Start your new year of the right way in the right place! The Crystal Coast Countdown is a much-anticipated annual multi-jurisdictional tradition that has been bringing visitors to the area for almost 10 years! If you’re searching for the perfect place to reflect on the past year and ring in the new one, Emerald Isle is the place to be. Would you like more help planning your upcoming trip? Then browse our things to do list!
History of the Crystal Coast Countdown
The celebration began on December 31, 2010. The mayor of Morehead City challenged his team to put together a fabulous New Year’s party to ring in 2011. His team delivered, and in just 12 hours, Morehead City hosted its first New Year’s Crab Pot Drop. There were over 200 people in attendance.
Since that first year, the event has grown into a multi-jurisdictional event. Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Down East, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Newport, and Pine Knoll Shores all have their own Crystal Coast calendar of events.
How to Celebrate the New Year on Emerald Isle
There are so many great events in the area that it can seem impossible to narrow it down. We can help make your itinerary!
The fun begins on Atlantic Beach with the annual bonfire and live music on the beach. In previous years, this event has taken place on December 30, so be sure to check the Crystal Coast website to find out the date once it’s announced!
Beaufort hosts a fun countdown at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. It’s about a 40-minute drive, but it’s worth it, especially if you’re traveling with children. The museum has a craft table where you can design a snazzy New Year’s hat and glasses. No need to pack accessories when you can make your own!
When you’re ready to start the party, there are a couple of excellent options. You can head over to downtown Morehead City. The early events are perfect for the younger crowd, including a kid’s Crab Pot Drop. The activities following the drop are geared toward teens, from a laser night show and games. As night falls, you’ll be treated to fire dancers, stilt walkers, and great music. The night ends at midnight with the traditional crab pot drop and a fireworks show.
If you’d rather stick closer to Emerald Isle, the Bogue Inlet Pier always hosts an excellent fireworks show. After the display, you can drive the short distance back to your rental home!
On January 1st, join hundreds of other participants in Atlantic Beach’s annual Penguin Plunge. This fun event raises money for local charities, and is the perfect (and refreshing) way to start your new year!
Stay in a Rental from Spinnaker’s Reach
Are you ready to experience the Crystal Coast Countdown? Then book your home with Spinnaker’s Reach! We have the best selection of properties in town, all located in one beautiful neighborhood. Consider booking Barefoot in the Sand, a five-bedroom, six-bathroom property that has room for everyone in your family! From the gourmet kitchen to the beautiful suites, you’ll have no trouble relaxing in your home away from home. Amenities include a private pool. A Jacuzzi tub in one of the suites, two refrigerators, and a gas grill.
Check out the full selection of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.