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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Cape Fear Festival of Trees
NOW through December 31, 2017
Set amidst the inspiring and educational backdrop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, this year’s Cape Fear Festival of Trees is sure to be one of the most unique festivities on the Cape Fear coast! Hosted at the Aquarium, all visitors who purchase a general admission ticket to the Aquarium between November 20 and December 31 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees! 

Island of Lights Festival - New Year Celebration
December 31, 2017 at 9PM
The Island of Lights New Year's Celebration is always held on New Year's Eve and begins at 9 PM. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don't miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. In an Island of Lights tradition there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2017 official Christmas card and ornament. Click here for additional information.
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Cape Fear Festival of Trees
NOW Through December 31, 2017
Set amidst the inspiring and educational backdrop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, this year’s Cape Fear Festival of Trees is sure to be one of the most unique festivities on the Cape Fear coast! Hosted at the Aquarium, all visitors who purchase a general admission ticket to the Aquarium between November 20 and December 31 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees! Click here for additional information.

Enchanted Airlie
December 8-10, 13-22, 2017
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 season. Guests will experience a 0.5m stroll through the Gardens, on a self-guided walking tour while feasting their eyes on a spectacular array of lights and holiday displays. Also in attendance, Santa Claus himself, and a few local food and beverage vendors with coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies, beer, wine and more! Tickets often sell out in advance! Click here for additional details.

A Merry Little Christmas Festival at Poplar Grove
December 8, 9, 15, & 16, 2017
A Merry Little Christmas Festival includes Star of Wonder, Star of Night in which the grounds, outbuildings and Manor House of Poplar Grove will be lit up and twinkling, so bring family and friends, and spend a small part of your evening under the stars with us. A bonfire will be blazing for roasted marshmallows, food and gift vendors for something unique for those stockings, a letter writing station to post those little wishes to the North Pole, and an opportunity to visit Mr. or Mrs. Claus, or if you dare, peek inside the Grinch’s Toy Junk Shop in the Blacksmith Studio. Admission is $5.00, and includes other activities for the family as well as food trucks and concessions. Click here for additional information.

Island of Lights Festival - Tour of Homes
December 9, 2017
Take a self guided tour through some of Pleasure Island's (Carolina & Kure Beaches) most beautiful homes when they are decorated for the holidays. Enjoy southern hospitality at its best as the owners welcome you into the privacy of their homes for this special holiday treat. The Tour of Homes is always the third Saturday after Thanksgiving and occurs from 5 - 9PM. Tickets will be available at businesses on Pleasure Island including touche' @ 201 N. Lake Park Blvd. Click here for additional information.

Arts, Crafts & Gift Show at Poplar Grove 
December 9 & 10, 2017
For families near and far seeking a local outdoor shopping experience, including a variety of local Arts & Crafts, items to compliment hearth and home and unique items for stuffing those stockings as well as everyone’s favorite kettle corn and shaved ice, plenty of free parking, and a romping around the specially decorated grounds for your children to experience, come visit us the weekend of December 9th & 10th! The farm animals will be in full regalia and available for nose-rubbing and picture-taking, a Wild West stage for campy family photo opportunities at the Stables, or visit Santa’s Workshop for children both Naughty & Nice to write and post a letter to Santa. Click here for additional information. 

Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas
December 14, 2017
A Wilmington holiday favorite back by popular demand. With their unique blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocal, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and puts it forth in immensely humorous and entertaining package. Click here for additional information about this Thalian Hall event.

Holiday Pops Concert
December 20, 2017
Join the North Carolina Symphony for this spectacular holiday celebration filled with joyful symphonic arrangements of Christmas classics and beloved holiday melodies. Bring the family as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with this sparkling holiday spectacular. Click here for additional details and ticket information.

Annual Holiday Screening of It’s A Wonderful Life
December 21, 2017
Frank Capra’s iconic holiday film is a Wilmington holiday tradition, shown as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. This timeless tale brings back old memories and creates new ones for children and grandchildren alike when viewed in majestic Thalian Hall. Tony Rivenbark’s famous toy collection will be on display with some seasonal treats for the whole family! Click here for additional information about this Thalian Hall event.

New Year's Eve Gala at Thalian Hall
December 31, 2017 at 7PM
The best New Year’s Eve Celebration in Wilmington. Evening includes dinner, dessert, drinks champagne toast and a sensational live performance of the Broadway musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Opera House Theatre Company! After the show, ring in 2018 with a live DJ, dancing and champagne toast! Click here for tickets.

New Year's Eve: Bacchanalia
December 31, 2017
Celebrate New Year's Eve at TheatreNow with a variety of performances including flame acts, aerial acts, live music, comedy and more, alongside a delicious four-course indulgent meal. Tickets required. Click here for additional information.

Island of Lights Festival - New Year Celebration
December 31, 2017 at 9PM
The Island of Lights New Year's Celebration is always held on New Year's Eve and begins at 9 PM. The location rotates between Carolina & Kure Beaches. Don't miss the giant beach ball being dropped at midnight followed by a spectacular fireworks demonstration. This free family-friendly event will feature a DJ and dancing with refreshments and party favors available for purchase. In an Island of Lights tradition there will be a raffle, with the winner taking home the original artwork for the Island of Lights 2017 official Christmas card and ornament. Click here for additional information.