Christmas By The Sea Festival 2006

Press Release

November 30, 2006 - Southport, North Carolina (NC) - The Southport-Oak Island Christmas by the Sea Festival is celebrating the lovelyChristmas By The Sea Festival 2006 weather by kicking off this year’s month long festival the weekend of December 2nd on Oak Island.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a parade. The Christmas by the Sea Festival Parade sponsored by Cape Fear Coast Real Estate and Star News is an event of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. The parade aims to please with its down home parade including homemade floats, lots of children, queens, band and Santa & Mrs. Claus on Saturday, December 2nd at 3pm on Oak Island. Finding a place to watch the parade is not a problem since the parade route is over two miles long, beginning at 46th Street traveling Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street on Oak Island.

Music is a consistent theme throughout the festival. The Southport-Oak Island Area is blessed with a pool of talented artists. The Sea Notes Choral Society will hold their annual concert on December 1st in Hatch Auditorium @ 8pm; the Brunswick Concert Band will be in concert on December 14th in Hatch Auditorium @ 7:30pm; the Brunswick County High School Bands will present a concert on December 9th from 3pm-6pm @ Southport Community Building and the Long Bay Symphony will present Handel’s Messiah at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium at 3pm on December 3rd. Amahl Productions first ever performance of the internationally acclaimed opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will take place at 7pm on December 1st at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Southport and again December 7th at Oak Island Presbyterian Church.

On Sunday, December 3rd from 1pm-5pm the 20th Annual Oak Island Christmas Tour of Homes will feature beautiful homes. The tour is sponsored by the Oak Island Beautification Club. Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour for $10.00 per person at the Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Drive where music and refreshments will be provided to all on the tour. Advance tickets are on sale for $8.00 per person locally at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

Events move to Southport for the second week of festivities during the Christmas by the Sea Festival. The delightful Southport Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Southport Historical Society takes you into some of the most historic and interesting homes in Southport. Tour hours are from 2:00pm – 7pm. Stopping just in time for you to watch the Lighted Holiday Boat Flotilla from Waterfront Park in Southport at approximately 7pm. The cost of the home tour is $10 advance and $15 day of tour.

The finale event for the festival is the Boiling Spring Lakes Flotilla and Dock Lighting at 6pm December 16th on the Big Lake in Boiling Spring Lakes.

For a complete schedule contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 800-457-6964 or 457-6964, write to 4841 Long Beach Road, Southport, NC 28461 or visit the calendar of events at

The Southport-Oak Island Area is located 45 minutes southeast of Wilmington, NC and one-hour North of North Myrtle Beach, SC in the beautiful North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands.

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