5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Recap
For the last five years, the Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach invite children from our local Boys & Girls Club to join us in the lighting of our 30ft Christmas Tree. Located directly in front of the resort, the tree lighting ceremony welcomes the beginning of the holiday season and gets the kids into the spirit of Christmas and giving.
Children arrived at the event and were greeted by our activities team; all dressed as Whos from Whoville! Our Whos had an evening full of fun activities planned for the children and music filled the air. Our favorite poolside DJ, Jim Lawson kept the party going with fun Christmas songs and many of the kid’s favorites.
The children enjoyed a pizza dinner and lots of goodies. Since this year’s theme was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, we even had green Grinch Popcorn and Green Grinch Hot Chocolate! The children enjoyed their delicious treats, provided by Chef Paul and his wonderful food & beverage team.
Kid’s were asked to create Christmas ornaments that could be placed on our tree or taken home to place on their tree. This year’s ornament was a red heart that symbolized the Grinch’s heart growing three times larger with the rise of the spirit of Christmas.
The Best Way to Spread the Christmas spirit is giving the gift of giving.
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrived shortly after the event began to greet the children. Each child had the opportunity to meet Santa and take a photo for a keepsake. Santa then gave the children a gift card. He explained to them that the gift card is given to them so that they can purchase a Christmas gift for a loved one.
“It is truly one of my favorite events we host each year!” said Heather Register, Guest Activities Manager. “Just to see the excitement on the kids’ faces as Santa arrives makes the event worth it!”
After the children met with Santa, DJ Jim Lawson and our Whos danced the night away with everyone. As the evening began to wind down the children gathered their treats and headed for the bus. Another year of Christmas Cheer!
This was our 5th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and we cannot wait for the 6th!
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