Poplar Grove Candlelight Tours
WILMINGTON • NOVEMBER 27 & 28, DECEMBER 4 & 5
The Foy family’s peanut plantation comes alive with Christmas spirit as all eight rooms of the manor house are decorated with festive trappings that reveal the family’s Colonial through Victorian-era history. On November 29 and December 6, families can have their portraits made on the manor house’s front porch or in front of the Christmas tree in the parlor.
Tours on the hour, 5-8 p.m. Poplar Grove Plantation. Adults $12. Children ages 6-15 $6. poplargrove.org.
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH • NOVEMBER 27-28
The 32nd annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla is an on-the-water parade of boats of all shapes and sizes decorated to celebrate the holidays. This floating parade is a delight to onlookers young and old, and at the conclusion, a fireworks show over the water welcomes the holiday spirit in style. View the flotilla from the Banks Channel Bridge, Blockade Runner Beach Resort, or any number of places along the route.
6 p.m. Wrightsville Beach. Free admission. ncholidayflotilla.org.
Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla
OCEAN ISLE BEACH • NOVEMBER 28
Starting in front of the Inlet View Bar & Grill and ending at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant & Marina, the 12th annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla brings a parade of festive boats and a party to kick off the holiday season. With local music, an auction benefiting the Brunswick Family Assistance Program, and merry making at every turn, this promises to be a fun event.
5:30 p.m. Ocean Isle Beach. Free admission. oceanislebeachflotilla.com.
bread & lights
WILMINGTON • NOVEMBER 21-DECEMBER 6
This festival celebrates the creativity of Wilmington-area artists through gingerbread creations and holiday-themed lanterns. Other events include a Jingle Bell Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus, a children’s gingerbread cookie decorating workshop, and a lantern floating ceremony.
Cameron Art Museum. Adults $12. Children ages 5-18 $6. Children 4 and younger free. breadandlights.org.
WILMINGTON • NOVEMBER 27 & 28, DECEMBER 4-6, 10-13, 16-22
See the lovely Airlie Gardens lit up in holiday splendor during Enchanted Airlie. A half-mile stroll through the gardens and paths includes holiday-themed floral and light arrangements, the four century-old Airlie Oak, cocoa and cookies, and a visit with Santa Claus.
Airlie Gardens. $27 per car, $17 per couple, $12 per individual. airliegardens.org.
Poplar Grove Arts & Crafts Festival
WILMINGTON • DECEMBER 5
The grounds of Poplar Grove Plantation are open for a day of holiday shopping as local artisans sell plenty of gifts to warm heart and hearth. Snack on seasonal treats like hot cider, cocoa, and kettle corn while taking a wagon ride or waiting for your turn to talk to Santa.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Poplar Grove Plantation. Adults $12. Students ages 6-15 $6. poplargrove.org.
Battleship Alive: Christmas Edition
WILMINGTON • DECEMBER 5
While the Battleship Alive program reveals the daily life of the crew aboard the USS North Carolina, the Christmas edition shows a slice of holiday life for the sailor aboard the battleship. Guests will experience a 1940s Christmas in the battleship’s auditorium, adding to the authenticity.
8 a.m.-5 p.m. USS North Carolina. Adults $14. Children ages 6-11 $6. Children 5 and younger free. battleshipnc.com.
Old Wilmington By Candlelight Tour
WILMINGTON • DECEMBER 5-6
Tour private homes, historic sites, and churches in Wilmington’s historic districts, and see these places dressed in the finest of holiday finery. This event, put on by the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, is in its 41st year.
Saturday 4-8 p.m. Sunday 1-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Wilmington. Admission $30. lcfhs.org.
SOUTHPORT • DECEMBER 3-13
Historic Southport kicks off the holiday season with its 11-day Winterfest. Activities include Christmas in Song at the Amuzu Theatre, Supper with Santa’s Elves, cookie contests, and a fire engine parade. The Christmas Tour of Homes is always a big hit.
Southport Christmas Flotilla
SOUTHPORT • DECEMBER 12
Grab a seat anywhere along Southport’s waterfront for this floating parade of decorated boats. Locals say the illuminated and decorated boats light up the night “from the North Pole to South-Port,” and it’s true. The show is great and the setting sublime.
7 p.m. Free. Southport waterfront. downtownsouthport.org.
A Christmas Carol
WILMINGTON • DECEMBER 10-13, 17-21
Charles Dickens’s tale of Christmas redemption gets a new twist as the story is transported from Victorian London to Depression-era America. This fresh take on a holiday classic will delight audiences as they witness the story of Ebenezer Scrooge anew.
Thalian Hall. Admission $25. thalianhall.org.
North Carolina Symphony Holiday Pops Concert
WILMINGTON • DECEMBER 12
Songs from Frozen and The Polar Express join the lineup of classic Christmas songs yule love to sing along to. This year’s event will be held in the brand new Humanities and Fine Arts Center.
3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Humanities and Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College. Admission prices vary. ncsymphony.org.
It’s A Wonderful Life
WILMINGTON • DECEMBER 22
See one of Frank Capra’s best, and most iconic, films on the big screen at Wilmington’s historic Thalian Hall. Whether this is your first or tenth viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life, you’ll find that this uplifting film will fill you with an appreciation for everything around you.
7 p.m. Thalian Hall. Admission $10. thalianhall.org.
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