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Calendar of Events

NORTH CAROLINA’S CRYSTAL COAST
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2017–2018

December

December

Holiday Stroll & Food Tour
December 1–30, 2017 | 1:30 am–3:00 pm
400 Front Street, Beaufort
(252) 648-1011

A holiday stroll and five-stop culinary tour of Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”

Nosh, sip, and stroll your way through 300 years of Beaufort’s history with five stops on this culinary walking tour including three restaurants, holiday wine tasting, and olive oil pairings at a chef-inspired kitchen store. Stroll through the historic district to see several beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Guided tours depart Monday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. 3 to 3¼ hours. $69 per person, includes tour, guide, appetizer, entrée, dessert, wine tasting, some non-alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuities. Take home a traditional gingerbread man from The Accidental Bakery. Alcoholic beverages additional. Ages: 21+ yrs. old.  Younger adults and children can also be accommodated. Available rain or shine. Call for advanced reservations from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.  Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours.

hungrytowntours.com

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack
December 1, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Holiday Toy Drive & Wine Tasting
December 1, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
205 Friendly Rd, Morehead City
​(252) 422-3696

Mary Cheatham King Real Estate (MCKRE) and The Friendly Market are joining efforts to raise funds and toys for local families through their “Holiday Toy Drive & Wine Tasting” event on Friday, December 1, 2017. Toys will be donated to Eastern North Carolina’s Toys for Tots foundation, supporting families in our Crystal Coast area.

On Friday, December 1, families are invited to attend a “Holiday Toy Drive & Wine Tasting” event at The Friendly Market where wines will be served from vineyards impacted by the fires in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Additionally, The Friendly Market will provide free samples from their upcoming holiday menu, including their standing rib roast, seasonal puff pastries, chicken salad with holiday relish and apple, strawberry, pecan salad as well as Christmas cookies and hot chocolate from Carolina Coffee Company. Admission is free, but a child’s toy or a monetary donation is appreciated. Those who choose to donate will be entered to win a “Friendly Market Favorites” gift basket valued at $100.

For those unable to attend the festivities on December 1, there are several opportunities to partake in the holiday toy drive. A fundraising website has been established at www.youcaring.com/CrystalCoastToys4Tots and will be live through December 8, 2017. The MCKRE team will to purchase additional toys on December 13 with all monetary donation collected. Toys for Tots donation boxes are also in place at The Friendly Market and at the Crystal Coast Keller Williams offices (5113 US 70 W, Suite A). On December 14, 2017, all toys will be turned over to the United States Marines with the Eastern North Carolina Toys for Tots Foundation who will ensure they will be given to Santa for delivery to local children and families in time for Christmas Day.

youcaring.com/toysfortotseasternnorthcarolinachapter-991810

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23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show
December 1, 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-2259

The 23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show offers a glimpse into the past with antique working model trains and model trains of all sizes. The model train layouts will include a variety of items of interest to railroad enthusiasts of all ages, ranging from simple circles, traditionally found around the Christmas tree, to more elaborate systems. Each display has been carefully designed by the owner or operator to appeal to those just beginning this hobby and others who have had a lifetime interest in model railroading. Any donations go to the Beaufort Lions Club who are assisting with this year’s show. Children ages 12 and younger will need to be accompanied by an adult. The train show takes place in the Old 1907 Train Depot, 2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort, NC.28516. Any questions call Doug Doubleday at 252-728-2259.

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Ladies and Gents Night @ BluSail Golitz Studios
December 1, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
903 Arendell St Morehead City
​252-723-9516

Holiday Open House & Sale. Enjoy food, discounts, giveaways and more!

blu-sail.com

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Atlantic Beach 11th Annual “Light Up The Night” Christmas Parade
December 1, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
710 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-2121

Parade route begins at Dunes Club West down Fort Macon Road and around The Circle. Santa will meet the kids after the parade at the AB Fire Dept.  Show your Christmas spirit by decorating your boats, floats, cars, and trucks and lighting up the night. Participants should complete the entry form and submit it to Town Hall. For more information email townclerk@atlanticbeach-nc.com

atlanticbeach-nc.com

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6th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
December 2, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
7505 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle
​(252) 354-6350

On the first Saturday in December, Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will host their 6thAnnual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the Gymnasium. The Fair will feature all handmade or hand-authenticated items from local artisans and crafters. For more information or to become a vendor, contact Sarah Cutillo at (252) 354-6350 or scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org. There is no application deadline but space is limited and expected to fill up quickly.

emeraldisle-nc.org

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Breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921
December 2, 8:30 am-11:30 pm
400 Bridges St, Morehead City
​(252) 727-1921

Children can have breakfast with Santa at Floyd's 1921 Restaurant. There will be three seating times: 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30am. Tickets are  $12+ for adults and $8+ for children. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 252-727-1921.

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30th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival
December 2, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort
​(252) 838-8818

The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver. There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event. Visit decoyguild.com for more information or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook! Enjoy the local attractions, whimsical shops, casual to world-class dining, and overnight accommodations in our historic inns and B&B's. For more event information, call 252-838-8818 Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild,1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516

decoyguild.com

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Pancakes with Santa
December 2, 9:00 am-11:00 am
900 Cedar Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-4325

Pancake breakfast and pictures with Santa Clause at Beaufort Fire House the first Saturday of December - December 2, 2017 at 9 a.m. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and tea. The event takes place at the Beaufort Fire Station. Tickets: Adults $8, Kids 12 and under $5. All ticket proceeds benefit the Beaufort Firemen's Association. To purchase tickets, call the Beaufort Fire Department 252-728-4325. The Beaufort Firemen's Association, a 501-C nonprofit organization that supports and helps the Beaufort Fire Department, together with others in and around the community. Beaufort Fireman Association. Beaufort Fire Deparment, 900 Cedar Street, Beaufort, NC 28516, Non-emergency.252-728-4325.

beaufortfirenc.com

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23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show
December 2, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-2259

The 23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show offers a glimpse into the past with antique working model trains and model trains of all sizes. The model train layouts will include a variety of items of interest to railroad enthusiasts of all ages, ranging from simple circles, traditionally found around the Christmas tree, to more elaborate systems. Each display has been carefully designed by the owner or operator to appeal to those just beginning this hobby and others who have had a lifetime interest in model railroading. Any donations go to the Beaufort Lions Club who are assisting with this year’s show. Children ages 12 and younger will need to be accompanied by an adult. The train show takes place in the Old 1907 Train Depot, 2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort, NC.28516. Any questions call Doug Doubleday at 252-728-2259.

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8th Annual Chowder & Cheer
December 2, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City
​(252) 808-0440

The 8th Annual Chowder and Cheer takes place with over 20 different restaurants participating from 1pm until 5pm. Guests are asked to vote for their favorite chowder, soup, chili or gumbo as they travel to each restaurant that’s participating. In addition to the downtown restaurants competing in Chowder and Cheer, restaurants that aren’t located within the downtown district will serve samples at participating shops and art galleries.

SOLD OUT

downtownmoreheadcity.com

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A Classic Christmas Tea Event!
December 2, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City
​(252) 240-2800

This December The Infusion Cafe invites you to join us for a "holly jolly Christmas" -it's the best time of the year!
We are pleased to present a tea-party celebration of the American mid-century Christmas special. Join us for this afternoon of musical fan art- in a tribute to the Rankin-Bass, stop-motion Christmas classics we all grew up with.
Sam the Snowman, the Heat Miser, the Cold Miser, the Winter Warlock and Santa are just a few of our favorites- and we've invited them all to join us for a cup of tea, some storytelling and a song or two- as we share an afternoon of nostalgic, Christmas whimsy with all of you!
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Enjoy three courses of festive formal Christmas tea fare (tea-time food art created by our kitchen artists to capture and pay tribute in food to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "A Year Without a Santa Clause" and "Santa Clause is Coming to Town".) Served with two courses of Christmas tea by our friendly costumed staff.
Starring:
Kurt Petersen
Dave Springle &
Bob Harrison
(with Lori Petersen & Melanie Willis)

Tickets Required. Seating is limited.
Call 252-240-2800 to guarantee your seats.

facebook.com/TheInfusionCafe

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters
December 2, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes tour. Tour includes a look at fresh water habitats as well as salt water habitats and a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat. Ages 8 and up, $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Beaufort Christmas Parade
December 2, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Front Street, Beaufort
(252) 838-0059

The annual Beaufort Christmas Parade will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 2, on Front Street. Sign-up to participate in the parade by contacting Susan Sanders at 252-838-0059. Event hosted by the Downtown Beaufort Development Association.

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Winterfest
December 2, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
200 Howard Boulevard, Newport
​(252) 223-4749

The Town of Newport Cordially invites you to their Winter Festival. It will be held at the Newport Community Park from 4-6PM. There will be lots of fun Christmas activities for your family to enjoy. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa and there will also be a fun selfie booth. Your family will enjoy games and craft activities, hot chocolate and cookies, readings of The Night Before Christmas and The Down East Night Before Christmas, and Christmas Carolers. Then at 5:30 there will be the lighting of the Towns Christmas Tree. Admission is FREE!

townofnewport.com

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Santa and Mrs. Claus at Jaycee Park
December 2, 5:00 pm-5:30 pm
Jaycee Park, South 9th Street, Morehead City
​(252) 808-0440

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Jaycee Park and enjoy fun and Christmas carols by DJ Raymond Rigsbee.

downtownmoreheadcity.com

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Crafts and Drafts: Holiday Crafts with Devil’s Backbone Brewing
December 2, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
909B Arendell Street, Morehead City
​(252) 222-0422

Devils Backbone Brewing will be at Promise' Land Market with cute holiday crafts while you check out their awesome new beers!

promiselandmarket.com

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Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
December 2, 5:30 pm-6:30 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-7317

The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2017 featuring boats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season. The decorated boats can be seen at 5:30 p.m., on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m., on the Beaufort waterfront. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the festive Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center located across the street from the Museum.  Cash prizes will be awarded!

Viewing Party held in the Watercraft Center is a catered event and tickets may be purchased for $50 beginning Nov. 21st.  Visit the Museum Store or call 252-728-1638.  Tickets to the Viewing Party are for Friends members only.  Tickets include Awards party.  LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS!

Boats may register to participate in the Flotilla by phone or mail, and until noon on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Store.

maritimefriends.org

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Morehead City Community Tree Lighting at Jaycee Park
December 2, 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Jaycee Park, South 9th Street, Morehead City
​(252) 808-0440

After the flotilla, stay and watch the annual Morehead City Community Tree Lighting at 6pm. Jaycee Park will be home to the community Christmas Tree this year, so join Mayor and Mrs. Jones in the annual lighting of the tree and have a chance to see Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy Christmas carols by DJ Raymond Rigsbee.

downtownmoreheadcity.com

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30th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival
December 3, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort
​(252) 838-8818

The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver. There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the Festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event. Visit decoyguild.com for more information or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook! Enjoy the local attractions, whimsical shops, casual to world-class dining, and overnight accommodations in our historic inns and B&B's. For more event information, call 252-838-8818 Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild,1574 Harkers Island Rd, Beaufort, NC 28516

decoyguild.com

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Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout
December 3, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
400 Front Street, Beaufort
​(252) 648-1011

A Sunday Brunch holiday walkabout through Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”

Stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the area's most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu. Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or a holiday drink, and non-alcoholic beverages. $69 per person includes guided tour, brunch, some alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuity. Take home a traditional gingerbread man from The Accidental Bakery. Alcoholic beverages additional. Ages: 21+ yrs. old. Duration: 2 to 2½ hours. Younger adults and children can also be accommodated. Available rain or shine. Call for advanced reservations from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours.

hungrytowntours.com

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23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show
December 3, 11:00 am-4:00 pm
2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-2259

The 23rd Annual John Costlow Christmas Train Show offers a glimpse into the past with antique working model trains and model trains of all sizes. The model train layouts will include a variety of items of interest to railroad enthusiasts of all ages, ranging from simple circles, traditionally found around the Christmas tree, to more elaborate systems. Each display has been carefully designed by the owner or operator to appeal to those just beginning this hobby and others who have had a lifetime interest in model railroading. Any donations go to the Beaufort Lions Club who are assisting with this year’s show. Children ages 12 and younger will need to be accompanied by an adult. The train show takes place in the Old 1907 Train Depot, 2015 Pollock Street, Beaufort, NC.28516. Any questions call Doug Doubleday at 252-728-2259.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 3, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 3, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Newport Christmas Parade
December 3, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Newport, NC

Don't miss the Newport Christmas parade on December 3 at 3pm.

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Flags of Fort Macon & the Confederacy
December 4, 10:00 am-11:00 am
2303 Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-3775

Meet at the Fort Visitor Center to learn about the wide range of flags used by the confederacy during the War Between the States.

ncparks.gov/fort-macon-state-park

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Succulent Seafood Series
December 4, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Local chefs demonstrate how to prepare fresh, local seafood with a flourish. Sessions include a taste test! Schedule is based on restaurant participation.  Ages 12 and up. $18. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters
December 4, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes tour. Tour includes a look at fresh water habitats as well as salt water habitats and a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat. Ages 8 and up, $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 5, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge
December 6, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
​252-728-7317

Every Wednesday from March - December, 2017

Have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts from the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Conservators will be available every Wednesday to answer questions about the processes required to conserve the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge site.  Free Admission. North Carolina Maritime Museum.

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Musket Firing Demonstration
December 6, 10:00 am-11:00 am
2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-3775

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 6, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Brown Bag Gam: Native Americans of Coastal North Carolina, 1718​
December 6, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
​252-728-7317

Pack a lunch for the Brown Bag Gam during your lunch hour and join Associate Museum Curator Benjamin Wunderly for an informal presentation on Native Americans of Coastal North Carolina. This lecture will examine the various tribes and cultures that existed in Eastern North Carolina during 1718, the year that Blackbeard lost his ship and ultimately his life. Free Admission. No advance registration. Walk-ins welcome.  North Carolina Maritime Museum.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 7, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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4th Annual “Santa and a Movie”
December 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
7500 Emerald Drive Emerald Isle
​(252) 354-6350

Santa and a Movie will take place on Friday, December 8th at 6pm • Children of all ages join Santa for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a short Christmas movie classic! Kids are encouraged to wear their most comfy Christmas pajamas! Please bring a blanket for your family to sit on during the movie! Event takes place at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation, 7500 Emerald Drive. Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child. You MUST pre-register by Thursday, December 7th at 5pm to attend but only 75 (children) spaces available and expected to fill quickly! Contact Sarah Cutillo at 252-354-6350 or scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org.

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A Dickens of a Dinner
December 8, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
1012 Arendell Street, Morehead City
​(252) 240-2800

"Yo ho, my boys!" said Fezziwig.
"No more work to-night. Christmas Eve!"

You are invited to a festive Christmas Dinner Theatre of literary proportions! Join us as we retell portions of that time-honored story and celebrate the season in a most memorable way!

"Hilli-ho!" cried old Fezziwig, skipping down from the high desk, with wonderful agility. "Clear away, my lads, and let's have lots of room here. Hilli-ho!" Our floor cleared & our tables set--- we will joyfully greet each of our guests and welcome them with an old English flair... then journey into "Christmas past" with three courses of culinary creations straight from the pages of "A Christmas Carol" & two courses of Christmas infusions... presented merrily by costumed staff.

This joyful & traditional Christmas celebration will feature readings from Dickens' beloved tale, wandering minstrels (Allison Wise, Jesse Damiani and our own Kurt Petersen) playing instruments and singing well loved Christmas songs, and Christmas fare... all presented to you in twinkling lantern lit halls, decked with holiday finery!
Surely it will be a night in which the treasured memories of Christmas future are made...

"and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!"

Tickets Required. Seating is limited.
Call 252-240-2800 for event information and to guarantee your seats.

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5th Annual Gingerbread Festival
December 8–10, 5:00 pm–7:30 pm
3505 Arendell St, Morehead City
​(252) 808-2244

Come join the fun at the Fifth Annual Crystal Coast Hospice House Gingerbread Festival at the Crystal Coast Civic Center! For Christmas lovers, gingerbread enthusiasts, master sculptors, kids, amateurs, professionals and candy connoisseurs of all ages! Enter your edible masterpiece in our competition to benefit SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House and, of course, for a chance to win great prizes and revel in that "gingerbread feeling".

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Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course
December 9, 9 am–4:30 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
(252) 728-7317

In this two-day hands-on course, students will explore the art of boat building from start to finish. They begin with the design and lofting of boats, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the back bone of small boats. In addition, they will learn how to make planking systems, both carvel and lap strake and all the appropriate fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skill to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own and the confidence to take on the job. Course fee: $135. Minimum age: 16 yrs. old. All courses are limited in size. Advance registration required.

All Event Dates:

    •    12-09-17, 9:00 am to 12-09-17, 4:30 pm

ncmaritimemuseums.com

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Santa by the Sea @ Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium
December 9, 9:00 am-5:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Drive, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Whispered wishes among the fishes bring holiday magic to the Aquarium’s Santa by the Sea on Dec. 9. Make holiday cards and an ornament, enjoy special treats and games at the Aquarium all decorated for the season.  Tickets include a take-home photo of each child 12 and under with Santa, plus crafts and other seasonal fun. For an additional fee, hop on sleds and slide downhill in a snow-filled sledding area.

Event tickets are $9.95 per participant in addition to Aquarium admission fee or membership.  Event tickets will be sold from 9:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. on the day of event, and on-site only. Tickets are required only for children participating in the event. Adults are not required to pay for an event ticket, regular admission or membership gives them entry to observe event activities.  If an adult would like to participate in the activities, an event ticket is required.  Photos with Santa begin at 9 a.m. while all other event activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. The event ends at 5:30 p.m.

See the website for more information or to buy advance tickets. Details252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores.

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Race to the North Pole
December 9, 10:00 am-11:00 am
Front Street, Beaufort
​(252) 504-2400

Meet at the west parking lot next to Dock House Restaurant in Beaufort. This event, sponsored by Holland Shepard Group, will feature an adult tricycle race to collect bikes for Toys for Tots. Event organizers are looking for bikes. For more information, call Holland Shepard Group at 252-504-2400.

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Morehead City Christmas Parade
December 9, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
1700 Arendell Street, Morehead City
​(252) 808-0440

Come join the fun! Parade starts at 11 a.m. 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, of course, Santa and his sleigh will be featured.

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7th Annual Beaufort Holiday Art Walk
December 9, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
130 Turner Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-5225

Enjoy a festive day in Historic Downtown Beaufort, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and celebrate the season with art receptions and open houses at many downtown locations.  A wide variety of art from regional artists will be showcased throughout many of the downtown shops, galleries and restaurants. The Art Walk will begin at The Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner St.  Art Walk maps will be available at participating locations.

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, or visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.

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Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour
December 9, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
130 Turner Street, Beaufort
​(252) 728-5225

The Beaufort Historical Association will host the annual Christmas Candlelight Tour that 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. The creativity and imagination used to decorate theses residences is a real testament to the gracious hosts opening their homes for this holiday event. The fragrant greenery, dazzling ornaments, colorful candles, glittering tinsel and elaborate trees are sure to bring forth everyone’s holiday spirit. Image: Inn on Turner Tickets for this event are $14. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 252.728.5225 or email pr@beauforthistoricsite.org. Beaufort Historic Site, 130 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC 28516.

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Pine Knoll Shores Flotilla
December 9, 5:15 pm-6:15 pm
198 Oakleaf Dr., Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-2268

Flotilla begins at Brock Basin and ends at McNeil Park. If you are interested in having your boat in the flotilla, please call Ms. Natalie Gibble at 252-247-2268.

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Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout
December 10, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
400 Front Street, Beaufort
(252) 648-1011

A Sunday Brunch holiday walkabout through Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”

Stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the area's most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu. Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or a holiday drink, and non-alcoholic beverages. $69 per person includes guided tour, brunch, some alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuity. Take home a traditional gingerbread man from The Accidental Bakery. Alcoholic beverages additional. Ages: 21+ yrs. old. Duration: 2 to 2½ hours. Younger adults and children can also be accommodated. Available rain or shine. Call for advanced reservations from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 10, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Bird Hike
Dcember 11, 9:00 am-10:00 am

Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area.

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Succulent Seafood Series
December 11, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Local chefs demonstrate how to prepare fresh, local seafood with a flourish. Sessions include a taste test! Schedule is based on restaurant participation.  Ages 12 and up. $18. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 12, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge
December 13, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
​252-728-7317

Every Wednesday from March - December, 2017

Have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts from the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Conservators will be available every Wednesday to answer questions about the processes required to conserve the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge site.  Free Admission. North Carolina Maritime Museum.

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Musket Firing Demonstration
December 13, 10:00 am-11:00 am
2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-3775

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 13, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 14, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 15, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters
December 16, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes tour. Tour includes a look at fresh water habitats as well as salt water habitats and a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat. Ages 8 and up, $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Olde Fashioned Holiday Market
December 16, 4:30 pm-8:30 pm
300 Court House Square, Beaufort
​(252) 564-8822

The Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market is pleased to host our annual Olde Fashioned Holiday Market on Saturday, December 16th from 4:30 until 8:30 PM on the courthouse square in Beaufort.  The community is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of this beautiful evening event.  A multitude of tents, festively lit and decorated with twinkling lights, red bows and fresh greens, will be filled with over 60 friendly vendors offering homegrown vegetables, wild caught seafood, farm raised meats and eggs, and delicious homemade breads and baked goods, all fresh from the farm and the kitchen.  The market’s talented local artists and craftspeople will be prepared with creative, unique, and quality handcrafted treasures from their studios for your holiday gift shopping list.  There will be live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus in the gazebo, a shopping plan for kids, free gift wrapping, and food trucks ready to serve you a hot delicious supper!  You don’t want to miss this holiday event that fills kids and adults alike with the mesmerizing beauty, joy, and happiness of the holidays.

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Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout
December 17, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
400 Front Street, Beaufort
(252) 648-1011

A Sunday Brunch holiday walkabout through Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”

Stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the area's most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu. Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or a holiday drink, and non-alcoholic beverages. $69 per person includes guided tour, brunch, some alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuity. Take home a traditional gingerbread man from The Accidental Bakery. Alcoholic beverages additional. Ages: 21+ yrs. old. Duration: 2 to 2½ hours. Younger adults and children can also be accommodated. Available rain or shine. Call for advanced reservations from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 17, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Succulent Seafood Series
December 18, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Local chefs demonstrate how to prepare fresh, local seafood with a flourish. Sessions include a taste test! Schedule is based on restaurant participation.  Ages 12 and up. $18. For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 19, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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The Embers Christmas Show
December 19, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
1311 Arendell Street, Morehead City
​(252) 495-8919

We are please to again host The Embers for a Christmas show that will get you to your feet. This legendary beach music band sings new arrangements of classic Christmas tunes and a few of their classics the whole family will love.

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Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge
December 20, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
​252-728-7317

Every Wednesday from March - December, 2017

Have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts from the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Conservators will be available every Wednesday to answer questions about the processes required to conserve the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge site.  Free Admission. North Carolina Maritime Museum.

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Musket Firing Demonstration
December 20, 10:00 am-11:00 am
2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-3775

Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a Civil War era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 20, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Natural Side of Fort Macon​
December 21, 10:00 am-11:00 am
2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-3775

Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 21, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 22, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters
December 23, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes tour. Tour includes a look at fresh water habitats as well as salt water habitats and a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat. Ages 8 and up, $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 24, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 26, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Conservation Wednesdays: Blackbeard’s Ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge
December 27, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
315 Front Street, Beaufort
​252-728-7317

Every Wednesday from March - December, 2017

Have you ever wondered what happens to the artifacts from the Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge once they are recovered from the bottom of the ocean? The North Carolina Maritime Museum will host a conservator from the Queen Anne’s Revenge conservation lab in Greenville from 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Conservators will be available every Wednesday to answer questions about the processes required to conserve the thousands of artifacts that have been recovered from the Queen Anne’s Revenge site.  Free Admission. North Carolina Maritime Museum.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 27, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium at a Glance
December 28, 12:00 pm-12:45 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat.  Ages 5 and up. $12.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Shark Snack​
December 29, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs. Also get an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck and watch Aquarium Aquarists feed the sharks! Ages 5 and up. $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters
December 30, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores
​(252) 247-4003

Visit labs and holding areas, help with food preparation and feed the animals in this thorough behind-the-scenes tour. Tour includes a look at fresh water habitats as well as salt water habitats and a look at the Living Shipwreck habitat. Ages 8 and up, $20.  For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

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Sunday Brunch Holiday Walkabout
December 31, 10:00 am-12:30 pm
400 Front Street, Beaufort
(252) 648-1011

A Sunday Brunch holiday walkabout through Beaufort, North Carolina – “America’s Favorite Town”

Stroll through Beaufort’s Historic District with your guide to see some of the beautiful homes with festive holiday decorations. Enjoy Sunday Brunch at Beaufort Grocery Company, one of the area's most renowned dining establishments. Choose your entrée from several breakfast or lunch culinary features on their restaurant menu. Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, or a holiday drink, and non-alcoholic beverages. $69 per person includes guided tour, brunch, some alcoholic beverages, taxes, and restaurant gratuity. Take home a traditional gingerbread man from The Accidental Bakery. Alcoholic beverages additional. Ages: 21+ yrs. old. Duration: 2 to 2½ hours. Younger adults and children can also be accommodated. Available rain or shine. Call for advanced reservations from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Open year-round, Hungry Town Tours offers several award-winning walking, bike, culinary, and history tours.

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Downtown Countdown
December 31–January 1, 5:00 pm–1:00 am
Downtown Morehead City
​(252) 808-0440

Downtown Countdown will bring family fun to the waterfront on New Year’s Eve.  Join in the fun beginning at 5pm through midnight for activities for all ages.  Kid’s crab pot drop and children’s activities from 5pm- 6pm at Big Rock Landing.  Then from 6pm-8pm, teens will enjoy the evening with a glow party, light show, magician, jugglers and more.  From 8pm – Midnight, 5th Street to 7th Street will have a glow party, light show, stilt walkers, magician and ending the night with a crab pot drop and fireworks from Sugarloaf Island at midnight.

The Morehead City Downtown Countdown is hosted this year by Downtown Morehead City, Inc.

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New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast
December 31, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Fort Macon State Park, East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach
​(252) 726-3775

Celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with a blast. Fort Macon will once again be firing off its big guns in celebration of the new year. This year there will be live entertainment starting at 6pm, and the cannons will go off at 7 to coincide with midnight Greenwich Mean Time. Feel free to bring a folding chair and picnic meal similar to summer concerts.​

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For all programs and events offered at our major attractions, please visit individual websites: 

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: www.ncaquariums.com (252-247-4003)

North Carolina Maritime Museum: www.ncmaritimemuseum.org (252-728-7317)

Beaufort Historic Site: www.beauforthistoricsite.org (252-728-5225)

Fort Macon State Park: http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/foma/main.php (252-726-3775)

The History Place: www.thehistoryplace.org (252-247-7533)

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum: www.coresound.com (252-728-1500)

Cape Lookout National Seashore: www.nps.gov/calo (252-728-2250)

 

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