Looking for holiday activities, events and celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s 2017? Here’s a listing of what’s happening in Wilmington, NC for the holidays.

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THINGS TO DO AND SEE TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN WILMINGTON, NC

DECEMBER

The 12 Tastes of Christmas at the Brooklyn Arts Center

The 12 Tastes of Christmas at the Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, features a dozen food and drink pairings and live music from DJ Free Waterfall. Guests will enjoy samples from Beer Barrio, Boombalattis, Dead Crow Comedy Room, Delish, District Kitchen, Flytrap Brewing, Folks Cafe, Goat & Compass, Port City Java, Reel Cafe, Soulful Twist, The Blind Elephant, Waterline Brewing, Wilmington Brewing Company, and Yosake.

Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 North 4th Street, Downtown

Website: www.brooklynartsnc.com

 Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (December 8th-11th, 15th-18th) 8:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm Matinee

Big Dawg Productions presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol  at the Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington, NC. Ebenezer Scrooge became a philanthropist. Tiny Tim survived and the Cratchits did pretty well. But what about Marley’s ghost? Is he doomed to wander the afterlife forever, clanking his chains behind him? After all he’s done? Desperate, Marley accepts his one chance to free himself: To escape his own chains, he must first redeem Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened; but not before Marley discovers his own.

613 Castle St Wilmington NC 28401 (910) 367-5237

website: bigdawgproductions.org

Christmas Candlelight At Popular Grove (December 8th-10th)

Christmas Candlelight at Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, features Guided Candlelight Tours in the Manor House at 5, 6, 7, and 8pm. Tours limited to 15 people. Admission fee includes festivities on the grounds, and refreshments in the courtyard after the tour. Advanced reservations required.

Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy 17 North, Ogden

Fantasy Christmas Show at Ocean Front Park (December 9th-11th) 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The annual Fantasy Christmas Show at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach, NC, features costumed characters performing song and dance, favorite Christmas tunes sung by an all-local cast, and appearances by Christmas characters like Frosty, Harriet Hippo, the Grinch, Olaf, Anna, Elsa, Rudolph, and of course Santa & Mrs. Claus and their theatrical elves. Bring a chair and dress warmly because it always snows at this show.

Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Avenue, Kure Beach

A Merry Little Christmas Festival (8th, 9th & 10th, 15th, 16th & 17th) 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Expanding the Christmas experience to include three weekends! A Merry Little Christmas Festival includes Star of Wonder, Star of Night in which the grounds of Poplar Grove will be lit up and twinkling, so bring your blankets & chairs, family and friends, and spend a small part of your evening under the stars with us. There are plenty of picnic tables around the grounds, and if the evening is warm, choose to bring a cooler & a picnic!

Poplar Grove Plantation, 10200 US Hwy 17 North, Ogden

Website: Poplar grove Plantation

Holiday Train Expo (November 25th – December 30th)

Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Midtown

Hours: Friday, 6:00 -9:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 pm -5:00 pm

The Cape Fear Model Railroad Society presents its annual Holiday Train Expo, which sets up near Dillard’s at Independence Mall in Wilmington, NC. The expo features trains of all types in a variety of villages, parks, and landscapes, plus photo ops with the conductor of the Polar Express, and a chance to watch models being built. Kids under age 3 get in free.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees (November 21st – December 4th)

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation presents the 2016 Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. All visitors who purchase a general admission ticket to the Aquarium between Nov. 21 and Dec. 4 will also experience this annual holiday presentation.

Christmas Train & Light Spectacular (November 25 – December 25th)

6;30 pm – 8:00 pm Wilmington Railroad Museum, 505 Nutt Street, Downtown

The Christmas Train & Light Spectacular at the Railroad Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, features twinkling lights, trains running through a winter wonderland, model train exhibits, a visit from Santa, and cider and cookies.

Enchanted Airlie (November 25 – December 25th)

Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road, Near Wrightsville Beach

Viewing Times: 5:00 -7:00 pm and 7:00 -9:00 pm

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC, presents Enchanted Airlie, an opportunity for families to share in the joy of the season with a half-mile self-guided stroll through the gardens featuring festive lights, holiday displays, and Santa Claus, plus local food and beverage vendors with coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more. Tickets must be pre-purchasedPurchase Tickets

November 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Village (November 19th – December 23rd)

Mayfaire Town Center, 6835 Main Street, Near Wrightsville Beach

Santa’s Visiting Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11am to 7pm (except 3-4pm); Sunday, Noon to 5pm; and Christmas Eve, 11am to 6pm.

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Village at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington NC (next to Regal 16 Cinema) features an exhibit that conveys the architecture and customs of the Christmas season in Victorian England, plus train sets that choo choo across the landscape. FREE Admission

Christmas Train & Light Spectacular at the Railroad Museum

The Christmas Train & Light Spectacular at the Railroad Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, features twinkling lights, trains running through a winter wonderland, model train exhibits, a visit from Santa, and cider and cookies.

Wilmington Railroad Museum, 505 Nutt Street, Downtown

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