With Halloween behind us, folks are getting ready for the next set of holiday celebrations. In Wrightsville Beach, that means the annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla. The annual light-adorned boat parade hits the Intracoastal Waterway the Saturday after Thanksgiving. At a luncheon Monday, organizers said the event is more than just the boats, though. Mayor Stephen Whalen said the more than 50,000 visitors is a boon for the area. "It's good for Wrightsville Beach. It's good for our economy. We get a lot of people that stay in the hotels and the motels over that two or three day period,” said Mayor Whalen. “They visit the restaurants, so I just think it's good for everybody." The festivities start with a 5k run and walk November 14th. Thanksgiving weekend there's a tree lighting and visit from Santa ahead of the flotilla itself.
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