• Saturday, December 7th - Sunday, December 15th

Head to one of the Cape Fear region’s most charming and historic destinations just north of the Wilmington city limits for this annual event that adds a little extra sparkle and fun to the holiday season. A Merry Little Christmas Festival is held at the Poplar Grove Plantation, and is a fun-filled celebration that will delight visitors of all ages with a host of holiday activities and events.

A Merry Little Christmas Festival has a world of ways to have fun while exploring the grounds of the historic Poplar Grove Plantation. Visitors can bundle up against the cold while enjoying a few roasted marshmallows at the campfire, drop a letter in the mail to Santa, and even enjoy a wagon ride through the Abbey Nature Reserve in true holiday style. Outdoor movies will be shown throughout the multiple-day event, including beloved favorites like “A Christmas Story” and “Elf,” and candlelight tours of the main manor house will also be available for an educational and fascinating look into local history. With lots to do and discover, and plenty of holiday spirit to go around, the Merry Little Christmas Festival at Poplar Grove Plantation is a great way for visitors of all ages to spread a little holiday cheer.