Holiday Celebrations

Autumn With Topsail Festival

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Topsail Beach and there is a good reason to do so in October. The 25th Annual Autumn with Topsail festival takes place on October 19 and 20, 2013. The highlight of the Festival is a juried Artists Show that attracts many regional artists who display and sell their wares.

Other features include live music, a variety of food vendors and games and rides for kids of all ages. The festival is staged in and around the Assembly Building in Topsail Beach.

Poplar Grove Plantation’s Haunted Halloween

One of the fun annual events is the Haunted Halloween extravaganza that takes place over two weekends at Poplar Grove Plantation. From October 11-13 and October 18-20, 2013, brave souls can visit a Haunted Barn or take a Haunted Hayride if they are courageous enough to face ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night.

There are inflatable carnival rides for kids, a little kids fun house, non-scary hayrides during the daytime for those who prefer rides without chills, and pony rides for children.

This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Poplar Grove Plantation, which was one of the oldest peanut plantations in North Carolina and was owned by the same family for more than six generations.

Poplar Grove opened as a museum in 1980 and its mansion is on the National Register of Historic Homes.

Old Wilmington by Candlelight

Wilmington, NC loves to celebrate holidays. Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour has been a holiday pleasure since 1973. The first weekend in December, visitors may tour some of the Historic District’s most beautiful homes, churches and businesses.

Old-style holiday decorations, candles and tasty treats greet guests at each stop on the self-guided tour route. On the eve of the tour, carolers stroll through historic Old Wilmington.

Funds raised from ticket sales are used for restoration of the Zebulon Latimer House museum complex and other projects of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.

Wrightsville Beach Hosts Holiday Flotilla

The Holiday Flotilla draws a crowd each year to Wrightsville Beach. The two day event takes place on November 29-30, 2013. The event begins with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and appearance by Santa Claus at Wrightsville Beach Town Hall. The Holiday Flotilla follows, showcasing elaborately decorated and lighted boats that parade through the Intracoastal Waterway for all to see and enjoy.

On Saturday, the Festival in the Park is held. It features a large play area for children that includes several inflatable slides and bounce houses and a coloring contest. Of course, festival food is featured and arts and crafts booths are set up by local artists and merchants. Another popular feature is an antique car show with lovingly maintained cars on display for all to enjoy.

Flotilla At Topsail Island

Topsail Island hosts the first Holiday Boat Flotilla of the year, with the event slated for November 22, 2013. The annual parade of decorated and lighted boats begin the trip at sunset at the bridge in Surf City then continue down the Intracoastal Waterway past the south end of Topsail Beach. Viewers can see the parade from Soundside Park in Surf City or from any of the beaches located on the sound side of the island.