The annual Island of Lights Festival kicks off the night after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the holiday decorations displayed around the Carolina Beach Lake. This is followed one week later by the Christmas Parade which always draws thousands of spectators and really is a must see. The very next night is the always popular Holiday Flotilla which features boats of all types and sizes decorated and lit up while cruising from Snows Cut to The Harbor in Downtown Carolina Beach. December 8th is the Island of Lights Tour of Homes. The festival along with the Year concludes with Fireworks after the New Year Countdown.