Winter in Emerald Isle

It’s Wintertime here in beautiful Emerald Isle. Christmas is just around the corner and we are getting ready for the holidays. So, bundle up and check out all of this season’s events on the Crystal Coast!

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend

This one is coming up quickly, so don’t miss out! From Saturday, December 5 until Sunday December 6, at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center in Harker’s Island. This annual celebration of the heritage of our beloved "Down East” is sure to be a great way to kick off the month. With local music, storytelling, art, community boat building, and other fun and educational displays, you will get to enjoy finding out more about the area! Enjoy local Core Sound seafood, and don’t miss out on the Live Auction at 5pm on Saturday and the fellowship service on Sunday. 

20th Annual John Costlow Model Train Show

For the twentieth annual model train show in Beaufort, families will be able to enjoy model trains from various collectors in the area. Put on by the Carteret County Model Railroad Buffs with the Town of Beaufort, families can enjoy this event December 5-7. Times are from 4-8pm on Friday, 6-9pm on Saturday, and 11-4pm on Sunday. Get in the mood for these trains at a train station! This fun event will take place at the Old Beaufort Train Dept in Beaufort. Free admission too!

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

A Crystal Coast favorite, the flotilla is the perfect way to bring in the Chirstmas spirit! Santa arrives by boat in a procession of decorated and lighted boats from Morehead City to Beaufort. The Flotilla will begin along the Morehead waterfront a sunset (5:30pm) and will travel to Beaufort, arriving around 6:15pm. This magical sight will be one to remember as your family enjoys Christmas on the Coast, Saturday December 6th.

8th Annual Christmas in Atlantic Beach & Beaufort Tree Lighting

Another way to celebrate Christmas will be in Atlantic Beach on Saturday, December 6th as the Atlantic Beach Christmas Parade begins at the Dunes Club and makes its way to West Fort Macon Road ending in Atlantic Beach Circle. The parade begins at 6pm. Santa will be waiting after the parade to meet the children at the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. 

At the same time, if you are in Beaufort instead of Atlantic Beach, you can join everyone right before the Flotilla reaches Beaufort and watch as they light up the Christmas tree behind the Dock House.

The Holiday Craft Fair at the History Place

Need a fun, original gift for Christmas? Well, look no further than the History Place at Arendell Street, Morehead City. Hosted by the Carteret Country Historical Society, the craft fair will take place from 9am-4pm. With over forty crafters sharing their wares of pottery, painted gourds, shell ornaments, jewelry, and even alpaca products, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for anyone on your list…including yourself! Free admission and refreshments are available. 

27th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

This year at the Harker’s Island Elementary School, make sure you stop by Saturday (9am-5pm) and Sunday (10am -4pm) for the 27th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival! Since 1988, this tradition has become a favorite among locals, and it's sure to become one of yours! Events such as antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, children’s decoy painting, duck calling competeitions, whittling, live decoy auction, and more are sure to get you excited for your winter vacation on the Crystal Coast. 

2nd Annual Cherished Moments Gingerbread House Competition

Sponsored by the Crystal Coast Hospice House, and hosted by the Morehead City Civic Center, bakers, chefs, civic groups and even school children will submit a gingerbread house for this fun competition. Go to check out all the unique (and delicious) creations on December 12-15th. You can even submit your own gingerbread house to the competition for free. Visit their website for more information about the Gingerbread Gala which will include live music, a gingerbread workshop, and a visit from Santa!

Christmas by Candlelight

Join the Beaufort Historical Society on a guided candlelit tour of Beaufort. Take a ride on the double-decker bus with beautiful music from the choirs of local churches to get you in the Christmas spirit. Homes, churches, and several inns around Beaufort will open their doors for guests to see all the Christmas decorations and lights. This magical holiday celebration will take place December 13th from 5pm-8pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Beaufort Historical Society.

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

Once again, the art walk will be open in downtown Beaufort for everyone to enjoy. This wonderful night of arts, crafts and food will take place starting at the Beaufort Historic Site and will continue around downtown Beaufort to feature local and regional artists. Open houses from various local restaurants and shops will also be available for you to enjoy. Maps will be available (for people like myself) and times for this event will be from 1pm-5pm. 

"Crystal Coast Countdown”- A Countywide New Year’s 


This event will span the three days before the New Year and will feature various activities and locations around the Crystal Coast. Go to Atlantic Beach for a bonfire, or for the renowned Penguin Plunge. Head over to Beaufort for various Historic Holiday tours, the Pirate Plunge, or the Resolution Run. Morehead City will host their annual Party at the Park with live music and fireworks, as well as Community painting at BluSail Gallery. Or, you can stay right here in Emerald Isle and enjoy a scavenger hunt with the family and fireworks off the water at Bogue Inlet Pier. There's so much to do so celebrate the New Year Crystal Coast Style!


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