Topsail Area Holiday Happenings

by | Dec 7, 2022 | Attractions & Entertainment, Events

Here’s where to find the fun from now through New Year’s Day.

If you want to visit with Santa, enjoy a fun festival or drive through an amazing light display this year, the Topsail area is the place to be. Check out these exciting events coming up on Topsail Island and in the Sneads Ferry, Hampstead, Holly Ridge and surrounding areas. There are so many events and activities in the Topsail area, you’ll definitely want to take the time to enjoy the season with friends and family. Happy holidays to all!

Lake Linda’s Christmas Lights
Nightly 5:30 to 10 pm from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve
218 Old House Road, Hampstead

Lake Linda Crowd

Meet Santa at unWINEd and Daily Grind
Saturday, December 10
1 to 4 pm
114 North Topsail Drive, Surf City
Raffle baskets with proceeds going to Share the Table

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 11
9 am to 2 pm
Olde Point Country Club, 513 Country Club Rd, Hampstead

Meet Santa and Mrs Clause

Christmas in the Ferry
December 9 & 10
6 to 9:30 pm
Sneads Ferry Community Center, 126 Park Lane, Sneads Ferry
Tree lighting at 6 pm on Friday, December 9. The two-day event includes a chili cook off and candy tree decorating contest with a special appearance from Santa and special performance by Ferry Tales Youth Theater. Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10. Kids can make free Christmas crafts. Everyone can enjoy presentations from Star-Studded Voices and Ferry Tales Youth Theater. Photos with Santa on the stage and 30 unique vendors. Christmas characters will also be popping in for photos.
All proceeds from Christmas in the Ferry will go towards unpaid lunch fees at Dixon Schools

Topsail Area Christmas Lights Map
Looking for the best displays of Christmas lights on Topsail Island and the surrounding areas? Check out the clickable map that shows light displays between Wilmington and Jacksonville (north and south), Topsail Island and I-40 or the Holly Shelter Gameland (east and west).

Tree Lighting

Burgaw Lighted Parade
December 10
5:30 to 7 pm
Historic Burgaw Courthouse Square

Annual Blueberry Drop
Saturday, December 31
Fun starts at 5 pm
Dropping of the blueberry is at 7 pm
Downtown Burgaw

Blueberry Drop Burgaw NC

All is Bright
A Holiday of Lights at Poplar Grove
December 8-10, 15-17, 21-23, 28-30
5 to 9 pm
Food trucks, concessions and a libations hall (including Salty Turtle most weekends), lighted fires for roasting marshmallows, Santa’s mailbox for posting letters to the North Pole, a juried gift show and photo opportunities for the whole family. Admission also includes a view of the decorated main floor of the manor house.

21st Annual Dolphin Dip
January 1, 2023
12 noon (festivities kick off at 11 am)
Roland Avenue Beach Access, Surf City
Every New Year’s Day, folks from around the world gather at the Dolphin Dip Extravaganza on the beach in Surf City to start the new year with a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. At noon, a horn sounds and thousands of people shrieking with delight run into the ocean to “wash away” the previous year.
Proceeds benefit Share the Table

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