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Looking for holiday activities, events and celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s 2013? Here’s a listing of what’s happening in Wilmington, NC for the holidays.

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Wilmington, NC 28401



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Basile’s Jingle My Bells Christmas Comedy Spectacular

December 13, 2013 to December 14, 2013 8:00 pm City Stage 21 N. Front Street, Downtown

Acclaimed comedian Basile brings his wacky and wild Jingle My Bells Christmas Comedy Spectacular to City Stage in downtown Wilmington, NC, featuring a special appearance by Daniel Butler. Please bring an unrapped present for Toys for Tots

Fantasy Christmas Show

December 13, 2013 to December 14, 2013 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Kure Beach Avenue K

The Fantasy Christmas Show on K Avenue (next to the Kure Beach Fishing Pier) features costumed characters performing song and dance, favorite Christmas tunes sung by an all-local cast, and appearances by Christmas characters like Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, and of course Santa & Mrs. Claus and their theatrical elves. Bring a chair and dress warmly because it always snows at this show.

Holiday Lights Tour

December 16, 2012 to December 23, 2012 5:00 PM $5.00 to $12.00 Water Street, Downtown

The Holiday Lights Tour in downtown Wilmington NC is presented by Wilmington Trolley and features a festive 45-minute tour through some of the Port City’s finiest decorated neighborhoods on an authentically reproduced trolley. Music and narration included. Tours depart at 6:00 pm and again at 7:30pm.

Island of Lights Festival: Tour of Homes

December 14th 4:30 pm Between Harper & Hamlet Avenue Carolina Beach

The Island of Lights Festival: Tour of Homes in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, NC, is a self-guided tour through some of Pleasure Island’s most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Tickets available at businesses on Pleasure Island. HOURS: 4-9 pm.

Santa by the Sea

December 14, 2013 5:30 PM NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher 900 Loggerhead Road Kure Beach 5:30-8:30 pm

Santa by the Sea at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach features is a chance for holiday guests to make crafts, enjoy music, play games, win prizes, explore the Aquarium’s decked halls, plus story time with Mrs. Claus and meetings with Santa and some of his wild friends (he may even surprise everyone with a dive alongside sharks, rays and one of his favorite sea turtle friends, Shelldon). Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult.

Caroling by Horsedrawn Carriage

Market and Water Streets, Historic Downtown Wilmington

Horsedrawn Tours presents Caroling by Horsedrawn Carriage, where festive crooners have a chance to sing Christmas carols with Santa, and view the beautiful lights of old Wilmington from an enclosed Christmas carriage or trolley, pulled by a special “reindeer.” Free candy canes for children. HOURS: 6-10pm. Phone: (910) 251-8889

Train & Light Spectacular

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

The Wilmington Railroad Museum in downtown Wilmington NC, 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. November 29, 30, and December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28

 Enchanted Airlie

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Nov. 29th – Dec. 21st, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 18th and Sunday, Dec. 22nd Airlie Gardens 300 Airlie Road
There are two run-times per evening, 5-7pm and 7-9pm

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington NC presents its annual Enchanted Airlie, a family friendly opportunity to share in the joy of the season with a stroll through the gardens featuring holiday flowers, festive lights and live music. The LEGO display, which last year reached 250,000 bricks and set a record as the largest crowd to see a single LEGO display in the United States, returns. Tickets must be pre-purchased. Parking pass available for $5, plus admission. Carload tickets available for $22. Phone: (910) 798-7700

Holiday Train Expo

Nov 23-Dec 22 at Independence Mall (Sears wing.) Fridays 6-9pm. Saturdays 2-5pm

The Holiday Train Expo at Independence Mall (Sears Wing) in Wilmington, NC, features a spectacular display of model trains choo-chooing through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes.
Phone: (910) 392-1776

Caroling in Downtown Wilmington

Date 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.

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