Wilmington loves this time of the year. We have tree lightings, special seasonal shows, exhibits and a host of seasonal activities for young and old. Looking for a new idea for your Christmas Tree? Check out the Festival of Trees at the Cameron Art Museum. Visitors will wander through Winter Wonderland of beautiful trees now through December 7. Looking for a Christmas Tree Lighting? We have three lightings this Friday and one more later in the month. Downtown Wilmington holds its tree lighting this Friday at 5:30 on the riverfront. Wrightsville Beach holds its lighting this Friday, as well, in the Park and also at 5:30. Mayfaire Town Center holds its lighting this Friday at 6:30. Wilmington Rotary Clubs closeout the tree lighting events December 4, with a lighting at Greenfield Lake Park. Their lighting is followed by a showing of Polar Express the Tom Hanks holiday movie. And somehow, a jolly old lad in a big red suit shows up at all the lightings.
The Holiday Season is also a time to think about days of yore. The Historic Wilmington Foundation has its Post Thanksgiving Tour this Sunday. One home is decorated for the holidays and open for a tour. Ed Turburg a well versed and entertaining local specialist in Wilmington history will lead tours of the home outlining its history and architectural features. The tour is followed by a reception. How about beautiful homes by candlelight? The Latimer House presents its Old Wilmington by Candlelight tour the following weekend, December 6 & 7. Beautiful homes and historic sites in downtown Wilmington are opened for a tour that will inspire you and you’ll remember for years to come.
Or maybe you’d prefer an outdoors scene decorated for the season. Airlie Gardens holds its Enchanted Airlie tour on certain days from Friday through December 22. It’s a one half mile stroll through the gardens all lit up for the season. Be sure to check the schedule for all these holiday events at Holiday.EnjoyWilmington.com
Read on for more highlights the next couple of weeks or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com to find everything. (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information and use the search feature to find your events.)
Our Theaters are in on the holidays
Two of our theaters have jumped on the holidays with special shows. Cape Fear Playhouse brings us Every Christmas Story Ever Told. It’s a mad romp through many, many of the seasons’ best holiday stories in a hilarious style promising belly laughs for one and all. Shown from the 4th to the 21st. The Hannah Block Center has taken the old ‘Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus’ story and turned it into a show for the kids. Yes Virginia The Musical runs the 4th through the 7th. Get the full schedule HERE.
The Beauty of Art
It’s the 4th Friday of November which means its time for another Fourth Friday Artwalk in downtown Wilmington this Friday. Downtown art galleries will be open late with special exhibits and an accent of nibbles and beverages. Be sure to check out New Elements Gallery as Merrimon opens her Holiday Show and Crescent Moon which features part of local musical favorite L Shape Lot. There’s plenty more. State of the Art/Art of the State continues at the Cameron Art Museum. Over 600 North Carolina artists are on exhibit showing their work. There’s no other show quite like it. Get the details on these and other art shows at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com
Wilmingtonians Just Want To Have Fun
There’re lots of things to do just for fun. Maybe you’d like a wine tasting? Or a holiday oriented flea market? Or an exhibit for those planning bridal showers? Those are all at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com
And much, much more
We have restaurants for every palate 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.
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