Downtown Wilmington, NC is a ton of fun this holiday season, and you can take it all in on the Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll. On Dec. 9 and 10, 2016, enjoy the sights, sounds, flavors and activities of the Christmas season in downtown Wilmington—it’s family-friendly, and it’s free!

Kick Off the Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll Dec. 9

A Kickoff in First Bank’s Water Garden at 201 Market Street will feature live choral entertainment by Westermark Voice Studio. The Kickoff is set for Dec. 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy the Window Decorating Contest

More than 30 businesses are expected to enter the window decorating contest. Of course all of downtown Wilmington will be festively decorated for the season, and so will many of downtown’s historic houses. Vote for your favorites!

Entertainment and Open Houses Abound

Downtown merchants will offer refreshments and holiday gift ideas in an open house setting. You’ll see street musicians, choral groups, and other entertainers on your Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll.

See Santa on the Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll

We hear that Santa will be visiting the Cotton Exchange on Saturday and Sunday. Look for him from 12-4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 1-4 p.m. Dec. 11. Keep an eye out for other times and locations—Santa’s a busy guy!

A Riverboat Cruise Rounds Out a Holly Jolly Holiday

Admire downtown Wilmington from the best vantage point: The Cape Fear River! Take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities and shopping to cruise on the Cape Fear aboard one of our three riverboats: the Capt. J.N. Maffitt, the John Knox, and Jacob’s Run. Downtown Wilmington never looked so beautiful, and you’ll get a moment of peace and nature during a busy season.

Head down to our ticket booth right on the Riverwalk at the foot of Dock Street, or check out our Cruise Calendar and book a cruise online. While you’re in the neighborhood, feel free to grab a bite or a beverage at our terrific dockside River Grill! We’re famous for our riverside burgers, and you can’t go wrong with a casual meal and a wonderful river view.

The Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll is presented by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Downtown Wilmington Incorporated, the Downtown Business Alliance and the Residents of Old Wilmington. Holly Jolly hours are Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 8 p.m., and Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Don’t miss it!

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