The second weekend in December is when Oriental celebrates Spirit of Christmas. In 2017 it’ll be on Friday and Saturday, December 8-9.
The Spirit of Christmas in Oriental is a holiday gift to the people of Oriental from the town merchants, churches and civic groups. For well over a decade, rain or shine, the second weekend in December the town is resplendent in holiday finery. Businesses and churches open their doors for musical offerings and yuletide refreshments, and everyone is invited to stroll the luminary-lined village streets. Festivities actually start with volunteers gathering to put luminaries together on Friday, and everyone is in the spirit by afternoon. The pace is a leisurely stroll with stops everywhere for conversation and holiday greetings, continuing throughout the evening. Townsfolk and visitors are entertained by local choral groups, single and ensemble musicians, Christmas puppets, decorated boats lining Oriental harbor, a Christmas parade and the ceremonious illumination of the Tree of Lights. This beautiful, free event is the work of nearly everyone in Oriental and is guaranteed to put attendees in a holiday mood.