• Sunday, November 24th 7:00 PM

Once the Thanksgiving feasting and festivities are complete, head over to the heart of Carolina Beach for this annual tradition that signifies the beginning of the holiday season for Pleasure Island residents and visitors alike. The Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake celebration lives up to its name as the official light-up ceremony that starts a long season of celebration in Carolina Beach and miles beyond.

The Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake event takes place at the centrally located Carolina Beach Lake Park, and attendees can look forward to a wealth of entertainment in addition to the official flipping of the switch for the annual light display. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., the event features musical entertainment, an Honor Guard display, and the National Anthem, followed by the event's grand namesake, the "Lighting of the Lake." Once the ceremony is complete, take a one-mile stroll along the lake trail and enjoy beautiful lighted displays that will boost the spirits. With a special appearance by Santa himself to hear early Christmas list wishes, the Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake is the ideal way to ring in the season in Carolina Beach.