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How to Have the Best Christmas Vacation in North Carolina


It’s never too early to start planning your Christmas vacation! With the months flying by, it’s best to start forming your plan for your winter holiday as early as possible. First thing’s first: Select the perfect destination for your getaway. Emerald Isle, NC, is a fantastic vacation spot year-round, from the busy summer months to the quiet fall and winter seasons. This year, spend your Christmas vacation in North Carolina!

Let us help you plan your Christmas vacation in North Carolina. Download our complimentary Vacation Guide to get the best local recommendations from the people who are most passionate about the area. All of us at Spinnaker’s Reach are dedicated to making sure you have an incredible vacation. That’s why we’ve provided this easy-to-read guide on the best Emerald Isle attractions, restaurants, and shops. You’ll also find great tips on where to rent all the must-have water equipment (like paddleboards) for the ultimate Emerald Isle vacation. Planning your trip is easy with our free Vacation Guide!

Discover the Best Christmas Vacation in North Carolina

There are so many great things to do in North Carolina in the winter! Find out some of the biggest holiday events and activities on the Crystal Coast.

Attend the Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

Every year on the first Saturday in December, the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Department hosts an annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair. The fair features all handmade items from local artisans. This is the perfect chance to get into the holiday spirit and pick up a gift for loved ones back home. Get a glimpse of the incredible talent on the Crystal Coast at this fantastic annual fair!

Catch Santa and a Movie

Another great Christmas tradition on Emerald Isle is Santa and a Movie, which takes place the first Friday of December. This is a great event for families. Everyone is invited to join Santa for milk and cookies, a Christmas story, and a classic short holiday movie. Admission is just one unwrapped gift per child. Make sure to pre-register, since this event typically fills up fast.

Attend the Christmas Parade

If you’re starting your Christmas vacation a little early, make sure to watch the annual Emerald Isle Christmas Parade! It takes place the first Saturday after Thanksgiving and is always a favorite among locals and visitors. During the parade, you’ll see floats, local marching bands, decorated boats, and more! Try to catch the candy thrown from the floats as they glide down the street. There’s no better way to celebrate the start of the holiday season than with this parade!

Stay at Spinnaker’s Reach

During your Christmas vacation in North Carolina, make sure you’re staying in a stunning property from Spinnaker’s Reach. We have a great selection of holiday vacation rental homes, from large single family homes to smaller duplexes. Whether you’re vacationing with the extended family or keeping it small, you’ll find the perfect home. We even have pet-friendly rentals available!

Consider renting Almost Paradise, a gorgeous home that features nine beds and five bathrooms. This home is wheelchair accessible, featuring an elevator and a ramp. Barefoot in the Sand is a great home for families with children of all ages. Outside, there is a large poolside patio that can seat up to 12 people, a charcoal and a gas grill, and a private pool. Inside, there is a ping pong table, a foosball table, a Wii gaming system, and plenty of TVs with DVD players. The full-service kitchen is located on the third floor and features a counter that seats four, an ample breakfast nook that seats six, and a dining area with a wet bar that seats eight.

Create some amazing holiday memories on Emerald Isle! Browse through our rentals and book your holiday vacation today!


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