5 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Elizabeth City

    5 Family Friendly Holiday Events in Elizabeth City

    Dec 06, 2022

    Maybe you’ve heard this already but… it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Kids from one to ninety-two are full of excitement for the holiday season and 2022 is shaping up to be a blast. Whether you are visiting or live locally, Elizabeth City is a great place to be for the Christmas holiday because there are dozens of events taking place all month! If you are wondering which event you should attend, especially if you have little ones to bring along, here are 5 family friendly holiday events taking place in Elizabeth City this December!

    Dances Bay Christmas Lights Show

    This drive-through based lights show, with a walk-through option, is perfect for even the chilliest of December nights. Venture through over 30 neighboring residences that go ALL OUT for the holiday season featuring everything from thousands of lights to walk-through photo opportunities! See the decorated retired Pasquotank County Fire Truck, a one-of-a-kind 40-foot-tall Santa lighthouse, a life-size Santa Sleigh and a real life-size Gingerbread House! Special weekend events include crafting opportunities, hot cocoa with Santa, and even mule-led carriage rides. This is one holiday display you do not want to miss! Learn more here.

    Open: Thursday 11/24/2022 through Sunday 01/01/2023 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Location: Dances Bay neighborhood of Elizabeth City

    Admission: Free

    Parking/Traffic: This is a walk and/or drive-through event but the neighborhood only has one way in and out so traffic can get congested on busy nights; please drive with caution.

    Winter Wonderland at the YMCA

    Come out to the local YMCA on Saturday December 10th for a day of family-friendly Christmas fun! Participants can enjoy a myriad of holiday crafts such as creating their own tree ornaments and decorating Christmas cookies. While you’re there, be sure to snap some photos at the Santa selfie station and participate in a Grinch snowball fight! Learn more here.

    Open: Saturday 12/10/2022 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Location: Albemarle YMCA (1240 North Rd.)

    Admission: Free

    Parking/Traffic: Follow regular parking for the YMCA.

    Meet Santa and Take a Wagon Ride Through Downtown

    What could possibly get you more in the holiday mood than taking a wagon ride through Downtown Elizabeth City after dark?! Come by The Mills Downtown Bistro this Friday or next Saturday to celebrate. Enjoy the shops decorated with tinsel and Christmas lights as you sip hot cocoa and enjoy delicious cookies. Plus, the kids will get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus! Afterwards, stop by the Bistro for a tasty dinner. They have a large menu with items ranging from tapas and flatbreads to sandwiches and pasta dinners to satisfy everyone in your party! Learn more here.

    Open: Friday 12/9/2022 and Saturday 12/17/2022 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    Location: The Mills Downtown Bistro (200 N. Poindexter St.)

    Admission: Free event; first come, first serve.

    Parking/Traffic: Follow regular downtown traffic patterns and parking.

    Watch Live: A Christmas Carol

    Come out to the Arts of Albemarle center to enjoy everyone’s favorite winter play—A Christmas Carol! This children’s-led theater adaptation of the classic story will last about 45 minutes followed by caroling for the whole family! Viewers are encouraged to wear their favorite Christmas attire to truly embrace the spirit of the season. Learn more here.

    Open: Friday 12/09/2022 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM and Saturday 12/10/2022 through Sunday 12/11/2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Location: Arts of the Albemarle (516 E. Main St.)

    Admission: Tickets are $6 and can be purchased by phone at (252) 338-6455 or online.

    Parking: Follow regular parking for Arts of the Albemarle.

    Elizabeth City’s 2nd Annual Hot Cocoa Crawl

    Residents and visitors to downtown Elizabeth City will love the 2nd Annual Hot Cocoa Crawl! In this spirited event, local businesses have joined together to offer everything hot cocoa related that you could possibly think of! Enjoy a classic warm cup of cocoa as you browse around for the perfect Christmas gift at local shops. If you have a cocoa lover to buy for, or just want to remember your outing, you might even pick up a handcrafted cocoa themed gift! Available treats and stocking stuffers include hot cocoa shooters and other themed cocktails, marshmallow keychains, peppermint candy bath bombs, candles, travel cups, mugs and more! Learn more here.

    Open: 11/25/2022 through 01/15/2023 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM (hours vary by store)

    Location: Various downtown locations

    Admission: Attending the crawl is free with option to purchase gifts and more.

    Parking/Traffic: Follow regular downtown traffic patterns and parking.