This is a wonderful time of the year when there are plenty holiday festivals, parades, and special events taking place. There are plenty of things that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you live here or you’re planning an upcoming visit, be sure to take advantage of the special events that only come around this time of the year. If you need a place to stay Atlantic Beach Realty will be happy to provide you with holiday accommodations fit for Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves!
Here’s a run down of some local events in the area you should check out!
On Saturday, December 10, come spend the day at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores for Santa by the Sea from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This magic, memorable holiday event for children allows them to share their wishes among the fishes and get a snapshot with Santa in a one-of-a-kind setting. Make crafts, mix reindeer food, enjoy reading time with Mrs. Claus, snap photos with costumed characters and more. Outside, Santa will provide a bit of North Pole weather with a snow-filled sledding area (sleds included). Tickets are in addition to the regular admission price or membership. $6.95 per Santa by the Sea Bag. Bag includes vouchers for all event activities except sled rides. Sled rides are $2 per sled ride or $15 for 10 sled rides. Taxes not included. Location: Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Dr, Pine Knoll Shores, NC; tel. 252-247-4003.
The Moorehead City Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. on December 10 and travel 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 Santa and his sleigh will be featured.
The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Homes Tour from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly decorated for the season. These private homes represent a wide variety of Beaufort’s unique architectural styles from different periods of the town’s history. Tickets for this event are $14. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225.
The 6th Annual Beaufort Holiday Art Walk celebrates the season with a festive day in historic downtown Beaufort, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Art Walk, held in conjunction with the Christmas Candlelight Tour, will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located on the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St. and Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations. Artists Carol Roop and Craig Gurganus will be featured as part of the Beaufort Art Walk in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (252) 728-5225, (800) 575-7483, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitors Center at 130 Turner Street.
A true musical tradition with which many Americans have grown to love, The Embers Christmas Show will take place at 7:30 p.m. on December 20 at the Carteret Community Theatre, 1311 Arendell St., Moorehead City, NC. The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since its inception in 1958. The band will sing new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes the whole family will love.
There will be a New Year’s Eve Canon Blast from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach. There will be live entertainment starting at 6 p.m., and the cannons will go off at 7 p.m. Bring a folding chair and picnic dinner to enjoy.
All of us at Atlantic Beach Realty would like to wish you and your family a very enjoyable holiday season!