With its own uniquely coastal twist on holiday traditions, Wrightsville Beach is a magical destination to celebrate the season. Marvel as boats adorned from mast to bow in festive lights cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway, step aboard a holiday cruise, enjoy dinner and a show, or snag some cool gifts for loved ones you won’t find anywhere else.

Lights on the Water

The Holiday Harbor Cruise invites you to venture out onto the water on the Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s Carolina Runner any day from Nov. 28 through Dec. 4 for a festive cruise along the sound. Book a cruise on Nov. 26 to celebrate the season and take in views of the holiday lights in the “Door to Dock” lighting contest.


The NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach, a unique and free annual island tradition, returns Saturday, Nov. 27, with the Festival in the Park. It features local vendors, an antique car show, a large play area for the kids, festival food and more. In the evening, the coastal-style parade lights up the waters surrounding Wrightsville Beach with boats adorned with festive holiday lights and decorations. Wrap up the celebration with a grand fireworks show that will delight the whole family.


Holiday Cabaret

Get ready to enjoy a dazzling display of talent with the Opera House Theatre Company’s 15th Annual "Hark the Herald Angels Swing" Cabaret and Dinner Show at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. In addition to a delicious meal from a prix fixe menu, enjoy an uplifting performance of seasonal favorites  Dec. 17 or 18.

One-of-a-Kind Finds

Cross off some holiday shopping for lucky loved ones at unique island shops. Holly Aiken offers a large selection of bags and accessories crafted from distinctive materials that are made to withstand the daily grind. Peruse totes, wallets, bags, passport holders, coffee sleeves and much more. Each item is hand-cut with care in the retail workshop located right here in North Carolina.

Discover a boutique in the heart of Wrightsville Beach that always has something to catch your eye. Hallelu Boutique boasts a lovely selection of women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories you won’t find at bigger chains.


Redix is a one-stop destination for all your holiday shopping. From top designer clothing brands like Vineyard Vines and Southern Tide to high-end outdoor gear brands like Yeti and Eno, you’ll find everything you need under your tree this Christmas.


The Fisherman’s Wife, tucked away beside the Intracoastal Waterway since 1992, houses Southern North Carolina’s most wonderful assembly of fine china and table accessories, personalized stationery and invitations and creative gifts. Let the friendly, knowledgeable staff show you around and make recommendations, or browse on your own for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift.


Check out one of our island surf shops to discover boards crafted by local makers like Ian Balding Custom Shapes & Designs, Savage Surfboards, Allison Surfboards and Green Room Board Co. For a truly unique experience, head to locally owned Hot Wax Surf Shop to work with a local shaper to create your own one-of-a-kind board.


Elevate your holiday celebrations with a getaway to Wrightsville Beach. From the magic of the lights reflecting off the water to the festive sounds of seasonal tunes, a beach trip is sure to add extra cheer to the holidays this year.