Santa’s Seaside Getaway

Wal-Mart joined the 2013 Christmas by the Sea parade in a special salute to the 'Duck Dynasty,' the popular Southern reality TV show, with an impressive float. Photo courtesy of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce

Wal-Mart joined the 2013 Christmas by the Sea parade in a special salute to the ‘Duck Dynasty,’ the popular Southern reality TV show, with an impressive float. Photo courtesy of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce

Southport Magazine was lucky enough to meet Santa Clause this year! We caught the jolly ol’ soul hanging out by the Southport City Pier, complete with his red hat and fishing boots. Mr. Clause tipped his cap to our hometown, saying it is one of his favorite beaches across the globe. Santa will be in town making a few stops throughout December before he heads back to the North Pole to catch up with Rudolph and the elves in time for Christmas Eve. Catch Santa Clause, or other bearers of holiday cheer, at the following events.

“Santa’s Calling!”: Boiling Spring Lakes Registration
Register now!
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Santa Clause will be making a call to your child’s home. All you need to do is sign up with child’s name and current phone number. Calls will take place Dec. 18th between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please see Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center (1 Leeds Rd., Boiling Spring Lakes) front desk to sign up. A $1 donation is suggested for this event.

“Santa’s Calling!”: Oak Island
Registration
Now through December 5th
Has your child been naughty or nice? Have Santa call your child via the Oak Island Parks and Recreation Santa Hotline. Forms from Santa are available at the Recreation Center (3003 E. Oak Island Dr.) and should be returned no later than December 5th to make sure your child gets a call from Santa on either December 9th or December 11th. For more information, contact (910) 278-5518.

Oak Island Tree Lighting and ‘Frozen’ Experience
Friday, December 5th • 5 p.m.
Middleton Park, 4601 E. Oak Island Dr.
Live entertainment begins at 5 p.m., followed by the tree lighting at 6 p.m., capped off with a special visitor. Then enjoy the “Frozen Experience” starting at 6:15 p.m. by taking a journey to the Ice Palace in the Kingdom of Arendelle. Meet and greet the “Frozen” characters and make winter-themed crafts in the Community Center (102 NE 47th St.). Free. For more information, contact (910) 278-5518.

Santa Visits Boiling Spring Lakes
Sat., December 6th • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Boiling Spring Lakes Community
Center, 1 Leeds Rd.
Visit Santa in his village at the BSL Community Center. $1 suggested donation for this event of the Boiling Spring Lakes Parks and Recreation. Contact (910) 363-0018 for more information.

Victorian Holiday
Sat., December 6th • 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
NC Maritime Museum
204 E. Moore St., Southport
The crackling of the fireplace and the smell of pine on the hearth can only mean one thing—it is yule time! Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for its popular program, Victorian Holiday. Whether you are 9 or 90 years old, making unconventional holiday decorations is fun. Learn about the Victorian period when a young German prince unknowingly started a tradition and brought the Christmas tree into vogue. Berlin meets Brunswick, as we add a little Southern charm to our program with pine cone decorating. Whether making spiders for good luck, or giving your birds a winter present for the yard, the fun will continue while enjoying eggnog and cookies.

Appropriate for all ages; $3 per person. Call the museum at (910) 457-0003 to register.

Christmas by the Sea Parade
Sat., December 6th • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. along Oak Island Drive from Oak Island Town Hall on 46th Street to 8901 E. Oak Island Drive. For a parade application, call the chamber at (910) 457-6964 or visit http://www.southport-oakisland.com/index.php/p/66/christmas_by_the_sea_parade.

Boiling Spring Lakes Tree Lighting
Sat., December 6th • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Boiling Spring Lakes City Hall
9 E. Boiling Spring Rd.
This will be the first annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Boiling Spring Lakes! The tree lighting will take place at 6:15 p.m. Visit with Santa and enjoy hot chocolate, cookie decorating, music and singing. Event hosted by the BSL Special Events Committee. For more information, please contact Michelle at (910) 367-9015 or City Hall at (910) 363-0025.

Merry Eats and Treats
Sun., December 7th • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Oak Island Parks and Recreation
Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Dr.
The Oak Island Beautification Club will host a new holiday fundraising event this year. Merry Eats and Treats, featuring homemade goodies both sweet and savory, will offer a variety of cakes, pies, cookies, and breads for sale. Decorated food booths, carol singing, and raffles will add to the fun. Sampling tickets are available from Oak Island Beautification Club members at the event to help you decide which goodies to take home! For more information, contact Cindy Johnson at cindysjohnson123@gmail.com or (910) 933-4325.

Holiday Park in the Dark
Fri., December 12th • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Middleton Park and Oak Island Community Center, 4601 E. Oak Island Dr.
Middleton Park comes to life with the sound of holiday music, a special holiday guest from “Frozen,” and holiday crafts for children. Come enjoy playing at the park while listening to your favorite holiday music. For more information, contact Town of Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department at (910) 278-5518.

SBHS Band Holiday Concert
Thurs., December 18th • 6 p.m.
South Brunswick High School Cafeteria
280 Cougar Rd., Boiling Spring Lakes
The concert will include pop and traditional holiday music. Public is encouraged to attend. Admission is free although toy donations are requested to be distributed to children at the Falcon’s Children Home this holiday season. More information contact (910) 845-2203 Ext. 1237 or email jmmoore@bcswan.net.

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