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Hot Cocoa Stay & Play

Elizabeth City’s 2022 Holiday Celebration & Grand Illumination is an old-fashioned, small town celebration that pairs with the kick off of our Hot Cocoa Crawl on November 25. 

Visitors can top off their chocolate-filled getaway in Elizabeth City with a stay at one of our quaint bed & breakfasts.

First Friday ArtWalkFirst Friday ArtWalk & Lighted Boat Parade

A special holiday edition of the community’s First Friday ArtWalk on December 2 will feature downtown shops, local artists, live music, followed by the award-winning Lighted Boat Parade — an annual tradition featuring brightly-lit skiffs, sailboats and pontoon boats with twinkling lights circling the harbor to the sound of carols.

This year’s “Christmas Around the World” street parade is on Saturday, December 3. Find more at Visit Elizabeth City’s events page.


C.O. Robinson HouseCocoa Christmas Tea

In celebration of the Elizabeth City Hot Cocoa Crawl, Christ Episcopal Church presents the Cocoa Christmas Tea! Join us December 11 with a 3:30 pm seating for an afternoon full of sweet and savory treats in the magnificent C.O. Robinson House. Our menu will include chocolate scones and tarts, Mount Vernon's traditional chocolate cream, and savory sandwich staples including English Coronation Chicken. Tickets will be $35 and will benefit our Youth and Mission Fund.

After tea, take a short walk over to Christ Episcopal Church to enjoy the heavenly melodies of Advent Lessons and Carols presented by the church choir at 5:30pm. All proceeds benefit the Christ Episcopal Church mission and outreach fund. Please call Christ Episcopal Church at (252)338-1686 to reserve your seat!


Page After Page BookstorePage After Page Bookstore

The Hot Cocoa Crawl also features a medley of holiday offerings at locally owned shops around Elizabeth City. Visit Page After Page Bookstore for Christmas-themed story times and free hot cocoa on Saturdays. 


Studio 511 Art & SoulStudio 511 Art & Soul

Join the extra fun paint-n-sip-hot-cocoa parties for all ages on Thursdays December 1, 8, and 15. from 6:45pm – 8:45pm at Studio 511 Art & Soul!

Fenwick-Hollowell“Hot CoCOA” on Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail 

Warm up on the Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail with a cup of College of the Albemarle Chef Leslie Lippincott’s Hot Cocoa, December 10 from 10am – noon! 

Kenyon Bailey Shopping Center

Take the whole family to Kenyon Bailey Shopping Center to sip hot chocolate and make Christmas ornaments at their “Painting Party” — for kiddos and parents too! 

The Foreman HouseThe Foreman House

The Foreman House will treat their holiday guests to a holiday charcuterie board and a hot cocoa station located in the breakfast room with 24-hour availability.


Philemon House Bed & BreakfastPhilemon House Bed & Breakfast

Philemon House Bed & Breakfast will host several chocolate lovers foodie events including a Farmhouse Breakfast, Chocolate Teas, and Chocoholic Dessert Drop-Ins. Find more details at Delightful Dining!


Blue Ruby at Grice-Fearing HouseBlue Ruby at Grice-Fearing House

Visit the oldest house in Elizabeth City at the Blue Ruby at Grice-Fearing House for “Hot Chocolate Sundaes on Sundays” with hot fudge or hot caramel and hot chocolate brownie sundaes, signature shakes, and other holiday treats.


The Culpepper Inn

During the dates of the Hot Cocoa Crawl, The Culpepper Inn will serve a historic cocoa recipe of yore with a hot cocoa giveaway including an Irish coffee glass and historic postcard tag.

Hampton InnHampton Inn

Throughout the season, the Hampton Inn will host a Hot Cocoa Social on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights with a build-your-own hot cocoa bar as well as a photo-op with a winter scene and sign reading “Welcome to the Hot Cocoa Capital of the World!”


Frolic in Festive Fun

Hot Cocoa Treats & Eats

Hot Cocoa Treats & Eats

You’ll want to wake up early and stay up late tasting each and every one of these cocoa infused treats!
Hot Cocoa Stocking Stuffers

Hot Cocoa Stocking Stuffers

Wrap up adorable hot chocolate inspired hand-crafted gifts and specialty selections only in #HotCocoaCapital stops and shops!
Hot Cocoa Stay & Play

Hot Cocoa Stay & Play

It’s the most wonderful time to make holiday memories at the extra special Hot Cocoa-themed experiences for local and visitors alike.

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