What Are the Fun Things to Do in Wilmington, NC and Nearby Places This Thanksgiving 2023?

It's that time of the year again where we get to spend the holidays and long weekend with family and friends in gratitude of the blessings and bounties given to us. Here are some events to go to and things to do in Wilmington, NC and surrounding places.

November 23

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot

321 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach Park, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Have fun and run. Get in your turkey costume and shed off the fats from pre-Thanksgiving dinner.
  • One Mile starts 8AM | 5K starts 8:30AM.
  • To join the Timed 5K or One Mile Run/Walk on the beautiful Wrightsville Beach, go here.

Calabash Turkey Trot

Riverview Dr., Calabash, NC 28467

  • 10K run starts 7AM | 5K at 8:30AM | 1 Mile at 9:15AM
  • See details of the event and how to register here.

November 24

Oak Isle Beach Black Friday Market

5 West 3rd St., Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

  • Have some really good early holiday shopping with 90+ talented artisans, crafters and vendors in the OIB Black Friday Market event.
  • 10AM-3PM. See updates on their social media page here.

4th Friday Art Market Leland

1175 Turlington Ave., Leland, NC 28451

  • Enjoy delicious local seafood at the Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar as you do your Christmas shopping at the 4th Friday Art Market from 4PM to 8PM.
  • Food purchase available in the restaurant. Art market is in the parking lot next to Shuckin' Shack Leland.
  • See more details here.

Downtown Wilmington Holiday Tree Lighting

Market and Water Streets, Wilmington, NC 28401

  • Come out with witness as you get into the yuletide spirit in this annual tree lighting even.
  • Free to attend
  • 5:30PM to 7:00PM

Ocean Isle Beach Letters to Santa

Town Center Park, 11 E Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

  • This special holiday event features a visit with Santa, tree lighting, letter writing station, a mailbox to the North Pole, craft station and magical lights display.
  • Hot chocolate and cookies will be available.
  • FREE event from 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Other details here.

40th Annual NC Holiday Flotilla Kickoff Party

Holiday Inn Resort Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, 1706 North Lumina  Ave., Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

  • Experience a night of hoy with live music, delicious food and lots of dancing on this incredible kickoff party from 7PM to 11PM.
  • For more details and mobile tickets, click here.

Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake

Intersection of Atlanta Ave and Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 

  • Get into the festive season by welcoming it with a light up ceremony of the Christmas tree and displays.
  • Starts at 7PM. For more information, visit their website here.

November 25

40th Annual NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation, 1 Bob Sawyer Dr., Wrightsville, Beach, NC 28480

  • Come out to see the Festival in the Park featuring over 100 arts and craft vendors, an antique car show, a large play area for children, festival food and more.
  • In the evening, enjoy watching the lighter boat parade, fireworks, and vote for your favorites.
  • 10AM-4PM Festival in the Park | 6PM Boat Parade & Fireworks. See more details here.

Salad Bowl Workshop

Shelton Herb Farm, 340 Goodman Rd., Northeast Leland, NC 28451

  • Take a short farm tour and create your own salad bowl garden.
  • 11:00AM to 12:30PM. Get your tickets here.

Fizzy Jane's Oyster Roast Football Showing!

Fizzy Jane's, 614 W. West St., Southport, NC 28461

  • Indulge in the finest oysters around in this epic gathering of oyster & football lovers.
  • 5:30PM to 9:00PM. See more details here.

Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla

Intracoastal Waterway and Ocean Isle Beach Commercial Canal, Shallote Point to the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge

  • Enjoy your evening for a viewing of lighted boats.
  • 5:30PM to 7:00PM. Click here for more details.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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