The centerpiece of the holiday season in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach is the Island of Lights Festival, a month-long celebration that literally transforms the coastal community into a wonderland “island of lights.” The festivities kick off the day after Thanksgiving and continue through New Year’s Eve, setting the stage for weeks of holiday festivities. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla, an annual boat parade you’ll only find at the coast. Visit the Carolina Beach and Kure Beach websites for details on these events and special holiday off-season deals.
Light Up The Lake
November 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Usher in the most wonderful time of the year with the Light Up The Lake ceremony at Carolina Beach Lake Park, which officially kicks off the Island of Lights festivities. Santa Clause will visit with children during the celebration, and free hot cocoa and cookies will be served before the displays are lit. Families can view the beautiful lighted displays from all angles by walking the one-mile loop around the scenic lake.
Christmas by the Sea
Begins November 23, 2012
Carolina Beach’s boardwalk will be decorated and lit up each and every night throughout the holiday season. Children can enjoy visits with Santa, storytelling, hot chocolate, live nativity scene, caroling, holiday-themed movies and ornament-making every Saturday through December 15.
Island of Lights Christmas Parade
November 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The holiday festivities continue with a night of family-friendly entertainment during the beloved annual Island of Lights Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will literally light up the streets since it’s held after dark. Spectators will watch lighted holiday floats pass by while enjoying live music. As always, Santa Claus will be at the parade to interact with children and spread holiday cheer. The parade will travel down Lake Park Boulevard from Atlanta Avenue to Federal Point Plaza – make sure to arrive early to get a good seat!
Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla
December 1, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
A parade on the water? Why not! Fishing boats and pleasure craft decorated with thousands of twinkling lights will light up the Intracoastal Waterway as they cruise from Snow’s Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back, creating a dazzling display of colors and reflections for spectators. Lighted boats will compete for prizes as they add to the pageantry of Island of Lights Festival. We challenge you to pick your favorite!
Holiday Open House at Fort Fisher State Historic Site
December 6, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visit the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, a national historic Civil War landmark, at Kure Beach to enjoy seasonal refreshments, holiday decorations and live music by area choral and instrumental groups throughout the day. Also be sure to spend time outside exploring Fort Fisher, the most visited state historic site in North Carolina. Visitors can also take advantage of special one-day discounts in the Museum Shop.
Kure Beach Christmas Show
December 7-9, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Experience another annual holiday tradition by attending the Kure Beach Christmas Show. Holiday characters like Frosty the Snowman, Harriet Hippo, The Grinch, Santa Claus and his elves will entertain the whole family through song and dance. And make sure to bring your coat, scarves and mittens: it always snows during the show!
Island of Lights Holiday Tour of Homes
December 8, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy the rare opportunity to tour some of the most beautiful homes in both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach during the Island of Lights Holiday Tour of Homes. Take a self-guided tour through stunning coastal homes decorated in their holiday best, and enjoy Southern hospitality at its finest as owners welcome guests into their homes for this special holiday event. Tickets will be available for purchase at local businesses.
Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown
December 31, 2012 at 9:00 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with a beach ball drop and dazzling fireworks show, coastal-style, with the Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown. A colorful fireworks display and giant illuminated beach ball dropped at midnight signal the beginning of 2013, guaranteeing a New Year’s Eve beach celebration that will be remembered for years to come. Bring the entire family to enjoy this one-of-a-kind event at the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.
About Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach is North Carolina’s uniquely original beach. This seaside town offers family-friendly fun all year long where visitors can experience a scenic boardwalk, state park, unique events, pristine beach and locally owned restaurants and retail shops. For more information, go to www.VisitCarolinaBeachNC.com or call (800) 641-7082. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/
About Kure Beach
Kure Beach, North Carolina’s small wonder, offers a naturally beautiful setting and small-town atmosphere. The coastal beach community, with its relaxed pace, lets visitors unplug and reconnect while they enjoy an undeveloped beach and signature state attractions, including the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For more information, go to www.VisitKureBeachNC.com or call (800) 631-1460. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/