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As the seasons change and the air gets a little cooler, Holden Beach comes alive with a variety of events that are perfect for making your fall and winter vacations memorable. From annual festivals and family-friendly Halloween activities to heartwarming holiday celebrations, there's no shortage of fun and excitement here. Whether you're looking for spooky adventures or festive gatherings, Holden Beach has something for everyone. Dive into this guide to explore the events that will make your stay one for the books. 

Cast a Spell at the Haunted Fishing Derby

Get ready to don your spookiest attire and head to Oak Island Pier on October 19th for the Haunted Fishing Derby. Hosted by Oak Island Recreation, this event promises a bewitching evening of fishing and fun. Bring your fishing gear and bait, and you might just reel in a prize—or a ghostly goodie bag! Remember, costumes are mandatory for treat collection.

Shuck, Eat, and Be Merry at the NC Oyster Festival

Mark your calendars for October 19-20 for a celebration of local arts, crafts, and, of course, oysters! The North Carolina Oyster Festival is a smorgasbord of creativity and culinary delights. From handcrafted jewelry to live music spanning various genres, this festival is a feast for the senses. Don't miss the oyster shucking and cooking contests; whether you're a spectator or a participant, it's a shell of a time!

Celebrate Coastal Traditions at the NC Festival by the Sea

On October 26-27, the heart of Holden Beach transforms into an artistic haven during the North Carolina Festival by the Sea. This annual event, a local tradition since 1979, features a parade over the Holden Beach Causeway, the only time of the year when the bridge is open to pedestrians. From horseshoe tournaments to sandcastle-building contests, there's family fun for everyone.

Unearth Hidden Treasures at the Egg-Stra Spooky Halloween Hunt

Middleton Park becomes a land of mystery on October 28th, as it hosts an extraordinary Halloween egg hunt. Children of various age groups can search for treat-filled eggs under the moonlight. Just bring a flashlight and your best costume, and let the hunt begin!

Experience a Night of Frights at Spooktacular Halloween

Also on October 28th, Middleton Park Complex hosts the Halloween Spooktacular. Designed for kids 13 and under, this free event features carnival games, live music, and a candy giveaway. Come dressed in your Halloween best and join the fall festivities.

Sail into the Holidays with the Ocean Isle Flotilla

The Saturday after Thanksgiving marks the 20th Anniversary of the Ocean Isle Flotilla. Witness a floating Christmas parade as boats adorned in holiday lights sail by, heralding the start of the holiday season.

Step Back in Time with an 18th Century Christmas

On December 10th, immerse yourself in the traditions of colonial America with an 18th-century Christmas. Enjoy period refreshments, crafts, and games before attending a candlelit service in the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church. It's a historical holiday experience you won't want to miss. 

Kick Off the Holidays with Christmas By the Sea Parade

December 2nd offers a day filled with holiday cheer, starting with Breakfast with Santa. Children 10 and under can enjoy a breakfast buffet, crafts, and a reading of "The Night Before Christmas." The day culminates in the Christmas By the Sea Parade, a festive procession that will leave you feeling merry and bright.

Book Your Magical Getaway Today

From the allure of autumn events to the charm of winter festivities, Holden Beach offers a captivating blend of activities that go beyond the typical beach vacation. Whether you're casting a line in a Halloween-themed fishing derby or feeling the holiday spirit in a floating Christmas parade, each experience is designed to create lasting memories. This is the season to embrace the community's vibrant culture and traditions, all set against the backdrop of a beautiful coastal landscape. Why settle for the ordinary when you can have the extraordinary? Book your fall and winter vacation with Coastal Vacation Resorts at Holden Beach, and elevate your holiday experience to something truly magical.