Tis the Holiday Season. And Wilmington wants to get you in the spirit. Read on for details of the many seasonal and other events to enjoy around Wilmington or just go straight to the website and look over the entire schedule. Find all your events, restaurants, lodging and fun on the website at EnjoyWilmington.com. And
don’t forget your sunscreen.
The Holidays Are Here
Wilmington goes all out for the holidays. Tonight’s schedule features a public Menorah lighting ceremony. The lighting celebrates the beginning of Hanukah. Head to Riverfront park at 5:30 pm. Thursday’s schedule features the lighting of a Christmas Tree at Greenfield Lake. It’s put on by Rotary and is followed by a showing of A Christmas Story, the classic film featuring Ralphie and his hopes for a Ryder BB Gun. Enchanted Airlie is enchanting every Thursday through Saturday until the 21st with extra showings on Wednesday the 18th and Sunday the 22nd. Enchanted Airlie is a half mile stroll through the gardens while visitors enjoy a spectacular light display and a LEGO display of over 250,000 bricks. Santa is there, too. Saturday brings Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla and Santarchy. Sunday brings the Wilmington Holiday Parade. The following weekend brings events at Kure Beach, a Bellamy Burgwin-Wright Stroll through the Past, Island of Lights Tour of Homes and more. The granddaddy of the holidays events is the Festival Of Trees now at the Cameron Art Museum. Enjoy a wonderland of trees sponsored and decorated by area businesses and decorators. It runs Tuesdays through Sundays and will get you in the spirit. You can find these and more holiday events at Our Holidays. Check the theater listings, too, for season shows and music for seasonal music events. Or just see everything at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com
Enjoy Wilmington’s Theater
It’s the holiday season and Wilmington theater turns to the season. Hannah Block Center hosts Children’s Theater and this month it brings The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the stage. Originally a story in McCall’s magazine, and the only story to run twice in that publication, it’s a classic. The comedy tells the story of a couple struggling to produce a Christmas pageant and running head on into the Herdman kids. They should be called the mayhem kids. “One of the best Christmas stories ever-and certainly one of the funniest” according to the Seattle Times. It runs the 5th to the 8th. Willy Wonka comes to Thalian Hall the 12th. This tale adapted from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delight and has lessons of loyalty, honesty, humility and the strength of family. Willy runs the 12th to the 22nd. You can find more about these shows including dates and times at Our Theater.
It was a long time ago, or was it? Our History
Old Wilmington and a day that will live in infamy highlight upcoming history events around here. Beverly Tetterton who has devoted much of her adult life to exploring and documenting Wilmington History will share some of her findings at Wilmington Uncovered. Her slide presentation of previously unseen photographs will present Wilmington in an all new light. She’ll be at the Bellamy Mansion. President Franklin Roosevelt called it ”a day that will live in infamy forever.” The ”it” was the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Battleship NC Park will hold a remembrance from morning to noon. Mail Call continues at the Cape Fear Museum and tells the story of the link American troops maintained through the postal system. Pearl Harbor will be remembered on the Battleship. Find these and other history events at Our History.
Enjoy Wilmington Sports
Basketball and a run are on the docket these weeks. UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball plays host to Campbell tomorrow and to Manhattan in a couple of Sundays. Both games are at Trask Coliseum. The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History holds its 5K Jingle Bell Run next Saturday. It’s a great way to have some fun with folks around the area, support a good cause and get a little exercise. Details for these and more sports events can be found at Our Sports. (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)
Music for everyone
From the big band sound to karaoke and open mic you will find your music in Wilmington. Thalian Hall brings the American Big Band: Home for the holidays to stage with two shows this Wednesday. A 12 piece band and 8 dancers will transport the audience to another musical era. You’ll love it if you remember the big band sound or if you’ve never experienced it before. Enjoy the music and celebrate a bygone era. Thalian also presents The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday. Amahl and the Night Visitors comes to Kenan Auditorium courtesy of the Wilmington Symphony. Amahl is Gian Carlo Menotti’s masterful classic for the season. Wilmington Chamber Music brings their Candlelight Concert to St. Paul’s Episcopal Sunday. Find more seasonal music under Holiday.
There’s a host of non-seasonal music as well. Local favorite Bibis Ellison is performing at the Palm, the Rusty Nail holds its Blues Jam. Ziggies By The Sea has a full calendar. And there’s much more.
Find details on these performances and the many private venues around Wilmington at Our Music. Look under the little magnifying glass for more details of each event.
The Little Folks
Kids will be entertained this season with stories, railroads, projects, camp and much more activities that are geared to kids. They’ll also be entertained by many of the sports and holiday events that their parents will enjoy. The Children’s Museum, Railroad Museum, Aquarium, Cape Fear Museum and others have regular programming for kids. And their parents can be given a night off with Parents Night Out. Carolina Gymnastics continues to hold its Parents Night Out to give mom and dad a respite on Friday and Saturday evenings. Find more about these and other kids events at Our Kids Events. Be sure to look at the events under Holiday, Music and Sports for more great ideas for the younger set.
On The Silver Screen
A Christmas Story comes to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Thursday. It’s part of the Rotary’s ‘wheel lighting’ event and it’s free. Romeo and Juliet comes to Thalian Hall as part of the Shakespeare Club. Find all the film events including the latest Cinematique offerings at Our Film. You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.
Beer and Wine Tastings
Are really popular around Wilmington. Front Street Brewery has a daily brewery tour and Wilmington Homebrew Supply has a weekly craft beer tasting on Friday. Fortunate Glass, Wilmington Wine, Wine Sampler, Divine Wines, have weekly wine tastings. Find the schedule under “Fun” at Beer and Wine Fun.
Go read a book
Clyde Edgerton talks about his new book Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers at WHQR’s Prologue. It’s next Monday. Clyde will be interviewed by Ben Steelman of the Star News. Get the date and time for this and other books events at Our Books.
Enjoy Wilmington’s Nature:
This area is a biological wonderland and that’s exactly what Carolina Beach State Park calls their tours this month. Our varied habitats support different plants and animals that call them home. The Ranger guide will explain it all. The tour’s are every Saturday this month. Get the details about these and other nature events at Our Nature.
And that’s not all
You can find the whole schedule on the website. It’s at Our Events. You can find our history events at Our History. You can nature events at Our Nature. You can find our books and talks at Our Books and Talks. You can find Dance events HERE. You can find comedy events HERE. Some information on our beaches is at Our Beaches. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet. You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area). And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.
Find your nonprofit
We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina. You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.
Our Nonprofit Event of the Week
Beautiful Historic homes will be open this Saturday and Sunday for the Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour. See these historic homes decorated for the holidays. The proceeds go to support the work of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, commonly known as the Latimer House. Check out the event HERE and order your tickets today!
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