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7 events in the Cape Fear that will get you in the holiday mood

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. 

Enchanted Airlie

Lights illuminate Airlie Gardens starting Nov. 29 when ‘Enchanted Airlie,’ a holiday tradition, opens for the season. Port City Daily photo / COURTESY OF AIRLIE GARDENS) 

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

Runners at the start of the 2014 Turkey Trot. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY CAPE FEAR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY)

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

The Kure Beach Holiday Market will take place on Nov. 25 (Port City Daily photo/COURTESY KURE BEACH HOLIDAY MARKET FACEBOOK)
The Kure Beach Holiday Market will take place on Nov. 25 (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY KURE BEACH HOLIDAY MARKET FACEBOOK)

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 main stage at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk is decorated for Christmas by the Sea. (Port City Daily file photo / HANNAH LEYVA)

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.

Holiday Flotilla

Boats are decorated and judged during the parade. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY OF NC HOLIDAY FLOTILLA) 

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

Christmas Tree in downtown Wilmington. Port City Daily photo / COURTESY CITY OF WILMINGTON)

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

Wilmington’s annual holiday parade will be held on Front Street Dec. 3. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY CITY OF WILMINGTON)

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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