Saturday, December 9, 2023

Ticket alert: Enchanted Airlie on sale Nov. 1

Singing trees at Airlie Gardens during the holidays are one of many displays as part of Enchanted Airlie; tickets go on sale Nov. 1. (Port City Daily/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — One of the most coveted light displays in the county for the holidays will open tickets to the public Wednesday.

Since 2005, Enchanted Airlie has welcomed roughly 50,000 guests annually each holiday season to see the historical gardens lit up in magic. A self-guided walking tour, the 2023 event takes place Nov. 24-25 and Dec. 1-21, and tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.

There are four slots to reserve per evening Enchanted Airlie opens: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Each ticket is for a carload of passengers and includes parking. Tickets are $30.

Crews begin working in the summer to string Airlie’s historic grounds with millions of LED lights, blinking and cascading throughout the its 67 acres. Seasonal music is played in various sections and displays, including the highly popular singing trees. Airlie main attractions — the centuries-year-old Airlie Oak and Minnie Evans Bottle House — are illuminated as well. 

There are numerous selfie nooks along the half-mile walk (also wheelchair accessible) — and concessions, including cookies, hot chocolate, popcorn, beer and wine, are for sale.

Tickets sell out quickly annually and can be purchased online at  

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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