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Holiday Events & Programs in the East

Nov. 19- Jan. 2. N.C. Aquarium-Ft. FisherCape Fear Festival of TreesThe Lower Cape Fear Hospice hosts this beloved tradition amidst the inspiring backdrop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Thanks to the generosity of the presenting sponsor First Citizens Bank, visitors will delight in dozens of dazzling, decorated trees in a unique aquatic setting. Free with admission.


Nov. 20. N.C. Symphony, Goldsboro. A Classic Holiday Pops. Enjoy a spectacular celebration with joyful holiday classics—plus our popular sing-a-long! Paramount Theatre. 8 p.m. Fee.


Nov. 20- Jan. 6. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville. Poe House Tour. Enhance your holidays with a tour of the seasonally decorated 1897 Poe House. Admire the big parlor tree, long hallways and tall windows decorated with greenery. Tours given Tuesday through Sunday, hours vary. Free.


Nov. 26-Dec. 1. Historic BathCommunity Christmas Tree Decorating. Historic Bath State Site would like to invite community groups, school groups, churches, law enforcement, garden clubs, book clubs, Scouts,  and other organizations to use the new Historic Bath Exhibit Hall to highlight the creativity of your groups in a friendly Christmas Tree decorating contest/exhibit. All decorations must be non-organic -- no live trees, live garland, or live greenery. Decorating can take place between Monday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 1. The trees will be left up in the exhibit halls throughout the holiday season and will need to be removed by Jan. 5 to allow the preparation of our next exhibit. Help fill our exhibit center with your holiday tree ideas. We will be supplying the scents and sounds of the holiday, while you and your groups stun the visitors with your creativity. 9 a.m-5 p.m.  Free.


Nov. 30. Tryon Palace, New Bern. Chamber Music by CandlelightUNC-Wilmington’s Early Music Consort will perform in the palace council chamber by candlelight. Reception follows with light desserts, coffee and wine in the Commission House. 7- 9 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 1. Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo208th Army Band Christmas Concert. Approximately 40 warrior musicians based in Concord will promote esprit de corps and the magic of the holidays in a performance of jazz, rock, concert music and patriotic selections in the film theater. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.


Dec. 1. Historic BathChristmas Open House and Candlelight Tour. Come and see historic structures decorated for the Christmas season throughout the Town of Bath. Tour the Palmer-Marsh and Bonner homes from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., and then come back and visit the homes by candlelight, with vignettes depicting holidays gone by. Share with your friends, family and neighbors in the sights and sounds of Historic Bath. Stop and listen to the carols, share some cider and cookies, then venture to Bonner Point to wave and cheer on the Bath Holiday Flotilla. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Free. (Donations welcome.)


Dec. 1. N.C. Maritime Museum, BeaufortCrystal Coast Christmas FlotillaBoats, yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront. All decorated boats are judged and prizes for excellence and creativity are awarded at the Awards Party after the Flotilla in the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center. 6 p.m. Fee to participate, enter by Dec. 1. Free to observe.


Dec. 1. Bentonville Battlefield, Four Oaks. A Civil War ChristmasEnjoy cookies and cider while listening to period music and greetings from costumed interpreters. Military interpreters will discuss how the common soldier spent time on furlough with family and friends. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Free.


Dec. 2. Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville. Holiday Jubilee. Performances by the Coventry Carolers on the front porch of the Poe House, which will be beautifully decorated in Victorian style and open for tours. The Carolina Chordsmen also will perform. Smell goodies cooking on the 1902 stove and take photos with Santa! 1-5 p.m. Free.


Dec. 2. Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth CityDeck the Halls! Designer Workshop. Use modern materials and a little bit of Christmas magic to transform a metal container, wooden letters, greenery, and some fun to make a decoration - to gift or keep! 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fee


Dec. 2. Somerset Place, CreswellChristmas Open House. Visitors will be inspired by traditional holiday decorations of fresh natural and floral arrangements adorning the exterior and interior of site buildings. Explore the plantation on a self-guided tour with staff members and volunteers available in each structure to answer questions. A costumed doctor from the mid-nineteenth century will also be on hand to discuss antebellum medicine in the plantation hospital. Share a tasty meal of black-eyed peas and hearth-cooked cornbread prepared from hand-ground corn. Sip delicious hot spiced tea and sample homemade desserts. Enjoy period Christmas music with instrumentalist Robert Waters of Columbia, N.C., and live caroling from the Columbia High School trio chorus. For younger audiences, jolly Saint Nicholas will appear in the Collins House from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.1-4p.m. Free. (Donations welcome.)


Dec. 5. N.C. Symphony, TarboroA Classic Holiday Pops. Enjoy a spectacular celebration with joyful holiday classics—plus our popular sing-a-long! Edgecombe Community College. 7:30 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 13. N.C. Symphony, Jacksonville. A Classic Holiday Pops. Enjoy a spectacular celebration with joyful holiday classics—plus our popular sing-a-long! White Oak High School. 7:30 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 7. Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth CityGingerbread House Workshop. Learn the history of gingerbread and take part in the annual gingerbread house workshop led by the Lovin’ Oven. Kids welcomed from ages one to 100. 4-5:30 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 7-8. CSS Neuse, Kinston. A Walk through Christmas Past. Visitors will be escorted through the museum and witness four different skits or vignettes that show what families, soldiers, and sailors would have been doing at Christmas in 1861, 1862, 1864, and 1865. 6-8 p.m. Fee for adults and children 4-12, children under 3 are free.


Dec. 8. N.C. Symphony, Louisburg. A Classic Holiday Pops. Enjoy a spectacular celebration with joyful holiday classics—plus our popular sing-a-long! Louisburg College. 7:30 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 8. Historic Halifax. Christmas in Halifax. Enjoy the Town of Halifax's annual Christmas Parade along King Street at 2 p.m. and then visit with Santa after the parade in the Historic Halifax Visitor Center.  Children and the young at heart will want to have their wish lists ready for old Saint Nick, as he stops by the visitor center to warm up after the lively Christmas parade. 2-4 p.m. Event free.


Dec. 8. CSS Neuse, Kinston. Victorian Open House. Join us for a day of cookies, cider, and crafts for the whole family. You can help us decorate our tree and tour the museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.


Dec. 8 and 15. Tryon Palace, New Bern.  Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration. A famed North Carolina tradition returns in 2018 with beautiful new decorations and heartwarming vignettes illuminated by the glow of candlelight. 4:30-9:30 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 9. Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, Winnabow.  Colonial Christmas. Explore how the American colonists celebrated Christmas with a "Make A Wish" bonfire, guided tours of St. Philip's Anglican Church by costumed interpreters, and an authentic period candlelight service in St. Philip's. Sunday, December 9, 2018 3-5:30pm. Free (donations welcome).


Dec. 11. N.C. Symphony, New Bern. A Classic Holiday Pops. Enjoy a spectacular celebration with joyful holiday classics—plus our popular sing-a-long! Riverfront Convention Center. 7 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 14-15. Historic EdentonIredell House Christmas Groaning Board. So many cookies will be present that the table will “groan!” The Edenton Tea Party Daughters of the American Revolution and James Iredell Association join Historic Edenton in hosting this event. 1-5 p.m. Free.


Dec. 15. Jones Lake State Park, ElizabethtownChristmas Tree Cookie Ornaments. Recycle fallen timber and turn them into beautiful tree ornaments.  Join in the discussion of the types of trees used to make the ornaments and teach you how to age the tree cookie as well.  These ornaments make wonderful gifts and lovely décor for Christmas trees or wall hangings. 10 a.m. Free.


Dec. 19. N.C. Symphony, Wilmington. A Classic Holiday Pops. Enjoy a spectacular celebration with joyful holiday classics—plus our popular sing-a-long! Cape Fear Community College 7:30 p.m. Fee.


Dec. 31. Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach. New Year’s Eve Cannon Blast. Send the old year out with a bang at Fort Macon! 6 p.m. Free.