The Most Popular Holiday Events Taking Place Around Ocean Isle Beach

It’s that favorite time of the year when the holidays are upon us. This time of the year is  filled with preparations of all types from planning and shopping to wrapping gifts and maybe even dreaming of some time away.  If you’re planning on treating yourself to a getaway to Holden Beach, NC, you’ll want to secure your holiday vacation rental soon thru Alan Holden Vacations. While you’re at it, be sure to check out the most popular holiday events taking place in the area. They only come around once each year!
You’re going to be pleased with the off-season rates on accommodations this time of the year. You will save a bundle and we know at this time of year you could stand to do that! Take all the money you’ll save on your accommodations and treat yourself to a good time this holiday season. Here are the top holiday events in the area.
Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting

1. The Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting takes place on Saturday, November 25. The holiday parade kicks off at from the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 2 p.m. Following the parade the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at the Causeway, along the mainland side of the bridge, across the street from the Fire Department at 4 p.m. Then Santa will make an appearance at the OIB Fire Department from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy this free community event!
Ocean Isle Beach Christmas Flotilla

2. Join us on Saturday, November 25, 2017 for the 14th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla. This boat parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in front of Inlet View Bar and Grill and proceeds down the Intracoastal Waterway to the commercial canal in front of Sharky’s Restaurant where the judging will take place. The boats will be all “decked out” for Christmas!  After the awards a Christmas party with live music will be provided by Sharky’s.  There will be items for auction and T- shirts will be available.  Boat entries require a $25.00 donation.  For more information or to enter a boat, call 910-612-7799 or 910-612-2793 or visit
Ingram Planetarium Holiday Laser Light Show

3. Beginning November 23, Ingram Planetarium will present its Holiday Laser Music Show at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the Sky Theater accompanied by holiday music that includes such classics as Sleigh Ride, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Winter Wonderland, and Jingle Bell Rock. The holiday laser music show runs through the end of the year and is appropriate for all ages. Admission to laser music shows is free for Planetarium members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and under. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit
11th Annual Christmas Train Show in NC

4. Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue in Ocean Isle Beach will be hosting their 12th Annual Christmas Toy & Train Show on Friday, Dec. 1 from 6-9 p.m.; Sat & Sun, Dec 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sat & Sun, Dec 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Layouts include the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger N, HO, O and G-scale models in over 20 different layouts. Train enthusiasts and kids of all ages will enjoy this fun event. Displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime. There will be baked goods, train vendors, a train raffle and Santa Claus! Free admission. Donations welcome. Location: 758 Longwood Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
airlie gardens

5. Gather the family for a stroll through the Enchanted Airlie Gardens in Wilmington to enjoy holiday flowers, festive lights, live music, a working model train and more.  This festive celebration of the holidays is held Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-10, and 13-22, 2017. There are two run-times per evening: 5-7 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The 5-7 p.m. ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 4:45 p.m. & no later than 6 p.m. You must exit by 7 p.m.The 7-9 p.m. ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 6:45 p.m. & no later than 8 p.m. You must exit by 9 p.m.
All of us at Alan Holden Vacations would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday season!



Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals

As the days get shorter and the promise of a new season is at our doorstep, thoughts turn to the upcoming holiday season. Now is the time to make plans for a Thanksgiving getaway where you can begin a new family tradition this year. At Alan Holden Vacations we have nearly 300 vacation rentals for you to choose from. You’ll have your choice of single family homes, condominiums and duplexes that include oceanfront homes, second row homes, canal front or a dunes location. You’re sure to find the perfect holiday vacation home where you can turn this holiday season into the best ever!
Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals
Did you know that Holden Beach and Brunswick County, NC area is one of the east coast’s premier golfing destinations? Bring your golf clubs with you when you come because Brunswick County is home to over 30 golf courses! When you’re done playing our area courses, drive south to Myrtle Beach and there are over 110 more courses to be played!
You won’t find all the commercialism, flashing neon signs or high-rise buildings in Holden Beach. We’re a small and quiet “family beach”. Our beach town has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the “38 Best American Beaches” and was rated 9th out of all U.S. beaches in the “Family Beach” category. We’ve also been classified as one of “America’s Top Ten Family Beaches!”
Why Not Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition in Our Holiday Vacation Rentals
Since 1756, when the Holden family purchased the island from England for 50 shillings, the Holden’s have been promoting natural coastal development and welcoming new guests to this beautiful paradise by the sea.
We invite your family to come spend the holidays at Holden Beach and be a part of our family of guests and staff at Alan Holden Vacations. Book your rental, pack your bags, grab your sunglasses and come visit us. We look forward to meeting you!




North Carolina Festival by the Sea

Every year in late October the popular North Carolina Festival by the Sea takes place in Holden Beach, North Carolina. This year the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29.

NC Festival By the Sea

This 2-day festival begins with a jubilant parade that proceeds down the Holden Beach Causeway on Saturday. This is the only day of the year that you can walk across the bridge to Holden Beach.

Festival By the Sea

During the festival, there will be arts & crafts vendors open all day, both days. Come out and participate in a horseshoe tournament and a sandcastle building contest. Children can enjoy face painting, huge kites flying overhead, a costume contest, and children’s rides and amusements. Live musical entertainment, food and arts and crafts vendors will be there both days at Holden Beach’s Pavilion.

A special treat for children will be the face painting, huge kites flying overhead and children’s rides and amusements.

And last but not at all least — bring your dancing shoes because there will be live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach Pavilion. All of us at Alan Holden Vacations hope to see you at this fun filled event!




Book Your Winter Beach Getaway to Holden Beach Now

Book Your Winter Beach Getaway to Holden Beach Now

With the end of summer approaching thoughts are turning to returning to school and winter right around the corner. It’s right now when you should be booking your accommodations for a winter getaway. We have some super special deals on winter rentals are nothing short of irresistible!


Take advantage of our amazing off-season rates on Holden Beach winter rentals. For many people, the change of season causes people’s thoughts to daydream about where they’d like to escape to for those seemingly endless winter months.


Get away from it all for less in one of our spacious and well-appointed rentals during the off-season. Spend your days walking the beach and golfing or bring a lounge chair and those books you’ve been wanting to read. It’s a great way to spend those long winter months without ever lifting a snow shovel!

When you choose to stay with us at Holden Beach Vacations you’ll have everything you need (and more!) to turn the winter blues into the fun time you’ve always dreamed of escaping to.

Come enjoy the beauty of Holden Beach, North Carolina, in the winter and see why so many people come back year after year and call this their “home away from home.”

If you have any questions about our winter rentals be sure to give us a call at 1-800-720-2200. We look forward to having you join us for what could be your best winter ever!



Pet Friendly Rentals Even Fido Will Love

We know that pets are family members and nobody wants to leave them behind when it’s time for the family vacation. It spoils a vacation in part if you spend time worrying about how they’re doing while you’re away. You won’t have to look far to find pet friendly accommodations that welcome animals. At Alan Holden Vacations we have plenty of pet friendly rentals to choose from and you can look them over on our website. If you have any questions at all, just give us a call.


The pet friendly rentals we have come in an assortment of types and sizes. Some are small and cozy while others are large and capable of sleeping more than 12 people. When you vacation with pets it’s important to keep in mind that you are renting a vacation home, so you must treat it even better than you would your own home and that includes Fido, too. To ensure that happens there is usually a non-refundable pet deposit required.


Pet friendly rentals accept well-behaved and non-troublesome animals. Sometimes there are weight restrictions on the size of pet you can bring, while many others have no limits at all. These are details you need to be aware of before you make your reservations.


If your pet is accustomed to a special bed or blanket where they sleep, bring it with you. This makes your pet feel at home and comfortable in the new surroundings. Pets know where they are supposed to lie down because they have their familiar items to designate the space that is “theirs.”


Many of our rentals are happy to accommodate your pets. Some will supply animal comforts such as pet beds, bowls, toys and treats to help your friend feel the most comfortable in this unfamiliar home. The area offers plenty of outdoor adventures that your pets can participate in, like hiking, beach visits, and sports. There are also some pet-friendly outdoor restaurants in the area.


When you’re looking for pet friendly rentals in Brunswick County, North Carolina, take a look at what we have to offer at Alan Holden Vacations. We’ve delighted many families and their pets that have stayed with us in the past.



The Where & Why of Pontoon Boat Rentals

On this year’s summer vacation to coastal North Carolina, why not take the family out on a boating adventure! Even people that don’t like boating for any number of reasons find pontoon boats to be stable and comfortable. Following are five benefits that a pontoon boat rental would have over other types of boats. Why not consider a pontoon boat rental on your next vacation to Holden Beach NC.

Easy to Handle

A pontoon boat is the simplest boat to handle on the water. The boat floats on top of the water, as opposed to motor boats, which draft down into the water, or sailboats that require wind in the right direction, you can take a pontoon boat just about anywhere. You don’t get as much interference from currents, and driving is basically the same as driving a car.

Smooth Rides

Pontoon boats are flatter on the bottom so they are gentle on the water than traditional U-hulled boats. As you turn, accelerate, and decelerate, you’ll usually find that the boat doesn’t tilt or lean in the water like traditional motorboats, and nowhere near as much as sailboats.

Sit Back And Relax

Many places that offer pontoon boat rentals are also available to captain your boat and take you to secret locations along the coast. Inshore fishing trips, snorkeling adventures, dolphin spotting, island tours, or anything else that you might have in mind, can be done on a pontoon boat.

Plenty of Room for Kids

Pontoon boats offer a lot of space for kids to play and be themselves. These boats are extremely stable. Seating arrangements let kids and adults alike feel like they’re having private conversations. The entire family is more comfortable on a pontoon boat, especially for those looking for relaxation in the sun.

Great for Fishing

If you’re looking for your big catch while you’re here, choosing a pontoon boat is a great way to make that happen. Since pontoons disturb the water less than a U hull, they tend to spook fish less, making getting that strike just a little bit easier.

Where to Rent Pontoon Boats

Renting a pontoon boat can be the difference between a comfortable, fun day and a scary, hectic charter. The type of boat you choose depends on your family and your needs. Whatever you have in mind, contact one of the following companies and they’ll make sure to make your day a success. Contact them at your convenience to schedule your outing!

FantaSea Motorboat Rentals

Ocean Isle Fishing Center

Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental

Carolina Watersports of Oak Island



The Best Time to Enjoy a Coastal Vacation

Some people believe that if they haven’t make their reservations for the oceanfront vacation rentals where they want to stay on Holden Beach NC at least six months in advance that there won’t be any vacancies. But surprisingly, that’s not the case. We often have vacancies including last minute openings that we’re always happy to fill on a first reserved, first served basis. It is true that the earlier you make your reservations the more likely you are to get the place you want but at Alan Holden Vacations all of our accommodations are ideal for any size family so when you book with us you can’t go wrong.

When you’re unsure where to stay along the coast, take a look at what we have available at Alan Holden Vacations. We have many beautiful vacation homes that provide you with panoramic views of the coastline from every floor.

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to stay, this is it. The best time to schedule that coastal vacation is right now before the temperatures heat up and the vacationing families arrive. Being centrally located like this will provide you with easy access to all the action from Myrtle Beach south of us to Wilmington north of us.

North Carolina Golfing

Stay in the area to enjoy golf on an assortment of championship courses then enjoy some of the best seafood of your life. Or head south to the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach where you’ll discover over a hundred more championship golf courses to try for your best game ever.

There’s really no bad time to enjoy a coastal vacation. It’s hard to improve on the perfection that Mother Nature provides us with on a daily basis along the shores of coastal North Carolina. Come see for yourself! We look forward to providing your accommodations.


Surprise Your Valentine with a Beach Vacation Package

If you’re looking for a great idea for this years upcoming Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your valentine with a Beach Vacation Package from Alan Holden Vacations. If there’s something we’re good at it’s vacation and holiday accommodations. You’ll find the perfect setting for that special holiday right here at Holden Beach. Come see for yourself — but hurry, these properties go fast!


Our beach vacation packages include luxurious accommodations complete with well furnished and beautifully decorated vacation homes offering nicely equipped kitchens. You won’t find a better gift idea than any one of our vacation homes that we have.

Surprise Your Valentine with a stay at Sundance

Stay in a home like Sundance and you’ll enjoy your own hot tub, swimming pool, and a games room inside the house that includes a pool table! What a wonderful spot, steps from the ocean, to enjoy a special Valentine’s Day this year.


Surprise Your Valentine with a Vacation Package

Seaduction is another oceanfront home with plenty of reasons to get excited this Valentine’s Day. Just imagine waking up to the sound and scent of the surf. Gaze out the bedroom window and it’s right there. This home also comes with its very own private swimming pool and a hot tub.


Give us a call at 800-720-2200 if we can help you set up something special for your Valentine’s Day accommodations this year. We look forward to hearing from you soon.



3 Can’t-Miss Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

The holiday season is truly a time of joyous celebration and being with family and friends. If you’re coming up short for gift ideas this year but want to make a big impact, we have three excellent one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Select any one of these to give as a present to that special someone or couple in your life and you’ll give a gift that is sure to make a lasting impression for years to come.

Merry Christmas from Holden Beach, NC!

  1. A vacation stay in Holden Beach.  We have plenty of great deals on holiday vacation rentals at Alan Holden Vacations that would be a super gift for that couple who seem to never get away for R&R. Make their reservations for what ever time of the year would suit them best or let them choose themselves! You can’t go wrong with beach reservations at Holden Beach NC.

3 Can’t Miss Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

  1. Spend the day on a Deep Sea Fishing Charter Boat. The fishing fanatic in your life is sure to love this fabulous idea! Give a gift certificate for Hurricane Fleet to take them out on a half or full day of deep sea fishing – all gear provided!

3 Can’t Miss Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season

  1. A gift certificate for a full day of golf. When you’re looking for gift ideas for the golfer in your life consider a golf package at one of the area courses. Another great gift idea is a golf lesson at any local golf course so they can fine tune their game. This is a present that will keep on giving for life!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Halloween Happenings in Brunswick County

Just once a year a holiday like Halloween comes along that encourages everyone from children to grandparents to dress up and pretend to be someone other than who they are. Usually there’s a great deal of candy involved – either giving it out or collecting it. It’s great fun for many people! Years ago there used to only be door to door trick-or-treating but these days communities are filled with special events being held specifically for the holiday. We recommend you check out any of the following Halloween happenings in Brunswick County. We’re sure you’ll have a great time!
Boo at the Beach
Boo at the Beach in Holden Beach
October 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Holden Beach Pavilion on Jordan Blvd. This is a free event that’s open to the public and features booths with carnival games for children. Dress up and enter the Best Halloween Costume Contest taking place at 6:30 p.m.
Haunted Trail
Haunted Trail in Ocean Isle Beach
October 21-22 and Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue, 758 Longwood Rd., Ocean Isle Beach. This is a family friendly haunted trail open every Friday and Saturday night in October as well as on Halloween. Enjoy a self-guided tour that takes 30 minutes to complete. This event has received two local awards in the past for being the scariest haunted attraction. Fee $10.
Spirit of Brunswick
spirit of brunswick
October 21 at 7 p.m. 8884 St Philip’s Rd. SE, Winnabow, NC Haunting tales depicted from the colonial port of Brunswick. Tours start at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling 910-371-6613. Price $5 per person. Not recommended for children under 8 years old.
Batty Battleship’s Halloween Bash
battleship bash
October 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Battleship North Carolina, The Mainland. Ghouls and goblins will enjoy trick-or-treating on the Battleship. There will be games, activities, a petting zoo and storytelling. Children encouraged to wear costumes. Price $5 per person; children 2 and under admitted free.
All of us at Alan Holden Vacations would like to wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween season this year!