Bay Point Wyndham Resort. Start out with Chilled Strawberry Gazpacho and Gulf Blue Crab Pot Pie. Indulge in the braised short ribs, roasted gulf black grouper or Tandoori Seared Day Boat Scallops. Reservations required: 236-6075 or BayPointWyndham.com.
COUNTDOWN SEASIDE: 6 p.m.-until, with live music in the Seaside Amphitheater from artists including Tony Lucca (finalist on NBC’s “The Voice”), Jacob Jeffries Band, and Brendan James; street performers, children’s activities and fireworks to ring in 2013 in grand fashion at the stroke of midnight!
KREWE OF MASSALINA’S 14TH ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE MARDI GRAS BALL: 7 p.m. at the Grand Ball Room in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Select, 2001 North Cove Boulevard, in Panama City. Enjoy Casino Night from 7-9 p.m. and win one of the gift packages. Heavy hors d’oeuvres served beginning at 8 p.m. (cash bar will be available, and the Harbour Cats will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Special guests: award-winning actor, choreographer and producer David Winters, Brandon Bryant of “So You Think You Can Dance” and actor and boxer Gary Stretch of “Savages.” Dress is costume or formal; theme: “Across the Universe,” a Beatles tribute. Public is welcome; limited seating. Tickets are two for $50 or $30 each, available at Millie’s Restaurant, 228 Harrison Ave., or by calling the Mardi Gras Hotline, 913-8383. Special rates ($59/night) for guests at the Holiday Inn Select; call 769-0000 and ask for the Mardi Gras Ball Package.
BRITISH AND AMERICAN NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS: at Breakers in Panama City Beach, beginning with the popular “British New Years” complete with party favors and a champagne toast at 6 p.m. (midnight in England). Dine early and stay for the “All American New Year’s Countdown” with live music by Jones & Co.; $149.95 package includes dinner for two, open bar, gratuity, countdown to 2013 with a champagne toast, noise makers and more. Details: 234-6060.
CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR: At Spinnaker in Panama City Beach, the evening features a grand buffet dinner, dancing and live music by Acoustix and the Flamethrowers in the Rock Arena. Dinner seating begins at 7:30 p.m.; the club opens at 10 p.m. Cover: VIP walk-ins $10; ages 21 and up $20; ages 18-21 $30. Or celebrate all night with $50 package including grand buffet, reserved seating starting at 7:30 p.m., complimentary champagne, admission to the New Year’s Eve Party, party favors, champagne toast at midnight, and 2013 VIP Card. Reservations: Nikki at 2347892, ext. 102.
NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Club La Vela, 8813 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach. Experience a new beginning as the club unveils new renovations and its newest theme room. Enjoy $1 Kru Vodka mixed drinks and $1 domestic beers from 8-10 p.m. Live rock with Hidden Element 10 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. For discounted entry, pick up free invitations at any Purple Haze, Heat Wave, CK Secrets, Condom Knowledge, Club Sun, Exotic Exposure Tanning and FYE. Buy a party package and reserve a table in The Thunderdome VIP, Penthouse, Posh ultra lounge or the Pussy Kat Lounge. Details or reservations link: 235-1061 or ClubLaVela.com.
CANDLELIGHT AND WINE NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Panama City Beach Senior Center. Tickets: $25. Details: pcbsc.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE BOATYARD: Arrive early to enjoyChef Konrad’s Grand New Years Eve Menu; fireworks show at 10 p.m. over Grand Lagoon, smooth jazz and ambient house music with DJ Wes Rolan, champagne toast at midnight, a view of the Schooners fireworks display at midnight, and party favors. Boatyard is at 5323 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach.Reservations suggested: 249-9273.