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Island of Lights Holiday Season begins with ‘Light up the Lake Celebration’ on Friday, November 29th at Carolina Beach Lake

Christmas Parade & Flotilla Applications Available

The Holiday Season is fast approaching with the Island of Lights events on Pleasure Island. The Island of Lights Christmas Cards and Ornaments are currently on sale at The Checkered Church Gift Shop, 800 Saint Joseph St.; Island Tackle True Value Hardware, 801 N Lake Park Blvd.; touché 201 N Lake Park Blvd.; Jeanie's Jewels, 1009 N Lake Park Blvd.; Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N Lake Park Blvd.; Nautilus Art and Frame, 1009 N Lake Park Blvd.. The schedule of Island of Lights Holiday events is:
• Light up the Lake - Friday, November 29th at 7 PM. Carolina Beach Lake
• Parade - Friday, December 6 at 7:30 PM at Lake Park Blv
• Flotilla - Saturday, December 7 at 6 PM in the Carolina Beach Boat Basin
• Tour of Homes - Saturday, December 14 from 4 –9 PM in Carolina & Kure Beaches
• New Year’s Celebration - Monday, December 31st at 9PM around the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Area
For event descriptions and for contacts visit Frances Massey at 458-5507 can mail you a PARADE APPLICATION for a float entry. Homes are needed for the annual tour.  Please consider participating and helping us carry on this annual tradition.  Contact James Allen at 458-5006.
FLOTILLA APPLICATIONS can be obtained at the IOL website or by stopping at the Checkered Church Gift Shop.  Duke Energy is once again a major sponsor of  the Flotilla and the judging for the prizes will be done by Eric Medler of Cumulus Broadcasting, John Evans, News Anchor at WECT News, and Lori Harris, the Marketing Manager at Star News.     
This season is the 24th Holiday Season for the Island of Lights organization.  With your help, we look forward to continuing the tradition. This brief history of the organization may inspire you to join us.
The Island of Lights committee began in 1989 as a project of the Pleasure Island Jaycees. The Jaycees disbanded early in 1990 and the Island of Lights Committee became an organization of community volunteers. The main purpose was and is, to promote tourism for Pleasure Island (Carolina and Kure Beaches) from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.  We had five displays that first year and today w have over 20 displays.  Activities that have been added since the first year are a Fashion Show, Light Up at the Lake, a nighttime Christmas Parade, a Holiday Flotilla, a Tour of Homes, and a New Year’s Eve Countdown and fireworks.  With the help of the towns of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and businesses in our community, our events have brought people to Pleasure Island from as far way as Ohio and Pennsylvania each year, so we have definitely helped increase tourism for our island.  As a group, we hope to continue our activities for many more years to come and have everyone enjoy our activities as much as we do.