Things To Do If You’re Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach

What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach

Maybe we’re a bit biased because this is our home but we think spending the holidays in Holden Beach this year could start a whole new tradition for you and your family. Take it from us it’s a tradition you’ll wish you’d started long ago.

From the comfort of our holiday vacation rentals you can enjoy Thanksgiving in a whole new light. You’ll have everything you need for complete holiday meal preparation or, if you prefer, dine out in one of the nearby restaurants where you can enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

Wilmington Riverfest
Riverfest is a street fair that is held each year in historic downtown Wilmington NC. This free street fair will be held November 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature plenty of food, arts and crafts, dance performances, fireworks, children’s activities, a car show, live music, and plenty more. Taking place from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College, it’s a great setting along the banks of the Cape Fear River.

The event has about 200 craft and food vendors plus fireworks, entertainment on two stages, the Great Waiters Wine Race, Run the River 8K Race, various exhibits and a children’s area. Additional Riverfest activities include a Stand Up Paddleboard Competition and the Invasion of Pirates, a kind of festival within a festival hosting a Pirates Ball on Saturday. Kids can pick up a treasure map and participate in a treasure hunt.

What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
5k Turkey Trot
The Rotary Clubs of Brunswick County will hold a 5k Turkey Trot on November 21, 2015 at 8 a.m. to celebrate the end of the season for Girls on the Run, Heart & Sole, and STRIDE participants. Come join over 100 boys and girls from grades 3rd through 8th as they celebrate their accomplishments of the season! The Turkey Trot starts and ends at Planet Fun, 349 Whiteville Road, Shallotte, NC. Entrance fee is $25.00 per runner. Race day registration is from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. All runners are welcome.

What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
Holiday Music Shows
Each week from November 27 until December 23, 2015 the Ingram Planetarium will hold holiday music shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. These shows are free for members. Non-member prices are $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $7 children (3-12) and free for ages 2 and under. Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, NC.

What To Do If You're Spending the Holidays in Holden Beach
OIB Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting & Flotilla
The Ocean Isle Beach annual Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 28 from the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Locals call this Super Saturday because of the three big events taking place. All events are open to residents and vacationers alike.

At 5:00 p.m. the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at the Ocean Isle Beach Causeway, across the street from the Fire Department. Gather up your Christmas spirit and your best singing voice and join us for some caroling. Afterwards there will be hot cocoa, coffee and goodies at the Fire Station to await Santa’s arrival!

The 12th Annual Christmas Flotilla and Party will begin at 6 p.m. to benefit Hope Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter. Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant will host the shindig and local bands will provide music for dancing and fun after the awards.

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