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  • Saturday, November 24th 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Celebrating its 15th year in 2018, the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting is a favorite wintertime event for visitors and locals alike that provides a fun and unforgettable way to ring in the season. Held in the heart of town, and featuring a line of floats that capture both the holiday and the coastal spirit, this annual parade and celebration will make everyone want to celebrate the holidays, Emerald Isle style.

The event starts with the annual parade that cruises through the heart of town along Emerald and Mangrove Drives. After the parade is over, (which is marked by a special appearance by Santa Claus himself), attendees are welcome to head over to Merchant’s Park where the Christmas tree will be officially lit for the season around dusk. Hot cider and snacks will be available for folks to beat the chilly and salty air, and the event is a great way for locals and visitors alike to meet and mingle at the start of the season. Occurring just after Thanksgiving, the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting is a great way to get into a holiday state of mind while enjoying the small town charm and coastal appeal of Emerald Isle.