Santa in Emerald Isle for Photos & Other Crystal Coast Holiday Events


We told you Santa loves the beach! He's here in Emerald Isle today, December 3, through Thursday, December 5 for your favorite photo ops. Today and tomorrow Santa takes photos with the kids; Thursday is dedicated to photos with your favorite four-legged pets.

Sitting fees for the photos with Santa are just a donation of 5 canned food items or a 5lb. bag of dog or cat food. You're welcome to donate as much as you are able. The donations, as well as half of the profit from the photo sales, benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation and the Carteret County Humane Society.

Santa Claus isPhotos with Santa in Emerald Isle at his beach shack for photos from 2-9p.m. these three days, but you need to make an appointment. A non-refundable cash or check deposit of $10 is required. The $10 will be applied to your purchase of a photo package, if you choose to purchase one. Professional photographs are available for purchase online at www.jeffpennell.com shortly after the event. The basic package starts at $29.95. You can make your reservation for a sitting with Santa by contacting Sarah McNally at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 252.354.6350, smcnally@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Are you looking for some additional holiday fun this week and weekend? Why not stop by the Cherished Moments Gingerbread House Competition Thursday, December 5 through Sunday December 8 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. Immerse yourself in a delightful wonderland of unique designs submitted by professional chefs and bakeries, civic groups, school children and many more. Enjoy a sneak preview at the semi-formal Thursday night Gala with entertainment, food and beverages.
The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
There is also the Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla this Saturday. Santa arrives by boat during an evening parade of decorated and lighted boats that bring him in to kick off the Christmas season celebration on the coast. The Flotilla begins at 5:30p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and ends on the Beaufort waterfront at approximately 6:15p.m.

Celebrate the start of the holiday season on the beach at the Atlantic Beach 7th Annual Christmas by the Sea from 6-9p.m. on Saturday at the Atlantic Beach Town Park. The event begins with the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6p.m. and includes kids activities, food from local chefs, live music, door prizes, canned food drive, face painting and photos with Santa.

There's plenty of holiday fun to be had in Emerald Isle and all over the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Why not play in the sand instead of the snow this holiday season? Make your plans now and book a beach vacation rental with all of the amenities you love. We'd love to see you!

Cheers to the holiday season! Let us know if we'll see you at our events, in our towns and on our beaches in the next few weeks.