Looking for holiday activities, events and celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s 2014? Here’s a listing of what’s happening in Wilmington, NC for the holidays.

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A Christmas Carol

Thalian Association presents A Christmas Carol at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. The 1843 Dickens classic tells the iconic tale of greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Lance L. Howell), whose sizable bank account is only matched by his hatred of the holidays.

December 18, 2014 to December 21, 2014 7:30 pm Thalian Hall, Downtown

Songs of the Season Parlor Concert

Songs of the Season Parlor Concert at Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, NC, features local musician Susan Savia performing (and leading attendees in singing) some of the most popular carols, offering the history of each song — some ancient, some from the Victorian era, and a few contemporary tunes. Enjoy sweets and mulled cider. Admission fee benefits Bellamy Mansion Museum.

6:30 pm Bellamy Mansion Museum 503 Market Street 

Market Street Brass Holiday Concert

The Market Street Brass Holiday Concert at Ted’s Fun on the River in Wilmington features a quintet from Greensboro, NC.

December 19, 2014  7:00 pm Ted’s Fun on the River 2 Castle Street Website: www.tedsfun.com

Caroling in Downtown Wilmington

Dates TBD 7:00 PM Front Street, Downtown

Caroling in Downtown Wilmington, an annual event where locals and visitors gather to sing festive carols in  downtown Wilmington restaurants and businesses. All are welcome. Carolers meet at 6:30 pm on steps of Main Post Office on Front Street.

Caroling and Candlelight Vigil

Caroling and Candlelight Vigil at Carolina Beach Lake Park features a night of music and healing and includes hot chocolate, coffee and baked goods available for donation to benefit the fire victims. Candlelight vigil begins at 8pm. There will be several warming stations available.

December 19, 2014  6:30 pm Carolina Beach Lake Park, Atlanta Avenue Carolina Beach

Christmas Caroling with Santa and His Reindeer

Horsedrawn Tours in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Christmas Caroling with Santa and His “Reindeer.” Free candy canes for the kids.

December 19, 2014 to December 24, 2014  6:00 pm Horsedrawn Tours Market Street Between Front and Water

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)

Big Dawg Productions presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some)at Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington, NC. Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform a madcap romp through the holiday season including Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to today, and every carol ever sung.

December 18, 2014 to December 21, 2014 8:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm Cape Fear Playhouse 613 Castle Street Website: www.bigdawgproductions.org

A Trailer Park Christmas

TheatreNOW in Wilmington, NC, presents A Trailer Park Christmas, a holiday send-up featuring Meemaw Hussey and her family, some spiked Sunny D, and a coupla young’uns (Dale Jr. and Jolene) who can’t be kept in line. Add a few rowdy neighbors straight out of Central Casting, and we’ve got a festive farce fraught with fun. Doors open at 6:00 pm Cost: $24.00 to $42.00

December 19, 2014 to December 21, 2014  7:00 pm TheatreNOW 19 South 10th Street Website: www.theatrewilmington.com

The Nutcracker

The Wilmington Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker at Kenan Auditorium. The production features more than 200 participants including contributions from AbunDance Company, Babs McDance, Wilmington School of Ballet, La Petite Dance Academy, Techniques in Motion, regional professionals, and an acclaimed Guest Artist from Atlanta. Pre-show entertainment at 2:30 pm.

December 20, 2014 to December 21, 2014  3:00 pm Kenan Auditorium UNCW Campus 515 Wagoner Drive

Train & Light Spectacular

Fridays & Saturdays 6:30 to 8 pm Only $5, under age 2 free

The Wilmington Railroad Museum in downtown Wilmington presents the Train & Light Spectacular. Take a look at something completely different starting right after Thanksgiving. Continuous shows with 20,000 twinkling lights, musical animations, special decorations, visits with Santa, new scenes and effects on the layouts, cider & cookies. December 19, 20, 26, 27

Holiday Lights Trolley Tours

The Wilmington Trolley Company offers Holiday Lights Trolley Tours in historic downtown Wilmington, NC, at 6 and 7:30pm featuring music and narration in an enclosed and heated environment, and a great view of illuminated neighborhoods. Boarding at 101 Water Street.

December 12, 2014 to December 23, 2014 Wilmington Trolley Company 15 South Water Street

Holiday Lighting of the Battleship NC

The Holiday Lighting of the Ship features the Battleship North Carolina aglow with lights strung from the bow to stern, and visible from Battleship Park, the Leland/Belville areas, and downtown Wilmington from dusk to 11pm.

December 18, 2014 to January 1, 2015 Battleship North Carolina across from downtown

Santa Village

Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to December 19 – 24 The Cape Fear Volunteer Center presents Santa Village at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. The event offers kids a chance to create crafts in Santa’s Workshop with the help of Mr. Claus’s elves, a photo op with the man in red, and Yuletide Storytime. More info: www.capefearvolunteercenter.org

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

Hours: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm  Cameron Art Museum  The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at Cameron Art Museum offers visitors a chance to experience a winter wonderland of holiday trees sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations, plus enjoy musical and theatrical performances. Kids under 5 admitted free. Website: www.cameronartmusum.org

Christmas by The Sea

Saturdays in December the Lake Park area will host many activities including Santa at the Welcome Center, fire pit with storytelling, hot chocolate at the welcome center, live nativity scene, caroling, holiday themed movies at the gazebo, puppet shows and an arts and crafts area with ornament making activities for kids. – See more at: www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com HOURS: 6:30-8:30pm. FREE December 20 

Enchanted Airlie

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington presents Enchanted Airlie, an opportunity for families to share in the joy of the season with a self-guided stroll through the gardens featuring festive lights, holiday displays, Santa Claus, and Winter Princesses, plus local food and beverage vendors with coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more. Tickets must be pre-purchased and include Carload (3+ persons and 1 vehicle, $27), Couples’ Pass (2 people, 1 vehicle, $17), and Single Admission ($12). Children under 4 admitted free.

Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th,  5-7pm and 7-9pm Airlie Gardens

Christmas by the Sea

Christmas by the Sea at Carolina Beach Lake Park features an appearance by Santa Claus, campfire storytelling, hot chocolate, caroling, festive films, puppet shows, and an arts & crafts area.

December 20th 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Carolina Beach Lake Park Atlanta Avenue Carolina Beach

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