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    Holiday Events 2019


    New Hanover County



    December 6th-22nd

    Enchanted Airlie

    Airlie gardens

    300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington

    Admission: $30-55   Time: 5-7pm, 7-9pm

    (910) 798.7700


    Share in the joy of the season with a half-mile self-guided stroll through the gardens featuring festive lights, holiday displays, and Santa Claus, plus local food and beverage vendors. Tickets are pre-purchased by car load.



    December 6th

    Island of Lights Christmas Parade

    Atlanta Ave & S Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach

    Admission: Free   Time: 7:30pm

    (910) 458.5507


    Island of Lights holds their annual Christmas Parade which courses from Atlanta Ave. down Lake Park Blvd. to Federal Point Plaza and features floats, bands, and Santa Claus.



    Brunswick County



    December 7th-14th


    Various locations in Southport



    A week of celebration and events in the downtown area. Enjoy live theater, a tea party, cookie contest, supper with Santa’s elves, a viewing of the  “Polar Express”,  a costumed history tour, Christmas fire engine parade, Winter Craft Festival, book sale, performing arts, Santa’s workshop, historic jail tour, Tour of Homes and Christmas Flotilla.



    December 14th

    Southport Christmas Flotilla

    Southport Marina/Old Yacht Basin

    Bay Street, Southport

    (910) 457.7927


    Boats of all sizes (power, paddle and sail) will be dressed for the holidays in this festive parade. Cheer for your favorite boats judged by guest judges, students from the Southport Elementary School art class.



    Pender County



    December 7th

    Jingle Bell Ball

    720 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach

    (910) 547.8312


    Join the Topsail Island Historical Society for a fantastic meal, dancing and entertainment in a winter wonderland. Cash bar available.



    December 13th-15th

    A Merry Little Christmas Festival

    10200 US Hwy 17 N, Wilmington

    Friday: 5-8pm; Saturday: 10am-8pm; Sunday: 10am-4pm


    Admission: $5


    The grounds of Poplar Grove Plantation will be aglow with lights. Peruse the Snow Queen’s Grand Bazaar with over 60 different arts and craft vendors. Enjoy a camp fire with s’mores, live music, entertainment, holiday décor and kid’s activities. Candlelight tours of the Victorian themed Christmas in the manor house are available.




    Onslow County



    December 6th

    Jacksonville Winterfest

    100 Recreation lane, Jacksonville


    Head to Jacksonville Commons for a show of artisans and crafters from all areas of North Carolina providing you a chance to do some holiday shopping. There will be an Upcycled Art Contest, Cookie Contest, pet photos with Santa and a Gingerbread Workshop.



    December 17th

    Quality Inn & Suites Holiday Party

    1565 NV Hwy 210, Sneads Ferry

    (910) 327.8282!/171742-quality-inn-and-suites-annual-holiday-party


    Join the Quality Inn & Suites annual Holiday Party from 5-7pm. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. Bring a canned or non-perishable food item to be donated to a local food bank.




    Craven County



    December 6th

    Chamber Music by Candlelight

    Tryon Palace, 529 S Front St, New Bern

    Admission: $50


    (252) 639.3524


    Join Tryon Palace in the Palace Council Chamber for a superb acoustic experience. For the second year in a row, the Brierwood Ensemble will perform a variety of holiday Baroque favorites and traditional carols. Join the musicians for a post-concert reception at the Commission House featuring festive beverages and food.



    December 14th

    Holly & the Ivy Holiday Homes Tour

    Downtown New Bern



    Join the New Bern Woman’s Club for the 21st annual holiday homes tour showcasing historic homes. This walking tour will include 6 houses. All funds will go to victims of Hurricane Florence.



    Carteret County



    December 6th

    Gingerbread Festival

    3505 Arendell St, Morehead City

    (252) 808.2244


    Join the Crystal Coast Hospice House at the Civic Center for their annual holiday festival. The festival begins with a ticketed preview party. North Tower band will perform and catering will be provided by Seaside Sensations. A gingerbread village will be on display created by local artists, individuals, schools and community groups plus decorated crab pot Christmas trees. There will be activities for kids, holiday entertainment and a contest.



    December 7th

    Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

    7500 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle


    (252) 354.6350


    Tha 8th annual holiday crafts fair will feature handmade and hand-authenticated items by local artisans and crafters. Find that unique one-of-a-kind item for your holiday gift shoppin

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