Festive Flotilla, Christmas Cabaret & More

Enjoy a coastal twist on holiday traditions in Wrightsville Beach. Kick off your holiday season with a walk, jog or run across the island at the Seaside Shuffle 5k Nov. 21 or the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot Nov. 25. Revel in a weekend of merry and bright celebrations during the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Nov. 27. Set sail with the Blockade Runner’s Holiday Harbor Cruise Nov. 28 – Dec. 4 to check out the lights adorning docks on the island. Hear the sounds of the season at the 15th Annual Hark The Herald Angels Swing Cabaret Dec. 17-18. Escape from the everyday hustle and bustle this holiday season with an island getaway.

Make Your Shopping List

Escape the mall madness and shop local this holiday season for handcrafted and unique goods from Wrightsville Beach. For the fashionistas, peruse clothing, jewelry and more at Hallelu Boutique, shop handmade fossil jewelry at The Workshop or find designer clothing and beach gear at Redix. Give the gift of island flavors with local brews from Lighthouse Beer & Wine or Flying Machine Taproom + Kitchen. Visit one of the island’s many surf shops like South End Surf Shop or Annex Surf Supply to find handcrafted boards perfect for the surfer or paddleboarder in your family.

Holiday Packages & Cruises

Make the most of your island stay with holiday packages including lodging. Hop aboard the Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s Holiday Harbor Cruise to see decorated docks Nov. 28 - Dec. 4 or attend nearby Airlie Gardens’ signature holiday event: Enchanted Airlie with the resort’s Enchanted Airlie package. Including a one-night stay, this package offers admission to the sold-out event so guests will be able to stroll through the gardens and take in the spectacular displays featuring one million twinkling lights, the festive flowers, holiday tunes and more.

Make memories to last a lifetime this Thanksgiving weekend at Wrightsville Beach's signature holiday celebration, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. The festivities begin with the Festival in the Park on Saturday, Nov. 27. Adults can shop nearly 100 local arts and crafts vendors while the kids play on inflatable slides. Then, it’s time for the weekend’s brightest celebration the flotilla. Find a prime viewing spot to marvel at the festively decorated boats participating in the water-based parade and stick around for a dazzling fireworks show afterwards. Check out our guide to help you plan the ultimate weekend getaway to all the merry and bright fun.
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