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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wonderful Holidays in Wilmington, NC

A joyful holiday season is easy to achieve in Wilmington, NC as activities abound. Take a self-guided tour of Airlie Gardens where you'll enjoy festive lights and displays. Watch the classic film "It's A Wonderful Life" in all its glory on the big screen. Shop for gifts galore at a myriad of first-rate retailers and treat yourself to good food and spirits at fine dining establishments, like our hotel's Innovations.

Wilmington, NC Things to See and Do

  • Airlie Gardens Holiday Light Display -

    Visit Airlie Gardens between Thanksgiving and Christmas and you'll be treated to Enchanted Airlie. This annual event features a self-guided Gardens tour where you'll encounter an immense number of lights and holiday displays along with Santa himself.
  • "It's A Wonderful Life" -

    The holidays would not be the holidays without a showing of the classic film "It's A Wonderful Life." See it on the big screen on December 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts. And it really is a wonderful movie.
  • The Wilma Expo -

    Presented by Wilma Magazine, the Wilma Expo is the largest women's event in the Wilmington area. More than 200 vendors will gather on December 7 to offer everything from holiday shopping ideas and home accessories to health and wellness products.
  • Riverfront Farmer's Market -

    Add a little local color to your holidays by visiting the Riverfront Farmers' Market in downtown Wilmington. Taking place Saturdays through December 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the market boasts produce, baked goods, art, and music.
  • Downtown Christmas Tree lighting -

    Head on down to the Wilmington Riverfront on November 29 for the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting. Music and caroling will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the actual tree lighting around 6:25 p.m. And don't forget to say hello to Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Dining

  • Festive Meals at Innovations -

    Our onsite restaurant welcomes you for the holidays. Start off with a bountiful breakfast buffet. For lunch, the menu boasts fresh salads and filling sandwiches. As for dinner, enjoy a tasty selection of American cuisine and low country classics.
  • The Basics -

    Make your holidays sing with authentic southern food at The Basics. Discover fried southern biscuits and migas for breakfast. Indulge in oyster po'boys and fried green tomatoes at lunch. And savor pan fried flounder and shrimp and grits for dinner.
  • Circa 1922 -

    Treat yourself to a fine holiday meal at Circa 1922, home to one eclectic menu. Items run the gourmet gamut from tapas, sushi, and pasta to filet mignon, escargot, and quail. Desserts like key lime pie and 7-layer chocolate cake will not disappoint.

Shopping

  • The Cotton Exchange -

    Shop local at The Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. Serving satisfied customers for 37 years, this fine collection of unique boutiques includes BW's Surf Shop, Cape Fear Footwear, Caribbean Amphibian, Doggie by Nature, and the Olive Shoppe.
  • Island Passage for Holiday Gifts -

    Holiday shoppers will find Island Passage an ideal place to find gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts in their life. The two Wilmington locations, Island Passage Elixir and Return Passage, feature a wide selection of island sportswear and accessories.
  • Edge of Urge -

    Take care of all your holiday shopping from the comfort of your hotel room courtesy of Edge of Urge. The self-proclaimed "online den for foxy ladies" offers a wide range of stylish clothes, shoes, accessories, and handmade jewelry.
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