December Calendar of Events

BY WBM staff

Town of Wrightsville Beach Tree Lighting

11/28 5:30 pm

Welcome Santa Mrs. Claus and the Elf Patrol and kick off the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla s post Thanksgiving Day festival at the Town Hall Lawn.


North Carolina Holiday Flotilla


10 am to 4 pm

Day in the Park at Wrightsville Beach Park.

6 pm

Banks Channel Lighted Boat Parade.

7:30 pm

Fireworks over Banks Channel.



Christmas Train and Light Spectacular 

Beginning 11/28-29 6:30-8:30 pm continuing Fridays and Saturdays through December

Enjoy a night of lights music and warm apple cider at the specially decorated Wilmington Railroad Museum s Christmas Train and Light Spectacular. Visit with Santa and enjoy the holiday cheer among the 20 000 lights. Tickets are $5 per person and children under 3 are admitted free.

Wilmington Railroad Museum


Cape Fear Festival of Trees

Now-12/07 10 am to 7 pm

Join the Cameron Art Museum for an unforgettable Christmas spectacular. The museum will be filled with 25 decorated Christmas trees music food and gingerbread activities. This joyful series of events benefits Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Prices vary.

Cameron Art Museum



Landfall Foundation Holiday Marketplace

12/02 4-8 pm

Christmas shop early and in style at the Country Club of Landfall. Find gifts $10 and up for everyone with a wide selection including jewelry home decor toys men s gifts gift baskets and more. Tickets are $20 per person and include complimentary hors d oeurves for shoppers. Proceeds benefit the Landfall Foundation.


Christmas Tree Lighting

12/04 6 pm

Kick off the holiday season at Greenfield Lake Park with a festive tree lighting celebration beverages snacks and a visit from Santa. Free admission. Call 910-341-4602.


Enchanted Airlie

12/5-6 12/11-14; 12/18-22 5-7 pm 7-9 pm

The self-guided winter wonderland tour features a spectacular array of lights holiday displays hot beverages sweet treats and a seat on Santa s lap. Single admission $10 couples $17 carloads $27. Reservations required.



Old Wilmington byCandlelight Tour

12/06 4-8 pm; 12/07 2-6 pm

The Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear s festive tour features the finest private homes churches and historical sites in downtown Wilmington. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at Harris Teeters Latimer House The Ivy Cottage Two Sisters Bookery and Candles Etc.


A Celtic Christmas Concert 

12/06 7 pm

Chamber Music Wilmington in collaboration with the Scottish Society of Wilmington presents A Celtic Christmas Concert at Wrightsville United Methodist Church 4 Live Oak Drive Wrightsville Beach. North Carolina s own Jennifer Licko stars in this sure-to-please holiday celebration. Free admission.


Poplar Grove Plantation s Christmas Open House and Gift Show

12/07 11 am to 4 pm

Bring your Christmas wishes to the decorated manor house where Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to find out who s been naughty or nice. The barn out back is the staging area for the arts and crafts show. 

Poplar Grove Plantation


Candyland Christmas Event

12/07 1-5 pm

Ever wonder what reindeer eat? This is your chance to make it while you visit with Santa and Elsa from Frozen. Learn to make candy cottages and ornaments; enjoy snacks and storytelling. $20 per child.

Children s Museum of Wilmington


Christmas Spectacular 

12/07 3 pm 7 pm; 12/08 7 pm

Doors open 6 pm

The Wrightsboro United Methodist Church s Christmas Cantata features the 80-voice combined choirs of Wrightsboro Methodist Church and the Wilmington Celebration Choir. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by phone at 910-762-2583 or online at https://co.clickandpledge. com/advanced/default.aspx?wid=44493


City of Wilmington Holiday Parade

12/07 5:40 pm

The annual parade begins at North Front and Walnut streets. Bundle up and come out to cheer for your favorite school bands local businesses and nonprofits as they march through historic downtown Wilmington. Don t forget the thermos of hot chocolate.


Fort Fisher Holiday Open House

12/09 10 am to 4 pm

Looking for that perfect holiday outing for the history buff in your family? Head to Fort Fisher State Historic Site and enjoy wassail music and 15 percent off on all gift shop purchases.


Good Friends Luncheon

12/09 11:30 am

Good Friends of Wilmington gathers each December to raise money for disadvantaged individuals and families in New Hanover County. All of the money raised goes directly to those in need. The event is located in the Wilmington Convention Center and open to the public but reservations are required. To save a seat contact Louise McColl at 910-350-1211 or email [email protected]


Annual Holiday Pops Concert

12/10 7:30 pm

Better not pout! Join the North Carolina Symphony for a festive celebration of the holiday season at UNCW s Kenan Auditorium.


5K Jingle Bell Run

12/13 7:30 am registration with 9 am start time

Don your gay apparel for the annual run benefiting the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. T-shirts go to the first 300 participants to register so sign up soon. $30 per runner. 

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History



Polar Express Holiday Show

12/13-14 4:30 and 5:30 pm

Join Santa for the annual reading of the popular children s story The Polar Express. Treats and hot chocolate will be served. Tickets are $5 per person and children under 3 are admitted free. Reservations are encouraged.

Wilmington Railroad Museum


Christmas Stroll Through the Past 

12/13 4-7 pm

The Burgwin-Wright House and Bellamy Mansion Museum will host a festive holiday evening filled with music period costumes petting zoo refreshments and more. Enjoy a candlelit stroll as you travel from one site to the other. Tickets are available at the Burgwin-Wright House Bellamy Mansion Museum local Harris Teeter stores and online. Tickets are $25 for adults $5 for children (ages 5-12) and free for children younger than 5. Call 910-251-3700 (Bellamy) or 910-762-0570 (Burgwin-Wright) for more information.


Holiday Tea at the Bellamy Mansion

12/15 2-3 pm

Enjoy a lovely afternoon in the mansion decorated for the Christmas season. The $35 tea menu includes three courses: finger sandwiches scones desserts and confections served with tea followed by door prizes raffles and giveaways for everyone. Reserve early. Call the Tea Ticket Hotline at 910-232-0127.


Caroling by Reindeer Drawn Carriage 

12/19-12/24 6-10 pm

In carriages drawn by reined deer carol with Old St. Nick during a spin around historic downtown Wilmington. See the sights admire the lights. $12 adults $5 children younger than 12.


The Nutcracker

12/20-21 3 pm

The Wilmington Ballet Company presents a full-length traditional and professional version of The Nutcracker brought to life by the dazzling performances of talented dancers. 

Kenan Auditorium

Call 910-962-3500

or visit for tickets


 New Year s Noon Countdown

12/31 1/1 10 am to noon

Countdown to the New Year with a juice toast make a party crown and streamer sticks glittery slime and an epic confetti toss in the courtyard. Free with admission. Call 910-254-3534 for more information.

Children s Museum of Wilmington