This weekend the fun begins on Friday, December 8, 2017, in Southport, NC. Your family and friends can start the afternoon at 3 PM at the NC Maritime Museum. There a Victorian lady will take you on a Holiday History Tour. Then beginning at 5:30 PM, kids of all ages can ride on a fire engine in the Light up the Night parade. The parade will also include classic cars, bands and floats among other interesting entrants. Refreshments with Santa will be served at the fire station after the parade.
Saturday offers a full day of fun. The Winterfest Winter Craft Festival will be held in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC from 9 AM until 4 PM. There you will find holiday decorations, gifts and food. You can even make your own wreath with instruction by members of the Southport Beautification Club for a $30 fee. A Handmade Christmas will be held at the Southport Community Building from 10 AM until 1 PM.
Also on Saturday, from 1 PM until 6 PM you can enjoy the festive decorations in a list of Southport homes that will be included in the Winterfest Christmas Tour of Homes. After dinner, you can enjoy the Winterfest Christmas Flotilla from 7 PM until PM – or decorate your own boat and take part yourself.
If you will be in the Leland, NC area on Saturday, you might want to take in the North Brunswick Christmas Festival and Parade beginning at 10 AM. On Sunday, beginning at 1 PM you can also enjoy An 18th Century Christmas at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. All of these wonderful festivities should get you in the mood for celebration.
You can visit seven homes besides your own on December 14 in Southport, NC. The Southport Tour of Homes sponsored by the Southport Historical Society will be held on that day from 2 PM until 7 PM. Proceeds will go to scholarships for seniors at South Brunswick High School. This tour will be held early enough for you to get some decorating ideas for your own home. The homes on the tour range from the Asa Dosher House built in the 1890s and on the National Register of Historic Places, to a new home built in 2012 and designed by local architect, Rich Bandera. In addition to the holiday decorations, you will enjoy the architectural elements of these homes including;
heart pine floors
a claw foot tub
a masonry fireplace
a deck built around a live oak tree
a handmade pine counter top
banks of windows
views of the Cape Fear river
reclaimed hardwood floors
old barn board floors
an arched brick fireplace
So, come to these homes for Christmas and walk on down to the waterfront for the flotilla afterwards. Make some more hometown memories again this year.
The Christmas season is the season of lights. You see them everywhere – on houses – strung across the streets of towns – in the windows – even wrapped around trees. Those of us who live near water, and particulary in the warmer climates, are lucky to have our own sort of lighted Christmas parades in the form of flotillas. If you have never been to a flotilla I recommend it highly. Yes, it is a parade on the water, however, it always takes place at night – in cold weather – in warm weather – not likely to be rained out – but it can be fogged out like it was in Southport, NC last year. There is something very special about viewing a flotilla – about the boats slipping across the water in the night with lights gleaming from stem to stern and up and down the masts. There may be music, though it is often muted and you can hear the music of the water lapping against the shore.
If you have a chance to see a flotilla this year – don’t miss it. There are two in Brunswick County. The first is on Saturday, November 30 in Ocean Isle Beach and it takes place in the Intracoastal Waterway where it starts at the Inlet View Bar and Grill at 5 PM and ends at Sharky’s Restaurant. You can also attend the party there with music beginning at 9 PM after the flotilla each year.
The second flotilla, the Southport Christmas Flotilla, begins at 7 PM and can be viewed from Waterfront Park in Southport, NC on December 14. This flotilla starts and ends in the Old Yacht Basin. The creative winners of this flotilla are judged by Southport Elementary School art students. Flotillas are family friendly activities, so bring the kids with you for a lovely family event. In fact, make it a tradition.