CSP December Favorites

Be sure to add a little magic to your already merry month by getting a few of these events on your calendar. 

Like most Americans, we're all about the holidays - parties, friends, reflection, giving...what's not to love? And, in Wilmington, holiday affection is palpable. If you're looking for merry and bright and a little holiday cheer, you've come to the right place.

Here are a few of our favorite Wilmington holiday events sure to help keep you in the spirit.

December 1 - Island of Lights Flotilla!

Decorated boats of all shapes and sizes parade through the canal delighting onlookers perched on docks and along the banks. Bring your hot chocolate and holiday cheer! Get more information here. 

Where: Carolina Beach, NC 

When: 6:00pm

December 1-2 - Holiday Flea at the BAC 

Known to be the ultimate vintage flea market, the Holiday Flea at the BAC has a variety of vintage, retro, upcycled and hand-crated treasures and art. Food trucks, coffee shop, and bar are also onsite. Read more.

Where: Brooklyn Arts Center - 516 North 4th St. 

When: November 30 - December 2; Friday 4:00 - 9:00pm; Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm

December 2 - Holiday Parade

A Downtown Wilmington tradition with all the holiday bells and whistles sure to please kids of all ages, including their parents ;). Click here for more information. 

Where: Historic Downtown - Begins at North Front and Walnut

When: 6:00pm

December 8 - A Christmas Stroll Through the Past

An annual holiday festival of traditional music, dancing, and refreshments complete with holiday decor sure to add to your holiday spirit. Get ticketshere.

Where: Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin Wright House, St. James Episcopal Church

When: 4:30-8:30pm

December 8 - Island of Lights Tour of Homes

Take a self-guided tour through beautifully designed and decorated Pleasure Island homes. Click here for tickets and more information.

Where: Pleasure Island - Carolina Beach & Kure Beach

When: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

December 6 - 16 - A Christmas Carol 

A classic holiday tale for the whole family to enjoy on what architectural digest calls the most beautiful stage in the state. Read more here

Where: Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

When: Friday-Saturday 7:30pm; Sunday Matinee 3:00pm

December 15-16 - The 10th Annual Christmas Cabaret - Hark the Herald Angels Swing

The Christmas Cabaret is a Wilmington holiday tradition with beautiful secular and sacred Christmas music with a theatrical flair. The perfect way to begin the 12 days of Christmas. Get tickets here

Where: Country Club at Landfall

When: Saturday - Cocktails: 5:30pm; Dinner: 7pm; Sunday Brunch - Cocktails: 12:00pm; Brunch

December 15-16 - The Great Wilmington Nutcracker Ballet 

A holiday tradition and enchanting story for all ages. Get more information and tickets here

Where: The Wilson Center

When: Saturday at 6pm; Sunday at 3pm

December 19 - NC Symphony Statewide Holiday Pops Concert 

Celebrate the sounds of the season with the most popular sing-alongs sure to make your holiday a little more magic. Purchase tickets here

Where: Wilson Center

When: 7:30pm 

December 20 - It's a Wonderful Life Film Screening

Frank Capra's iconic holiday film is back for the 8th year in a row. Click here for tickets. 

Where: Thalian Hall 

When: 4:00pm and 7:00pm

December 21 - Cliff Cash Home for the Holiday Tour

Best homegrown comedian, hands down. Cliff Cash is so good, in fact, that he's hardly home anymore. So, catch him while you can! Get tickets here.

Where: Bourgie Nights (next to Manna)

When: 7:00pm-10:00pm

December 31 - Thalian Hall New Year's Gala 

Escape to the Greek Isles, and dance the night away with an enchanting evening of dinner, drinks, dessert, and a sensational performance f the smash-hit musical baed on ABBA music classics, Mamma Mia! After the show, ring in 2019 with a live DJ, dancing, karaoke, and a champagne toast. Purchase tickets here

Where: Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

When: 7:00pm; Curtain 8:30pm

December 31 - Theatre Now New Year's Eve Speakeasy

Dress in your Gatsby best and don't forget the password! A night of entertainment, craft cocktails, a decadent  dinner and plenty of champagne, The New Year's Eve Speakeasy is sure to help you ring in the New Year right. Click here for tickets. 

Where: Theatre Now

When: 1st Show 6:00pm; 2nd Show 9:30pm