Winterfest 2016, December 2-10

Randy Jones, Southport Dept of Tourism/ Ft. Johnston Museum Visitors Center



Southport Kicks off the Holiday Season with

Winterfest 2016, December 2-10

Southport, NC – The City of Southport will celebrate the season with the 16th annual WinterFest from December 2-10. A growing tradition since 2000, the week-long festivities, centered in historic downtown Southport, include activities for all ages.

The celebration begins with the Amuzu’s first musical performance on December 2 and is “officially kicked-off” with carolers and a tree lighting ceremony in Franklin Square Park on Saturday Dec. 3 from 5:30-7pm.

Culinary skills are put to the test on Wednesday Dec. 7 from 3-6 pm with the annual cookie contest and children are invited to “Supper with Santa’s Elves” from 5-7 pm that same day.

The Christmas movie “Polar Express” will be shown Thursday Dec. 8 starting at 5 pm at Fort Johnson/Garrison Lawn and the largest fire engine holiday parade will take place on Friday Dec. 9 down Howe Street followed by refreshments with Santa back at the Southport Fire Station. Earlier on December 9 at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport at 3 pm, there will be a special “Costumed Holiday History Tour!”

Saturday December 10 is packed with Holiday fun including the annual Winter Craft Festival from 9-4, the “Old Times Gospel Fest” from 1-3, the 27th annual Southport Christmas Tour of Homes from 2-7, tours of the Old Brunswick County Jail from 2-7, Santa’s Workshp from 10-11, a special Book Sale from 9-12 and the City’s popular Southport Christmas Flotilla at 7 pm along the waterfront.

Southport Winterfest is sponsored by Downtown Southport, Inc and the City of Southport. Individual events are sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Visit for specific details. Fees and reservations may apply to participate in some events. All others are free of charge.