Why You Need to Attend Crystal Coast Countdown This Year


Are you hoping to start the new year in paradise? Then book a property with Spinnaker’s Reach today to attend the Crystal Coast Countdown! This multi-day celebration started small, with a nearby town holding a town-wide event for the occasion. Today, it’s transformed into an extravaganza spreading across the coast. This is always a memorable experience for locals and visitors alike. Make this event part of your annual tradition and join us for a night to remember!

Are you looking for more great Emerald Isle, NC, events, just like the Crystal Coast Countdown? Then download our free Vacation Guide. We’ve listed plenty of great festivals in the area, like the NC Seafood Festival or the Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Festival. You’ll also get awesome recommendations for local restaurants, historic sites, museums, and shops.

History of the Crystal Coast Countdown

The celebration began on December 31, 2010. The mayor of Morehead City challenged his team to put together a fabulous New Year’s celebration to ring in 2011. His team delivered, and in just 12 hours, Morehead City hosted its first New Year’s Crab Pot Drop. There were over 200 people in attendance.

Since that first year, the celebration has grown into a multi-jurisdictional event. Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Down East, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Newport, and Pine Knoll Shores all have their own Crystal Coast calendar of events.

How to Celebrate the New Year on Emerald Isle

There are so many great events in the area that is can seem impossible to narrow it down. We can help make your itinerary.

Beaufort hosts a fun countdown at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. It’s about a 40-minute drive but it’s worth it, especially if you’re traveling with children. The museum has a craft table where you can design a snazzy New Year’s hat and glasses. No need to pack accessories when you can make your own!

When you’re ready to start the party, head over to downtown Morehead City. The early events are perfect for the younger crowd, including a kid’s Crab Pot Drop. The events following the drop are geared toward teens, from a laser night show and games. As night falls, you’ll be treated to fire dancers, stilt walkers, and great music. The night ends at midnight with the traditional crab pot drop and a fireworks show.

On January 1st, join hundreds of other participants in Emerald Isle’s annual Penguin Plunge. This fun event raises money for local charities. This year’s Plunge will be featuring the Austin Vet Outreach and Rescue. Pre-registration begins in November but you can also register the day of the event. Join in the fun for a good cause!

Stay in a Rental from Spinnaker’s Reach

Wake up in 2018 in a gorgeous rental home from Spinnaker’s Reach! Planning on attending the Crystal Coast Countdown with a group of friends or the extended family? You’ll be able to find a home that perfectly suits your needs.

Consider renting Ampersand, a gorgeous ranch-style home that features five beds and two bathrooms. The master suite has a nice soaking tub that’s perfect for relaxing in after a long day out! The kitchen is also fantastic, with an adorable nook. This home is pet-friendly, has a private pool, and a golf cart available for guest use.

Check out the rest of the rentals and book today

! We look forward to having you.


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