Christmas at the beach


Get into the spirit at Carolina Beach! While you’re searching for rentals at Carolina Beach (or if you have your holiday trip planned), check out these fun December events at Pleasure Island. Many annual events will resume for 2021, and we can’t wait for these holiday celebrations!


Island of Lights Parade

Traditionally held the first Friday after Thanksgiving, this evening parade includes floats, bands, and of course, Santa Claus makes an appearance! More parade details (including start time) will be available soon, so stay tuned for information.

Christmas at the beach

Island of Lights Flotilla Boat Parade

Christmas at the beach must include a lighted boat parade, too! Enjoy boats and Christmas lights on the waterway on Saturday, December 4th. Boats will travel from Snow’s Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. You can also view the flotilla from the waterway, and tickets for the flotilla cruise may sell out in advance.

Holiday Market 

Head to the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturday, December 4th, to find gifts on your list! Over 50 arts and crafts vendors will participate in this annual event.

New Year’s Eve Bash at SeaWitch Café and Tiki Bar

Cheers! Ring in the New Year on a huge dance floor, with a live band and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Party-goers will have space in a heated tent to enjoy this festive atmosphere. Tickets available here.

Christmas at the beach


Holiday Market

This annual tradition takes place on the last two Saturdays in November at Kure Beach Oceanfront Park and Pavilion. Purchase handcrafted items with an ocean view and get a jump on Christmas shopping!

Inaugural Holiday Whoobie Whatty “Grinch-themed” Celebration

We think this event sounds like so much fun! Take photos with The Grinch, decorate cookies, make crafts and view “The Grinch” movie, all at Oceanfront Park on December 17th. Dress in your best “Whoville” attire. See full details available here.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

Visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for a winter wonderland experience! The aquarium grounds transform into a delightful, glittering forest from November 26th through January 3rd. The cost of your Aquarium ticket includes admission to this special event.

Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dance the night away at this family-friendly, free event at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park and Pavilion. Enjoy music, refreshments, and party favors available for purchase. The ball drops at midnight, followed by fireworks!


We’re experts at helping our guests find the most amazing vacation rentals! Book your stay with Carolina Beach Realty and stay in one of our beach house rentals Carolina Beach or Kure Beach. We offer a variety of accommodations, including pet-friendly rentalshomes with a private pool, and oceanfront rentals.