‘Tis the season for deals on island accommodations! Get admission to Airlie Garden’s signature sold-out holiday light show, breakfast in bed and more with the Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s Enchanted Airlie Package, and check out their other festive offerings including the NC Holiday Flotilla Package, Thanksgiving Package and more. At Lumina Resort, enjoy special Holiday Cheer rates starting at $129 a night from Nov. 17, 2022 through Jan. 8, 2023. If vacation rentals are more your style, check out Bryant Real Estate’s Can’t Make it a Whole Week deal and celebrate the holidays on your own schedule with promo code: FLEXSTAY.
Holiday Sights & Sounds
Kick off the festive season with a race around the island during the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot Nov. 25. Then, stay for the NC Holiday Flotilla & Festival Nov. 26 to round out a weekend of merry and bright celebrations. While the kiddos explore the large play area, parents can shop local arts and crafts vendors during the flotilla’s Festival in the Park. Then, find your flotilla viewing spot to catch the dazzling lighted boat parade followed by a spectacular fireworks show over the water. Bring the whole family for pictures with Santa on the beach and more family-friendly activities at Jingle on the Beach Dec. 10. Ring in 2023 at Bluewater Waterfront Grill's New Year's Eve Bash featuring live music, bar bites, a midnight toast and more Dec. 31.
Dinner & A Show
Enjoy a night out with dinner on the island and a holiday show just over the drawbridge. Savor Southern comfort food like 22 North’s signature Shrimp & Grits. Celebrate the sounds of the season with Hark! The Herald Angels Swing cabaret Dec. 16-18 at the Blockade Runner and then eat at the onsite East Oceanfront Dining, winner of Taste of Wrightsville Beach's Best Overall dish! Hear your favorite holiday tunes from Mannheim Steamroller or the NC Symphony or see The Nutcracker come to life at The Wilson Center in nearby downtown Wilmington. Visit historic Thalian Hall for showings of Christmas classics like “It’s a Wonderful Life” or hear seasonal tunes with an Irish twist from Celtic Angels.

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