15th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Kicked Off Christmas Season This Past Weekend


Two of our state’s longest-running traditions, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and Airlie Gardens’ Enchanted Airlie, launched the coastal holiday season this past weekend.

“Our 36th-anniversary brought perfect weather with thousands of excited visitors and residents who came to see what the NC Holiday Flotilla is all about,” said Linda Brown, Flotilla Chair. “Eighteen uniquely decorated boats and a spectacular fireworks display capped a weekend full of family-oriented events. Our 36th Flotilla was a huge success.”

Saturday night’s Flotilla, Zambelli fireworks, and Enchanted Airlie attracted an estimated combined crowd above 50,000.

The Best in Show in the 2019 Flotilla is “Stick Man Christmas” by Captain Chuck Ohnmacht of Wilmington.

2019 Best In Show
Theme: Stick Man Christmas
Captain Chuck Ohnmacht
Boat name: La Pachanga Tres
Photo courtesy of Beth W. Hedgepeth

Click here for a complete list of NC Holiday Flotilla winners and photo gallery.