Holden Beach, North Carolina has everything travelers need and crave to create an amazing holiday adventure away this Christmas. The following are a few of the best activities and events to be sure to add to your itinerary when you can’t wait to elevate the festive fun while spending Christmas in North Carolina!

Light Up the Holidays in a Festive Style

For many travelers heading to Holden Beach over Christmas, it’s hard to imagine a getaway without some great holiday lights included! Fortunately, visitors won’t have to go far to find what they’re looking for. In nearby Calabash, the annual tree lighting event will happen on December 4th at 7:00 pm. This is an event that brings locals and visitors alike together in the name of holiday fun and also includes a holiday parade at 6:00 pm prior to the tree lighting. In addition, those who show up for the excitement will be treated to cookies and cocoa as well as live music and entertainment as well as a visit from Santa himself. It’s a fun-for-all experience you won’t want to miss this year.

Calabash will also be hosting another Christmas parade on December 5th at 10:00 am that’s sure to be entertaining for the entire family. This is another highly anticipated annual holiday event that travels along Main Street and comes complete with floats, music, candy, and captivating decorations too.

Check Out the Christmas Tour of Homes

If you’re a Holden Beach traveler coming here at Christmas who is just as passionate about architecture as the holidays, participating in the Christmas Tour of Homes is sure to please! This Christmas event is hosted by the Southport Historical Society and tickets are sold at both the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum Visitors Center. The Christmas Tour of Homes happens Saturday, December 10th, 2022 between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. The tour takes guests through a variety of stunning homes within the city’s historic district as well as B&Bs. Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door and are given out on a first come first serve basis. The Christmas Tour of Homes puts proceeds towards raising funds for local high school scholarships making this holiday event one that’s fun and participants can feel great about it too!

Enjoy Christmas by the Sea Parade

Those longing to enjoy a festive Christmas parade during their Holden Beach holiday getaway will find it in Oak Island on December 3, 2022, starting at 2:00 pm. This annual event is a fan-favorite and showcases community organizations and businesses donning their float best! The parade is hosted by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce in association with the Town of Oak Island. The parade has been a staple holiday experience for over 38 years with no signs of slowing down. Those looking to enjoy the fun will find that the parade kicks off on East Oak Island Drive just in front of Town Hall. The route runs east and ends up at McGlamery Street. The end of the parade is worth sticking around for as it includes a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause.

Explore the Oak Island Holiday Market

Those who find themselves lingering around Oak Island on December 2, 2022, will be just in time to enjoy the annual tree lighting event at 5:30 pm. This exciting sight is followed up by the opening of the annual Holiday Market in Oak Island on December 3rd. The market is open from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm and offers visitors a chance to browse a variety of unique holiday crafts and goodies that are sure to make gift recipients feel special! The market is hosted at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

Make the Most of Outdoor Fun

For many visitors, the beauty of a trip to Holden Beach at the end of December lies in the fact that they can leave all thoughts of snow and plummeting temperatures behind. Holden Beach typically enjoys average December temperatures of around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, opening up the options for getting out and making the most of outdoor fun and recreation! A Christmas trip this way is a great opportunity to rent a boat and get out on the water for a day of fishing, wildlife spotting, or sailing at a leisurely pace. Many holiday travelers also enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding this time of year. There is a myriad of options for booking chartered excursions if you’re looking for guided tours this holiday season. Visitors will also find winter across Holden Beach is a beautiful time of year to admire sunrises and sunsets from the sand, even if it might be a bit too mild in the early morning and late evening hours to step into the water.

Book Your Holden Beach Getaway Today

Savor every second of your Holden Beach adventure over Christmas when you let the team at Proactive Vacations handle your holiday accommodations this year. Reach out to learn more about our exciting property options and how we can help you turn those holiday travel plans into a reality.