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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade & Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

With the Thanksgiving holiday happening this week, there's a lot to do in Emerald Isle. After the family dinners, the quality time spent with loved ones, and the big shopping day on Friday—there's still more to see and do this weekend! We will touch on a couple of events, but be sure to check out the Town of Emerald Isle's full listing of events here.

The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation hosts a Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in the gymnasium on Friday, November 23 from 6-9p.m. and Saturday, November 24 from 9a.m.-4p.m. Enjoy shopping for handmade or hand-authenticated items from our local crafters and artisans. 

Also this weekend on Saturday, November 24 beginning at 3p.m., the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade takes place on Hwy. 58 (Emerald Drive). The event is sponsored by the Town of Emerald Isle and the Emerald Isle Business Association. In addition to the parade, the official Christmas tree lighting takes place in Merchant Park, a holiday caroling sing-a-long is planned, and free refreshments are available. Children can enjoy a visit with Santa, too!

Photo Submitted by Phil Stith
Whether it's a holiday occasion or just any occasion, Emerald Isle offers a great beach getaway any time of year. It's always a great time to stroll the beaches, take in the local events, and plan day trips throughout the Crystal Coast of North Carolina.

Here you'll find palatial beach houses to cozy soundside cottages, and everything in between. Find the vacation rental that's just right for you and your family. The amenities are plentiful. Beach vacations are not just for the summer! 

If you're fortunate, maybe you'll catch a snowfall in the winter months. Snow is pretty infrequent in this area, but it does happen. Snow on the sand is a beautiful sight! It doesn't last long (so have your cameras ready to go), but it's memory that won't soon be forgotten. 

Photo Submitted by Stefani Pereira
The quaint waterfront towns of Beaufort, Morehead City, and Swansboro are a delight during the holiday season. There's a historic maritime charm that is uniquely reflective of this area. Shop locally and find one-of-a-kind gifts you won't find anywhere else. 

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, no matter where you may be spending it. We hope to see you on our coastline in the upcoming weeks and months. 

If you've spent time in Emerald Isle over the holiday season, we'd love to hear about it! Tell us about your Crystal Coast adventures in our comment section. We always love hearing from you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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