The holidays are a great time full of fun, family and celebrations! Especially in a place like Wilmington, there is always something going on in the month of December to get into the Christmas spirit! Check out this list of local events that you can partake in this holiday season!

Holiday Shows

A Very Merry Mayfaire Christmas by the Opera House Theatre Company

Opera House Theatre Company hosts “A Very Merry Mayfaire Christmas” in the Mayfaire Town Center on December 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. Performing in this show is Wilmington-based Broadway vet Brian Whitted, “Piano Man”s Nygel Robinson, former Miss North Carolina, Beth Stoval and local theater vets Jason Aycock and Bradley Barefoot.

The Great Wilmington Nutcracker

US International Ballet and The Wilmington Ballet Company present The Great Wilmington Nutcracker live at the Wilson Center on December 18th and 19th. This is a festive show that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Every Christmas Story Ever Told

Three actors team up to tell you literally every Christmas story ever told! This show will be held at Thalian Hall in the Ruth and Bucky Stein Studio Theatre from December 9th-19th on Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm, with some Sunday matinees. 

Local Events

Cape Fear Festival of Trees

The Cape Fear Festival of Trees is a favorite tradition in the Wilmington area. This festival is held at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher from November 26th until January 3rd. Admission to the aquarium will get you in to see a beautiful Christmas forest throughout the exhibits. 

Wilmington Holiday Parade

Come see the annual Holiday Parade in Downtown Wilmington on Sunday, December 12th at 5:55pm. 

Holiday Event @ Live Oak Bank Pavillion

Head over to the Live Oak Bank Pavillion on Saturday, December 18th for Christmas fun with the whole family. Santa will be there and there will be a showing of the movie “Elf”. 

Ugly Sweater Party

Three Ladies in Wilmington present the Ugly Sweater Party at Palate Bottle Shop and Garden on December 18th at 9pm. The winner with the ugliest sweater will win a bottle!

Elf Trivia at New Anthem Beer Project

Are you a fan of the movie “Elf” and looking to get into the holiday spirit? Register for the “Elf” trivia night hosted at New Anthem Beer Project on December 22 at 7pm. There will be 5 rounds of festive trivia!

Holiday Markets

Holiday Craft Market

Come see what local artists and vendors have for you this holiday season at the Holiday Craft Market. This market is on December 9th from 9am-3pm at 224 Market Street in Downtown Wilmington. 

Holiday Market Extravaganza

Head over to the Mayfaire Town Center for their Holiday Market Extravaganza. This will be a day of spirited shopping with local vendors, artists and giveaways. The market is from 10am-7pm on December 11th. 


There are plenty more holiday events happening in the Wilmington area this season, but this was a good start to some of the awesome festivities you can partake in! We hope you see you at some and hope that you have a great time celebrating! Keep an eye out on our social media pages and our blog for more information on local news and events.