New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - What you need to know before the Beach Ball Drop Celebration on Dec. 31st:

The festivities are free and open to the public, offering live entertainment and outdoor shopping and dining.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Celebration on Pier Park Drive complete with live music, food vendors, stilt walkers, a Snow Zone, balloon artists and the popular Kids Countdown to 8 p.m.

5:30 p.m. Family Celebration Begins
5:35 p.m. Barry Fish Band Performs
7:30 p.m. Kids Countdown to 8 p.m.
8:00 p.m. 10,000 Beach Balls Drop Over Pier Park Drive
8:15 p.m. Terry Brock & Friends Classic Rock Revival Performs
10:00 p.m. RiverTown Band Performs
11:55 p.m. Final Countdown to 2017
Midnight Fireworks from City Pier

For more information, view Paris' interview with Bay County TDC Director Dan Rowe, and Pier Park Director of Marketing and Business Development, Michael Kerrigan.