Celebrate Thanksgiving 2013 in Wilmington, NC with festive holiday events and delicious Thanksgiving dinners at popular Wilmington restaurants!
Wilmington NC is the place to be Thanksgiving Weekend! Gallop for the Gravy in Wilmington's Thanksgiving Day 5k, visit with Santa at the Island of Lights Lighting at the Lake Celebration, challenge your friends in the Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run and enjoy a spectacular lighted boat parade at the 30th Annual Flotilla! Plus, make dinner reservations today so that you can enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner prepared by top Wilmington restaurants!
Visiting from out of town to celebrate Thanksgiving in Wilmington? Contact our local hotel partners today and ask them about their special discount hotel rates!
Thanksgiving Weekend Events in Wilmington NC:
Gallop For The Gravy 5K
November 28, 2013
Gallop for the Gravy is Wilmington West Rotary's Annual 5K run benefiting local and Rotary International charities. The certified 5k course starts and ends at the Wilmington Family YMCA. It winds through the Forest Hills neighborhood, has plenty of shade and is flat. There is one water stop at about the 1/2 point. Costumes are encouraged and rewarded with a prize for the best. It's a great way to start the Thanksgiving holiday! Click here for additional information about the 2013 Gallop for the Gravy 5k.
Island of Lights - Lighting at the Lake Celebration
November 29, 2013
The light up ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival! There will be a brief opening ceremony featuring the President of The Island of Lights Committee, Pleasure Island elected officials and musical entertainment. Local Cub Scouts provide the Honor Guard and display the Flag for the singing of the National Anthem. Families can walk one mile around the lake to view the beautiful lighted displays and Santa will visit the celebration! Free coca and cookies will be served prior to Light Up. Click here for additional information.
Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run
November 30, 2013 at 9AM
The Turkey Trot is a 4 mile trail run / walk through Carolina Beach State Park. The race begins at Carolina Beach State Park Marina. Runners will proceed on paved road and then enter well marked trails through pine forest and over wooden footbridges. Footing is generally good with occasional sand, roots and limb hazards along the trail. There will be a continuous shuttle service from race finish to breakfast / awards ceremony and from the awards back to the parking area. Register today!
Wrightsville Beach Holiday Flotilla
November 29 & 30, 2013
The 30th Annual Flotilla weekend will be held Friday and Saturday, November 29th and 30th. Flotilla has grown to become one of the top 20 events in the Southeast and a must see family weekend, attracting an estimated 50,000 people to Wrightsville Beach annually. The weekend kicks off with a Launch Party and continues with a family friendly Festival in the Park, a spectacular lighted boat parade and an incredible fireworks display! Call 910-256-2120 for more information.
Thanksgiving Dinners in Wilmington NC:
The Bridge Tender Restaurant
1414 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC | 910-256-4519
3501 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC | 910-762-7011
Oceanic - Oceanfront Dining
703 S. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC | 910-256-5551
Open 12PM - 8PM Thanksgiving Day, Serving Thanksgiving Specials
Ruth's Chris Steak House
301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC | 910-343-1818
Thanksgiving Dinner - Dine at Ruth's Chris Steak House with family and friends.
Ruth's Holiday Sides To Go - Order sides to go and enjoy them in the comfort of your Wilmington accommodations.
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