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Planning on hitting the town to ring in the new year? Here are a few events across North Carolina where you can welcome 2019 in style. 






  • Downtown Countdown, Morehead City, N.C. - Downtown Countdown begins at 5 p.m. with activities for all ages leading up through midnight. Local businesses and restaurants will provide activities and bands throughout the evening. End the night with the big crab pot drop downtown and a fireworks show from Sugarloaf Island.
  • New Year's Eve Cannon Blast, Atlantic Beach, N.C. - Fort Macon will be firing off its big guns in celebration of 2019. A free concert featuring the band "FAB" starts at 6 p.m. The cannons will go off at 7 p.m. to correspond with 12:00 UTC.
  • New Year's Eve Gala, Wilmington, N.C. - Celebrate the new year at the beautiful Thalian Hall in Wilmington with a dinner and a show including a live performance of the smash-hit based on ABBA classics, "Mamma Mia!" Afterward, there will be cocktails, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Starts at 7 p.m.
  • More events here

Spectrum News is celebrating the Charlotte area's most highly decorated homes by featuring them on our Facebook page. Check out new displays by going to our page regularly to help get you into the holiday spirit! 

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December 21 – Last day of full service on all shipping options. Deadline for FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight.

December 22 – Deadline for FedEx Express, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost

December 23 – Open: Fedex Trade Networks, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Office

Closed: FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Freight

December 24 – 

Open: FedEx Ground, FedEx SmartPost, FedEx Custom Critical, FedEx Trade Networks

Closed: FedEx Home Delivery, FedEx Freight

Modified Hours: FedEx Office

Modified Service: FedEx Express

December 25 – FedEx Custom Critical is open; other services are closed

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December 14 Deadline for USPS Retail Ground shipments.

December 20 – Deadline for First Class and Priority Mail shipments.

December 22 – Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments.

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December 20 – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments.

December 21 – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments.

December 23 – UPS Express Critical service available.

December 24 – Pickup service available only for Air and international Air

December 25 – UPS Express Critical service available.

For more information, check out the 2018 Holiday Schedule

Holiday Statistics
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  • Holiday retail sales for 2018 are expected to increase by 4.3 -4.8 percent over 2017 equaling up to $720.89 billion in total
  • Clothing and accessories is the top gift category this year 
  • The top toy is Barbie for girls and LEGO for boys
  • An equal number (55 percent) will shop online and in department stores
  • Four out of 10 planned to start holiday shopping by Nov. 1
  • The most wished for gift category is gift cards and certificates (60 percent) followed by clothing and clothing accesories (53 percent) 
  • 78 percent plan to celebrate by spending time with family and friends, 62 percent by giving and opening gifts, 48 percent by making a meal or treats, 43 percent by decorating, and 30 percent by attending a religious service

*Data from the National Retail Federation