CAROLINA BEACH — The Island of Lights display on Pleasure Island began Thanksgiving weekend with the annual lighting ceremony at Carolina Beach.
The light’s display encircles The Lake and is walking distance from the boardwalk, which has its own “Christmas by the Sea” theme, including Santa’s workshop.
Pleasure Island’s family-friendly holiday celebrations continue this weekend with the Carolina Beach Christmas Parade. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, on Lake Park Boulevard, starting at Atlanta Avenue and traveling toward Federal Point Plaza.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the party moves from the walkways to the water with the annual Flotilla along the Intracoastal Waterway. The event features boats of all shapes and sizes — decorated in Christmas lights — in a cruise from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back, starting at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, residents from both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach open their home to public tours. This event is one of two that is not free, since it is used as a fundraiser to support other events.
“Take a self guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s (Carolina and Kure Beaches) most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays,” the event website states. “Enjoy southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into the privacy of their homes for this special holiday treat.”
The tours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Pleasure Island businesses, including Touche’, on 201 N. Lake Park Boulevard.
The season comes to a close with the New Year’s Celebration. This year’s end-of-season party takes place starting at 9 p.m. at the Kure Beach’s Ocean Front Park. Music, dancing, food are topped off at midnight when a giant beach ball is dropped, just prior to a fireworks display.