“What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future." Those wise words were the words of Agnes M. Pahro. But, that’s what Christmas means to her. To others, Christmas might simply be a day of giving. A day of hope.
Throughout the holiday season you can expect:
Each one is especially important in its own way. It lifts up the spirit of the givers and the receivers and sets the tone for the next year.
Let’s look at ways in which we can lift up your spirit during this joyful time.
Visit the Battleship to celebrate the season! With the Christmas spirit in the air, guests are greeted by Santa as they board the battleship. Volunteers are stationed all around the ship to answer any questions you might have.
You can also pose under the ships' Happy Huladays banner to create your own throwback e-card. You get to use the ship's radio message paper on a vintage typewriter for your Christmas wish list. From the main radio room of the Battleship, kids can dial the North Pole. From the Combat Information Center, you can also track Santa's travels. Just make sure to take your camera for some fantastic photo opportunities!
This has to be one of the most fantastic ways to kick off your Christmas season! The Battleship is situated at 1 Battleship Road NE, Wilmington, NC.
Don't miss out on this amazing experience, make sure you aren't on Santa's naughty list!
Was the entire day spent shopping? Want a break from the craziness of the holidays to just unwind and revel in the spirit? Head on over to 507 East Main Street in Elizabeth City to shop and rest at Water's Edge Boutique, because why not? Water's Edge Boutique is known for its fantastic apparel, exclusive accessories, and Joy!
You may stop in for some hot chocolate in December to break up your Christmas shopping. You may also decorate a wooden door hanger for the holidays, which seems like fun. Or, they also offer a Sip & Paint event.
These kinds of subtle acts raise your spirits and help you get into the festive mood.
While you’re in Elizabeth city checking out Water’s Edge Boutique, we’ve come across another great event!
The Lighted Boat Parade is hosted at Mariners' Wharf Park in Water Street, Elizabeth City.
Yes, it is lovely to see Santa Clauses lit up on rooftops and trees covered with lights. Not to mention the lavish decorating of lovely residences. Will you one day reflect on a particular house or tree that has been covered with lights? We value experiences more.
The Lighted Boat Parade is held yearly by the Pasquotank Yacht Club. Here, you get to see boats and yachts cruise across the sea at night while being exquisitely adorned. It's a genuinely spectacular experience for everyone.
The most captivating garden may be seen at WinterLights in Manteo, North Carolina.
The Elizabethan garden becomes a winter haven throughout the colder months. A yearly tradition not to be missed! As you roam through the garden, you will enjoy seeing how well it has been turned into a fantastical setting. Enjoy the elegance of the Christmas decorations and a crackling fire. Most people like sharing Christmas stories by the fire. It is the ideal setting for warming up. After admiring the glistening Christmas lights, proceed to the gift shop.
Christmas gifts as well as seasonal plants will be available at the gift shop. Visit 1411 National Park Drive in Manteo to see this breathtaking landscape.
International visitors have been coming to Airlie Gardens since 2005. Visitors will enjoy a 0.5-meter stroll around the Gardens on a self-guided tour. They get to enjoy the glistening decorations and joyous music of the holidays.
With the entire family, stroll around Airlie Gardens to take in the many holiday lights. You will also experience seasonal flowers and musical entertainment. This much-loved Wilmington celebration never fails to mesmerize tourists.
Santa Claus himself will also be there (so the kids will love it), along with a few local businesses selling:
Airlie Gardens is situated at 300 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC. So head on over and check out this wonderland!
Earlier we spoke about Christmas being a time of giving and uplifting your spirit. The Down East Holiday Show does just that!
The Pitt Community College Foundation puts on the Down East Holiday Show each year. This is to raise money for the college's programs and student scholarships. In 2011, they were able to raise more than $100,000 for Pitt Community College students.
The Down East Holiday Show began in 2002, it starts at the beginning of the holiday shopping season. It features more than 100 exhibitors. They are known to offer a wide range of:
The Down East Holiday Show is a great place to find the best presents for your loved ones. This beautiful initiative is held at the Greenville Convention Center. You can stop by at 303 SW Greenville Boulevard, Greenville, NC.