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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Anderson

Living Local - December 2023

There's plenty of ways to get in the spirit this month in Brunswick County!

The list below cover the whole county and scroll towards the bottom and there is a whole list of events just in Southport. Let me know which events you enjoy!


December 1st

Calabash Christmas Tree Lighting

Oak Island Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony : 4610 E Dolphin Dr.

Start of Southport Winterfest - see below for complete list!


December 2nd

Christmas by the Sea Parade : E Dolphin Dr & Middleton Ave, Oak Island

Holiday Market : 6680 Barbeque Rd., Ocean Isle Beach

Leland Holiday Market : 1212 Magnolia Village Way

Shallotte Christmas Parade : Main Street in Shallotte

Leland In Lights : 102 Town Hall Dr (recurring daily)



December 3rd

Oak Island Holiday Craft Market : 4610 E Dolphin Dr


December 5th

Santa Paws : 4610 E Dolphin Dr, Oak Island


December 8th

Candy Cane Flashlight Hunt : 4446 Fish Factory Rd, Oak Island


December 9th

Southport Winterfest Flotilla : Bay Street, Southport



December 10th

An 18th Century Christmas : 8884 St. Philips Rd, Winnabow


December 16th

Shallotte Christmas Village Market : 123 Mulberry St, Shallotte



Southport Winterfest

This year's Southport Winterfest will run from Saturday, December 1st through Saturday, December 9th. Centered in historic downtown Southport, Winterfest includes a full week of holiday festivities that are fun for all ages. The full event schedule is listed below. Be sure to visit the Winterfest website for additional details about each event.

Friday, December 1st | 6 p.m. – Mayor's Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony at Whittler's Bench.

Third Annual Storefront Showcase decorating contest – from Saturday, December 2nd to Saturday, December 9th, visitors can visit and vote for local business storefronts decorated for the holidays.

Saturday, December 2nd | 1 p.m. – Southport Winterfest Tea at the Southport Community Building.

Sunday, December 3rd | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Pet Pictures with Santa at the Indian Trail Meeting Hall/Keziah Park.

Monday, December 4th | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Shop-with-a-Cop Concert in Franklin Square Park.

Tuesday, December 5th | 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Candy Cane Garden Party at Keziah Park.

Wednesday, December 6th

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. – The State Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building.

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. – Supper with Santa's Elves at 209 Atlantic Ave., beside Southport Gym.

Thursday, December 7th | Christmas Movie "Polar Express" on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn at dusk.

Friday, December 8th

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Holiday Open House at the One More Bookstore.

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. – Historic Holidays at the NC Maritime Museum.

6:30 p.m. – Light Up the Night Christmas Parade. Parade route: Waterfront Park, down Howe St., back to the Southport Fire Station.

Saturday, December 9th

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Winter Craft Festival at Franklin Square Park.

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. – Santa's Workshop at 209 Atlantic Ave., beside the Southport Gym.

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Winterfest Performing Arts on the Franklin Square Park stage.

12 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Old Brunswick County Jail Museum Tours at the Old Jail.

12 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Annual Holiday Tour of Homes tickets required. Purchase tickets through the Southport Historical Society's website or in person at Ft. Johnston Vistors Center and Museum.

12 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Southport Train and Toy Show at the Indian Trail Meeting Hall.

3 p.m. - 5 p.m. – Charlie Brown Christmas Concert & Party at the Southport Community Building.

6 p.m. – Southport Winterfest Flotilla at the Southport Waterfront.

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