Glad Tidings Abound at this
Merry Little Beach Town

Christmas lights reflecting on the water, seaside holiday markets and celebrations of the season; a peaceful retreat to Kure Beach is the perfect place to escape the rush of the holidays.



Merry, bright and beachy

All holiday long, the Island of Lights Festival sets the scene with special events. Stroll an enchanting one-mile trail of Christmas lights and displays then let the kids tell Santa their wish list at Lighting at the Lake. For a festive display of holiday cheer, the Christmas Parade features floats, bands and Santa while the annual Flotilla offers a coastal twist on holiday tradition with lights and decor setting sail on fishing and recreation boats.

Making a list, checking it twice

Take care of your holiday shopping while taking in views at the closest Christmas market to the Atlantic Ocean, Kure Beach Holiday Market. Get inspired and see how coastal residents decorate their homes at the Island of Lights Holiday Tour of Homes. Experience a winter wonderland underwater at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees with ornately decorated Christmas trees placed throughout the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Dashing to the shore

Kure Beach provides plenty of opportunity to relax and recharge during the holiday madness. Explore the grounds of Fort Fisher State Historic Site, visit the museum inside to see exhibits and artifacts. Get into nature with a walking tour of the Basin Trail at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Beach ball drop

Ring in 2019 beside the sea at Island of Lights New Year's Eve Celebration. Perfect for the whole family, dance to the sounds of a DJ, grab refreshments and party favors for purchase. Here, New Year's Eve is as pure as Kure Beach. At midnight a giant beach ball drops to signify the new year followed by an epic fireworks show.

Book a relaxing holiday escape at one of our lodging options from motels, B&Bs, cozy beach cottages or vacation rental properties and start planning your getaway now.