Panama City Beach, Florida Prepares to Ring in the New Year During the Seventh Annual Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park

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Momentum is building for the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park on Wednesday, December 31 with the announcement of the Celebrity AllStar Band to be part of the celebration. Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air, beachfront shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, will herald in 2015 with more than 50,000 visitors who will commemorate the occasion with an evening of family-friendly activities, including the nation’s only family beach ball drop at 8 p.m. and a rockin’ countdown at midnight.

“Headlining act, the Celebrity AllStars, will help usher in the New Year with a high-energy set sure to get the crowd dancing.”

Momentum is building for the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park on Wednesday, December 31 with the announcement of the Celebrity AllStar Band to be part of the celebration. Pier Park, Panama City Beach’s premier open-air, beachfront shopping destination with more than 125 popular retail and dining choices, will herald in 2015 with more than 50,000 visitors who will commemorate the occasion with an evening of family-friendly activities, including the nation’s only family beach ball drop at 8 p.m. and a rockin’ countdown at midnight.

“We’re counting down for the Seventh Annual Beach Ball Drop at Pier Park, which will draw thousands of residents and visitors to Panama City Beach, Florida to enjoy the largest celebration on the Emerald Coast,” said Michael Kerrigan, director of marketing and business development at Pier Park. “As the leading resort-style shopping destination in Panama City Beach, we’re excited to ring in the New Year with family-friendly activities, an exciting line-up of live entertainment, memorable beach ball drops and more.”

The New Year’s Eve festivities will kick-off at 5:30 p.m. with a family celebration along the Pier Park’s Boardwalk. Families will enjoy interactive activities like face painting, costumed characters and exclusive giveaways, as well as live entertainment provided by The Barry Fish Band, known for their renditions of popular ‘80s and ‘90s tunes. Popular teen sensation Alex Angelo will also entertain families with an interactive DJ set and then lead the crowd in the first countdown of the evening at 8 p.m. with the release of 10,000 inflated beach balls along the center’s beachfront boardwalk. This awe-inspiring activity, heralded as the nation’s only family beach ball drop, will be followed by a dazzling fireworks display.

At 8:15 p.m., the official Countdown Celebration will begin with a live musical performance by Loud Planet, a 70s, 80s and 90s rock band. At 10 p.m., event headliner, Celebrity AllStars, a versatile band comprised of former members of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks, will take the stage. The group will energize the growing crowd with a high-energy mix of current Top 40 hits and classic rock favorites to get the crowd dancing into the New Year.

Just before midnight, attendees will countdown to 2015 as an 800 pound lighted beach ball descends nearly 100 feet. This symbolic occasion will be followed by a stunning, second fireworks display.

During New Year’s Eve day and into the night, Pier Park will provide great shopping and dining options with the entire property open until 10 p.m. and select stores along Pier Park’s Boardwalk remaining open later. Popular dining options like Dave & Buster’s, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House and Rum Runners Tropical Island Grill will also be open during the evening.

For more information, please visit http://www.simon.com/mall/pier-park or call (85) 236-9974. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShopPierPark and follow us on Twitter @PierPark and on Instagram @PierPark.

About Pier Park
Pier Park is Panama City Beach’s premier open-air shopping destination with more than 125 retail and dining choices. This one-of-a-kind beachfront family-friendly attraction with resort style, island-inspired architecture features a variety of popular stores, including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Target, Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy, LOFT and more. Shoppers enjoy numerous eateries and entertainment options like newly opened Dave & Buster’s, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House, Rum Runners Tropical Island Grill, Tootsie’s, Shoney’s, Red Robin and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, as well as The Grand IMAX Theatre. Pier Park is located at 600 Pier Park Drive in Panama City Beach. For more information on Pier Park, call (850) 236-9979 or visit http://www.simon.com/mall/pier-park. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ShopPierPark and follow us on Twitter @PierPark and on Instagram @PierPark.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit http://www.simon.com.

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