1. Remember those lost
Volunteers will be laying wreaths at Coastal State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Montford Point Road in Jacksonville, Saturday beginning with a noon Wreaths Across America ceremony. The annual event aims to put a wreath on every veteran's grave. According to the Wreaths Across America website, 1,663 of the 3,600 graves will be covered this year.
2. See Christmas on the farm
Little Boro Farm, 246 Amphitheater Drive in Swansboro, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for holiday fun. An Ugly Sweater contest will be held at 12 and 3 p.m. and Santa will be present to take photos with guests. There will also be a Christmas pony, games and crafts, and a Christmas trail. Concessions will be offered for sale by the NO LIMITS 4-H Club. $5 a family, $3 military family and $3 pony rides.
3. Celebrate Fishmas
The Rockin' Fishmas Festival will be held at Rockin' Game Party, 3100 Freedom Way in Hubert, on Saturday from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Rockin' Game Party and Fishstrong Foundation joined to bring Eastern North Carolina the first annual Rockin' Fishmas Festival. My Real Santa Derwin will be making an appearance from 2-5 p.m. to meet and take pictures with the kiddos. There will be Christmas trees for sale, vendors galore, raffles, Dank Burrito, games, and more.
4. See the lights
If you’re looking for a cheap way to entertain your family, there’s nothing better than driving around to look at Christmas lights. Visit JDNews.com for a map of some in the area, or just drive and enjoy!
5. See The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet will be at Jones County Civic Center, 832 N.C. 58 S, Trenton, on Saturday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The Pink Slipper Dance Academy is proud to present their third annual production of the holiday favorite. For ticket sales, click on the "Buy Tickets Now" button on www.pinkslipperdance.com. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children under the age of 4 are admitted free. For questions, call 252-560-6654.
6. Catch a movie
Out in theaters this weekend is the much anticipated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” which follows Rey as she joins Luke Skywalker on an adventure with Leia, Finn and Poe that unlocks mysteries of the Force and secrets of the past; for younger kids and animated film fans is “Ferdinand” the story of a young bull who escapes from a bullfighting training camp and is then adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, but his peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors.
7. Count birds
You can help take part in one of the longest-running citizen science projects and help provide valuable information about the health of bird populations in North America during the Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, which is on now through Jan. 5, 2018. Sign up at audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count and share your relevant photos and experiences on social media with the hashtag #ChristmasBirdCount.
8. Eat chocolate
Saturday is National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, one of the best holidays of the year. Mmm, chocolate. ... You can make hot chocolate or chocolate chip cookies, eat chocolate candy or ice cream, or celebrate any way you’d like.
9. Do some shopping
Still don’t have all your holiday shopping done? You might want to hit the stores this weekend. Check the newspaper for sales and coupons.