Fishing boats and pleasure craft 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. All are encouraged to participate in text voting for your favorite boat to determine the winner of the People’s Choice award. Bring the family and enjoy the evening at Carolina Beach. To enter a boat in the Flotilla click here for a printable registration form. Questions? Contact Cindy Washington @ 910-386-8081 or email cindywashington@earthlink.net



Photo Gallery: Christmas Flotilla 2019

2022 Christmas Flotilla - Saturday 12/3/2022


Photo Credit: Susan Foy

 Pleasure Island, NC

Island of Lights

​​​​2021 Winners!


Category 2 (Boats 18’ to 24’)

First Place $300 - SS Minnow / The Island Men (Mark LeBlanc) / Christmas (#22)


Second Place $150 – Bessie / Marcus Matzke / Palm Beach Paradise (#21)

Other Boats participating:   


Island Time Water Tours / Shelia Marshall / Snow Globe (#2)

What’s Up Doc? / Mur Akinli / Christmas By The Sea (#4)

The Love Boat / Freedom Boat Club (Alex Benson) / Gingerbread Boat (#6)

2 Suns / Will Mihaly / Bad Santa Claus is Coming to Town (#8)

Sweet Jane / Freedom Boat Club (Paul Riccobon) / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Cobia (#11)

Seven / Matt Piccinin / Santa Seas (#13)

Sea Sharp / Zack Brown / Christmas (#15)

Emergency / Josh Parsons / Merry Christmas (#17)

Okey Dokey / Rob Turnage / Holiday Lights and Music (#19)


Category 1 (Boats Over 24’)

First Place $300  -  Mañana / Steve Sutton / Captain Grinch (#7)

Second Place $150  - Fish Witch II / Carl Snow / Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree (#10)

Other boats participating:

Tail Chaser / Brandon Phillips / Candy Land (#1)

Framily Time / Thomas Dozier, Jr. / (no theme) (#3)

Sealegs Pedal Pub / Freddy VonEssen / Santa’s Sleigh (#5)

Stress Relief / Billy McGrew / Peace on Earth (#14)

Wet-N-Wild / Keith Green / Santa’s Beach Bumz (#16)

Wild Rover III / David Tilley / Drunk People with Lights (#18)

Vonda Kay / David Garner / Boat with Christmas Lights (#20)


People’s Choice (received the most text votes)

US Coast Guard Cutter Bayberry / Christopher W. Thompson / Santa’s Workshop (#9)

Best Overall (highest score of all boats entered)

$400 Prize -  SS Fish Witch II / Shane Snow / Up to Snow Good (#12)