Crystal Coast Christmas Events

Resilient small businesses affected by the hurricane have been re-opening along the Crystal Coast since the end of September – just in time for the busy holiday season.

Despite the damage Hurricane Florence left in its wake, the Crystal Coast seems to be busy as usual preparing for the Christmas season. Annual holiday events are scheduled to take place throughout the months of November and December.

Here’s your guide to Christmas things to do in Atlantic Beach this season:

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Core Sound Christmas Store

For those who are singing carols as the clock strikes midnight on Halloween, the Core Sound Christmas Store is for you.

This annual pop-up store put on by the local Museum & Heritage Center stocks everything Christmas. From serving platters to stocking stuffers, to unique gifts, this shop is a great place to get into the spirit of Christmas.

The store is open every Friday and Saturday from November 2 to mid-December at the Morehead Plaza Shopping Center in Morehead City, across the sound from Atlantic Beach, NC, rentals, and hotels. The Grand Opening is set for November 2.

Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show

What is the Christmas season without a good craft show?

The Mistletoe Magic gift show brings together 90 talented vendors at the Crystal Coast Civic Center on November 10.

Gifts include both holiday decorations and entertainment items, as well as gifts of all kinds. Expect to find children’s toys, clothing, jewelry, wood art, pottery, and holiday crafts.

The fair is a fantastic family activity – have fun browsing the goods while you enjoy a few homemade holiday treats from the concession stand.

Admission is $4 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. The fair runs one day only, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Morehead City Christmas ArtWalk

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for an art lover, look no further. The Morehead City Christmas ArtWalk can help you out there.

On November 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. spend an afternoon gallery hopping in Morehead City. Many of the downtown galleries and shops will have an open door Christmas event with special exhibits and promotions.

The event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Carteret County. Less than a 10-minute drive from Atlantic Beach, NC, rentals, Morehead City makes a great day trip and a good opportunity to support local business – particularly during the bustling holiday season.

Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla

Coastal cities not only have holiday parades on foot, but we have them on water, too.

Watch motorboats, yachts, rowboats, kayaks, and commercial boats proceed down the coast outside Morehead City December 1. This flotilla will kick off the month of December with shades of green and red, silvery tinsel, and colorful Christmas lights.

Watch the boats glide along the Morehead City waterfront at 5:30 p.m., and in Beaufort at 6:15 p.m.

Hungry Town Tours: Holiday Stroll & Food Tour

Take an award-winning tour through the much-loved town of Beaufort, NC, this holiday season.

Stop at three restaurants, taste holiday-inspired wines, and try gourmet olive oils at a kitchen store. Then, take a walking tour of Beaufort’s historic homes lit up and decorated for Christmas. Hungry Town Tours also offer a Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout on November 25 at 10 a.m.

Tours take place Monday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. – rain or shine – and are for ages 21 and up.

Atlantic Beach Christmas Parade

One of the top Christmas things to do in Atlantic Beach, the 12th Annual Light Up the Night Christmas Parade will take place this year on December 7.

Expect cars, trucks, trucks towing boats strung with lights and decorations parading down the main street. All vehicles are welcome as long as they dress to impress. After the parade kids can meet Santa at the local Fire Department. If you’d like to participate, don’t forget to sign up beforehand and make sure your vehicle is festive.

The parade moves along West Fort Macon Rd. starting at Oceanana, running from 6 to 8 p.m.

Book a Vacation Rental

The Christmas season is expected to be busy again this year, and it’s still a wonderful time to visit the Crystal Coast.

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