Shop, Dine, Music & Santa in Beaufort on Thursdays: Open Late til 8

Beaufort, North Carolina has received a number of accolades over the last few years. The holiday season is no exception. It’s a special time of year and there is no better place to shop, dine and stay than in “America’s Favorite Town.”  In 2015, Beaufort caught the attention the travel editor of Coastal Living and was named…

“10 Best American Beach Towns for Christmas” – Coastal Living

Local merchants, retailers, and restaurants, under the guidance of the Beaufort Development Association, have come together on Thursday nights (December 7, 14 & 21) until 8 provide locals and visitors an opportunity to shop and dine for the holiday festive season.

Thursday, December 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Twenty local shops will be open until 8 p.m. in Beaufort. Here’s the list so far:

Beaufort Linen Company, 331 Front Street
Specializes in linens, lighting, wedding, baby, and more.

Beaufort Olive Oil Company, 300 Front Street
Premium extra virgin olive oils, aged balsamic vinegars, gourmet & flavored salts, in addition to numerous artisan and local culinary provisions.

Beaufort Pet Provisions, 129 Turner Street
Features local and regional pet foods and products that are pet healthy. Emphasis on food products and treats sourced and manufactured in America and whenever feasible, products sold are those produced by family-run businesses.

Craving Art Studio, 121 Craven Street
This is the working studio of artist Heather Sink. You can find Heather painting or teaching at the studio most days.

General Store, 515 Front Street
Fudge (We Make Our Own!) Beaufort Apparel. Guy Harvey Apparel. Simply Southern Tees. Local Boy Outfitters. Toys and Plush Animals.

Harbor Specialties, 437 Front Street
Specializes in nautical apparel and accessories, Spartina, Sea Bags, Recylcled Sail Bags, Chelsea Clocks and Barometers,and Charles River Rainwear.

Hungry Town Tours, 400 Front Street
Gift certificates for walking, bike, and culinary tours, 2018 Beaufort Calendar, Fish Christmas Stockings. Prints, note cards Beaufort history books, and art by Mary Warshaw. Register to win a culinary tour for 4 people. Value $275. Drawing December 21.

Island Outfitters, 431A Front Street
Island Outfitters is an apparel and accessory store directed towards men.  Island Outfitters carries Yeti, Southern Lure, Ray Ban, Maui Jim, and Patagonia.

Island Proper, 431 Front Street
Island Proper is a boutique directed towards women. Island Proper carries many name brands such as Vineyard Vines, Jack Rogers, Trina Turk, Haley & the Hound, and Sperry Topsiders. The selection of fine apparel, footwear and accessories suit women of all ages who strive to remain trendy, yet classic.

Island Traders, 421 Front Street
provides the best products for customer’s outdoor desires.  The staff is well trained and informed on all products offered. Island Traders has constantly changing merchandise along with regular inventory of t-shirts, Merrell, Keen and Reef flip flops.  Chaco’s are also now available.

Jarrett Bay Clothing Co., 507 Front Street
Kick off the holiday season by spending a fun night of food and shopping. Receive 20% off of all purchases of $50 or more. Enjoy festive food and drinks plus the chance to enter our holiday raffle giveaways! The first 15 guests to arrive will receive a JB prize pack! Also during the event, random shoppers will be selected to receive Christmas present prize packs!

Kitty Hawk Kites, 412 & 419 Front Street
One third of the store is dedicated to Life is Good as well as other favorite adventure lines.  Other brands carried by Kitty Hawk Kites are Southern Tide, Salt Life, Croc, Moon & Lola, Lokai, and Lilly & Laura.

North Carolina Maritime Museum Store, 315 Front Street
Jewelry will be the featured item of the evening. Nautical and local history books, gift, nautical maps, and tee shirts.

Southern Frock, 517 Front Street
A collection of Sundresses, Tunics, Beach Cover-ups for the laid back Coastal life!

Scuttlebut – Nautical Books & Bounty, 433 Front Street
Since 1993 Scuttlebutt has been a legendary fixture on the Beaufort waterfront— headquarters for all things nautical.

Seagrass Whimsical Gifts, 519 Front Street
Features local artists; sea glass garland; Baggallini; Alegria shoes, t-shirts; pottery; jewelry by Holly; dog tees, bags, towels by Marley; crosses & more.

Sweet Lily Ru, 220 Front Street
Specializing in jewelry, apparel, home decor, Fair Trade as well as local art and jewelry.

Tidal Treasures, 222A Front Street
An array of sterling silver jewelry, costume jewelry by Rain, jewelry by Charles Albert, Kameleon, Ginger Snaps, Jim Shore collectibles, Mud Pie dinnerware. Dept. 56 Christmas ornaments and beautiful seasonal dinnerware and décor for the holidays.

Tierra Fina, 415 Front Street
Hand-crafted clocks, Tunisia stoneware, excellent greeting cards, hand etched glassware, hand tuned wind chimes, smokeless-dripless taper candles,soaps, lotions and lots of other fun finds!

Thursday, December 7, 5 – 6 p.m.
Enjoy Live On Thursdays (LOTs) Holiday Concert Series featuring great live music December 7, 14 & 20. On December 7, the 2nd Wing Marine Band Ensemble comes to Beaufort. Free music fills the air on the Beaufort boardwalk every Thursday nights from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at John G. Newton Park beside the Dock House Restaurant. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair. Free, family fun.

Thursday, December 7, 6 p.m – 8 p.m.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be listening to your special holiday wishes in the workshop. Located at the town docks, next to the Dockhouse.Restaurant. Hosted by the Beaufort Development Association. John Newton Park, 400 Front Street.

Beaufort’s dining scene heats up during the cold weather with nightly specials. Enjoy half-price entrees at Beaufort Grocery Company (certain restrictions apply). Sunset specials and their regular menu will be available in the Marlin Room at the Boathouse at Front Street Village. And, you can always warn up with your favorite beverage starting with The Backstreet Pub. For more information on dining in Beaufort, visit

Open Late til’ 8 is hosted by by the Beaufort Development Association. The BDA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to support economic and community development in downtown.


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