December Events Calendar

 
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Events are subject to changes and cancellations.

December 2011

December   > Camden County
Hiking, biking, birding, boating, fishing the Great Dismal Swamp
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Trails are open everyday from sunrise to sunset. The refuge headquarters is located at 3100 Desert Road in Suffolk, Virginia. The headquarters is closed on federal holidays; the hiking and biking trails remain open. Fishing and boating are permitted year-round on Lake Drummond. A Virginia fishing license is required. Access is via the Feeder Ditch, which connects Lake Drummond with the Dismal Swamp Canal. A public boat ramp is located north of the Feeder Ditch on the Dismal Swamp Canal. Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge


December   > Elizabeth City
Arts of the Albemarle Exhibits & Gallery
Visit the Gallery where you will find exhibitions, original artwork, unique handcrafted items and photography. The resident Encore Theatre Company produces three shows per year with about twenty performance nights. Arts of the Albemarle
December  > Windsor
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Roanoke River NWR
http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
December  > Currituck County
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month at Mackay Island NWR
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Windsor
Small Game Hunting on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
December  > Windsor
Waterfowl Hunting on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Hyde County
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Mattamuskeet NWR
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Columbia
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Pocosin Lakes NWR
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
December > Hyde County
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Swanquarter NWR
Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Columbia
Small Game Hunting on Pocosin Lakes NWR
Refuge permit required. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Hyde County
Waterfowl Hunting on Mattamuskeet NWR
Refuge permit required. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Wilmington
Cameron Art Museum
The Cameron Art Museum presents 6-8 special exhibitions annually; monthly family and children's programs (Kids @ CAM); weekly interdisciplinary, public programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); and ongoing workshops and classes in ceramics... more info: Cameron Art Museum
December   > Wilmington
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
There are permanent and featured exhibits along with special programs too numerous to list in this calendar. Be sure to check out their exhibits and events calendar when planning your to-do list. Admission charged. Cape Fear Museum
December   > Wilmington
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Thalian Hall
December   > Beaufort
Down East FolkArts Society Contra Dance
The Down East FolkArts Society sponsors contra dances once a month at Duke Marine Lab. Dances include live music (jigs, reels and old time tunes) and a caller who teaches and prompts every dance. www.downeastfolkarts.org
December   > Cedar Island
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month at Cedar Island NWR
Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Nags Head
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Jockey's Ridge State Park. Learn more about the natural, cultural and historical history of Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Outer Banks at the park's exhibit hall. Find out what dunes are made of, how they are created and how they are shaped. Contact the park office or check online: http://207.4.179.50/dprcoe/coe_pub.html Jockey's Ridge State Park
December   > Kill Devil Hills
KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios
KDH Cooperative is an artist operated gallery featuring local works of art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, pen and ink, ceramics, jewelry, fibers, furniture, candles, pottery, photography, mosaic, glass and metal. There are over 45 juried artists, many of whom assist in running the gallery. The gallery's specialty is art made by local artists on the Outer Banks and nearby areas. Several artists work on site in their studios and our blacksmith can be seen working at his forge outside most days. We offer art classes and workshops for all ages. Check our website for current schedules and to see some of the artists featured at the co-op! www.kdhcooperative.com
December   > Carova Beach
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Currituck NWR
Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Hatteras Island
Peak Waterfowl Observation Month on Pea Island NWR
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Carova Beach
Waterfowl Hunting on Currituck NWR
Administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Roanoke Island
The Art Gallery at Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island Festival Park. Hosts monthly changing exhibits featuring renowned artists. Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm. roanokeisland.com
December   > Roanoke Island
North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island
The NC Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island will offer a variety of maritime skills, boatbuilding, sailing programs and workshops throughout the year in the Creef Boathouse. Junior Sailing will be offered mid-June through early August ( each is a five-day session). Visit the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse and learn the history of the screw-pile lights.
mid-February thru late Dec  > Manteo
History, Arts and Fun - All Rolled Into One!
Enjoy daily programs about the Elizabeth II, in the Settlement Site and in the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. A docudrama in The Film Theatre entitled The Legend of Two-Path, art shows monthly in The Art Gallery, gifts at The Museum Store, picnic areas, marsh-side boardwalks, a fossil pit, and more. Roanoke Island Festival Park
mid-April thru mid-December > Wilmington
Farmers' Market
The City of Wilmington, in cooperation with the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, announces the opening of the Farmers' Market at Halyburton Park. Regional produce, plants, herbs, cut flowers, seafood and more will be featured weekly, with special events and promotions to be held throughout the year. www.wilmingtonfarmers.com
December > Gates County
Merchants Millpond State Park
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Merchants Millpond State Park, one of North Carolina's rarest ecological communities. Massive cypress & gum trees covered with Spanish moss form a canopy for the dark waters of the 750-acre cypress millpond ~ a wilderness sanctuary for wetland wildlife. Contact the park office or check online: Merchants Millpond
December   > Currituck County
Open Roads Day on Mackay Island NWR
Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
September - December > Windsor
Deer Hunting on Roanoke River NWR
Hunt administered by NC Wildlife Resources Commission. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge
December   > Columbia
Deer Hunting on Pocosin Lakes NWR
Refuge permit required. http://northcarolina.fws.gov/ncevents.html Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
Late November thru Late December > Wilmington
Enchanted Airlie
Airlie Gardens will be the setting for magical evenings of illumination and wonderment when it is transformed into Enchanted Airlie on weekends during the holiday season. Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and continuing until Christmas Eve the Gardens will be open from 5 PM until 9 PM. Airlie Gardens will welcome visitors to revel in an evening of simple pleasures- strolling on foot through a glittering landscape of twinkling oaks and lighted displays. Merrymakers can partake in traditional holiday delights: beverages, sweets, & savories for purchase, Santa visits, Cape Fear Model Railroad Club's train layouts, musical performances, and one of a kind gifts including Christmas decorations. There will be something special for all ages, a perfect family outing in a showcase garden. Admission charge. Airlie Gardens
Last week of November thru December > Carolina Beach
Walking Tour of the Lake
One mile magical walk around Carolina Beach Lake. Local community groups will have lighted displays, luminaries and caroling. Island Of Lights Festival
December   > New Bern
Colonial Christmas Celebration
Visitors to Tryon Palace will experience a Colonial Christmas Celebration featuring beautiful decorations, a colonial militia encampment and captivating colonial characters. Tryon Palace
December 02 > Carolina Beach
Island of Lights Night-time Parade
Area residents both young and old look forward to this annual Christmas Parade. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the Season and provide a night of entertainment for families. This is an exceptional night-time electric parade featuring floats, bands, queens, clowns, and much more. All combined to bring festive fun and entertainment to all. islandoflights.org
December 03 > Carolina Beach
Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla
Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach. islandoflights.org
December 03-04 > Manteo
Manteo Rotary Rockfish Rodeo
Tournament sponsored by the Manteo Rotary. For additional information: rockfishrodeo.com
December 04 > Elizabeth City
Christmas Parade
Long time tradition celebrating Christmas. Over 100 entries in parade. Elizabeth City, Pasquotank County Tourism
December 04 > Williamston, Martin County
The Story of Christmas Outdoor Drama
Macedonia Christian Church presents the annual outdoor drama depicting the birth of Jesus. Nightly at 7:30 p.m. Martin County Tourism
December 04 > Hamilton, Martin County
Civil War Christmas Candlelight Tour
Fort Branch hosts a Civil War Christmas Candlelight Tour beginning at 7 p.m. Free. Take a torchlight tour and visit four re-created scenes of a soldier's life during the Civil War at Christmastime. Caroling and refreshments. Dress appropriately for the weather since all events are outdoors. www.fortbranchcivilwarsite.com
December 04 > Southport
Christmas By The Sea Festival
The first two weekends in December the Southport-Oak Island area celebrates Christmas at the coast. The Festival includes a lighted boat flotilla, band concert, choral concert, hometown parade, tree lighting ceremonies, tour of beach homes on Oak Island and a tour of historic homes in Southport. www.christmasbysea.com
December 04 > Wilmington
Battleship Alive
Watch in delight as World War II living history interpreters bring the Ship to life. Ship visitors may watch the men going about their daily duties and drills. Included in regular admission. Battleship North Carolina
December 04 > Wilmington
Lighting of the World's Largest Living Christmas Tree
The City of Wilmington will illuminate the World's Largest Living Christmas Tree. Holiday entertainment begins at 5:30 pm with the lighting of the tree and the arrival of Santa Claus to follow. The tree will remain lit through December 31st. Admission is free. City Of Wilmington Parks And Recreation
December 04 thru January 06 > Wilmington
Holiday Lighting of the Battleship NC
Part of historic downtown Wilmington's annual holiday light celebration and naval tradition, the Battleship is dressed in lights strung from the bow up to the masts and down to the stern. Enjoy nightly. Free viewing from downtown Wilmington. Battleship North Carolina
December 04 > Morehead City
Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
An evening parade of yachts and working boats decorated for Christmas along the Morehead City and Beaufort waterfronts. Waterfront merchants in both towns host open house in the afternoon. Enjoy cider, a delightful parade and dinner on the waterfront on this magical winter evening by the sea. Crystal Coast TDA
December 04-05 > Harkers Island
Core Sound Decoy Festival
Annual show and sale of waterfowl carvings of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild. Exhibitors will be displaying and selling decoys and waterfowl artifacts. Events held during the festival include: carving competition, children's decoy painting, retriever demonstrations, decoy auction, head carving contest, and loon calling contest. www.decoyguild.com
December 04 > Jacksonville
Jacksonville Christmas Flotilla
Onslow County Tourism
December 05 > Wilmington
Christmas Open House
The manor house never looks more beautiful than at Christmas. Imagine a magnificent tree decorated with all hand-crafted ornaments. Not just any kind, but ones that reflect those found on Christmas trees so long ago! Poplar Grove Plantation
December 06-07 > Wilmington
Old Wilmington by Candlelight
The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is sponsoring its Old Wilmington by Candlelight tour in the historic district. Each year some of the most beautiful private homes in the area are opened and decorated for the holidays. Admission charge. Lower Cape Fear Historical Society
December 07 > Wilmington
Wilmington Holiday Parade
The City of Wilmington presents its' annual holiday parade at 6 pm in historic downtown Wilmington. The event will feature area bands, community groups and businesses celebrating the season. City Of Wilmington Parks And Recreation
December 08-09 > Murfreesboro
Candlelight Christmas In Historic Murfreesboro
A tour with over a dozen historically significant venues. Delicious food, seasonal music and decorations. Murfreesboro Tourism
December 10-11 > Edenton
Annual Groaning Board
The Iredell House is decorated for the season with period decorations and foods that make the table heavily laden with treats to enjoy. Edenton Tourism
December 10-11 > Edenton
Historic Edenton Candlelight Tour of Homes
Private homes and public buildings are decorated for the holidays with many associated activities that make for a unique Christmas experience Edenton Tourism
December 10 > Edenton
Caroling on the Green
Come and enjoy the caroling on the green in front of the 1767 Chowan County Old Court House! Edenton Tourism
December 10-11 > Edenton
Christmas Wassail Bowl
The Cupola House is decorated with period decorations for the season. Wassail is served along with some tasty treats and entertainment throughout the weekend. Edenton Tourism
December 10 > Carolina Beach
Island of Lights Tour of Homes
Take a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island's most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Enjoy Southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into their homes for this special holiday treat. Tickets will be available at businesses on Pleasure Island. islandoflights.org
December 10 > Beaufort
Beaufort Historical Association Candlelight Tour of Homes
Another way to get ready for the holidays this year is to visit beautiful Beaufort homes all "dressed up" for the holidays. See truly lovely decorations amid twinkling candlelight as you walk the festive streets of this quaint town and visit these inviting homes. Don't miss it! Tickets are available at the Beaufort Historical Association. Beaufort Historic Site
December 11 > Edenton
Edenton-Chowan Christmas Parade
Floats, Boats, horses, Shrine Units Edenton Tourism
December 11 > Halifax County
Christmas in Halifax
Town wide event. Activities will be held at the historic site. Window decorating, parade etc. Halifax County Tourism
December 13-14 > Wilmington
Colonial Christmas
Historic home built in 1771 is decorated for the holidays in traditional Colonial style. Music and reenactments enhance the visitor's experience. Burgwin-Wright House
December   17 > Kill Devil Hills
Countdown at Wright Brothers NM
Come Join Us in Celebrating the Anniversary of Powered Flight! It lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Yet, it changed the course of history and reshaped the future. It was humankind's very first powered flight achieved by Wilbur and Orville Wright near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the exact site of the Wrights' first flight, the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Visitors to the site can experience a replica of the Wright brothers' 1903 encampment and a majestic, 60-foot tall, granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves as a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site nearly a century ago. The day's events will end with the Wright Brothers Annual Ball, a semi-formal event. www.firstflight.org
Wright Brothers National Memorial
December 17 > Manteo
Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight
Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic first flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this milestone. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of Wright's first flight, the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers' 1903 encampment and majestic, 60-foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site over a century ago. Wright Brothers National Memorial
December 18-21 > Wilmington
Holiday Lights Tour
Take a festive trolley tour through some of Wilmington's best decorated neighborhoods. Admission charge. wilmingtontrolley.com
December   31 > Kure Beach
New Years Eve Countdown
The countdown features the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball. A street dance featuring live music precedes a spectacular fireworks display to welcome in the New Year. Refreshments available at this entertainment event for all ages. This free family-friendly event. islandoflights.org
December 31 > Carolina Beach
Island of Lights New Years Celebration
Our New Year's Celebration will be held at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk near the Gazebo. Don't miss the giant lighted beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. This free family-friendly event will feature music and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. islandoflights.org
December 31 - January 01 > Wilmington
New Year's Eve Party Cruise
Cruise into the new year aboard the Henrietta III Riverboat. The cruise along the Cape Fear River includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, party favors and a champagne toast. Pre-paid Reservations Required. Cape Fear River Cruises

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