December 2019 Events and Things To Do on the NC Coast
It's hard to believe that 2019 is quickly coming to an end. Before it does, why not spend some time on the North Carolina coast where you can stroll the shoreline, catch the coastal Christmas lighted boat flotilla, tour historic candlelit homes decked out for the holidays, and cozy up in your Emerald Isle rental where you can enjoy the beach views. Sounds like the perfect way to spend your December, right? Plan your Emerald Isle beach vacation today and get ready to savor the last month of the year at the beach. While you're here, be sure to check the local event highlights in Emerald Isle and all along the Crystal Coast of NC. Happy December!
EMERALD ISLE EVENTS
12/7/19: HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR @ EMERALD ISLE COMMUNITY CENTER
On the first Saturday in December from 9a.m. to 3p.m., Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation hosts the 8th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the gymnasium. The fair features all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. With over 30 vendors, you are sure to find just the right gift for everyone on your Christmas list. Shop local!
12/7/19: ISLAND SANTA BAR CRAWL @ THE EMERALD CLUB
The Island Santa Bar Crawl benefits Make a Wish Eastern NC. Online registration will be up and running soon. Early registration will be $15 and event T-shirts will also be available. This year’s event features a new “crawl game”, costume contests, raffle items and lots of fun. Save the date!
12/13/19: SANTA & A MOVIE @ EMERALD ISLE COMMUNITY CENTER
Registration is open and required for this popular event. At 6p.m. children of all ages can join in for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a short Christmas movie classic. Kids are encouraged to wear their most comfy Christmas pajamas. Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on during the movie. Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child.
12/20/19: AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE @ EI COMMUNITY CENTER
The Carteret County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Community Center from 2-7p.m. at 203 Leisure Lane. 'Tis the season to give, so please do!
12/25/19-1/1/2020: BEACH HOLIDAYS IN YOUR EMERALD ISLE RENTAL
Spend your holidays any way you choose. Take a walk on the beach, build a sandman, cook a holiday feast in your Emerald Isle rental or go out on the town— and be here to watch the Atlantic Ocean sunrise on January 1, 2020. However you do it, make it the best one ever. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
MORE CRYSTAL COAST EVENTS
12/7/19: CRYSTAL COAST CHRISTMAS FLOTILLA @ THE WATERFRONT
The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla features boats, yachts, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. Don't miss this Crystal Coast holiday tradition!
12/7,8,13-15/19: ELF JR. THE MUSICAL @ CARTERET COMMUNITY COLLEGE
With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Come catch the show with family and friends. Check the schedule for showing times and tickets.
12/8/19: CHRISTMAS TRAIN SHOW @ BEAUFORT LIONS CLUB
The 25th Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show from 11a.m. to 4p.m. offers a glimpse into the past with antique working model trains and model trains of all sizes. The model train layouts include a variety of items of interest to railroad enthusiasts of all ages ranging from simple circles, traditionally found around the Christmas tree, to more elaborate systems.
12/14/19: CHRISTMAS PARADE @ MOREHEAD CITY
Come join the fun! Parade starts at 11a.m. along Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City. Parade begins at 1700 Arendell Street and ends at 8th and Arendell streets. Floats, community groups, bands, entertainment and, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be featured. Head over the bridge and into Morehead City to view this local favorite holiday parade.
12/14/19: HISTORIC CANDLELIGHT HOMES TOUR @ DOWNTOWN BEAUFORT
The annual Christmas Candlelight Tour showcases Beaufort’s southern hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into several private historic homes, inns, bed and breakfasts, and churches that are decorated for the holiday season. Tickets can be purchased at www.beauforthistoricsite.org or at the Old Beaufort Gift Shop on 130 Turner St.
12/21/19: OLDE FASHIONED HOLIDAY MARKET @ BEAUFORT COURT HOUSE LAWN
You are warmly invited to the Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market end-of–season Holiday Market housed under the sheltering live oaks on the courthouse grounds from 4:30-8:30p.m. This evening gathering has become a tradition in the beautiful coastal town of Beaufort. Drawing over 80 vendors occupying festively-lit tents filled with a diverse array of vegetables, prepared food and baked goods, seafood, and beautiful, unique, well-made creations of every kind from local artisans, all just in time for your holiday dining table and Christmas gift buying.
12/31/19: NEW YEAR'S EVE CANNON BLAST @ FORT MACON
Celebrate the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 with a blast. Fort Macon is once again firing off its big guns in celebration of the new year. There is live entertainment starting at 6p.m., and the cannons go off at 7p.m. sharp. Feel free to bring a folding chair and picnic meal similar to the summer concerts. Come early, parking is limited.
12/31/19: CRYSTAL COAST DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN TO 2020 @ MOREHEAD CITY
The Downtown Countdown brings family fun to the MHC waterfront on New Year’s Eve. Join in the fun beginning at 5p.m. for activities for all ages. Enjoy watching the fire department drop the kid’s crab pot drop and children’s activities from 5-6p.m. at Big Rock Landing. Local businesses and restaurants are providing activities and bands throughout the evening. End the night at midnight with the big crab pot drop downtown and a fireworks show shot from Sugarloaf Island for all to enjoy.