Beach Home for the Holidays kicks off in Pier Park

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - While Black Friday shopping was winding down, the Christmas spirit was moving in at Aaron Bessant Park in Panama City beach at the fourth annual Beach Home for the Holidays event.

Jayna Leach, the vice president of marketing for Visit Panama City Beach said, "Everyone in Bay County has really experienced some difficult times with Hurricane Michael. Sometimes it can really be the smallest things in life that can be important, like a Christmas tree lighting to get back into something like a simple routine of celebrating the holidays together."

Riley Harris, an attendee added, "It brings everybody back together, brings people to not look at what's in the past but what's in the future."

The event had everything from Santa to s'mores and campfires tended to by the Boy Scouts and even the Grinch! But it also brought the community together.

Leach continued, "We are inviting all of Bay County to come out and really celebrate the strength of our community so it's a special year, we're inviting everyone to come out and be together."

Joseph Sforza of Boy Scout Troop 317 said, "It makes me feel like we're giving back to the community. That's what we're all about here at Boy Scouts, giving back to our community and helping everybody out and coming together."

As the sun went down, the fires started burning and John Berry kicked off the music.

To wrap up the evening Panama City Beach officials lit the Christmas tree and closed the night off with a fireworks display.

The event continues Saturday with Lorrie Morgan performing with the Panama City POPS Orchestra.