How to Have the Perfect Coastal Christmas
Ah, Christmas on the coast. There's nothing quite like the beautiful blend of bright, happy holiday cheer set against a palette of white sands, blue skies, and blue ocean waters. Christmas on the coast is a one-of-kind experience that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy at least once in their lifetime. Is this your first time spending the holidays at the beach? Are you wondering how to make this holiday season extra special during your time in Emerald Isle? We know what to do. Here's how to have a perfect coastal Christmas that leaves you with warm memories for years to come. You may enjoy it so much that you never spend the holidays anywhere else. That's okay! We love it too.
Find a nice blend of Christmas and coastal in your holiday decorating.Decorating your beach house for the holidays is a little different than decorating a traditional home. More often than not, you'll want to add elements of both the coast and the holidays into your home. So what does that look like? Well, that all depends on your personal tastes of course. Some people choose coastal colors like ethereal whites and pastel blues over the traditional red and greens. Others choose coastal elements to deck their halls and decorate their trees. What's most important is that you choose things that matter most to you and reflect your own personal style. Don't overthink it. Go with the flow and create a holiday space that is warm and inviting.
Do you need some visual inspiration? Check out Sun-Surf Realty's Christmas Board on Pinterest. We have plenty of coastal Christmas ideas for you, along with other decorating and home decor ideas for your beach house. Go ahead and follow us on Pinterest so you don't miss out on any new pins. (IMG Credit: Sand and Sisal)
Plan a holiday meal with all of the dishes you love, then add in some local flavor.Whatever your favorite holiday main courses and side dishes are, make them. But also consider bringing in a taste of the beach to your table as well. Adding some fresh local flavor makes a coastal holiday extra special. Whether it's fresh local seafood, regional produce or a southern-style side dish, it will be a welcome addition to your holiday meal. You can whip it up yourself by checking out these southern holiday menu ideas or you can visit your favorite local farmers market and pick up something special and already prepared.
Visit the local holiday events, festivals and activities and start a new family tradition.Make your coastal holiday experience the best it can be by taking part in the local holiday celebrations, festivities and activities nearby. The wonderful thing about Christmas on the coast is the unique style and spirit that makes it a way of celebrating that is a little different than the rest. Holiday flotillas, waterfront towns decorated with wreaths and bows, tree lighting events, historic homes tours, and many other special holiday festivities and activities are the special events and memorable activities that make the holiday extra special. Choose to make a few of your favorite events and activities a new family tradition that you look forward to every year. These are memories in the making.
Here are the most fun and festive Emerald Isle events this month. You can also find a full listing of holiday events on the Crystal Coast here. As you can see, there's a lot to see, do and experience this time of year.
Make the beach a part of your holiday celebration every day.You're at the beach so it's only natural that you enjoy it every single day that you're here. Whether it's a walk on the beach, watching the sun rise and set over the coastline, starting your morning on your oceanfront deck with coffee in hand, taking a few minutes to watch the dolphins swim by or the pelicans bob on the waves, or ending your day with a moonlit stroll on the sand, you'll want to soak up as much of the salt life as you can. Consider planning a few special holiday activities of your very own like a sandman building contest, special holiday beach craft, or a refreshing December dip in the Atlantic Ocean waters in preparation for the Penguin Plunge in January.
Are you looking for more ideas? Here are three of the best ways to Coastify your Christmas at the beach.
Have you ever spent Christmas at the beach? What special things did you do to make your coastal holiday extra memorable? We'd love to hear about it!