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Dec
1
Sat
Southport Winterfest @ Various Venues, Southport, NC
Dec 1 – Dec 9 all-day

Holiday festivities begin Saturday, December 1st and continue until Sunday, December 9th, 2018
Celebrate Southport’s historic Southern and maritime charm with events for children of all ages.
Kick off the holiday season with a week of celebration and events throughout the downtown area.  Guests of all ages may enjoy live theater, a Christmas Tea Party, cookie contest, supper with Santa’s elves, view the “Polar Express,” step back in history with a costumed history tour, Christmas fire engine parade, Winter Craft Festival, book sale, Santa’s workshop, historic jail tour, Holiday Tour of Homes, and wrap up the week with the Christmas Flotilla.
For more information please visit the website.
Saturday, Dec. 1st

Christmas in Song – Christmas at the Amuzu, 111 N Howe St. at 7:30 p.m., $20

Sunday, Dec. 2nd

WinterFest Tea Party – Southport Community Building, 223 E Bay St. at 1:00 p.m., $40
Christmas in Song – Christmas at the Amuzu, 111 N Howe St. at 3:00 p.m., $20

Wednesday, Dec. 5th

Holiday Cookie Contest – Southport Community Building, 223 E Bay St. from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Supper with Santa’s Elves – 209 N Atlantic Ave. from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., $5 per child

Thursday, Dec. 6th

Christmas Movie “Polar Express” – Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn, 203 E Bay St. from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Christmas in Song – Christmas at the Amuzu, 111 N Howe St. at 3:00 p.m., $20

Friday, Dec. 7th

Costumed Holiday History Tour – NC Maritime Museum at Southport, 204 E Moore St. from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Light Up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade – Waterfront Park and down Howe Street to the Southport Fire Station, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Christmas in Song – Christmas at the Amuzu, 111 N Howe St. at 7:30 p.m., $20

Saturday, Dec. 8th

Winter Craft Festival – Franklin Square Park, 105 E Moore St. from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Book Sale – 727 N Howe St. from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Santa’s Workshop – 209 N Atlantic Ave from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
WinterFest Performing Arts– Southport Community Building 223 E. Bay St.  10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Performing arts, singing, dancing, etc.
Old Brunswick County Jail Tours – corner of Nash and Rhett streets from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Christmas Tour of Homes – historic downtown Southport from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 day of tour
Christmas in Song – Christmas at the Amuzu, 111 N Howe St. at 7:30 p.m., $20
Southport Christmas Flotilla – waterfront viewing from the Yacht Basin to Kingsley Park beginning around 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 9th

Christmas in Song – Christmas at the Amuzu, 111 N Howe St. at 3:00 p.m., $20

 

Dec
9
Sun
Cape Fear Festival of Trees @ North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns November 19, 2018 – December 30, 2018, as one of the most heart-warming holiday traditions in our area.
During the two-week festival, you are invited to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance.
Glittering trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists transform the aquarium space into an enchanted forest for all to enjoy. In addition, enjoy performances by local musical groups and artists.
 
Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell and ukulele choirs, A Capella singing and more. This is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations!

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 19 and December 30 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees.
 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 796-8099 Ext. 6Visit The Website

Tickets: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Enchanted Airlie @ Airlie Gardens
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Wilmington 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 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 and more! The year 2018 marks our 14th anniversary of Enchanted Airlie!
In 2018, Enchanted Airlie will be held on November 23rd & 24th, November 30th, and December 1st & 7th through the 22nd.
There are two run-times per evening, 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm. Tickets often sell out in advance!
To Purchase Tickets Click Here
Tickets must be pre-purchased. $30/Carload Pass – Ticket includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in your vehicle.  All guests must arrive in the same vehicle(car, truck, SUV & Mini Vans ONLY)
Airlie Gardens is located at 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403 Website: www.airliegardens.org
For more information call (910) 798-7700 or email: [email protected]
 

Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1005778/airlie-gardens-wilmington-airlie-gardens.

Dec
10
Mon
Cape Fear Festival of Trees @ North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns November 19, 2018 – December 30, 2018, as one of the most heart-warming holiday traditions in our area.
During the two-week festival, you are invited to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance.
Glittering trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists transform the aquarium space into an enchanted forest for all to enjoy. In addition, enjoy performances by local musical groups and artists.
 
Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell and ukulele choirs, A Capella singing and more. This is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations!

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 19 and December 30 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees.
 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 796-8099 Ext. 6Visit The Website

Tickets: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Enchanted Airlie @ Airlie Gardens
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Wilmington 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 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 and more! The year 2018 marks our 14th anniversary of Enchanted Airlie!
In 2018, Enchanted Airlie will be held on November 23rd & 24th, November 30th, and December 1st & 7th through the 22nd.
There are two run-times per evening, 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm. Tickets often sell out in advance!
To Purchase Tickets Click Here
Tickets must be pre-purchased. $30/Carload Pass – Ticket includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in your vehicle.  All guests must arrive in the same vehicle(car, truck, SUV & Mini Vans ONLY)
Airlie Gardens is located at 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403 Website: www.airliegardens.org
For more information call (910) 798-7700 or email: [email protected]
 

Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1005778/airlie-gardens-wilmington-airlie-gardens.

Dec
11
Tue
Cape Fear Festival of Trees @ North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns November 19, 2018 – December 30, 2018, as one of the most heart-warming holiday traditions in our area.
During the two-week festival, you are invited to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance.
Glittering trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists transform the aquarium space into an enchanted forest for all to enjoy. In addition, enjoy performances by local musical groups and artists.
 
Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell and ukulele choirs, A Capella singing and more. This is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations!

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 19 and December 30 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees.
 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 796-8099 Ext. 6Visit The Website

Tickets: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Enchanted Airlie @ Airlie Gardens
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Wilmington 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 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 and more! The year 2018 marks our 14th anniversary of Enchanted Airlie!
In 2018, Enchanted Airlie will be held on November 23rd & 24th, November 30th, and December 1st & 7th through the 22nd.
There are two run-times per evening, 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm. Tickets often sell out in advance!
To Purchase Tickets Click Here
Tickets must be pre-purchased. $30/Carload Pass – Ticket includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in your vehicle.  All guests must arrive in the same vehicle(car, truck, SUV & Mini Vans ONLY)
Airlie Gardens is located at 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403 Website: www.airliegardens.org
For more information call (910) 798-7700 or email: [email protected]
 

Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1005778/airlie-gardens-wilmington-airlie-gardens.

Dec
12
Wed
Cape Fear Festival of Trees @ North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns November 19, 2018 – December 30, 2018, as one of the most heart-warming holiday traditions in our area.
During the two-week festival, you are invited to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance.
Glittering trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists transform the aquarium space into an enchanted forest for all to enjoy. In addition, enjoy performances by local musical groups and artists.
 
Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell and ukulele choirs, A Capella singing and more. This is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations!

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 19 and December 30 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees.
 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 796-8099 Ext. 6Visit The Website

Tickets: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Enchanted Airlie @ Airlie Gardens
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A Wilmington 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 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 and more! The year 2018 marks our 14th anniversary of Enchanted Airlie!
In 2018, Enchanted Airlie will be held on November 23rd & 24th, November 30th, and December 1st & 7th through the 22nd.
There are two run-times per evening, 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm. Tickets often sell out in advance!
To Purchase Tickets Click Here
Tickets must be pre-purchased. $30/Carload Pass – Ticket includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in your vehicle.  All guests must arrive in the same vehicle(car, truck, SUV & Mini Vans ONLY)
Airlie Gardens is located at 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403 Website: www.airliegardens.org
For more information call (910) 798-7700 or email: [email protected]
 

Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1005778/airlie-gardens-wilmington-airlie-gardens.

Dec
13
Thu
Cape Fear Festival of Trees @ North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees returns November 19, 2018 – December 30, 2018, as one of the most heart-warming holiday traditions in our area.
During the two-week festival, you are invited to wander through a winter wonderland of holiday elegance.
Glittering trees decorated by local businesses, various organizations and individual artists transform the aquarium space into an enchanted forest for all to enjoy. In addition, enjoy performances by local musical groups and artists.
 
Treat your ears to the wonderful sounds of harps, handbell and ukulele choirs, A Capella singing and more. This is the perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations!

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 19 and December 30 will also experience the Cape Fear Festival of Trees.
 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 796-8099 Ext. 6Visit The Website

Tickets: http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.