Thanksgiving in Wilmington and Island Beaches

Leave the cooking to the pros and spend Thanksgiving with family. Plan ahead as restaurants are reserving tables now and many are predicted to sell out with social distancing in place. Dine in or take out from the following restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Then, kick-off the holiday season with a variety of events happening on Thanksgiving and over the holiday weekend.


Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day


Front Street Brewery

Dine-in or pick up family-style meals to-go from Front Street Brewery. Sliced turkey breast, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, stuffing and cranberry sauce make up the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy a pint or to-go growler of seasonal brews handcrafted in the on-site brewery.

Henry's Restaurant & Bar

Let Henry's do the cooking this year with a Special Thanksgiving Meal served all day. Choose from the roast turkey or ham dinners and enjoy sides of mashed Yukon gold potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, and green bean casserole. Finish the meal with fresh pumpkin pie or bourbon apple crisp. Dine in or order in advance and pick up to-go.

Hops Supply Co.

Hops Supply Co. will be serving their regular dinner menu in addition to their Thanksgiving With Us menu including turkey, ham or a combination dish with all the fixings.

K & W Cafeteria

Thanksgiving at K&W is a time-honored tradition that dates back decades. Enjoy the annual Thanksgiving Day Special, or take away with a Family Feast to go.

Michael's on the Waterfront

Michael's on the Waterfront in downtown Wilmington is open for Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional turkey or ham entrees are paired with cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and more. Save room for a delicious dessert included with each meal.

Panacea Brewing Company

Plan a Very Vegan Thanksgiving with Panacea Brewing Company. Trade the traditional turkey and giblets for Lentil Loaf, Shepherd's Pie or Vegetable Pot Pie and choose your sides and desserts. You won't miss the meat with this vegetarian delight. Serve with a bottle of their local craft kombucha.

Pinpoint Restaurant

Pinpoint Restaurant is hosting its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Reserve your table in advance, the fresh-to-table meals are sure to sell out. Delicious holiday meals created with in-season ingredients will include smoked turkey and satsuma-glazed ham, cornbread and oyster dressing, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts with bacon, cauliflower casserole, and cranberry, satsuma, pomegranate and cashew salad, pecan pie and caramel-apple sticky buns. 

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

This Thanksgiving, allow Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to handle all the meal-planning details during Thanksgiving at Ruth's. The menu features oven-roasted turkey breast served with sausage & herb stuffing, homemade turkey gravy, cranberry relish, garlic mashed potatoes and more. Dine-in or order a Take-Home Feast for four.

Steam Restaurant

Plan to attend the Thanksgiving Extravaganza at Steam Restaurant on the waterfront in Downtown Wilmington. Choose from prime rib or turkey with a variety of traditional and coastal starters and sides available, like local oysters and sweet potato pecan casserole.

Sweet N Savory Cafe

Enjoy a Sweet N Savory Thanksgiving and feed your family with turkey, stuffing, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie and so much more. Dine in or order to go. Meals are packaged for a family of four, but you can order as many as you'd like.

Wrightsville Beach

Bluewater Grill

Spend time together over a joyful and delicious meal with scenic views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Wrightsville Beach Marina during a Thanksgiving Day Feast at Bluewater Grill. Dine-in or take the meal back to your hotel or vacation rental with Thanksgiving plates available to go with pre-ordering.

EAST Oceanfront Dining

The Thanksgiving Plated Meal at EAST Oceanfront Dining located at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort will be a five-course affair that is sure to please all. For an all-inclusive room and dinner vacation experience at a special rate, ask about the resort's Thanksgiving Three Night Package.

Oceanic Restaurant

The Oceanic Restaurant and pier will be open for Thanksgiving on the Coast. Plan an early Thanksgiving lunch, or traditional dinner to dine on Thanksgiving favorites, or mix it up with seafood and other local dishes.

Carolina Beach

Michaels Seafood Restaurant

The night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 25, enjoy a Thanksgiving Eve Oyster Roast at Michaels Seafood Restaurant.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

Before indulging in your Thanksgiving festivities, run or walk the Wrightville Beach Turkey Trot. The event takes place the morning of Thursday, Nov. 26 and start times are staggered to promote social distancing this year. Choose from the 5K or one-mile distance starting at Wrightsville Beach Park or choose the Virtual Race option and set your own course.

Schedule & Admission:

  • Thursday, Nov. 26
  • Various Start Times and Prices

Kure Beach Holiday Market

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping at the Kure Beach Holiday Market. Shop oceanfront outdoor booths filled with artisan gifts, coastal treasures and holiday treats.

Schedule & Admission:

  • Saturday, Nov. 28
  • Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
  • Free

NC Holiday Flotilla Door to Dock Decorating Contest

The island of Wrightsville Beach puts a twist on its beloved flotilla event due to the pandemic during the NC Holiday Flotilla Door to Dock Decorating Contest, where island docks are decked out in holiday lights. View the festivities from the water on one of the many charter options, call for availability. 

Schedule and Admission

  • Competition Judged on Friday, Nov. 27, Lights Stay up Throughout the Season
  • Free, Charter Costs Vary

Enchanted Airlie

Stroll through the manicured southern garden grounds adorned with over a million twinkling lights. Head out on a self-guided walk through holiday light displays and hear the musical sounds of the season. Tickets to Enchanted Airlie are still available with an Enchanted Arlie Hotel Package. Choose your room, dates and enjoy transportation and guaranteed entry to Enchanted Airlie.  

Schedule & Admission

  • Airlie Gardens
  • 5:30 to 8:30 nightly
  • Blockade Runner Hotel Package Prices Vary
  • Must Reserve Tickets in Advance


Escape the Black Friday madness of shopping in the busy city and opt for the small-town feel of our outdoor shopping villages and holiday shopping markets. Discover unique gifts for the holiday season in local boutiques, surf shops and gift shops. Make your list and head to our coastal destination for shopping in a more relaxed environment.

Book Your Stay

Enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving getaway to the coast. Book a vacation rental for the family or reserve a room at a full-service hotel, boutique inn or historic bed and breakfast. Our lodging options are upholding cleaning and safety standards that will help you find comfort and peace of mind, no matter where you stay.