Wrightsville Beach, N.C., Makes for a Perfect "Holidaycation" During the Season with Affordable Offers and Coastal Holiday Traditions

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Seaside Town Fills Its Calendar With Festive Family-Friendly Events And Traditions Only Found On The Coast

In a time filled with shopping lists, party planning and all-around frenzy, families should consider an affordable “holidaycation” to Wrightsville Beach, N.C. The holiday season is a time when the Wrightsville Beach community fills its calendar with festive family-friendly events and traditions only found on the coast.

Here are just a few featured events:

Tree Lighting Ceremony & Captain's Launch Party – Friday, Nov. 26
Enchanted Airlie – Friday, Nov. 26 – Wednesday, Dec. 22
Festival in the Park – Saturday, Nov. 27
27th Annual N.C. Holiday Flotilla – Saturday, Nov. 27
5K Jingle Bell Run – Saturday, Dec. 18

On Nov. 26, kick off the holiday season Wrightsville Beach style with the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Captain's Launch Party. The town's tree lighting ceremony, held at Wrightsville Beach Park, begins the weekend-long yuletide festivities. Children and the young at heart will have a chance to see Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves and then attend the Captain's Launch Party at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort for dancing and good times.

Enchanted Airlie’s ancient gardens will be transformed into a visually stunning wonderland of theatrically-illuminated large oaks, small native trees, and model train displays Nov. 26 through Dec. 22. Leisurely nighttime strolls through 30 acres of tastefully decorated gardens will be enhanced by live entertainment, Santa Claus and a miniature train holiday village.

On Nov. 27 at Wrightsville Beach Park, there's a daylong Festival in the Park, including an arts and crafts show, performing artists, children's rides, antique auto show entertainment, amusements, and more than 80 vendors.

Later that evening, a must-see is the 27th Annual N.C. Holiday Flotilla, a spectacular lighted boat parade that has been a Wrightsville Beach tradition for visitors, boat lovers and locals for more than 25 years. Between 30 and 50 boats will participate, ranging from yachts to personal watercrafts that have been lavishly decorated for the holidays. A big fireworks display will follow.

Another fun holiday event is the 5K Jingle Bell Run to benefit the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. Join the town on Dec. 18 in a 5K race through the Wrightsville Beach area and see the beach in a new way. Historic cottages, beautiful winter marshes, and old haunts are part of the scenery as people meet the challenge to experience this special race. Because it is a celebratory event, participants are encouraged to wear holiday apparel or costumes.

While staying in Wrightsville Beach, the neighboring Wilmington area offers an old-style Christmas by the river, candlelight tours and holiday theatre production favorites.

For those visiting a little earlier in the season for the Thanksgiving holiday, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect spot to gather the family. There are plenty of cozy cottages to rent at an affordable price in the area, and from the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Festival In The Park to the Holiday Flotilla, there's no shortage of activity over the long weekend. And for shoppers, the town's eclectic mix of specialty stores and boutiques will make for a fabulous Black Friday.

Just a few weeks later, families can return to Wrightsville Beach, rent a home, enjoy the coastal weather and ring in the new year in style. It's a festive location to throw a New Year's Eve bash for friends and family.

Home for the holidays doesn't require staying in one's hometown. The holiday season in Wrightsville Beach is affordable with special holiday rates and packages. It’s the perfect time to bring the family for a “holidaycation.”

For more information about Wrightsville Beach and to check out special offers at local hotels throughout the holiday season, go to http://www.VisitWrightsville.com/holidays. Stay up-to-date on the latest events in Wrightsville Beach on Facebook and Twitter.

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