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Christmas is perhaps the best time of the year to visit the North Carolina coast. The average air temperature is 59.4 degrees and the sun is warm.

In celebration of this wonderful weather and the holidays, the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the Christmas By The Sea Parade on Oak Island. The parade starts at 2:00pm and the 2.4-mile parade route from Oak Island Town Hall travels along Oak Island Drive to McGlamery Street. The parade showcases the businesses and organizations in our community. The hometown feel of the parade makes it a favorite event of locals, second homeowners and visitors alike!

A float decorating contest will also be held. Floats are judged on color, theme, overall beauty and originality. An Overall Judges Award will also be presented. First and Second place prizes will also go to the following categories: Group/Club/Non-Profit, For Profit and Golf Cart Division. Judging begins at 12:30pm and will exclude commercially rented floats.