Crystal Coast Holiday Events

Holidays Are Here Again

Another year has flow by and the glorious winter season is once again upon us.  Crystal Coast holiday events are ready and raring to kick off as expected!  Winter is certainly the most wonderful time of year, as they say, so get out and about!  As a matter of fact, it’s the perfect time to mingle with others and meet your neighbors, as well as participating in events around our great community!  Since there is so much to do, make room on your calendars.  Check out these awesome Crystal Coast holiday events taking place in December!

Crystal Coast Holiday Events to Enjoy with the Family

23rd Annual John Costlow Train Show

December 1st-3rd @ Old 1907 Train Depot, Beaufort – Hours May Vary                                                                  At the corner of Pollock & Broad, you’ll find the Old 1907 Train Depot filled with model trains of all shapes and sizes.  From tiny models to outdoor sized displays, there’s something here to delight the children in all of us.  Bring the family to share in the joy brought on by this anticipated holiday tradition.  View both simple circular tracks and intricate displays, all set up by their respective operators.  Learn a bit of history and meet some real train enthusiast who love to share their hobby!  Find out more information here!


4th Annual “Santa and a Movie”

December 8th, 2017 @ EI Parks & Recreations  6 pm-8 pm                                                                                      Join Santa for a holiday story after watching a short Christmas movie classic!  Milk & cookies will be provided for children of all ages.  Make sure to bring a blanket to sit on during the movie, and wear your festive holiday pajamas!  In order to attend, you must pre-register.  Call 252-354-6350 or visit for more details.


5th Annual Gingerbread Festival

December 8-10, 2017 @ the Crystal Coast Civic Center

Crystal Coast holiday events                                 


December 8th:  Preview Party!    7:30 pm-11 pm  $50 Tickets                                                                              Come preview the Gingerbread Festival entries at this awesome holiday party.  Enjoy a dinner catered by Seaside Sensations, while Punch provides the musical entertainment.  Tickets to this fantastic celebration are available here!

December 9th & 10th: Open to the Public  11 am-5 pm   Free Admission                                                           Everyone in town is invited to view the festive gingerbread houses and Crab Pot Christmas Trees on display!  Festival goers can vote for their favorite gingerbread displays while enjoying the concerts held on both days.  Crafts will be available for the kids, along with a gingerbread decorating demonstration.   Additionally, concessions will also be available for hungry tummies. Winners of the Festival will receive awards on the afternoon of the 10th.

December 10th: Cookies & Cocoa with Santa  2 pm-4 pm   $10 Tickets                                                      Cookies & Cocoa with Santa will be held on the afternoon of Sunday the 10th.  Tickets allows the little ones to enjoy a fun afternoon visiting with Santa Claus.  They will participate in holiday crafts with other children while indulging in yummy treats!  Watch as little eyes light up with holiday wonder!


Morehead City Christmas Parade

December 9th  11 am-12 pm                                                                                                                                                       Join the community down in Morehead for this years parade!  The parade will begin at 1700 Arendell Street and end at 8th & Arendell Streets.  This years parade will feature floats, community groups, bands, entertainment, and above all, Santa!  Bring the family out to catch the holiday spirit!  For more information, visit

More to Come!

All in all, I will keep you posted on the upcoming happenings in January and February.  However, I leave you with a full list of Crystal Coast holiday events.  Take advantage of the holiday season while enjoying simple outings with good friends.  Moreover, break the routine of chores and daily duties to spend time with the family.  Remember, next year will fly by just as quickly as this one has!

Until next time, Stay Salty!

Christine B.


Holiday Festivals On The Crystal Coast

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Lamp posts adorned with seasonal-themed lights line the streets of our sleepy little Crystal Coast towns, emanating the soft illumination that marks the start of the holiday festivals. This exhilarating time of year is cherished by locals and visitors alike, all looking forward to the abundance of activities taking place throughout the next few months. Vacationers come year-round, from near and far, to stay in lovely beach homes along Emerald Isle and in the surrounding areas. Most come to enjoy our beautiful, unspoiled beaches, but little do they know, there are fantastic events in the winter that should not be missed!

Holiday Festivals: Boats & Lights & Ducks

Adults and children of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy watching the Christmas Flotillas, occurring in both Morehead City and Beaufort held on December 3rd, and in Swansboro held on November 25th. People from around the area dress their boats in colorful Christmas lights and parade them down the Intracoastal Waterway. Year after year, both locations prove to be fun-filled holiday extravaganzas!

Emerald Isle will also host its 13th annual Christmas Parade on November 26th this year. The parade begins at 3pm, traveling east to west on Emerald Drive. Let’s not forget about the 28th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival! This two-day festival held on December 5-6th at the Harkers Island Elementary School is an amazing display of heritage and artistry, showing off the best of the best of carved wood decoys, along with a variety of exhibits and demonstrations… a truly beautiful display of craftsmanship! Also, this year, the Crystal Coast Festival of Lights comes to The Market Place in Cedar Point, with live music, ice skating, Christmas tree lighting, food, and craft vendors. Sounds like a great time! These events are sure to thrill the children in all of us, who remember the warmth brought to our hearts by this treasured time of year.

Winter Relaxation

Holiday festivals
Downtown Swansboro, NC

Shorewood Real Estate is happy to accommodate our guests all throughout the year, and we would love nothing more than to have your family come stay at one of our beach houses for the holidays. There is nothing quite like waking up to rolling waves outside, and nothing better than sipping hot coffee from an oceanfront deck. Although the ocean is chilly this time of year, the beach is welcoming nonetheless. The sun shines warmly, and the air is crisp and clean. Snow is over-rated, so ditch that shovel and grab the family and your suitcase… Emerald Isle awaits!!

Until next time, stay salty!

Christine B.

Thanksgiving On The Isle

The Holidays Are Here

Crisp autumn air laced with scents of cinnamon and pine straw is the tell-tale sign that the holiday season is upon us.  Additionally, Thanksgiving on Emerald Isle is marked by the colorful harvest décor adorning local shops as they prepare for holiday shoppers.  As our lists of merrymaking obligations grow, and we face the same scenario every year, we ask the age-old question…

Sunset View off of the deck at Edgewater!


“Should I have the whole family for Thanksgiving dinner?”

Obviously the answer is “no”; you should only have the turkey and fixing’s…!

Although having an over-crowded house may feel like a bad joke, the reasons to fret can be minimized.  Worry only about who is cooking the sweet potato casserole and yeast rolls.

Thanksgiving With Shorewood

Shorewood Real Estate offers a wide array of vacation rentals including condos, duplexes, and single family properties.    We can accommodate families of all sizes, all year long. This often affords the perfect opportunity to combine holiday festivities and family reunions into one delightful beach getaway. For generations, families have headed to North Carolina beaches during autumn and winter to create treasured memories.  Here they honor family traditions, taking advantage of off-season rental rates. Enjoying a fantastic family reunion for the holidays is quite possible, sans the static of “not enough bathrooms”.

Elbow Room

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 am sharp and football promptly follows, so have your coffee and bagels ready! Shorewood Real Estate will make sure the toughest part of your trip is deciding on which family favorites to watch. Whether it is an ocean view condo, a semi-oceanfront cottage, or a luxury oceanfront home, there will be plenty of elbow room at the table for the entire family!

Until next time, stay salty!
Christine B.