Unbeknown to most travelers, Christmas Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year in Panama City, Panama. Locals will typically start the night off at their family’s house with dinner, opening presents, dancing, lots of Ron Abuelo, and lots of fireworks. Most of the bars will OPEN at midnight and that’s when people start to head out and keep it going until sunrise.
If you happen to be in Panama City on Christmas Eve, these are the parties you can’t miss.
This December 24 at midnight starts the Christmas party! Turn on the tree and bring glasses because we are dancing until sunrise! Music by Tinvalero, Ruki Alvarez, and ItsDrama. Salsa, cumbia, merengue, calypso, drums, horaloca, dog, dancehall, hiphop, electro, disco, rock, retro and MUCH MUCH POP.
Celebrate Christmas Eve under the stars at Tantalo Hotel in Casco Viejo. The rooftop bar will be open during regular hours so this would be a great spot to start the night early and then head to one of the nightclubs later on. For reservations call 262-4022 / 262-4030 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Casa Casco is another rooftop & nightclub known for its posh clientele. The party here starts after midnight and if you can make it until sunrise you’re in for a killer view from the rooftop.
Late Night Music has a huge local following with Panama City’s underground electronic music scene and this year they are heading to the beach! The event starts at midnight at Praia in Playa Veracruz (20 min from Panama City and a $7 Uber ride) and will probably go until afternoon. Send your name to the guest list at LISTAS@LATENIGHTMUSIC.ORG for discounted cover entry.
La Buat is known for hosting some legendary electronic music events in Panama City and they are at it again for Christmas Eve. The invited DJ will be Pablo Inzunza and local talent CID, Granvil Kincaid, Miguelle Mocci, and David Berckley will be playing all night. The party starts at 11 pm and there will be an open bar until 1 am. Entry is free for ladies and $10 for guys before 2 pm that are on the list (send names via Whatsapp to +507 6717 1410).
Party all night at the secret beach in Casco Viejo with guest DJ Ira Ange from Russia. Local acts include Jaxx & Sandra XOXO, Abel Zeballos, Orkz, Rick Gonzalez, Leo Perez, and Charles Bell. Tickets available for $16 via Mi Eventos.
*This post will be updated as places advertise their Christmas parties, so check back soon!*