The Wrightsville Beach Way to Holiday

Deck the halls and then hit the road to Wrighstville Beach. Instead of Grandma's house, pick this holiday coastal destination to go over the bridge and to the beach for enchanted gardens and more holiday happenings through New Year's Eve.



Walking through a winter wonderland

Nearby, Enchanted Airlie sets the holiday scene with over one million twinkling lights, festive flowers, music and Santa. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and explore the illuminated displays and exhibits. Named a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society, the already charming Airlie Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland all season long.

Sleigh all day

There's a time to indulge and a time to stay active. Splendor in the sunshine and take to the water on a kayak or SUP rental. Enjoy views of the intracoastal while working off those extra holiday calories walking or jogging The Loop. Dress in your festive best for the Jingle Bell Run 5K which includes prizes for Best Overall Holiday Costume, Best Group Costume and Best Pet Costume.

Bells will be ringing

Cheers to the season with a perfect night on the town. Pop in for a true local's experience at Jerry Allen's, catch a show at Jimmy's at Red Dogs then venture to the eclectic Palm Room. In the season of giving, give yourself the treat of a delicious, foodie-approved meal. Tackle holiday shopping at The Workshop, browse a unique assortment of one-of-a-kind gifts, grab a high-quality espresso and toasted baguette for a Parisian lunch on the Island. Enjoy a warm cup of Joe while taking in ocean views at SUNday's. In-season oysters come by the half shell at Shark Bar and Kitchen accompanied by a tasty orange moscow mule.

Flotilla la la la

The hallmark of the holidays at Wrightsville Beach is the annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. The signature boat parade held on Saturday, November 24 included 20 decorated yachts and watercraft with a crowd of nearly 50,000 in attendance. Afterward, a stunning fireworks display wrapped up the festive weekend. While this year's Flotilla has come and gone, it's never too early to start planning for next year while enjoying a multitude of other holiday events on Wrightsville Beach.

For a holiday getaway, indulge in a resort, stay in an oceanfront condo or vacation at a beach cottage. Whatever you choose, enjoy the island life this Christmas season. There's also plenty of perfect beach house rentals to ring in 2019 with your own New Year's Beachin' Eve Party.