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Make it a Hometown Holiday in Elizabeth City, NC

It’s that merry time of year again. Santa’s loading his sleigh with goodies and hearts are light with the joys of the season. Make it a hometown holiday this year with Elizabeth City’s calendar of seasonal offerings.

December 1 | Lighted Boat Parade and First Friday ArtWalk

Spice up your weekend with First Friday ArtWalk in the downtown area and watch the Lighted Boat parade in the harbor.  Elizabeth City’s harbor will come alive as boats, large and small, sport Christmas lights as they float along the waterfront. Everyone will receive glow sticks to help cheer on the parade participants. ArtWalk begins at 5:00 p.m., with the boat parade starting around 6:30 p.m.

December 1-3, 8-9 | The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)

This slightly irreverent but heartwarming play will take you on a trip through the holidays that is guaranteed to step on a few ‘mistle-toes.’ Show times are Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, 2:00 p.m.; Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m.; Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This show is at Arts of the Albemarle’s Maguire Theater and tickets can be purchased for $16 and $12 for Seniors/Military by calling 252-338-6455.

December 1 | Elizabeth City State University Annual Christmas Concert

Celebrate the holiday season with a performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ by the Elizabeth City State University Concert Choir. This musical tradition will take place at the Mickey L. Burnham Fine Arts Center, Floyd L. Robinson Auditorium on Elizabeth City State University beginning at 8:00 p.m. The concert is free, but guests are encouraged to bring canned goods to benefit Food Bank of the Albemarle.

December 2 | Appalachian Mountain Christmas

Be transported to another time and place with the narration of ‘The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree’ that depicts a little girl’s life in the early 1900s. See what travel would have been like in 1917 by viewing the Albemarle Express miniature train. Museum of the Albemarle’s family-friendly event begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes a showing of ‘The Polar Express’ movie, carriage and pony rides, and much more.

December 2 | Elizabeth City Christmas Parade

Floats, fun, and an appearance by Santa come together for a holiday parade, Elizabeth City-style! Starting at 5:30 p.m. through our downtown area.

December 9 | My Favorite Christmas – Benjamin House Christmas Benefit

Enjoy a fabulous cast of performers gathered together by Broadway’s Eric Michael Gillet to sing songs of the season in My Favorite Christmas. The performance will be held at the Museum of the Albemarle (501 S. Water Street) beginning at 2:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Benjamin House of Elizabeth City. Tickets are $25, available at Page After Page Bookstore (111 S. Water Street); 252-335-7243.

December 14 – 17 | College of the Albemarle presents A Christmas Story

This adaptation of the classic holiday movie will be performed by College of the Albemarle’s performing arts group. Show times are Dec. 14 at 10:00 a.m.; Dec. 15 at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $19.50 for adults; $18.50 Seniors/Military; $9.50 Students/Children. Performances are at the New Community Church (100 Kathryn Court). For more information, call 252-335-9005.

December 16 – Jazz By Candlelight

Enjoy an evening filled with smooth jazz by Tunnel Vision Music Group and delicious food at Arts of the Albemarle (516 E. Main St.). This romantic formal affair is just the right way to start your holidays. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit River City Community Development Corp. Call River City CDC for tickets or more information at 252-331-2925.


Come early or stay afterwards for dining at Elizabeth City’s restaurants or shopping at the city’s eclectic shops and galleries. To make a weekend of it, select from B&Bs and inns in the downtown historic district or hotel chains throughout the city and visit our Discounts page to help you find deals on lodging and dining.  Start your adventure here.