Come for Thanksgiving and spend a long weekend at the coast for the 35th annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. This parade on the water is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event and includes a weekend full of activities and family fun. Kick off the holiday season Friday with the annual tree lighting ceremony and visit from Santa. Saturday, enjoy the Festival in the Park at Wrightsville Beach Park. Quickly becoming a Flotilla weekend favorite, the festival will include a play area with slide and bounce houses, festival food, arts and crafts booths, an antique car show and the popular Arab Choo Choo. The main event takes place Saturday night in which decorated boats parade along the waterways of Wrightsville Beach. Adorned in Christmas lights, yuletide-themed inflatables and more, each boat seems more dazzling than the last. Following the parade, enjoy a fireworks show along the water. Start your holiday season coastal style at Wrightsville Beach!