It's An Extraordinary One

Carolina Beach offers an original kind of beach experience from the past combined with a fun, family-friendly spin for today. Visitors can experience a vintage, nationally-recognized seaside boardwalk, live music, miles of beautiful beach, world-class fishing, one-of-a kind festivals and events, and all kinds of people united by good times that are unmistakably Carolina Beach.

The holiday season brings twinkling lights and festive nights with the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Island of Lights Festival! Join us as the entire island comes alive with a holiday parade, lighted boat flotilla, New Year's Eve beach ball drop and more.  Visit Santa on the brand new Carolina Beach Boardwalk during Christmas by the Sea, or watch him swimming in the giant tank at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher's Santa by the Sea celebration!

Check this list of Holiday Highlights and book your trip to Carolina Beach for a season to remember!

There is always something out of the ordinary to do in Carolina Beach, whether you are here for a long vacation or weekend getaway. At Carolina Beach State Park, hike a scenic white-sand trail leading to an overlook with gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River. Cast a line from the wooden Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Meet an albino alligator, come face-to-face with a sea turtle, and watch the sea life swim by in a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For the history buffs, explore the Civil War’s largest land/sea battle site at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Wherever you are in Carolina Beach, it's only a short walk, drive or bike ride to all the activities the island offers.

Experience a vibrant nightlife that’s curiously entertaining by visiting local favorites from tiki bars to colorful island hot spots, including one that features a surfing cow on the roof! Groove to the tunes at area venues and festivals from North Carolina’s biggest beach music festival on the coast to blues and jazz.

Rent a condo, cozy beach cottage or hotel room, or choose to return to simpler times and stay at one of our family-owned motels. Dine with oceanfront views or at locally owned restaurants in the heart of town. Shop for souvenirs and treasures of all shapes and sizes, from boogie boards to vintage apparel.

Get away and find your original beach experience. You’ll discover why there are a lot of beaches in North Carolina, but there’s only one Carolina Beach.

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Christmas by the Sea

The Boardwalk area will be decorated and lit up each and every night during the holiday…

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Island of Lights - Lighting at the Lake

The brief opening ceremony, prior to the actual lighting, will feature the President of The…

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Island of Lights Christmas Parade

Residents and visitors both young and old look forward to the annual Christmas Parade.…

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