Christmas Events in Emerald Isle this December to Enjoy with Family


There is nothing that fills you up with holiday spirit more than these local community Christmas events in Emerald Isle and surrounding communities. The Crystal Coast is filled with holiday traditions that are perfect for the entire family to enjoy. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite area Christmas events in and around Emerald Isle this December that you won’t want to miss.

Gingerbread Festival in Morehead City NC

Gingerbread Festival

Join us for the annual Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City, NC.
The highlight of this fun holiday festival is the Gingerbread Village. Enter your edible masterpiece in the competition for a chance to win great prizes.

Guests are also encouraged to bid on their favorite fully decorated crab pot Christmas tree to take home with them for the holidays. All proceeds benefit the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House. There will also be lots of fun kids’ activities and a variety of concessions available. So, bring the whole family for a sweet time!

When: December 6th-8th

Where: The Gingerbread Festival takes place at the Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557.

How much: Admission donations are accepted for the Gingerbread Festival.

Santa and a Movie in Emerald Isle NC

Santa and a Movie

Who wouldn’t want to watch a movie with Santa? The Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation Department is hosting their annual Santa and a Movie event. Children of all ages are invited. Join Santa for a Christmas story after milk and cookies and a short Christmas movie classic. Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas pajamas and bring a blanket for the family to sit on during the movie.

When: December 13th, 6-8pm

Where: Santa and a Movie takes place at the Emerald Isle Community Center, 203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle, NC 28594.

How much: Admission to Santa and a Movie is one unwrapped gift per child. You must pre-register by December 5th at 5pm to attend. Only 75 spaces are available and will fill up quickly. Contact Whitney Smith at 252-354-6350 or to register.

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

The holiday season has truly begun once you visit the Beaufort Holiday Art Walk. The art walk takes place in downtown Beaufort where you can see the works of many regional artists. The walk begins at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, where art walk maps will be available. The featured artist is Ken Moore, a local North Carolina artist whose pieces feature seascapes, landscapes, still life, and flowers.

When: December 14th, 1pm – 5pm

Where: The Beaufort Holiday Art Walk will begin at the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery located at the Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St., Beaufort, NC 28516.

How much: Admission to the Beaufort Holiday Art Walk is free.

Historic Beaufort Christmas Candlelight Tour

Historic Beaufort Christmas Candlelight Tour

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour in downtown Beaufort following the Art Walk. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality. Get a rare glimpse into private historic homes, inns, bed and breakfasts and churches, all elegantly decorated for the season.

When: December 14th, 5pm – 8pm

Where: The Christmas Candlelight Tour begins at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St., Beaufort, NC 28516.

How much: Tickets for the Christmas Candlelight Tour are $20 and may be purchased online at or call (252) 728-5225.

Enjoy a season of fun, joy and memories with these fun Christmas events in Emerald Isle taking place during the month of December. Whether you live here or are just visiting, these local community events are sure to bring your family some holiday cheer. So, join us in Emerald Isle and build new holiday traditions with our family and yours.

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