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This Week's Highlights

This Week

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Christmas Gift Show

  • Sunday, November 18th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Southport

Avoid the hassle of heavy traffic and harried holiday shopping with this event that brings all the Christmas goodies to one central location. The Christmas Gift Show is a fun and easy-going shopping event that has a wealth of vendors, giveaways, and other holiday enticements that will make the start of the shopping season merry and bright throughout.

Week of November 19, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting

  • Friday, November 23rd
Wilmington

Start the holiday season with style and plenty of community spirit by attending the annual Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting in the heart of Wilmington. This annual event is a community celebration that features plenty of music, refreshments, and a glittering tree lighting, and is a great opener to the festive spirit of Wilmington during the holidays.

Southport Tree Lighting Ceremony

  • Friday, November 23rd 4:30 PM
Southport

Get ready to ring in the season with this inaugural holiday event that showcases the beauty of downtown Southport. The Southport Tree Lighting Ceremony is a highly anticipated annual celebration that features caroling, refreshments, and plenty of cheer to go around as the town’s famed tree in the heart of the downtown area is illuminated for the holiday season.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of November 26, 2018 - December 2, 2018

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour

  • Thursday, November 1st - Sunday, December 2nd
Wilmington

Take a peek into some of the most beautiful and historic homes of famed downtown Wilmington with this unique annual tour that combines the scenery of the season with a little bit of history. Since 1973, the yearly Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour has become a popular event with visitors and locals alike, as it shines a light on some of the most festive and beautiful residences that the centuries-old Port City has to offer.

Christmas by the Sea Parade

  • Saturday, December 1st 2:00 PM
Oak Island

The small coastal town of Oak Island has a big dose of holiday spirit, and visitors can ring in the Christmas season in style by cheering on the annual Christmas by the Sea Parade. Held in the heart of town, this annual event that features the efforts of local businesses and celebrations is a merry way to enjoy the coastal community while starting off the holiday season with plenty of cheer.

WinterFest Festival

  • Saturday, December 1st - Sunday, December 9th
Southport

Join in the fun of the season and enjoy a days-long festival that highlights the community spirit of Southport by attending the highly anticipated WinterFest festival. This annual celebration features a wealth of activities at landmarks and popular spots throughout the coastal town, and is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the holidays while taking in everything this popular vacation destination has to offer.

Week of December 3, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

WinterFest Festival

  • Saturday, December 1st - Sunday, December 9th
Southport

Join in the fun of the season and enjoy a days-long festival that highlights the community spirit of Southport by attending the highly anticipated WinterFest festival. This annual celebration features a wealth of activities at landmarks and popular spots throughout the coastal town, and is a great way to enjoy the spirit of the holidays while taking in everything this popular vacation destination has to offer.

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Friday, December 7th - Sunday, December 16th
Wilmington

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.

Costumed Holiday History Tour

  • Friday, December 7th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Southport

History, local heritage, and a little holiday spirit are all merrily combined at this annual event that makes a visit to one of Southport’s favorite local landmarks even brighter. The Costumed Holiday History Tour is a celebrated part of the Southport Winterfest Festival, and is a unique opportunity to discover the North Carolina Maritime Museum in a new and glittering holiday light.

Light Up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade

  • Friday, December 7th
Southport

Southport is well known as a coastal community with a wide array of holiday traditions, and the Light Up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade is easily a local favorite, with plenty of cheer to go around. Hosted by the more than 100-year-old Southport Fire Department, and featuring floats, trucks, and colorful displays of all varieties, this crowd pleasing event is a great way to get in the holiday spirit with a little coastal style.

WinterFest Tour of Homes

  • Saturday, December 8th 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Southport

Southport is brimming with enchanting residences that have been standing for hundreds of years, and during this special holiday tour, visitors will be treated to an inside look of some of the community’s most famed and eye-catching homes. The WinterFest Tour of Homes is a delightful tour that takes place in conjunction with the annual WinterFest Festival, and which presents a chance to see some of the most stunning local homes decked out in holiday style.

Southport Christmas Flotilla

  • Saturday, December 8th 7:00 PM
Southport

Celebrate the season in true coastal style with this annual event that has become a tradition for Southport locals and frequent visitors alike. The Southport Christmas Flotilla features a beautiful array of decorated vessels of all varieties that are decked out for the holidays, and which pay homage to the maritime spirit that is inherent in this small coastal town.

Week of December 10, 2018 - December 16, 2018

A Merry Little Christmas Festival

  • Friday, December 7th - Sunday, December 16th
Wilmington

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.

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 17, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Enchanted Airlie

  • Saturday, November 24th - Saturday, December 22nd
Wilmington

Ring in the holiday season with this magical display of lights, greenery, and gorgeous local scenery with this month-long event that brings plenty of spirit to the season. The Enchanted Airlie celebration is an opportunity to discover how beautiful and glittering this beloved local landmark can be during the holidays, thanks to a dazzling array of lights, and plenty of activities that will leave young and old visitors alike grinning from ear to ear.

Week of December 24, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K

  • Saturday, December 29th 8:00 AM
Carolina Beach

Discover one of the prettiest regions of the coastal Cape Fear area with this annual event that always attracts runners, walkers and joggers from all across the region and well beyond. The Carolina Beach State Park Half Marathon & 5K is a fun and yet competitive race that features some of the best scenery on the beach, and which is open to visitors of all ages and abilities.

Week of January 7, 2019 - January 13, 2019

Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher

  • Saturday, January 12th
Kure Beach

On January 15, 1865, the Cape Fear region was the site of one of the most important Civil War battles along the North Carolina coastline, the Battle of Fort Fisher. Marking the end of the Civil War and the fall of the Cape Fear area, visitors can learn all about the history of this battle - and watch as that history comes to life - at this annual event that commemorates the anniversary of this important moment in time.

Week of February 18, 2019 - February 24, 2019

Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge

  • Saturday, February 23rd 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Currie

The small community of Currie, North Carolina, has a remarkable history that predates the formation of America, and new visitors can learn all about this storied legacy at this unique event that combines history with miles of fun. The Anniversary of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge is an annual event that pays homage to the first Patriot victory prior the Declaration of Independence, the Halifax Accord and the war for Independence, and is an interactive tour of the battle, and how it shaped the formation of America.

Week of March 4, 2019 - March 10, 2019

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