Put a coastal spin on your holidays with a Carolina Beach getaway! Take in festive light displays around Carolina Beach Lake Park beginning Nov. 25 or catch a dazzling lighted boat parade from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Carolina Beach Marina during the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla Dec. 3. See Santa, shop local boutiques and vendors, hear holiday tunes and more on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk during Christmas by the Sea Saturdays from Nov. 26 to Dec. 17. Walk through a winter waterland at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher during the annual Cape Fear Festival of the Trees, where local businesses and artists showcase decorated Christmas trees displayed throughout the aquarium now through Jan. 2, 2023.
Coastal Gifting
Visit Carolina Beach Lake Park Dec. 3 to shop local vendors at the Carolina Beach Holiday Market. Stroll the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and find handmade nautical gifts at Seaside Gifts & Treasures. Find treasures from eclectic home décor gifts to unique toys for the kiddos at Seaside Shenanigans Boutique. Gift an experience with surfing lessons from island surf schools like Tony Silvagni Surf School or Odysea Surf School, and then gear up for your lesson at CB Surf Shop or Carolina Surf Brand.
Celebrate the New Year
Say goodbye to 2022 with a scenic race at the Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K on Dec. 31. Then, bring the whole family to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for live music, a giant beach ball drop at midnight, spectacular fireworks show, refreshments and more! Take in the fireworks from the water with Island Cruises’ New Year’s Eve Cruise. For those 21+, dance the night away at SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar while enjoying drink specials, a photo booth, champagne toast at midnight and more.

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