It may only be November, but that hasn’t stopped people from getting in the Christmas spirit. Saturday morning the Panama City Mall carried out a holiday tradition.
Santa Claus made a grand entrance to the mall, arriving in a helicopter.
Hundreds of kids and their families lined up in the parking lot for his highly anticipated arrival. While they waited, they could meet Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies or Panama City Firefighters.
Bozeman school’s marching band was there to play music, while the Shaddai Shriners also put on a show in their mini- cars.
“This is the first time we have ever come, I didn’t know about it until my neighbor told me the other day and I just think it’s great. I love the fact that we can still keep the magic of Christmas alive for the kids,” said Panama City resident Toni Clemments.
After the welcoming festivities wrapped up, families could head inside and take pictures with Santa.