As a local realtor, I’m not only passionate about finding you the perfect home but also about helping you make the most of your community. November in Wrightsville Beach is a time when the coastal town truly comes alive with a variety of exciting events. I get excited as soon as I see those fabulous holiday lights go up around the beach, and the homes and the docks get decorated! Whether you’re a long-time resident or a newcomer, these events are sure to add a touch of magic to your holiday season. Let’s dive into my top three picks for this month: the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot, Enchanted Airlie, and the Holiday Flotilla.
- Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot Date: November 23, 2023 Location: Wrightsville Beach Park
Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and celebration, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than with the annual Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot? This 5K race has become a beloved tradition for locals and visitors alike. Lace up your running shoes, put on your best turkey-themed costume, and join in the fun!
The Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot isn’t just about running; it’s a community event that supports a great cause. Proceeds from the race benefit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity, making it a heartwarming way to give back to the community while staying active. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a casual jogger, the Turkey Trot welcomes participants of all levels.
- Holiday Flotilla Date: November 25, 2023 Location: Intracoastal Waterway
The Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla is a spectacular event that marks the official start of the holiday season in the area. Picture a parade of beautifully decorated boats, each adorned with festive lights, making their way along the Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a visual extravaganza that captivates both young and old.
This maritime celebration isn’t just about watching the boats; it’s an interactive experience. Starting near Palm Tree Island by the drawbridge and ending at the south end of Wrightsville Beach, you can enjoy the festivities from various vantage points along the waterway, and there’s even a judging panel to award prizes for the best boat decorations. The grand finale includes a breathtaking fireworks display that lights up the night sky. Hint: Dockside is a great place to watch! And the Wrightsville Beach Outrigger Canoe Club of which I’m a member, will have a fantastic display on our 6 person outrigger canoes – be sure to vote for your favorite in the boat parade!
- Enchanted Airlie Dates: November 24 & 25 and December 1 – 21 Location: Airlie Gardens
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the enchantment of the holiday season, don’t miss Enchanted Airlie. This beloved event transforms Airlie Gardens into a magical wonderland, complete with thousands of twinkling lights, holiday displays, and seasonal music. It’s the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories with family and friends.
Visitors can stroll through the illuminated gardens, warm up with hot cocoa, and even visit Santa himself. The dazzling light displays are a sight to behold and are sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Enchanted Airlie is a cherished tradition that brings the community together and ignites the holiday cheer.
As a realtor who feels lucky to call Wrightsville Beach home, I can attest to the charm and sense of community that these November and December events bring to our coastal town. Whether you’re participating in the Turkey Trot, basking in the magical glow of Enchanted Airlie, or watching the holiday boats at the Flotilla, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this season in Wrightsville Beach. Don’t miss out on these special moments that make our community shine even brighter during the holiday season.
Hi, I'm Kim Crouch, and I help people who want to live in Wilmington near Wrightsville Beach, and aren't quite ready to move yet, figure out how to buy their NC coastal home now.
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