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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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