Celebrate the holidays in Carolina Beach with festive light displays, parades on land and sea, holiday markets and more! Kick-off your yuletide season with the Island of Lights displays at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Walk the one-mile loop and wonder at the lighted displays Nov. 26 - Dec. 31. Enjoy the annual Christmas Parade Dec. 3 and look for Santa and Mrs. Clause to make an appearance. Head to the sea Dec. 4 for the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla featuring boats decked out in their brightest holiday themes. In nearby Kure Beach, walk through a winter waterland at the Cape Fear Festival of the Trees in the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher beginning Nov. 26. Catch the beach ball drop and ring in the new with fireworks, dancing and more at the family-friendly Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration at nearby Kure Beach’s Ocean Front Park.

Gift Coastal Goods

Check off your holiday shopping list with treasures from Carolina Beach! Find coastal-themed gifts at the Boardwalk, island gift shops and holiday markets. Discover local vendors while enjoying live carolers during the annual Christmas by the Sea every Saturday from Nov. 27 through Dec. 18 or shop everything from shark’s teeth to fine art at the Carolina Beach Holiday Market Dec. 4. Head to nearby Kure Beach for their holiday market Nov. 20 and 27. Gift an experience with lessons from Tony Silvagni Surf School.

Relax Outdoors

Escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays with an outdoor adventure. With milder temperatures, Carolina Beach offers many ways to play no matter the season. Explore nine parks in and around the island to reconnect with nature. Hike the nine trails within Carolina Beach State Park, two of which are wheelchair accessible. Kids will love skating the ramps and rails in Mike Chappell Park’s skate park. Grab takeout and enjoy a picnic in McDonald Park. No matter your chosen adventure, enjoy being outdoors in Carolina Beach.

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