Celebrate the holidays this year in the “Hot Cocoa Capital of the World,” Elizabeth City. A cup of piping hot cocoa embodies the warm and cozy feeling we all associate with the season. One of the best places for this is the charming town of Elizabeth City, which hosts its annual Hot Cocoa Crawl (from November 24th – January 7, 2023). Restaurants, shops, craft breweries, wine bars, and cocktail lounges feature unique hot cocoa beverages and desserts, while other small businesses, including boutiques, bed and breakfasts, and attractions, offer hot cocoa-themed events, decor, and gift items. You won’t find unique cocoa-inspired experiences anywhere else in the world, from “The Dirty Snowman” made with Baileys and ice cream at The Mills Downtown Bistro to hot cocoa socials at Hampton Inn Elizabeth City. If you miss the cocoa celebration, the old-fashioned Holiday Celebration & Grand Illumination takes place on November 24th, while the Lighted Boat Parade is an annual tradition of brightly lit skiffs, sailboats, and pontoon boats circling the harbor.