Holiday Events In Wilmington, NC 2019

Looking for holiday activities, events and celebrations for Christmas and the holidays? Here’s a listing of what’s happening in Wilmington, NC for the holidays during the 2019 Christmas Holiday Season.


Holiday Ballet: Great Wilmington Nutcracker
December 15th
Sunday 3 pm
Wilson Center
703 North Third Street

The Great Wilmington Nutcracker at the Wilson Center features the US International Ballet (USIB) led by Italian ballet stars Walter Angelini and Ines Albertini. USIB includes more than 30 professional dancers from five countries. The production also features local youth dancers as well as athletes from the Special Olympics in both the party scene and an intermission showSunday, 3pm. $25.00 to $65.00


Theater: Elf The Musical
3:00 pm matinee $17
Thalain Hall
310 Chestnut Street

Thalian Association Community Theatre presents a production of Elf: The Musical  at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC.


December 15th
Sunday 3 pm
Cape Fear Playhouse
613 Castle Street

Panache Productions presents The Santaland Diaries  at Cape Fear Playhouse in Wilmington. Written by David Sedaris, the comedy looks at the misadventures of working for Macy’s Santaland as a disgruntled elf. The not politically correct look at the holidays stars Randy Davis as Crumpet, is directed by Jamey Stone, and contains adult language and subject matter.

 The Sunday performance is a matinee beginning at 3pm. $20.00 to $22.00


Annual Performance of A Christmas Carol
December 12-15, 2019
7:30 pm $28, Sunday 3 pm $28
Thalian Hall
310 Chestnut Street

The Theatre Exchange presents an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol  in the Stein Theatre at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. The show takes the timeless story of Christmas redemption from London to a depression era “Hooverville” on the outskirts of St. Louis. Actor, historian and THCPA Executive Director Tony Rivenbark once again brings Ebenezer Scrooge to theatrical life.


A Christmas Music Program
December 15, 2019
5:00 pm FREE
Winter Park Baptist Church
4700 Wrightsville Avenue

Winter Park Baptist Church in Wilmington presents a A Christmas Music Program featuring a 75-voice choir and community orchestra. Childcare provided for infants through Pre-K.

Frosty: On Tour
3:00 pm $12.50
Sunday, December 15th
Odell Williamson Auditorium
Brunswick Community College
50 College Road NW

On stage at Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC, Frosty: On Tour  tells the story of a young orphan named Billy who discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life. But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas?


Kure Beach Fantasy Christmas Show
Ocean Front Park 5:00 pm
105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach

The annual Fantasy Christmas Show at Ocean Front Park in Kure Beach, NC, features costumed characters performing song and dance, favorite Christmas tunes sung by an all-local cast, and appearances by Christmas characters like Frosty, Harriet Hippo, the Grinch, Olaf, Anna, Elsa, Rudolph, and of course Santa & Mrs. Claus and their theatrical elves. Bring a chair and dress warmly because it always snows at this show.


Classic Holiday Film Night: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Please bring an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots
5:00 pm-7:00 pm FREE
Waterman’s Brewing Company
1610 Pavillion Place
Near Wrightsville Beach

Movie Night at Waterman’s Brewing in Wilmington, NC, features an outdoor screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The event includes fire pits, hot chocolate, and s’mores. Bring your own chairs and blankets.

14th Annual Holiday Train Expo
December 15th
Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Drive, Midtown
Hours: Friday: 6:00 -9:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 pm -6:00 pm

Be enchanted by spectacular displays of eight unique model train layouts as they travel across miles of scale track through a wonderland of villages, parks and landscapes. Take advantage of a photo-op with the famed Polar Express. Start your holiday season with a visit to the Holiday Train Expo presented by the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society. Admission: $4 pm-$6 pm

Cape Fear Festival of Trees
November 18th – January 2nd
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher features festive trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists, transforming the aquarium space into an enchanted forest.

Enchanted Airlie Gardens
December 6-Decmber 22
Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road
Near Wrightsville Beach
Viewing Times: 5:00 -7:00 pm and 7:00 -9:00 pm

Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC, presents Enchanted Airlie, an opportunity for families to share in the joy of the season with a half-mile self-guided stroll through the gardens featuring festive lights, holiday displays, and Santa Claus, plus local food and beverage vendors with coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more. Tickets must be pre-purchased, and are per carload. Viewing times: 5-7pm and 7-9pm. Carload: $30.00 to $55.00


Polar Express Holiday Show
November 30, 2019 to December 1, 2019
Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt Street

The Polar Express Holiday Show at the Railroad Museum in downtown Wilmington, NC, features a reading of The Polar Express  with a local celebrity, a visit with Santa, and hot chocolate. Shows: 4:30 and 5:30pm. Admission: $5

A Merry Little Christmas Festival
December 13-15, 2019
Poplar Grove Plantation
10200 US Hwy 17 North
Near Ogden

Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington, NC, presents A Merry Little Christmas Festival featuring a European Winter Bazaar experience with arts and craft vendors, a bonfire, lawn games, outdoors screenings of classic movies such as The Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. The grounds and barnyard will be decorated with seasonal vignettes and interactive activities for kids, and the manor house will be open for evening candlelit tours ($7).

Hours: Friday, 5-8pm; Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm.


Christmas Caroling with Santa and His Reindeer

Horsedrawn Tours in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Christmas Caroling with Santa and His Special “Reindeer.” Free candy canes for the kids. $5-$12
Catch the ride at Market Street between Front and Water Street

Note: We make every attempt to provide current and accurate event information. However, dates, hours and event content is provided by the venue and may be subject to change. Please contact venue to confirm information posted here.

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