If you’re looking for a unique destination for holiday travel with your family, head to Wrightsville Beach as the town comes to life with lights, music and more.

Holiday Flotilla decorated with lights in North Carolina

From holiday-themed fitness to bright lights events and seasonal libations, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect coastal destination to celebrate with family and friends.

Lace Up

There’s no need to neglect your fitness routine during your holiday getaway to Wrightsville Beach. Kick off the holiday season by participating in the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot, a 5K run or one-mile walk along the scenic Wrightsville Beach Loop. Run the race in style in your favorite turkey attire. Then, get in the holiday spirit with the 5K Jingle Bell Run, where prizes are awarded for the best holiday costume. Runners can take in views of Wrightsville Beach’s historic cottages and winter marshes as they complete the 5k course.

Light Up the Night


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A staple of any holiday season at Wrightsville Beach, the NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach is the perfect way to get in the spirit. Every year, boaters dress their vessels in as many lights and decorations as possible to parade down the Intracoastal Waterway, vying for the title of “People’s Choice” or “Crowd Favorite.” Before the flotilla begins, enjoy family fun at the Festival in the Park, where you can spend the afternoon perusing wares from more than 100 vendors, savor tasty treats, check out antique cars and ride the popular Arab Choo Choo.


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Make the short drive over the bridge to explore Enchanted Airlie, where you can take in over a million festive lights, holiday flowers and music all set amidst the scenic gardens.

Cheers to the Season

Kick back with a seasonal Cranberry-Headed Ninny Muggins or classic Pompano Porter at Wrightsville Beach Brewery, and celebrate the season with friends over delicious oysters or a charcuterie board. Spice up your evening at Shark Bar & Kitchen with a holiday cocktail, like the spicy Bloody Mary, while taking in the sights and nearby sounds of the ocean.  

Ring in 2020

Celebrate the beginning of a new decade with the coastal classic New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Enjoy a night of luxury accommodations, fine dining, and dancing in the ballroom. Cap off the evening with a delicious dessert and sparkling wine as you welcome a new year in style.



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Discover all of the ways to make the most of your getaway to Wrightsville Beach with these holiday highlights.