Celebrate the Holidays Coastal Style in Carolina Beach, N.C., with the Island of Lights Festival and Affordable Accommodations

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Charming Beach Town Knows How To Bring The Best In Holiday Fun With Free Holiday Festivals And Dazzling Decorations

The holiday season in Carolina Beach is one of the most wonderful times of the year. With its tranquil seaside setting, this charming beach town takes visitors back to a simpler time when family gatherings were treasured events. Carolina Beach knows how to do the holidays up right with dazzling decorations and free holiday festivals and events.

Carolina Beach shares a barrier island with its neighbor, Kure Beach. Jointly known as Pleasure Island, the area has very special coastal ways to celebrate the holidays. The Island of Lights celebration is a monthlong festival of fun for the entire family.

This monthlong series includes the following featured events:

Lighting at the Lake – Friday, November 26
2nd Annual Christmas by the Sea – Friday, November 26
Christmas Parade – Friday, December 3
Christmas Flotilla – Saturday, December 4
Tour of Homes – Saturday, December 11
New Year’s Eve Celebration – Friday, December 31

The Island of Lights Festival begins on Nov. 26 with the free Light Up The Lake ceremony. Get in the holiday spirit with caroling, a live nativity, and of course, Santa. Lighted displays along a one-mile path around Carolina Beach Lake can be enjoyed throughout the season.

Looking for a seaside celebration? Then countdown to Christmas with the monthlong Christmas by the Sea. Beginning Nov. 26, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk comes alive with merriment and decorations. There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit.

On Dec. 3, the Island of Lights Christmas Parade makes its way down Carolina Beach Boulevard. What's more traditional than a parade? Kids of all ages will marvel at the lighted nighttime parade of floats, bands, Santa and more. It's a great night of fun for the entire family.

On Dec. 4, visitors can enjoy a special coastal tradition, the Island of Lights Holiday Flotilla. Fun and free, it celebrates the holiday season coastal style. A dazzling parade of fishing boats and pleasure crafts electrically decorated with thousands of lights will cruise from Snows Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. This is truly a sight to see, only on the coast.

Visitors who want to see the Island's most festive decorations will want to take the Island of Lights – Tour of Homes on Dec. 11. This self-guided tour enables guests to experience some of Pleasure Island's most beautiful homes all decked out for the season.

For those looking to end 2010 with a bang, head over to the Kure Beach Pier for the Island of Lights New Year's Eve Countdown. At midnight, the kids will be mesmerized by the lowering of a giant lighted beach ball followed by a dazzling display of fireworks. Now, that's the coastal way to ring in the new year!

Free festive family fun can be found all throughout Carolina Beach. Visitors will also find some great accommodation packages and unbelievable rates. It's the perfect place to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the season. Enjoy a walk through town and see the quaint shops shimmering with holiday lights. Do some last minute shopping without breaking the bank. Take a peaceful stroll along the uncrowded beach. Forget the turkey and have seafood for this year's holiday dinner. Carolina Beach has some of the best seafood restaurants around, so start a new tradition. Cheerful times with the family lead to memories that last a lifetime. Carolina Beach – the headquarters for holiday fun!

For visitors who want to fit even more into their holiday getaway, Wilmington is just a few miles away. From an old-style Christmas by the river to candlelight tours and holiday theater productions, there's something for everyone.

For more information on all the holiday happenings, go to http://www.CarolinaBeachGetaway.com/holidays. Follow Carolina Beach on Facebook or Twitter.

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