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Holiday Happenings at NC’s Southern Coast

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✨ The holiday spirit in Onslow County is here! ✨ Our locals and small business owners are what make it so much fun to visit our area. Check out this round-up of 21 Fun Things to Do in Onslow County throughout the month of December.  We hope you join us at our local festivities and events that have become memory-making traditions!  We look forward to seeing you, #OnlyinOnslow!

Mike’s Farm Festival of Lights & Holiday Events

What would Christmas in Onslow County be without a trip to Mike’s Farm?  All the scoop and information about dinner & hayride reservations, the annual Ho Ho Christmas Show, Supper with Santa, private mini-wagon rides, and their annual Festival of Lights can be found on their website. INSIDER TIP:  Get some Christmas shopping done at the NC Products Barn where you will find a wide assortment of gift ideas that are all produced, manufactured and crafted in the State of North Carolina.

DATE:  November 18th thru December 28th
LOCATION:  1600 Haw Branch Rd., Beulaville (Richlands)

Hometown Harvest Christmas Farmers Market

Enjoy local vendors with lots of Christmas gifts and decor!  There will be woodwork, sewing, jewelry, fresh greenery, wreaths, signs, clothing, kids face painting, family photo ops, ornaments, cards, produce, cakes, pies, candles, soaps, bows and MORE!

DATE:  December 3rd and 4th
TIME:  10 am to 4 pm
LOCATION:  145 Virginia Lane, Sneads Ferry

Holly Ridge Home Town Christmas Event & Tree Lighting

Come out and join us for our Hometown Christmas!
🎄 Craft Fair 10 am to 1 pm
🎄 Children’s Christmas Party 1 pm to 4 pm
🎄 Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 pm. Santa & Mrs Claus will be joining us!

DATE:  Saturday, December 4th
TIME:  10 am to 5 pm
LOCATION:  Holly Ridge Community Center, 404 Sound Road, Holly Ridge

Humphrey Farm – Christmas at the Farm

Come enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Christmas at the Farm. Enjoy several photographs backgrounds, visit with the Grinch, free Santa and Mrs. Clause visits in Santas Workshop, hot cocoa and cider, peppermint funnel cakes, vendors, the Farm Village Shops, Christmas music, hayrides and kids activities and so much more. We are also bringing back for the 3rd Year – The Mini Polar-Xpress Experience. Your littles can enjoy a ride on our Dressed-Up Christmas Train and ride thru a mini trail of Christmas characters. A limited-edition “Believe Bell” is now on sale.

DATES: Saturdays, December 4th, 11th, 18th
TIME: 4 pm to 10 pm
LOCATION:  Humphrey Farm, 522 West Willis Landing Road, Hubert
ADMISSION:  Registration & Tickets

Jacksonville Rotary Breakfast Club 33rd Annual Christmas Flotilla

Please join us for our 33rd annual Christmas Flotilla on the New River in downtown Jacksonville. Festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the boats arriving at 6:00 p.m. There will be a special visit from Santa with children having the ability to write letters for Santa to take with him. We welcome all boaters with prizes for the best boats and a thank you fish fry for all boat participants and their families and crews. For information about entering your boat in the flotilla, please call 919-699-7911 or send us a message on Facebook.

DATE: Saturday, December 4th
TIME: 6 pm
LOCATION:  Waterfront Park, Downtown Jacksonville, NC

Jacksonville Winterfest Family Fun Festival

Join Jacksonville Recreation & Parks for some Winterfest fun including photos with Santa, reindeer games, train rides, arts & crafts, face painting, live music, food trucks, and a gingerbread workshop.

DATE: Saturday, December 4th
TIME: 11 am to 4 pm
LOCATION:  Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville

Jacksonville Winterfest Artisan Market

Visit and shop amongst a large collection of artisans in one location! Admission is free and there will be kid activities available to entertain while you finish up your holiday shopping. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the weekend and you do not have to be present to win. The event is hosted and organized by Jacksonville Recreation & Parks and the Coastal Carolina Artisans & Crafters Guild. 

DATE: Friday, December 3rd thru Sunday, December 5th
TIME: Friday, 12/3 5 pm to 8 pm;  Saturday, 12/4, 10 am to 6 pm;  Sunday, 12/5, 12 pm to 5 pm
LOCATION: Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville

Christmas Town at ELJ Farms

This family-friendly, animated Christmas light experience is something you do not want to miss! Starting at Swingin’ Things, you will be able to purchase tickets for you and your family to drive through a myriad of Christmas lights, giant toy soldiers, and more! We are offering two ways to enjoy the lights…You can either take a tractor ride or drive through in your own vehicle. (no buses, please)  Yes, moms and dads, this means you don’t have to worry about pulling kids in and out of car seats. More information can be found on the ELJ Farms Website.

DATE: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays up to January 1, 2022. (See ELJ Farms Facebook Page for updates.)
TIME: 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
LOCATION: 133 Battingcage Trail, Jacksonville
ADMISSION:  See ELJ Farms Website

Christmas in the Ferry, Sneads Ferry NC

A day full of fun for the whole family! There will be vendors for shopping, food for the family, caroling, hayrides, fun free activities for the kids, and photos with Santa all FREE! Check out the Facebook page for more details.

DATE: Saturday, December 11th
TIME: 10 am to 8 pm
LOCATION: Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry

Wreaths Across America

REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.

On December 18, 2021, Wreaths Across America will be at Coastal State Veteran’s Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. Due to the Covid 19 restrictions for updated information, please visit the Wreaths Across America Facebook page.

DATE: Saturday, December 18th
LOCATION:  Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetary, 110 Montford Point Rd., Jacksonville

Greater Topsail Flotilla & Christmas Market

Join us for a day of family fun at the Christmas Market and a flotilla light spectacular! Enjoy outdoor shopping, eating, and Christmas music!

DATE:  Saturday, December 11th
TIME:  5 pm to 8 pm
LOCATION: Soundside Park – Surf City – 517 Roland Ave., Surf City

Walton’s Distillery Open House

We’re back again with our holiday December Open House Event!  This time our star performers will be Russ Varnell and his Too Country Band!  Come out once again for a day of fun, great music, free lunch, tastings, and more! At this event, we will also be sponsoring Toys 4 Tots. Be sure to bring an unwrapped toy if you’re able to help out our local children this holiday season. As always, our events are completely family-friendly, but you must be 21 or older to sample and purchase spirits. We look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces at the event!

DATE: Saturday, December 11th
TIME:  12 pm to 5 pm
LOCATION:  Walton’s Distillery – 261 Ben Williams Road, Jacksonville

Winter Wonderland at Sturgeon City

Come explore our Winter Wonderland! Holiday-themed science activities and games will be set up festival-style throughout the building! Keep checking here and our Social Media for station topics and exciting news! Tickets will be sold in 30-minute time slots to help control the number of people in the building.

DATE:  Friday, December 17th
TIME: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
LOCATION:  50 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC
TICKETS: $7 per person, Children 2 and under are FREE.  Purchase here.

Let it Snow at Sturgeon City

“Let It Snow” is a treat for the eyes and ears. Watch this festive 30-minute full-dome video while listening to classic Christmas music. This fun animated show will have kids, parents, and grandparents singing along. The show is suitable for all ages. Bring your comfy blanket, beach chair or pillows as it is floor seating inside the planetarium. Groups are limited to 10 people per showtime. For groups larger than 10 people please call (910) 750-5876 to reserve a show.

DATE:  December 1st thru January 5th.  Visit website for exact dates here.
TIME: 10 am – 8 pm
LOCATION:  50 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC
TICKETS: $5 per person, Children 2 and under are FREE.  Purchase here.

Christmas Tree Lighting at Onslow Pines Park

Join us as we light up the pines at our first Christmas Tree Lighting and Shop Small Saturday! Come enjoy free live music and entertainment from some of the local talent. Hot Cocoa, Kid crafts, and we can’t forget about Santa.

DATE:  Saturday, December 11th
TIME:  2 pm to 6 pm
LOCATION: 1244 Onslow Pines Road, Jacksonville, NC

Elf Workshop at Zing Zumm Children’s Museum

We are hard at work helping you make some wonderful creations that can be given as gifts! Our Elf workshop will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 6 pm to 8 pm. We’ll have crafts, hot cocoa, cookies, music, and more! This is a private event, and registration is required.

DATE: Saturday, December 4th
TIME: 6 pm – 8 pm
LOCATION: 625 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC

Photos with Santa at Zing Zumm’s Children Museum

Santa is coming to hang out with us all morning on Saturday, December 18th, so stop by and get your picture taken with him! Lara E. Photography will be on hand to take professional photos that you can take home with you the same day. Prints are $10 per print (get as many copies as you like!). Registration is not required for this event, but regular admission to the museum is.

DATE: December 18th
TIME: 9 am – 12 pm
LOCATION: 625 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC

Breakfast with Santa at Zing Zumm Children’s Museum

Here comes Santa Claus, Here comes Santa Claus right down New Bridge St.! Santa will be coming to spend some time with you while enjoying a yummy breakfast on two different days this December! Registration is required for this event.

DATE: Tuesday, December 7th & Saturday, December 11th
TIME: 9 am – 11 am
LOCATION: 625 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, NC

Richlands Christmas Tree Lighting

Come out for our Tree lighting at sunset! Activities and crafts for kids. Food and drink vendors.  Mr. and Mrs. Christmas Crowned. Letters to SantaMailbox, Music, Choirs, Santa, and More!!!!

DATE:  Saturday, December 4th
TIME:  3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
LOCATION:  302 S. Wilmington St., Richlands

Richlands NC Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade

“Bells will be ringing, children singing because Santa Claus is coming to town.” Richlands Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 11th @ 5:15 pm.  The entry fee is $30.00 for a single unit and $10.00 per additional unit.

Line up is 3:00p.m. until 4:45p.m. For more info please contact Marilyn Bunce @ 910-330-0940.

DATE:  Saturday, December 11th
TIME:  5:15 pm
LOCATION:  Downtown Richlands, NC