Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC

Upcoming Events in Wilmington, NC
Upcoming Events Wilmington NC - Upcoming Events in Wilmington, North Carolina include exciting festivals, concerts, museum displays, social gatherings, holiday festivities, and more. We want YOU to participate and share in the excitement! Take a glance at these upcoming events taking place in Wilmington North Carolina, and start planning your trip to this beautiful coastal city today! Enjoy comfortable Wilmington beach accommodations and take part in all of the wonderful events that Wilmington has to offer. 

Upcoming Events in Wilmington NC - Whether you are searching for delicious dining, family fun things to do, outdoor adventures, beautiful scenery, or indoor activities, Wilmington is the place to be! Enjoy fantastic upcoming local events and activities all year long. 

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Battleship Alive - USS North Carolina
December 7, 2019 
Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! This event is free with Battleship admission. Click here for additional information.
Cape Fear Festival of Trees
November 18, 2019 - January 2, 2020
One of the area’s favorite holiday traditions returns to the unique setting of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher for a magical treat for all ages. Approximately 50 uniquely-decorated trees will line the mezzanine and exhibit areas of the aquarium offering visitors to spectacular attractions in one. Perfect for family and friends visiting during the holidays, entertainment for children on school break, and inspiration for your own holiday decorating, admission to the aquarium is all that is needed to enjoy this forest of decorated trees. Click here for additional information.

Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot
November 28, 2019
Who doesn’t want to burn some calories in support of building homes before eating your Turkey dinner?! Join us for this year’s Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot. Come dress in your finest Turkey attire and support a great cause while having fun! Click here for additional information.

Island of Lights Festival - Lighting at the Lake Celebration
November 29, 2019
The Lighting at the Lake Ceremony officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival in Carolina & Kure Beaches. The Lake is located at the intersection of Atlanta Ave and Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach, NC. There is parking in the lot at the lake, a lot across the street from the lake and on Lake Park Blvd where indicated. Click here for additional information.

Battleship Ho Ho Ho
November 29, 2019
Celebrate the Season at the Battleship! Santa welcomes everyone on board and volunteers stationed throughout the ship will help children and parents understand this floating city. Create your own retro e-card by posing in our Happy Huladays banner. Type your Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using authentic WWII USS NORTH CAROLINA radio message paper. Call the North Pole from the Battleship’s main radio room. See Santa’s journey tracked in the Combat Information Center. Bring your camera for some great photo ops! A fabulous way to start your holiday season! Click here for additional information.

Enchanted Airlie
November 29-30, 2019
December 6-22, 2019
A New Hanover County tradition since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens from Thanksgiving to Christmas to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season. Stroll through the Garden on a self-guided tour of holiday lights, music & displays. Also in attendance each night, Santa Claus himself! Tickets will sell out in advance, so reserve yours early! Click here for additional details.

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla
November 30, 2019
Welcome to the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach. It is the Southern coastal version of a holiday parade – on water – at night. The Flotilla Experience is a weekend full of fun events with something for everyone including an annual tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa on Friday, along with the Festival in the Park for families and children on Saturday afternoon prior to the actual Flotilla. Click here for additional information.

Island of Lights Festival - Christmas Parade
December 6, 2019
Area residents young and old look forward to the annual Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade is always the second Friday after Thanksgiving and begins at 7:30 PM. The parade proceeds from Atlanta Ave down Lake Park Blvd to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the season and provide a night of entertainment for families. Click here for additional information.

The Nutcracker at Thalian Hall
December 6 - 7, 2019
Is there any more perfect holiday experience than The Nutcracker? Delightful for both the young and the young at heart, this classic Tchaikovsky ballet tells the story of Clara, a young girl, who is transported to a magical land where she fights giant mice, meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, and dances with the Nutcracker Prince. This showstopper sells out quickly, so get your tickets now and create wonderful holiday memories with the tiny dancers in your life. Click here for additional information.

Island of Lights Festival - Christmas Flotilla
December 7, 2019
Fishing boats and pleasure craft electrically decorated with thousands of lights present a spectacular display on the Intracoastal Waterway. They cruise form Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats compete for prizes and add to the wonderful holiday spirit. Click here for additional information.
Enchanted Airlie
November 29-30, 2019
December 6-22, 2019
A New Hanover County tradition since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens from Thanksgiving to Christmas to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season. Stroll through the Garden on a self-guided tour of holiday lights, music & displays. Also in attendance each night, Santa Claus himself! Tickets will sell out in advance, so reserve yours early! Click here for additional details.

North Carolina Holiday Flotilla
November 30, 2019
Welcome to the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla at Wrightsville Beach. It is the Southern coastal version of a holiday parade – on water – at night. The Flotilla Experience is a weekend full of fun events with something for everyone including an annual tree lighting ceremony with a visit from Santa on Friday, along with the Festival in the Park for families and children on Saturday afternoon prior to the actual Flotilla. Click here for additional information.