Just because summer is over doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do on Pleasure Island. Quite the contrary! Pleasure Island is renowned for great entertainment, great food, and great experiences all year long. So whether you’re footloose-and fancy-free empty nesters, or a young family looking for a holiday adventure away from the house, make Pleasure Island your holiday getaway destination where you’ll find no shortage of fun ways to celebrate the season.
Thanksgiving or Christmas, no matter the upcoming holiday, the Pleasure Island community has a full schedule of events.
25 years and still going strong, the Island of Lights is a not-to-be missed Pleasure Island tradition. On Friday, November 25th, come join the lighting of the lake celebration, which kicks off the season. This free, family-friendly event starts at 7:00 p.m. at Carolina Beach Lake.
Once the lights are lit at the lake, the party isn’t over. Head to the Carolina Boardwalk where the 8th annual Christmas by the Sea Boardwalk Lighting Celebration, organized by the Carolina Beach Downtown Initiative, will take place at the Gazebo at 7:30 p.m. Bring the kids out to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy hot chocolate at the Welcome center, and free ornament making. There’ll be fun activities every Saturday through December 16th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, November 26th, do some holiday shopping at the Kure Beach Holiday Market at Ocean Front Park from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. from some of the areas most talented artisans and merchants offering hand crafted goods, jewelry, cooking sauces and spices, fine art, and much more, including a DJ and lots of food trucks. Visiting this open air market is a favorite activity for visitors and residents alike.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a parade. Join locals, visitors, and volunteers at the annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 2nd at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Park Blvd. Come see festive floats, talented bands, and of course, Santa Claus as the parade makes its way from Atlantic Avenue down Lake Park Blvd. to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach.
The only thing that can top the parade is the Christmas Flotilla. On Saturday, December 3rd at 6:00 p.m., watch fishing boats and pleasure craft light up the Intracoastal Waterway, decked out with thousands upon thousands of holiday lights for a spectacular holiday show as they cruise from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back.
You won’t want to miss the FREE, quirky, and entertaining Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show featuring singers, dancers, and lots of costumed characters performing your favorite Christmas tunes. The show runs December 9th-11th and starts at 7:00. But you’ll want to get there early for the 6:30 pre-show.
Feel like doing some walking? Get a first-hand glimpse of some of Pleasure Islands most exquisitely decorated homes on this self-guided Tour of Homes, Saturday, December 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. When you meet these residents, you’ll know exactly what we mean by southern hospitality. Tickets are required for this event, so click here for more information.