Celebrate the season coastal-style! You can choose from so many events in and aroundWilmington and the island beaches Pleasure Island, Oak Island, and Wrightsville Beach. Annual traditions include candlelight home tours, elaborate light displays, Colonial & Victorian celebrations, holiday flotillas, parades, cruises, and fireworks!!
Now until December 21— Enchanted Airlie 5:00-9:00pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
December 11, 17-18—Polar Express Program. 4:30pm & 6:30pm. “Polar Express” story time, visits with Santa, cocoa, and more. Wilmington Railroad Museum. Admission charge. Advance tickets.
December 8-11; 15-18—“The Sound of Music” musical. Thur.-Sat. 8pm; Sun. 3pm. Thalian Hall, Wilmington. Admission charge.
December 8 & 11—http://www.cameronartmuseum.com . 7:30pm. Wilmington Choral Society concert. Admission charge. Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington.
December 9-11—Kure Beach Christmas Fantasy Show. 6:30pm. Music & more. Kure Beach Fire Dept. Free.
December 9—Victorian Concert with Susan Savia. 6:30pm. Susan Savia performs seasonal classics and period pieces that date back 150 years. Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wilmington.
December 10—Santa Claus Food Drive Cruise. Boards at 9:30am; departs 10am. Admission: 6 cans nonperishable food/per person. Henrietta III Deck, Riverboat, Dock & Water Sts.-Downtown.
December 10— Southport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. Contact Southport Visitors Center, 910-457-7927. Admission.
December 10— Southport Holiday Flotilla. Souhtport Waterfront.
December 10-11—3rd Annual Christmas Tour of Homes in Landfall benefiting Welcome Home Angel. 1-5pm Purchase Tickets in advance.
December 13—NC Symphony Holiday Pops. 8pm. Kenan Auditorium, UNCW. Admission charge.
December 15-23—Trolley Tour of Holiday Lights. 6pm & 7:30pm. Tours of Wilmington’s decorated neighborhoods. Departs Downtown at Dock & Water sts. Admission charge.
December 15—The Office Holiday Party-Comedy Dinner Theatre. 6pm. Wear a fun holiday sweater to this interactive dinner theatre. Brooklyn Arts Center, Wilmington. Advance tix/reservations.
December 16-24—Caroling by “Reindeer” Drawn Trolley/Carriage. 6-10pm. Horse-drawn carriage tour & caroling Downtown. Departs at Market & Water sts. Admission charge.
December 17—5k Jingle Bell Run. 7:30am registration. Wrightsville Beach Museum.
December 17— Bolivia Christmas Parade
December 17-18—Colonial Christmas Celebration. Sat.10am-4pm & Sun. 12-4pm. 18th Century music, dancers, hot wassail. Burgwin-Wright House, Wilmington. Admission charge.
December 17—Santa’s Seacret Supper. 6pm. Kid-friendly dinner with Santa, scavenger hunt, crafts, cookies. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach.
December 21, 22, 23—Holiday Elf Camp. 9:30am-3:30pm. Holiday crafts/activities, aquarium tour for kids ages 5-12 while parents shop. NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Kure Beach.
December 23— “It’s A Wonderful Life” 35mm screening. 7:30pm. Admission charge. Thalian Hall.
December 31—New Year’s Noon Downtown! 11am. Ring in the New Year at Noon with noisemakers, confetti and more. Children’s Museum of Wilmington. Admission charge.
December 31—Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Countdown Party. 9pm-12am. Music, fireworks, lighted beach ball drop. Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Free.
December 31—New Year’s Eve Cruise w/music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, champagne. 9pm-12:30am. Prepaid reservations only. Henrietta III Riverboat, Dock St. at Water St., Wilmington.
December 31— New Year’s Eve Beach Party & Anchor Drop. Southport Visitor’s Center. 910-457-7927