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Carteret County Christmas Events, Flotilla Parades, and Family Cheer in NC

Below is a list of 2019 Carteret County Christmas events and flotilla parades geared towards families and children in Morehead City, Emerald Isle, Newport, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Atlantic, and Pine Knoll Shores. If you know of any other events taking place in the county please use the comment form at the end of this article and we will add it to the article.

Project Christmas Cheer

Local all volunteer outreach assistance program to help children and families who have documented financial needs during the holiday season. Additionally, this organization works with local churches and other entities to help provide meals to qualifying families. Project Christmas Cheer is a non-denominational outreach program. You can learn more about this incredibly gracious organization via their Facebook Page.

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Morehead City

Mark your calendar for December 7, 2019 where the Morehead City Downtown group will have a full holiday line as follows:

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8:30-11:30 am – Breakfast with Santa at Floyds 1921 restaurant.
1:00-5:00 pm – Chowder and Cheer.
5:00-6:00 pm – Santa and Mrs. Claus with hot chocolate and Christmas music at Jaycee Park.
5:30 pm – Flotilla on the downtown waterfront
6:00 pm – Community Tree Lighting at Jaycee Park.

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Saturday, December 14 the Town of Morehead City will have their annual Christmas parade starting at 11 am along Arendell St.


Saturday, December 7, 5:30 pm till 7:45 pm for the Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla along the Beaufort waterfront. It will be the usual event that everyone loves with boats, kayaks, and other vessels decorated in the best lights. The Flotilla starts in Morehead City along the waterfront and there will be an awards program after the parade at the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center.


December 1, 2019 from 3 pm till 6 pm. Float judging begins at 1:30 pm. The parade route will be the same route as last year.

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Atlantic Beach

Friday, December 6 from 6 pm till 9 pm. There is a new parade route this year starting at the Atlantic Beach Town Park and heading East to the circle at West Dr. After the parade, take children to see Santa Claus at the fire department and eat cookies, drink hot cocoa and take pictures for free.

Emerald Isle

Saturday, November 30 from 3 pm till 9 pm. Tree lighting at Merchant’s Park after the parade.

Pine Knoll Shores

No announcement on Pine Knoll Shores yet.


No announcement on Atlantic yet.

Cape Carteret

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the community park. There will be a tree lighting, pictures with Santa, live music, food, and other holiday themed events.

Beaufort Holiday Art Walk

December 14, from 1 pm till 5 pm. Enjoy a festive in historic downtown Beaufort with many regional artist showcasing holiday themed artwork.

Gingerbread Festival At The Civic Center

December 7th through 8th at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. All proceeds benefit the SECU Crystal Coast Hospice House. Offers crab pot holiday themed trees, winter wonderland for the kids, and of course gingerbread creations,

Elf Jr. The Musical

Takes place at Joslyn Hall at 3505 Arendell St at 7 pm. Hosted by the Carteret Community Theater.

If you know of or are hosting a Carteret County event or parade, then please use the form below to announce it and we will add it to this page.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays !

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

2 thoughts on “Carteret County Christmas Events, Flotilla Parades, and Family Cheer in NC

  • August 27, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Where do we apply to participate in the parades?

  • December 4, 2018 at 2:21 am

    I must say, my husband and I moved to Carteret County from a big city and the Christmas flotilla was very quaint and special. Very interesting taste of local heritage that we are learning more about daily. Although, I don’t think I have ever seen fireworks during a Christmas festivity before.


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