Merry Little Beach Town

Dash to the shore for a relaxing holiday getaway. Tackle your shopping list while taking in ocean views, experience Christmas under the sea and enjoy a month-long array of events on the island including a flotilla, holiday parade and New Year's Eve celebration with a beach ball drop. Escape the rush of the holidays and relax on the unspoiled shoreline or sleigh into new experiences with behind-the-scenes tours. Glad tidings abound in our merry little beach town.


Island of Lights Festival

Experience the Island of Lights Festival kicking off with Lighting at the Lake, Nov. 29 nearby on the island. Stroll the enchanting one-mile trail of Christmas lights and displays around the lake, then let the kids tell Santa their wishlist. Get in the holiday spirit at the Christmas Parade, Dec. 6 featuring holiday floats and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The annual Flotilla is a coastal twist on a holiday tradition with the lighted boat parade setting sail, Dec 7. See how coastal residents deck the halls during the Holiday Tour of Homes, Dec. 14 and end the year with a beach ball drop at the New Year's Eve Celebration

Holidays By or Under the Sea

Get a head start on your shopping list while taking in ocean views at the Kure Beach Holiday Market, Nov. 23 & 30. Find unique, handcrafted gifts from local artisans alongside food trucks and music or nearby on the island during the Carolina Beach Holiday Market, Dec. 7. Go under the sea at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Nov. 18 - Jan. 2 as ornately decorated Christmas trees shimmer alongside exhibits in the underwater world. The kids can also have a day of fun and memories at the aquarium's Holiday Elf Camp while adults can tackle holiday shopping. For a hometown family experience, enjoy a beloved holiday tradition at the Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show, Dec. 13-15. 

Dashing to the Shore

Take a break from the rush of the holidays with a nature excursion. Hike on the Basin Trail at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area or choose from over six miles of trails at Carolina Beach State Park, nearby on the island. Kayak on a guided eco-tour with Kayak Carolina to Zeke's Island Reserve or unlock adventure with a four-wheel-drive sunset cruise along the shore at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. 

Places to Retreat

Whether you're planning a Christmas getaway with the whole family, a romantic trip for two or gathering with friends to catch up, retro motels and charming cottages offer a dose of nostalgia coupled with modern amenities. Here, life moves at a more relaxed pace so get away from the holiday madness to Kure Beach now.