2, 11: Elf in the Woods. Take your little ones for a morning of fun at the Swansboro Recreation Center as staff read “Elf on the Shelf” before hitting the trails for a nature walk in the woods to see what the Swansboro elf has been up to. The group will work in Santa’s shop making crafts and enjoy hot chocolate and treats. Program open to ages 2-6, parent participation required. Runs from 10am-12pm on Dec. 2 and 4-9pm on Dec. 11. Cost is $7 for first child, $3 each additional. Details: 910-326-2600, swansboro.recdesk.com.
Thur. 3: Embers Christmas Show. 7:30pm. The legendary beach music band brings holiday classics to the Carteret Community Theatre stage. Tickets begin at $20. Details: www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com.
Fri. 4: Handmade Holiday Décor. 6pm. Trees, trees and more trees. Spruce up your home for the holidays and get new ideas for unique home décor. The class focuses on trees, ornaments, table décor and centerpieces. Cost is $10. Details: 910-326-2600, swansboro.recdesk.com.
Fri. 4: Christmas ArtWalk. 4-7pm. Downtown Morehead City art galleries open their doors for visitors for a night of demonstrations, art and great deals. Non-gallery businesses offer specials as well and the Carteret Community Theatre . Details: 252-808-0440.
Fri. 4: Morehead City Tree Lighting. 5-6pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome friends at Katherine Davis Park prior to the annual Morehead City Christmas tree lighting at 6pm. Enjoy carols and hot chocolate. Details: 252-808-0440 or www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.
4-6: Model Train Show. The Carteret County Model Railroad Buffs and the Town of Beaufort organize this annual holiday show at the Beaufort Old Train Depot. Runs from 4-8pm on Friday; 9am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-4pm on Sunday. Admission is free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Details: 252-728-2259.
Sat. 5: Breakfast with Santa. 8:30am-11:30am. Floyd’s 1921 and the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association host Santa and friends during three seating times. Cost is $12, adults; $8, children. Reservations are required. Details: 252-727-1921.
Sat. 5: Chowder & Cheer Crawl. 1-5pm. Downtown Morehead City businesses open their doors for this special event. In addition to chowder, guests can expect live demonstrations by artists, musical performances and more. Tickets are $20. Details: 252-808-0440 or www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.
Sat. 5: Santa & Mrs. Claus. 4:30pm. The most popular folks of the season visit with guests at Jaycee Park, Morehead City, thanks to the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association.
Sat. 5: Morehead City/Beaufort Flotilla. 5:30pm. The boat parade begins in Morehead City and arrives in Beaufort about 6:15pm. Awards follow in the NC Maritime Museum’s watercraft center. Details: 252-728-7318 or www.ncmaritimemuseums.org.
Sat. 5: Atlantic Beach Christmas Parade. 6pm. Participants in Atlantic Beach light up the night with this evening holiday parade. Cars, boats and floats decked out in holiday lights wind their way from the Dunes Club to the Circle.
Sat. 5: Gingerbread House Decorating. 10am-1pm. Flaunt your creative side and make the perfect centerpiece for your holiday celebrations at the Swansboro Recreation Center. This hands-on, family-oriented program supplies each team with all the necessities to create a colorful, candy decorated gingerbread house. Cost is $15 per house. Details: 910-326-2600, swansboro.recdesk.com.
Tue. 8: Fab Felt Holiday Crafts. 6pm. Participants will learn to make an array of holiday crafts, from ornaments to décor. Class is $10. Details: 910-326-2600, swansboro.recdesk.com.
11-13: Gingerbread House Competition. In its third year, this new tradition at the Crystal Coast Civic Center raises funds for the Crystal Coast Hospice House. Details: 252-808-2244, www.crystalcoasthospicehouse.org.
11-13, 18-20: “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Radio Show.” Inspired by the film, this holiday show plays out like a radio show in front of a studio audience with five actors performing dozens of characters and sound effects. Evening shows are planned for Friday and Saturday and matinees are featured on Sunday. Details: www.carteretcommunitytheatre.com.
Fri. 11: Santa and a Movie. 6pm. Children of all ages are welcome to join Santa at the Emerald Isle Recreation Center for a story and a short Christmas classic. Kids are encouraged to come in their pajamas and may bring a blanket to cozy up with. Admission is one unwrapped gift per child. Preregistration is required. Details: 252-354-6350.
Fri. 11: Santa by the Sea. 5:30-8:30pm. This magical holiday evening at the NC Aquarium featurs personal time with Santa, a magic show, crafts and more. Cost is $15 per person. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.
12 & 19: Candlelight Celebration. 4:30-9:30pm. Visit Christmas past through a variety of vignettes during this annual tradition at Tryon Palace, New Bern. It’s 1773 in the Governor’s Palace, 1814 in the Stanly House, 1835 in the Dixon House and 1950 at the Commission House – all lavishly decorated for the holiday and illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. Cost is $20 per adult; $10 for children. Details: www.tryonpalace.org or 252-639-3500.
Sat. 12: Morehead City Christmas Parade. 11am. The sights and sounds of the holidays parade down Arendell Street in downtown Morehead City.
Sat. 12: Beaufort Holiday ArtWalk. 1-5pm. Enjoy a festive day in historic Beaufort, celebrating the season with a variety of receptions and open houses at a variety of downtown locations. Regional artists will be showcased. Maps are available at participating locations at the Beaufort Historic Site. Details: 252-728-5225 or www.beauforthistoricsite.org.
Sat. 12: Historic Beaufort Candlelight Homes Tour. 5-8pm. Tour private homes in Beaufort and ride on the double-decker bus with carolers from local churches. Homeowners open their doors so the public can delight in their festive décor. Details: 252-728-5225.
Sat. 12: Santa and a Movie. 1-4pm. Santa visits the Swansboro Recreation Center and takes time to visit with the youngsters and their families during a screening of “The Polar Express.” Event is free, but guests are asked to preregister. Details: 910-326-2600, swansboro.recdesk.com.
Sat. 12: Beyond Baroque. 8pm. The Carteret County Public Library, Beaufort hosts this holiday concert featuring Beverly Biggs and friends performing Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi and more. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.americanmusicfestival.org.
Sat. 19: PKS Christmas Parade. 11am. Decorate your bike or golf cart, get a group to sing carols or play music, or make your own float. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the parade starting at Garner Park in Pine Knoll Shores.
Dec. 21-22, 28-30: Holiday Camp. 7:30am-5:30pm. Swansboro Parks and Recreation offers this day camp program filled with activities, arts and games. Participants must bring their own lunch and snacks. Cost is $25 per day; $75 for all five. Details: 910-326-2600, swansboro.recdesk.com.
28-30: Holiday Camp. The NC Aquarium is offering one-day holiday camp programs for grades 2-6. Camp runs from 8:30am-2:30pm. Cost is $45 per camper. Advance registration and deposit are required. Details: 252-247-4003 or www.ncaquariums.com.