Sunday, Dec. 2
The 16th Annual Holiday Parade is downtown Wilmington is Sunday. The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. beginning on N Front St. and Walnut St., ending at Castle St. If you can’t make it, WECT will stream is live on Bounce.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Shallotte is hosting their annual Christmas Parade. It starts at 10 a.m. and begins at Main and Whiteville Rd.
The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society is hosting the 46th Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour on Saturday from 4-8 pm and Sunday from 1-5 pm.
The Carolina Beach Holiday Market kicks off Saturday. From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., you can shop for art, crafts, and specialty food. There will also be live music and a surprise visitor. The market will be at Carolina Beach Lake on Lake Park Blvd.
The Christmas by the Sea Parade kicks off at the Town Hall building in Oak Island at 2 p.m. It will head down Oak Island Drive to McGalmery Street. Local businesses and organizations in the community will be showcased along with a float decorating contest.
Fishing boats will be lit up on the water for the annual Island of Lights Flotilla in Carolina Beach. They will cruise from Snows Cut Bridge to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. The boats will compete for prizes, too! The fun starts at 6 p.m.
Also in Carolina Beach, the Christmas by the Sea event starts Saturday evening. The boardwalk will feature pony rides, caroling, crafts, and of course, Santa! There will also be hot chocolate to keep you warm. The event it free and starts at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30
The annual Greenfield Lake Tree Lighting and Holiday Movie kicks off at 5:15 p.m. There will be entertainment, refreshments, and a chance to meet Santa. The tree will be lit at 6 followed by a free showing of the movie Elf at the amphitheater at 7.
Get some holiday shopping done at the Marina Village Night Market. The market in the RiverLights Community features local artists, handmade goodies, beauty items, home decor, and Christmas themed gifts. The market opens at 4 p.m. and goes on until 8.
Head down to the Island of Lights for the Christmas parade starting at 7:30 p.m. Floats, bands, and Santa Claus will be there to help ring in the holiday in Carolina Beach. The parade route starts on Atlanta Avenue.
All of these events are free to attend. Many of them will cause road closures so arrive with ample time to find parking.