A full range of holiday plans are already underway for downtown Morehead City sure to tickle your holiday spirit. From an art walk and chowder competition to the annual flotilla and tree lighting ceremony, Morehead's collection of holiday events bring the community together in the heart of town.

"There is something for everyone this season in downtown Morehead City," said Lisa Rueh, executive director of Downtown Morehead City, Inc. "Our businesses and restaurants have been hard at stocking just the right gifts, planning events, booking bands and decorating their businesses to make sure that you will enjoy your visit to downtown this season!"

Art lovers can kick off their holiday celebration from 2-5pm on Saturday, Nov. 24 with the Morehead City Christmas Artwalk. Galleries and downtown businesses feature special demonstrations, promotions and refreshments. The Artwalk map can be picked up at participating galleries. Walkers are encouraged to stay in the area to shop and dine locally.

Return to the downtown area for a full slate of events on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning with Breakfast with Santa at Floyd's 1921 and ending with the annual flotilla. During the afternoon, enjoy the annual Chowder & Cheer Crawl from 1-5pm at downtown eateries. Restaurant serve samples of both – a little chowder, a little cheer – and guests are asked to vote on their favorites. Tickets are $25 per person and go on sale Oct. 24. Warning – tickets are limited and this is always a sellout.

"Our restaurants really go all out in deciding which chowder to make each year! It is always a close vote for the winning title of who has the best chowder," said Rueh. "Chowder & Cheer is such a great event to showcase businesses and restaurants you may not have experienced before. The intent is that you will come back to enjoy these establishments throughout the year."

Folks can wrap up the evening with carol singing with Santa and Mrs. Claus at 5pm at Jaycee Park, the flotilla boat parade about 5:30pm, slowly cruising its way along the waterfront and the lighting of the town's official Christmas tree at 6.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the town's Christmas parade marches down Arendell Street with floats, community groups, bands and jolly old Santa.

Learn more about the events, and purchase tickets, at www.downtownmoreheadcity.com.

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