Panama Kicks Off Christmas Season With Parade
Panama City holds its annual Christmas parade on the waterfront at 5:00 p.m. today, ending its extravagant celebration with fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
Access to Balboa Avenue and three waterfront roads, known as Cinta Costera I, II and III, will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at noon today until 5:00 a.m. Monday.
Panama City officials have urged visitors to use the subway and city buses to help ease traffic congestion near the parade route.
Panama City’s Christmas Parade Route
The parade route features nine entrances, six exits, and eight food courts, as well as five tents for emergency medical care.
Parking will be nearly impossible to find downtown. If you drive to the event, your best bet would be to park at the Albrook Mall parking lot and take the subway to either the Loteria or the Santo Tomas station and walk to the waterfront.
Panama City Christmas Decorations
In addition to the Christmas parade, Christmas lights and decorations are open to visitors at the following locations:
According to the mayor’s office, more than 1.8 million light bulbs, 29 miles (47 km) of LED tubes, 2,200 figurines, and 750 LED strobes were used to decorate the parks throughout Panama City.