FESTIVALS Through Dec. 14
Raleigh, Dec. 12-14. Bulls, Bells & Barrels (bull-riding event). Details: www.carouselfarmsraleigh.com.
Ayden, Dec. 11. Ayden Annual Christmas Parade. Details: www.aydenchamber.com.
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Carrboro, Dec. 12. Carrboro Tree Lighting. Details: www.townofcarrboro.org.
Ahoskie, Dec. 13. Ahoskie Christmas Parade. Details: www.ahoskie.org/events.
Morehead City, Dec. 13. Morehead City Christmas Parade. Details: www.downtownmoreheadcity.com/parade.html.
Cashiers, Dec. 13. Cashiers Christmas Parade. Details: www.cashiers411.com.
Camden, Dec. 13. Colonial Christmas in Camden. Details: www.historic-camden.net.
Charleston, Dec. 13. Holiday Parade of Boats. Details: www.charlestonarts.org
Mount Pleasant, Dec. 14. Christmas Light Parade. Details: www.comeonovermp.com.
SOUTHPORT Dec. 12-13
The quaint coastal town of Southport features two holiday processions next weekend – one on land, one on water. At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Fire Engine Parade kicks off with marching bands, local floats and classic cars. The grand marshal this year: Mimi Kirkland, the young, Raleigh-born actress who played Lexie in the movie “Safe Haven.” At 7 p.m. Saturday, the two-hour Christmas Flotilla features decorated boats heading from Southport Marina and Old Yacht Basin to Kingsley Park. Details on visiting the area: www.cityofsouthport.com. John Bordsen