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Things to Do in Eastern NC During the Holidays

The holidays. Whether it is summer vacation, winter break, or my favorite, Christmas. We can all agree that finding the perfect thing to do is the only thing that bothers us! We all just want to find something fun, romantic or entertaining to do with loved ones. Especially Christmas time, Christmas time is the most stressful. I think that has less to do with holiday shopping and more to do with finding the perfect way to spend the season. Lucky enough for you, I am under direct order. Direct order from the ENC top dogs to find you the perfect way to spend the holidays. Let’s check out some of the things to do in Eastern NC during the holidays!

Enchanted Airlie Gardens, Wilmington

Is beauty what your eyes desire? Well then, head on over to 300 Airlie Road Wilmington because Enchanted Airlie Gardens is for you!

Since 2005, Airlie Gardens has welcomed guests from a great distance away. Airlie Gardens on its own is a true wonderland. Enchanted Airlie Gardens is an event within a wonderland. Visitors get to take in the sparkling holiday decorations and Christmas music.

Take a self-guided tour around Airlie Gardens with the whole family to admire the holiday lights. Seasonal flowers and entertainment are also present. This beloved Wilmington event will have you mesmerized year after year! The self-guided tour is roughly half a mile long. You can take your time and stop at the exhibits you find most interesting during this self-guided tour.

Each night, there are two time slots available, so you can pick an earlier one for kids or a later one for a special date. Airlie Gardens is wheelchair accessible so let an elderly relative tag along. Santa Claus himself will be there, along with a few businesses selling tasty treats.

Be warned though, tickets sell out fast! So make sure to check out their page for this Christmas thing in Wilmington!

Winterlights @ The Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo

In Manteo, North Carolina, at WinterLights, you will see the most alluring garden.

During the colder months, the Elizabethan garden transforms into a magical wonderland. It is an annual holiday happening that does not disappoint! The ten-acre gardens are transformed into a magical wonderland. It all happens as you stroll along illuminated garden walks and take in the festive experience of the season. The joyful ambiance is enhanced by the:

  1. Radiant glow
  1. Holiday decorations
  1. A roaring open fire

In the Royal Exchange Gift Shop, you can buy seasonal plants and holiday presents.

Picture this, you and your special person sitting around the fire. With the most amazing background! Hint Hint, it’s also the perfect setting for popping questions...

Sounds good? Well then, head on over to 1411 National Park Drive to enjoy this breathtaking setting!

Festival Of Lights Hayride - Mike's Farm, Beulaville

The Festival Of Lights Hayride at Mike's Farm! Imagine being a kid at a theme park, going on your favorite ride. Now imagine it turning into a magical ride! The festival of lights hayride can only be explained in that way. Their well-known Festival of Lights Hayride attracts guests from far and wide. It has developed into a family custom! You get to enjoy a 30-minute hayride through the woods that passes through:

  • Lit-up holiday scenes
  • Live nativity
  • Christmas music

For this event you don’t need to worry about booking in advance, just show up on the date and buy your ticket! Be sure to check out their page for more details. Alternatively, pop into 1600 Haw Branch Rd, Beulaville, NC.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Show - Mike's Farm, Beulaville

Ho! Ho! Christmas Show. The Ho! Ho! Christmas Show is a holiday variety show with humor and classic Christmas songs. It is located at 1600 Haw Branch Rd, Beulaville.

The Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas Show starts off with dinner. It is buffet style so you can eat as much as you want. You then spend the next hour watching the show in an intimate setting. And lastly, no one leaves Mike's farm without a hay ride through the magical lights!

For this tickets do get sold out so don’t forget to check out their page for dates, times, and prices!

Downtown Lights Up! - Goldsboro

Start the holiday season in Downtown Goldsboro! For a night of enjoyable family activities, join the Downtown Lights Up! The NC Community Federal Credit Union is hosting this event for FREE in 2022, which includes:

  • Santa Claus and other holiday-themed characters
  • Hot cocoa and kid-friendly crafts
  • Holiday entertainment, and more

Usually, at the John Street Parking Lot, free horse-drawn trolley rides are available.

The fantastic stores and restaurants in downtown will be open much later for the event. So plan to shop and eat there as well! Check out their Facebook page for more information. This event is held at Center Street, Downtown Goldsboro.

Hangin' With Santa & Kites With Lights, Nags Head

Want to hang with Santa? What about some cocoa and cookies? For this event, you will get to hang with Santa, enjoy some treats and try out classic toys!

At Nags Head, you are also in for a light show like no other. Large 19- to 30-foot kites decorated for the holidays will be on display. All this happens at Kites with Lights in Jockey's Ridge State Park. You will also enjoy watching the solar-powered Christmas tree. It illuminates the dunes across from Kitty Hawk Kites!

This event is free and takes place at 3925 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC.

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Author: ENC Explorer

After getting accepted to ECU, I started looking for things to do in and around Greenville, NC. However, my searches kept taking me to places in South Carolina! There must be things to do around ECU, so I started asking other students. They kept telling me to graduate and move away! This inspired me to begin exploring eastern North Carolina and build this website as a showcase of the places to go, sights to see, and things to do all over eastern NC. I have fallen in love with this region and started taking up roots here. After graduating, I didn't move away - I bought a house here and continue to explore eastern North Carolina.

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