Opportunities to celebrate the new year in southeastern North Carolina

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - As December comes to a close, residents of southeastern North Carolina can look forward to a variety of events to ring in the new year.

New Hanover County

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31, the Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration will take place at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. This free, family-friendly event will include:

  • The “beach ball drop” at midnight
  • A DJ
  • Refreshments and party favors available for purchase

A fireworks show was previously scheduled but has since been canceled due to weather concerns. The beach ball drop and DJ performance are pending.

The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is located at Carolina Beach Avenue S and Harper Ave. For more information, please visit the event website.

Pender County

The 5th annual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop was scheduled to take place in downtown Burgaw on Dec. 31. However, it has since been canceled due to the threat of inclement weather.

“We have closely monitored the forecast for several days, and it has remained consistent, calling for rain through most of the event time frame with the threat of possible thunderstorms. Due to all the aspects of the event, weather poses a huge disruption to safety, our overall success of the event, and the ability to provide a full experience,” said Cody Suggs, Burgaw Parks & Recreation Director.

The committee is currently working with the band to reschedule for a new date. They will either perform next summer as part of the Summer on the Square concert series or at the 2023 New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop. Saturday’s fireworks display will be rescheduled for New Year’s Eve in 2023.

Brunswick County

The Calabash New Year’s Eve Bonfire was scheduled to from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve at the Hurricane Fleet Parking Lot on 9975 Nance Street. However, the event has been cancelled due to rain chances. You can keep up with updates on the Calabash Facebook page.