Pleasure Island, NC

Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. 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.

For an application to enter a boat in the Flotilla go to the Checkered Church at 800 St. Joseph St, Carolina Beach or click here for a printable application. Questions? Contact Cindy Washington @ 910-386-8081 or email

2018 Christmas Flotilla - Saturday, December 8th

6:00 Pm Carolina beach boat basin

2017 Winners!

​Category 3 (Boats Under 18') 

First Place $300 -  Masonboro Whaler / Scott Anderson / "Christmas Morning" 

Other boats participating: 

Beachcomber / Matt Hilliard / "The Beachcomber is Coming to Town"   

Category 2 (Boats 18’ to 24’) 

First Place $300 -  BACDA "Too" / The Island Men (Roy Lee Carter) / (no theme information provided) 

Second Place $150 -  Matthews Motors / Steve Matthews / (no theme information provided)

Other boats participating: 

Wildcat / Mark Morgan / "Rudolph & Bumble" 

Okey Dokey / Rob Turnage / (no theme information provided) 

Living The Dream / Bob Lewis / "Bear" With Us 

River Runner / Skip Tyson / "A Jamin' Christmas" 

(no vessel name provided) / Frank Miller / “Southern Santa" 

Category 1 (Boats Over 24’) 

First Place $300  -  SS Fish Witch / Shane Snow / “Christmas Lights”   

Second Place $150  - Stress Relief / Billy McGrew / ”Peace”ful Holidays   

Other boats participating: 

Fish Dance / Keith Green / “Rudolph” 

Best Overall (highest score of all boats entered) 

$400 Prize  -  Fish Witch II / Carl Snow / "Frosty the Snowman"  

Photo Gallery: Christmas Flotilla

Island of Lights