Looking for holiday activities, events and celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s 2016? Here’s a listing of what’s happening in Wilmington, NC for the holidays.

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It’s A Wonderful Life

Monday, December 22nd 7:00 pm, Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut Street downtown

Frank Capra’s iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life, is an annual tradition at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. The story of a passionate but frustrated businessman, who with the help of an angel sees what life would have been if he never existed, the movie stars James StewartDonna Reedand Lionel BarrymoreRunning time: 2 hours, 10 minutes.

Christmas Caroling with Santa and His Reindeer

December 21st to 24th  6:00 pm, 3:00 pm Market Street Between Front and Water downtown

Horsedrawn Tours in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Christmas Caroling with Santa and His Special “Reindeer.” Free candy canes for the kids. HOURS: 6-10pm. (910) 251-8889

Christmas Open House

December 21st and 22nd, Bellamy Mansion Museum, 503 Market Street downtown FREE

The Bellamy Mansion Museum in Wilmington, NC, hosts a Christmas Open House featuring the estate decked out in its holiday finest. Enjoy a casual stroll through the mansion and view the Victorian decorations. Donations are appreciated and go towards the museum’s educational mission.

Enchanted Airlie

December 22nd and December 23rd,  5:00-7:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm Airlie Gardens

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.

Holiday Lights Tour

December 21st and 22nd, Wilmington Trolley Company, 15 South Water Street downtown

Wilmington Trolley Company presents Holiday Lights Tours, a chance to view holiday lights and hear narration in downtown Wilmington, NC. Tours: 6 and 7:30pm.

Santa Village

Daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm until December 24th Santa Village at Mayfaire Town Center

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.

Website: www.mayfairetown.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.

Train & Light Spectacular

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

The Light & Train Spectacular at the Railroad Museum in downtown Wilmington features 20,000 twinkling lights, model train exhibits, musical animations, plus cookies and cider and a visit from Santa Claus. Kids under 3 get in free.

Hours: 6:30-8pm.

Website: www.wrrm.org

Holiday Lights Trolley Tours

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

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.

Holiday Lighting of the Battleship NC

December 18th o January 1st Battleship North Carolina across from downtown

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 11:00 pm.


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

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