A Carolina Beach Christmas by the Sea

Have a coastal holiday and choose from a month-long celebration of events at the Island of Lights Festival in Carolina Beach. Watch a parade of boats adorning their holiday best glide across the water at the Flotilla, say hello to Santa during the Christmas parade, visit houses decorated at the Tour of Homes and ring in the New Year with a beach ball drop. The merriest of holidays bundles our beautiful, uncrowded beach with a dazzling list of family-friendly experiences.


Island of lights festival

The Island of Lights Festival kicks off with Lighting at the Lake, Nov. 29, where kids can visit with Santa then explore the one-mile decorated trail around Carolina Beach Lake Park. See Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Christmas Parade, Dec. 6, featuring themed floats and marching bands. Watch the parade of boats adorned in holiday decorations glide across the water during the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla, Dec. 7. See how coastal residents deck the halls on the Holiday Tour of Homes, Dec. 14. Ring in the New Year and watch the beach ball drop by the Carolina Beach Boardwalk during the New Year's Eve Celebration

November Happenings

Sip and stroll around town during the Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk for a sampling of libations and tour some of the beach's newest venues or visit legendary favorite places, Nov. 16. Burn off those Thanksgiving calories at the Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run/Walk through the scenic paths of Carolina Beach State Park, Nov. 30. Runners will start on a paved road then venture through pine forest and over wooden footbridges.

Christmas goes coastal

Dozens of decorated Christmas trees adorn the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher adding more beauty to the underwater seascape at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees, Nov. 18 - Jan. 2. Grab a hot cup of cocoa, visit Santa in his workshop, see a live Nativity scene and hear carolers at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk each Saturday from Nov. 30 - Dec. 14 for Christmas by the Sea. Find handmade gifts from local artisans that make for the perfect, unique gift while taking in great views at the Carolina Beach Holiday Market, Dec. 7, at Carolina Beach Lake Park.

The Gift of Giving

It's the season of giving - so give your family and friends a getaway to Carolina Beach. Choose from one of our many hotels, B&Bs, cozy beach cottages or vacation rental properties to ring in the season with a bang.