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Enjoy Wilmington for the Holidays

Category : Featured Post, What To Do

Wilmington is a great place to enjoy all the season’s holidays.  Lights, trains, music, theater, trees, even Santa are all here for you.  And it doesn’t end with Christmas.  New Year’s eve will be special as well.  Find all your holiday fun on the website Here.

Celebrate the holidays 

Wilmington goes all out to make the holidays special.  Chanukah and Christmas receive the special recognition that is due and we have a host of seasonal events, both serious and fun.  Today’s newsletter focuses on some of the special events as well as some of the more offbeat ways we celebrate the season around Wilmington.

Special Holiday Events

An amazing light show, model trains, a stroll between historic homes, a plethora of family events and even a huge Rotary Wheel are among the highlights of our Special Holiday Events.  Airlie Gardens continues its beautiful Enchanted Airlie tour where thousands of lights and LEGO building blocks create a winter wonderland.  Be enchanted Thursday through Saturday evenings until Christmas.  Kure Beach brings a host of storybook characters to life with its Fantasy Christmas Show this Friday and Saturday.  The Grinch, Cookie Monster, Rudolph and more will entertain young and old.  Bring a folding chair and dress warm.  Train buffs will want to check out the Train show at the Wilmington Railroad museum or the Train Expo at Independence Mall presented by the model RR club.  Wrightsville Beach has its Jingle on The Beach, and Carolina Beach has its Island of Lights Tour of Homes this weekend.

Chanukah  begins this weekend.  There will be a Public Menorah Lighting this Sunday evening in Riverfront Park. 

You can find  more about these and other great holiday events  at Our Holiday Events. (Tip: when you reach the events page, click on the little magnifying glass for additional information.)

A few offbeat Holiday Events

Santacon/Santarchy is Dec 8.  Actually, they are Dec. 8.  One’s at 1 pm and another at 7 pm.  The earlier one will probably kick off from the Duck n Dive, (it’s actually a secret) and the latter kicks off at the Juggling Gypsy.  You gotta wear a Santa costume (a hat, they tartly note, is not a Santa costume).  And the Duck n Dive folks want you to bring a toy for a tot.  Adventure is promised by both groups.

Holiday Shorts is WHQR’s special compilation of skits, music, readings and other live performances to celebrate the season.  It’s a great Wilmington tradition.  You can experience it live at the station, but tickets sell out quickly. 

You can find more about these events at Holiday Events.   

Our Theater features are Timely

Jimmy Stewart made it famous, and a classic.  It’s a Wonderful Life continues at Cape Fear Playhouse.  Relive George Bailey’s tortured night wondering if his life mattered.  Another classic opens this weekend.  Meredith Wilson’s magical adaptation of Miracle on 34th Street brings a young lawyer to the defense of Santa and the transformation of a mother and daughter who are changed when they learn to believe in something.  It’s at Thalian Hall.  Also at Thalian is Twas The Night Before.  This original holiday play is a collaborative collection of holiday legends, stories and more.  Santaland Diaries wraps up its run this weekend.  David Sideris humorous tale of his work as an Elf at Macy’s is an instant classic.  And our newest theater, TheatreNow, is presenting Dicken’s A Christmas Carol.  You can find more about these shows and upcoming productions at Our Theater.

History, too

61 years ago, Pearl Harbor was attacked in what President Roosevelt called a “Day that will live in infamy forever.”  This Friday, December 7, the Battleship NC will remember that day with an event by the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club event.  Club members will be making contact with other clubs around the nation and the world. 

The Cape Fear Museum is also looking at history with it’s special exhbit, Fragments of War. The Cape Fear Museum uses fragments from its collection to give a serious look at the decision facing Wilmingtonians before the start of the Civil War.  You can read more about this exhibit on the blog, What Would You Have Done?  You can find more about these and other history events on the website at Our History.  (Hint: the Battleship has set its schedule for 2013 and that schedule can be found on the calendar.  Use Advanced Search and select ‘Battleship NC.’)


The Cameron Art Museum and other venues continue with special art exhibits. The special exhibition at the Cameron presenting Linda Lavin’s recent donation wraps up this Sunday.  The CAM’s special exhibit of area artists continues through February.  Minnie Evans, Elisabeth Chant and Claude Howell all made major contributions to the areas’s art scene.  Evans and her famous glass sculptures, Chant and the many future artists she nurtured and Howell with his apartment/idea exchange all helped establish the foundations of our active arts scene.  Some of their artistic heirs are presenting at Projekte in a show that wraps this weekend.  You can find more about these shows and more at Our Art.  


We have our usual wide range of music and at this time of the year we have holiday music, too.  Carolina Vocal Arts has a special mix of Christmas Classics at Winter Park Baptist.  The Bellamy Mansion has a Victorian Christmas, be ready to sing along.  And Wilmington Choral holds its Christmas Concert at the Scottish Rite Temple.  And we always have blues, rock, indie and much more.  You can find more about these shows and more music at Our Music.

Coming up: Something to last for a century

Next week brings us December 12, 2012, aka 12/12/12.  You won’t see another date like it until January 1, 2101, when we can celebrate 01/01/01.  Enjoy this one as many of my readers will be a bit old to boogy then.

And there’s more

Find something for the kids at Kids Events. We have Sports at Our Sports. Or just check out the whole schedule at Our Events. We have all kinds of restaurants that you can find and search at Dine Here. And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search.

Looking Ahead

The New Year and New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. We’ve already listed a few events and more will be populating the calendar soon.  It’s another great opportunity to Enjoy Wilmington.

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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Happy Holidays,

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