Lights, Festival and Flotilla

Go over the bridge and to the beach for a Thanksgiving weekend to remember with a festival in the park, lighted boat parade and fireworks to kick off the holiday season. Have a festive Christmas getaway and stroll through enchanted gardens decorated in over a million lights. Known for its quantity and variety of both upscale and budget-friendly shopping options in and around town, Wrightsville Beach is the place to shop on a holiday getaway.



NC Holiday Flotilla

Spend a long Thanksgiving weekend with the family at Wrightsville Beach for the NC Holiday Flotilla, packed full of festive events. The fun starts on Friday night, Nov. 29, with the tree lighting ceremony then continues the next day at the Wrightsville Beach Festival in the Park. Quickly becoming a festival favorite, kids can hop on and cruise around on the popular Arab Choo Choo while adults browse through the large selection of arts and crafts vendors. That night, get a coastal take on the holidays as Christmas lights take to the water in a dazzling parade of boats at the signature flotilla. Cast your vote for "People's Choice" and "Crowd Favorite" then huddle up to watch a spectacular fireworks show. 

Enchanted Airlie Gardens

Walk through a Winter Wonderland at Enchanted Airlie, the perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Named a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society, the nearby and whimsical Airlie Gardens features over one million twinkling lights, Christmas music, festive flowers and Santa. Grab a cup of hot cocoa and explore the illuminated displays and exhibits, Nov. 29 - Dec. 22. 

Sleigh All Day

It's easy to stay active on a Wrightsville Beach holiday getaway. Start your Thanksgiving with the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot, Nov. 28, including both a 5K timed run and a one-mile walk around the scenic Wrightsville Beach Loop, or get your festive best ready for the Jingle Bell Run 5K, Dec. 14. Cruise along the 10-mile River to the Sea Bikeway that starts at Johnnie Mercers Pier and ends in historic downtown Wilmington, or take in marsh and Intracoastal sights on a kayak adventure tour with Wrightsville Kayak Company or Wrightsville SUP.

Holiday Shopping

Cross off your shopping list at beachy boutiques, find the perfect accessory for the fashionista at Hallelu Boutique or gift unique coastal treasures like a Megalodon shark tooth necklace from The Workshop. Area surf shops provide a wealth of gifts and coveted surf and skate brands. Over the bridge, Lumina Station is an open-air shopping village home to a collection of locally owned boutiques, from jewelry and art to unique gifts alongside cafes and restaurants.

Book a Holidaycation

Plan your festive holidaycation to Wrightsville Beach with a variety of lodging options. Indulge in full-service resorts with special amenities or island hotels with ocean and sound-side views and walkability to all Wrightsville Beach has to offer. Book a family or friends' getaway at a vacation beach cottage or condo rental with all the comforts of home. Find the perfect island retreat for the season.