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December Area Events 2018


New Hanover County


Cape Fear Festival of Trees

November 19th – January 2nd

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449

Admission: $10.95-12.95


A local holiday tradition featuring 50 festive trees decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Proceeds benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation.


Enchanted Airlie

December 7-22nd

Airlie Gardens

300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403



Half-mile self-guided stroll through Airlie Gardens featuring festive lights, holiday displays, Santa Claus, plus local food and beverage vendors. Tickets are purchased per carload.



Brunswick County


Southport Winter Craft Festival

December 8th

Franklin Square Park

105 E West Street, Southport, NC 28461


Shop 140 vendors for the holidays including hand crafted home décor, jewelry, arts and crafts, baked goods and more.


Sandy Paws Parade

December 14th

Holden Beach Town Hall

110 Rothschild Street, Holden Beach, NC 28462


Bring your dog out for a short stroll in the doggie parade and then have a picture made with Santa.



Pender County


Lighted Christmas Parade

December 8th

Downtown Burgaw

106 E Wilmington Street, Burgaw, NC 28425


The only lighted nighttime Christmas Parade in the county, this an event the whole family will enjoy! There will be snow!


Santa’s Workshop

December 8th

Burgaw Depot

115 South Dickerson Street, Burgaw, NC


Join the Town of Burgaw for their Santa’s Workshop in the historic Burgaw Train Depot. Features photos with Santa, a gingerbread house contest and display, crafts and cookies.



Onslow County


MCCS Naught & Nice 5k

December 8th

Camp Lejeune Wallace Creek Fitness Center

Birch Street, Camp Lejeune, NC!/133519-mccs-naughty-and-nice-5k-run


Celebrate the holiday season and the coming of the new year with a celebratory 5K run. The race takes place on a scenic route aboard Camp Lejeune. Come dressed in your favorite holiday running gear and stick around afterward for the Grand Prix Series end of the year awards ceremony.


Holiday Pops – NC Symphony

December 13th

White Oak High School

1001 Pine Green Road, Jacksonville, NC 28546!/139446-holiday-pops-north-carolina-symphony


Join the NC Symphony for a spectacular holiday celebration filled with joyful symphonic arrangements of holiday classics including a sing-a-long.



Craven County


The Holly & Ivy Historic Homes Tour

December 8th

Ghent Neighborhood

216 Johnson Street, New Bern, NC 28560

Admission: $15-18


Four lovely historic homes and a charming craftman-style cottage in Ghent will be decorated for the holidays. Sample home baked cookies and visit with the foxes at the Sugar Plum Treats House.


Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration

December 15th

Tryon Palace

529 S Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562!/139119-candlelight-christmas-celebration-in-new-bern


An event inspired by traditions of giving back that date back to the colonial period with decorations inspired by the 12 days of Christmas, historic characters in period clothing and holiday vignettes spanning across centuries.



Carteret County


Christmas at the Barnyard

December 13th & 14th

844 Roberts Road, Newport, NC

Admission: $7


Visit the barnyard with a Christmas twist. See all the petting zoo animals under the Christmas lights, drink hot chocolate by the fire and visit with Santa. Live wreaths will be for sale.


Ugly Christmas Sweater Festival

December 15th

Salty Air Open Market

307 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point, NC


Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters to the market and let the kids participate in a vendor’s scavenger hunt and bounce houses. Santa will be at the market from 10am-2pm. Includes vendors, face painting, crafts, a kids’ corner, food truck and more.




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