WILMINGTON — The Holiday’s are officially here in the Cape Fear Region and that means it’s time for holiday festivities. Port City Daily has complied a list of different holiday events taking place throughout the Cape Fear area – from Wilmington to Pleasure Island there are many activities to get you in the celebration mood.
Airlie Gardens annual tradition kicks off Nov. 24 – 25, when guests can enjoy a half-mile walk through the gardens, which will be decorated with holiday light displays and festive music. Tickets do sell out and cost $27 per carload. Be aware, larger vehicles cost more. Tickets can be purchased online.
Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot
Walk or run in the Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot to benefit Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. The race offers a full 5K as well as a one-mile fun run. Registration can be found online and prices vary depending on the participant’s selection. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 23.
Kure Beach Holiday Market at Ocean Front Park
Check out the food trucks, a deejay and more than 35 art, craft, and food vendors located at 105 Atlantic Avenue. The location is also a Toys For Tots donation site; visitors donating a toy will be entered to win a raffle basket from vendors. The market is open on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Christmas by the Sea
The North Pole is heading to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Friday, Nov. 24. Enjoy live Christmas music from the 22 piece orchestra Artistry in Jazz and, at 7:30 p.m., town officials will host the Boardwalk Lighting Ceremony. There will also be cookies, hot chocolate, and marshmallow roasting. The event is free and some activities are weather permitting.
The 34th Annual Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach kicks off Saturday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Fireworks follow around 7 p.m. The Flotilla Festival is held prior to the flotilla from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with craft vendors and entertainment.
Downtown Tree Lighting
Join Santa on Friday, Nov. 24, at Riverfront Park in Downtown Wilmington for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. There will be holiday entertainment as well as a holiday marketplace, the lighting of the tree takes place at 6:25 p.m., but entertainment starts at 5:30 p.m.
Wilmington Holiday Parade
The Wilmington Holiday Parade takes place on Dec. 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of North Front Street and Walnut Street. The parade will travel south on Front Street to Church Street.
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