WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Thanksgiving week, known as flotilla week in Wrightsville Beach, will launch the Carolina holiday season with two long-running traditions, both distinguished as Top 20 Events by the Southeast Tourism Society. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161103/435841 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161103/435840 Flotilla week, packed with festivities and family activities, highlights the 33 rd annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, including a massive 23-minute Zambelli Fireworks display, and the 12 th annual Airlie Gardens' Enchanted Airlie. Both events combined attract over 100,000 spectators during the holidays. Located on the flotilla parade route and providing transportation and tickets to Enchanted Airlie, host hotel Blockade Runner Beach Resort begins the celebration with a traditional and coastal feast on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 2016. Throughout the day and flotilla week, scenic nature tours, eco-shelling, inshore bottom-fishing and sunset cruises guided by The Cape Fear Naturalist, Captain Joe Abbate, depart from the Blockade Runner dock. Flotilla week's itinerary is packed with Friday's tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa, and the Atlantic Marine flotilla launch party featuring the Embers. Saturday's schedule includes Festival In the Park, bustling with bouncy houses, slides, climbing walls, the Arab Choo Choo, live music, an antique auto show, and an estimated 100 booths featuring local merchants and arts and crafts vendors. Enchanted Airlie will open both Friday and Saturday. Created by Airlie Gardens Foundation, Enchanted Airlie brings to life 35-acres of walking trails in the nighttime forest with an estimated one million colorful lights, holiday displays, and seasonal music. The half-mile stroll also offers an indoor visit with Santa plus food and beverage vendors with hot chocolate, coffee, popcorn, cookies, a unique local brew, and more.