Holiday Events: Dec. 18-25 [Free]

A few events are still taking place locally to put some light into your season. (Port City Daily/File)

SOUTHEASTERN NC—Though the 2020 holidays may seem quieter than normal, it doesn’t mean it has to completely lack luster.

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Below events are upcoming to add to your calendar — a holiday plant sale for last-minute gift-buying, a concert for last-minute joy, a few classic holiday films for last-minute escapism, and a few holiday fundraisers to fulfill the spirit of the season.

All in-person events will require a mask and following all Covid-19 protocols.

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Season’s greetings from Port City Daily!

Holiday Markets

Last-minute gifts needed? Wanna keep it local? Cool, help all the locals you can the season and support their craft at these local markets, which will sell everything from art and jewelry, to home goods, food stuff and more.

Friday, Dec. 18
Seaglass December Market, Dec. 18-20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Next to IGA in Castle Hayne

Saturday, Dec. 19
Riverfront Artisan’s and Farmers Market, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Waterline Brewing, 721 Surry St.

T-Shaw Pop-Up Shop, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fermental, 7250 Market St.

Downtown ILM Holiday Market, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market St.

Holiday Hoopla

Children’s Museum of Wilmington • 116 Orange St.

Though the Children Museum’s annual Holiday Hoopla won’t include the Polar Express or pictures with Santa, kids can write letters to St. Nick and take pictures in the holiday photo booth. They also will be able to enjoy ornament decorating and other seasonal activities.

The event is free with museum admission and takes place 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Plant Sale for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Cape Fear Wine and Beer • 139 N. Front St.

Over the summer a few plant ladies got together and decided to start hosting plant sales with proceeds benefitting local nonprofits. Each month, they get plants donated from around Wilmington and then throw a Saturday sale at local businesses. They’ve raised over $5,000 to date for various nonprofits like the NAACP and lowercase leaders.

This month they’re focusing on the Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, to stack the local pantry for folks in need this holiday season. In addition to donating proceeds from the plant sale, they’re accepting canned goods and nonperishable items, plus toiletries to deliver to the nonprofit to give out this season.

The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Home Alone

UNCW Kenan Auditorium • 310 Chestnut St.

Kevin and the family will be on the big screen at the drive-in at UNCW. Hosted by Cucalorus Film Festival, Curbside Cinema will host its final movie before Christmas, featuring the hijinks of the McAllister family in “Home Alone.”

Tickets are $28 a carload, with gates opening at 6 p.m. Screening begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Opera Room benefit with The Explainers and Creekwood Adjacent

Bottega Art and Wine Bar • 723 N. 4th St.

So maybe it’s not a traditional holiday show, but punk bands The Explainers and Creekwood Adjacent will be putting a heavy dose of rock in your stockings come Sunday, Dec. 20. This punkmas event will be a benefit for Opera Room — one of downtown’s signature watering holes that has been hit hard by the pandemic in 2020.

Free to attend, though funds appreciated to donate to Opera House.

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It’s a Wonderful Life

Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St.

It’s become an annual tradition at Thalian Hall to screen Frank Capra’s famed tale of gratitude and love shown in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The classic Jimmy Stewart film runs a little over 2 hours and will be screened on Dec. 21-23, with two screenings each day, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., in historic Thalian Hall theater for $12. Tickets can be reserved ahead of time or purchased at the box office.

The Feast Congregation

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church • 12 North 6th St.

The Feast Congregation feeds the unsheltered community every Christmas, and though things may look a little different for 2020, they’re in need more than ever — for volunteers and donations to provide the feast.

The feast will be held Dec. 25 and the dinner will be hosted outside under tents at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Diners will be served at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and the congregation is in need of volunteers to help. Each diner will be given a menu to choose what they’ll want for dinner.

This dinner is open to everyone in need of a hot meal this holiday season.

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