Crystal Coast New Year’s Eve Events

When bidding adieu to 2018, there’s nowhere to celebrate quite like the Crystal Coast. The stunning beaches of North Carolina are the perfect backdrop for your holiday celebrations. Whether you’re traveling with your entire family or just your sweetheart, you’ll find tons of New Year’s things to do in Atlantic Beach and the surrounding areas.

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2018 Downtown Countdown

Downtown Morehead City is where you’ll find the 2018 Downtown Countdown. This annual event runs from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and is fun for the whole family. Kids can enjoy the crab pot drop at 6 p.m., courtesy of the Morehead City Fire Department.

The event is expected to have some really interesting activities and sights for all ages. Stilt Walkers, a glow party, a light show, and a magician were all present for the previous year’s festivities. To top it all off, it’s all right on the waterfront.

The night will be full of delicious, fresh seafood and will end with a spectacular fireworks display. This free event is sure to be a blast, and you’ll have the opportunity to explore the food, entertainment, and shopping of Morehead City.

New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast

Start 2019 with a bang at Fort Macon’s New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast. Live entertainment begins at 6 p.m. The cannons will fire in accordance with midnight Greenwich Mean Time at 7 p.m. You’re invited to bring chairs and food to relax and enjoy this fun event. History buffs will particularly love exploring the fort and learning some tidbits about its role in the Civil War.

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First Day Hike

Once you’ve rung in the New Year, return to Fort Macon for their annual First Day Hike on Jan 1st. There will be two different runs, so beginners and experienced hikers alike can participate. The first hike will be just .75 miles and will take you through the marvelous Yarrow’s Loop Trail and inlet beach.

If you want more of a challenge, the longer hike is 3.3 miles on the Elliott Coues Trail. Both will be led by experienced rangers. They will both begin at the Fort’s Visitor Center at 10 a.m.

2019 Resolution Run 1Mile and 5K

Explore the beauty of Beaufort while getting in your first exercise of the New Year. The races start at 9 a.m. at the corner of Front and Turner Streets. Registration can be completed online for $25 before race day, or you can sign up on New Year’s Day starting at 7 a.m. for a $30 fee. There’s no fee for kids 12 and under, and military personnel receive a 10% discount. You’ll be able to ring in the New Year and start your resolution off right!

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16th Annual Penguin Plunge

Start your year off with the 2019 Penguin Plunge Charity event in Atlantic Beach. Donations will benefit the Mile of Hope. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on New Year’s Day in front of The Crab’s Claw Restaurant, and the Plunge happens at 1 p.m. Shock your system by running into the frigid gulf waters, then warm up with your fellow beachgoers. This family-friendly event will prove memorable for everyone!

When you’re planning your New Year’s getaway, contact us or book one of our Crystal Coast vacation rentals today. You’ll find a wide array of vacation homes to fit your budget and individual needs. We can set you up with plenty of options for your Atlantic Beach, NC rentals, putting you right in the heart of the New Year’s celebrations.