Coastal North Carolina Events to Put You in the Holiday Spirit

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a variety of events to peruse, and coastal North Carolina certainly doesn’t disappoint this year!

One of the things the Michelle Clark Team loves most about this time of year is all of the cheer and community involvement that arises around the holidays.

These are just a few events you and your family might want to check out before you head home to deck the halls or hang those stockings, but we think you’ll find a little something for everyone in this list we’ve put together.

Holiday Marketplace
December 4, 4-8pm

The Landfall Foundation presents the 8th annual Holiday Marketplace! Come to the Country Club of Landfall for an evening of shopping and supporting the local artisans and entrepreneurs of the Wilmington area. Both the ballroom and the large white peak tent that the club normally reserves for events like weddings and banquets will be used this year, thanks to all of the region’s participating small businesses. Find a special gift for everyone on your list and enjoy the holiday season in style!

Floating Lantern Ceremony
December 9, 4-7pm

Join the Cameron Art Museum for an opportunity to reflect on the reason for the season at the Floating Lantern Ceremony! You won’t be charged to attend, but visitors are encouraged to spend $12 on a lantern that they can then personalize with heartfelt messages or wishes. These lights are what will float across the reflecting pond in the museum to the tune of live music. It’s a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations!

Polar Express Day
December 8 & 15, 9am-12pm

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington invites you and the whole family to take part in Polar Express Day, occurring two Saturdays in the month of December! This festive celebration of a classic tale includes warm drinks, arts and crafts, story time, and of course, enchanted train rides filled with holiday magic. These events do tend to fill up quickly, so check in with the museum to find out how many spaces are available for the next event. But for the price of admission, you and the kids can embrace the season with a morning’s trip to the North Pole!

The Great Wilmington Nutcracker Ballet
December 15 & 16, Doors open at 5pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday

A fresh take on a Christmas classic, the Wilmington Ballet Company’s rendition of The Nutcracker includes all of the troupe’s best talents, including stilt walkers, aerial artists, vivid digital imagery, enthralling choreography, and more! With more than 30 professional dancers taking part in the performances, and an intermission show provided by athletes from the Special Olympics, these approximately 2-hour shows promise to entertain and delight this season.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Film Screening
December 20, 4 and 7pm

What’s Christmas without a little reminder to be thankful for all of the people in our lives? Join George Bailey in director Frank Capra’s classic tale, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” screened at Thalian Hall. For only $12 per person, you and the rest of the family can follow along and rediscover what makes the holiday season bright, in spite of any setbacks we may encounter throughout the year. The showings frequently sell out, so be sure to check in with Thalian Hall if you plan to attend.   

Stay tuned to the Michelle Clark Team’s blog for more news, tips for homeowners, regional insights, and more as we celebrate the holiday festivities and move in the new year.