Cape Fear Weekend Planner: All the festive fun happenings this weekend

Cape Fear Weekend Planner: All the festive fun happenings this weekend

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Cape Fear Holiday happenings to enjoy this weekend

Friday, December 3rd

Enchanted Airlie

300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403 | Friday 5:30 p.m. – Saturday 9:30 p.m. | Details

Since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy a self-guided walk through of Airlie Gardens and wander through 37 acres of holiday lights & music. Unfortunately, Santa will not be present this year at Enchanted Airlie.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time, and may be sold out.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449 | Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Details

The annual Cape Fear Festival of Trees is back at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

The Festival of Trees is a fundraiser put on by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. They have been doing this fundraiser since the early 1980’s. Take joy in strolling around the aquarium with over 50 different decorated trees displayed. Each tree is sponsored by a local business or individual, and all have different themes. This event is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Admission to see the festival of trees is just your admission to the aquarium. However, advanced tickets must be purchased.

Holiday Train Expo

3500 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403 | 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Details

The annual Holiday Train Expo at Independence Mall in Wilmington, NC, features more than 12 unique layouts and over 30 trains. Watch as trains travel through a wonderland of landscapes, and holiday scenes. Delight in the magic of the Polar Express with a family photo-op.

Tickets for adults are just $6, ages 3-12 are $4 , and children under 3 are free.

Holiday Flea at the Brooklyn Arts Center

516 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401 |Friday 4-9:00 p.m. – Saturday 10 am to 5:00 p.m. – Sunday 12 to 5:00 p.m.| Details

The Brooklyn Arts Center in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents the Holiday Flea at BAC, a festive market with more than 50 local and regional vendors with vintage, retro, and up-cycled treasures, plus food trucks and the BAC bar. Admission fee is good for all three days and is $5

Ballet For Young Audiences: The Nutcracker

Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401 |SHOWTIMES: Friday, 4 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.| Details

Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC, presents Ballet For Young Audiences featuring The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky’s story of young Clara, who is transported to a magical land where she fights giant mice, meets the Sugar Plum Fairy, and dances with the Nutcracker Prince. SHOWTIMES: Friday, 4 and 7pm; Saturday, 10am

Admission is $25

7th Annual Illumination Opening

Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC | Friday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.| Details

At the 7th Annual Illumination Opening at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, artists were encouraged to explore the theme of rebirth and renewal. The event features performances by the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra (4-5pm); recognition of attending artists and announcement of winners (5-5:30pm); and live music by Smoky Dunes (5:30-7:30pm).

Admission is $8-$10

Oak Island Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Middleton Park 4610 E Dolphin Dr, Oak Island, NC | Friday 5:00 p.m.| Details

Spend an evening with friends and family as Oak Island Parks and Recreation ushers in the magic of the holiday season! Free entertainment with local music, crafts, Santa mailing station, and more! This event is a FREE event.

Pleasure Island Island of Lights Christmas Parade

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce | Friday 7:30 p.m.| Details

Area residents young and old look forward to the annual Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade is always the second Friday after Thanksgiving and begins at 7:30 PM. The parade proceeds from Atlanta Ave down Lake Park Blvd to the Federal Point Plaza in Carolina Beach. Floats, bands and Santa Clause will be there to add to the festivities of the season and provide a night of entertainment for families.

Saturday, December 4th

Charlie Brown Christmas

Mayfaire Town Center, 6835 Conservation Way, Wilmington, NC 28405, USA | SHOWTIMES: Saturday, 9:30am and 1pm; Sunday, 11:30am and 5pm | Details

Opera House Theatre Company presents A Charlie Brown Christmas at Santa’s workshop at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington. Enjoy the true magic of Christmas with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. This classic holiday tale is one the whole family can appreciate.

Admission is $12, and under the age of 6 is free.

Leland in Lights: Grand Illumination

Founders Park, 113 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451, USA | Saturday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. | Details

Leland in Lights: Grand Illumination lights up Founders Park and features coffee, hot chocolate, and food vendors on-site, as well as train rides for the kids and a visit from Santa.

Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla

Carolina Beach Yacht Club and Marina, 401 Marina St, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 | Saturday, 6 p.m. | Details

The Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla in Carolina Beach, NC, features fishing boats and pleasure craft decorated with thousands of lights. They cruise from Snows Cut to the Carolina Beach Boat Basin and back. Please note: Festivities subject to change due to Covid.

All Motors Holiday Truck Tour

All Motors Automotive, 3306 Kitty Hawk Road #110, Wilmington, NC 28405 | Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Details

All Motors Automotive in Wilmington, NC, presents a Holiday Truck Tour featuring a chance to see and climb on cool vehicles like firetrucks, tow trucks, military vehicles and more. The event also includes live music by Mike O’Donnell and Friends, a visit from Santa, and free hot dogs and donuts. All donations benefit Toys for Tots.

Admission: New, Unwrapped Toy or Cash Donation to Toys for Tots

Battleship Alive

Battleship North Carolina, 1 Battleship Road Northeast, Wilmington, NC | Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Details

Battleship Alive at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington features a chance to interact with World War II living history re-enactors performing daily duties and common drills.

Oak Island Holiday Craft Market

Middleton Park 4610 E Dolphin Dr, Oak Island, NC | Saturday 4:00p.m. – 8:00 p.m.| Details

Join Oak Island at the Holiday Craft Market at Middleton Park. This event will feature local vendors and one of a kind gift items and seasonal sweets. There will be live music, and food to enjoy. This event is a FREE event.

The Women’s Place 1st Birthday Celebration

109 Pier Master Point #130, Wilmington, NC 28412, USA | Saturday 12:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m.| Details

Join the Women’s Place in River lights for their 1st Birthday Celebration. This free event includes local experts in women’s health, refreshments, and drawings for FREE merchandise.

Sunday, December 5th

Voices: The Community Arts Center Choir

Community Arts Center, 120 S 2nd St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | Sunday, 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. | Details

Voices, the Community Arts Center Choir, rings in the holiday season with a caroling style concert outside the Community Arts Center in downtown Wilmington. The choir will perform at 3:30pm and 4:30pm with free cookies and hot chocolate in the Historic USO Building lobby museum. The concert features classic Christmas carols, 1940’s swing and ballads, and jazz standards.

This is a FREE event.

Ponies & Presents

The Wild Horse Preserve at Grayce Wynds, 2450 Grayce Wynds Drive Southwest, Supply, NC 28462 | Sunday, 1:o0 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. | Details

Ponies & Presents at The Wild Horse Preserve at Grayce Wynds in Supply, NC , features hayrides, holiday market, crafts, pony petting, and hand-led pony rides (extra $5 fee). Proceeds benefit of The Wild Horse Preserve at Grayce Wynds

Admission: $10

Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson’s Annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Ride

6620 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28405 | Sunday, 12:00 pm . | Details

This is the 29th annual Toys for Tots motorcycle ride led by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department. This escorted ride will begin at Coastal Carolina Harley Davidson at noon. They will be rocking around the Christmas tree with music by Jerome’s. A catered lunch will be served after the ride to thank participants. Everyone is welcome to this event, but no cars or slingshots will be allowed in the ride.

Admission: New unwrapped toy


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