One of the most fun things to do this time of year along the NC Coast are the annual flotillas. It is a chance to participate in fun events and raise a lot of money for local charities! The folks who enter their boats in the flotillas take the competition seriously and put a lot of thought and planning into their boat’s theme. Some spend all year gussying up their boats. They really get them “decked out” for the occasion!
All of these flotillas are always looking for more boat entries (the more the Merrier right?) so visit their websites if you’d like to enter your boat!
Here is the skinny on a few annual flotilla events along our coast:
The Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla:
The Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla boat parade is always held the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Saturday, November 26th, 2022) and begins at dusk (about 5:30 PM) in front of Inlet View Bar & Grill.
The Flotilla will then proceed down the IntraCoastal Waterway ending up at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant & Marina.
All of this will be to benefit the Brunswick Family Assistance Program! Be sure to come join the fun at the Flotilla and party with your friends for a GREAT CAUSE.
Boat parade starts at 5:30 in front of The Inlet View Bar and Grill at Shallotte Point and proceeds down the Intracoastal waterway to the commercial canal in front of Sharkey’s Restaurant where judging will take place.
As always there will then be a gi-normous Flotilla Party in the main dining room (and all over Sharky’s) with a night of music (two local bands Chip & The Old Blocks and Stone Cold Blues Band) and general Merry Making!
After awards are given out the party cranks up with live music provided by Chip & The Old Blocks and Stone Cold Blues Band). There will be a number items for auction. Flotilla T- shirts will be available for purchase.
For more information about next year’s event or to enter a boat, call (910) 612-7799 or (910) 612-2793
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT BRUNSWICK FAMILY ASSISTANCE!
For more information visit the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla website.
The Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla:
38th Annual Flotilla weekend will be held on Saturday, November 26th 2022.
A great reason to spend Thanksgiving weekend at the beach, the fun starts Friday night with the tree lighting ceremony.
Quickly becoming an event favorite, kids love hopping aboard the Arab Choo Choo at Festival in the Park while adults browse through a selection of arts and crafts vendors. Christmas lights take to the water in a dazzling parade of boats at the signature Flotilla. Cast your vote for “People’s Choice” and “Crowd Favorite.” Afterwards, a spectacular fireworks show rings in the season.
Schedule of Events
Festival In The Park & Antique, Classic & Special Interest Car Show
The Festival in the Park is quickly becoming one of the highlights of the flotilla weekend on Saturday, November 26th, 2022 from 10am-4pm.
This year’s festival will include a large play area for children including several inflatable slides and bounce houses, the always popular Arab Choo Choo, festival food, and more.
In addition to the children’s area, the Festival in the Park also includes a large selection of arts and crafts booths displayed by local merchants and artisans, and the Antique, Classic & Special Interest Car Show.
Day in the Park – 10AM to 4PM Town Complex
- Food Vendors
- Arts and Crafts Vendors
- Car Show – Registration 10:00-11:30AM, Judging begins at 12:00 noon,
Awards presentation scheduled for 2:00PM
- 5PM – Sponsor tent opens – location to be determined
- 6PM – Boat parade begins
- FIREWORKS – Following boat parade
Boat Parade + Fireworks
The boat parade begins at 6pm with fireworks following the parade on Saturday, November 26th, 2022. The duration of the boat parade varies every year by the number of boat entries. There is no official location to watch the parade, but you can park in the Wrightsville Beach park parking lot and walk to any number of vantage points along the parade route, including the Banks Channel Bridge, the two South Harbor Island mini-parks, or the west side of Waynick Boulevard.
There will be fireworks following the parade.
They cruise form Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit.
The flotilla always takes place on the second Saturday after Thanksgiving and begins at 6 PM.
A panel of judges will be on hand to choose the winners. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach.
Questions? Call 910-386-8081.
The Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla
Join the Friends of the Maritime Museum for the annual Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla! Yachts, oars, kayaks and commercial vessels decorated for the season can be seen at 5:30 p.m. on the Morehead City waterfront and at 6:15 p.m. on the Beaufort waterfront.
The Friends are hosting a Viewing Party for members and guests on the Harborside Park deck beginning at 5:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $75 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine. For more information, call the Friends office at 252-728-2762.
All vessels are asked to proceed east down Taylor’s Creek to the Beaufort Hotel where judges will pick their favorites. Prizes include meals at the 34° North Restaurant and stays at the Beaufort Hotel and will be distributed to winners the week after the Flotilla. Flotilla participants may also dock for free (there is a charge for power) at the Beaufort Town Docks (subject to availability).
Swansboro Christmas Flotilla