As the days get shorter and we wind down to the new year, we celebrate our favorite winter holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hannukah, New Year’s Eve, and more.

As we celebrate, we turn to our loved ones. We spend time with our families, shopping and baking together, and traveling distances to make up for time apart. We make time to see friends. We send cards to those who live far away.

At Cape Fear Riverboats, downtown Wilmington NC is where we love to get together with friends and family. There’s so much to do! We can entertain out-of-towners or take time to visit landmarks we might overlook in other seasons. We can raise a glass, try out an event, wander through a museum, or, of course, take a riverboat cruise.

If you’re looking for fun to share with loved ones this holiday season, come on downtown! Here are a few ideas for fun activities for you and your friends and family. Look into the Wilmington Downtown App for dining suggestions, or try something completely new, and let us know how it goes!

Winter Events in Downtown Wilmington NC

Spend time with your loved ones at perfect holiday events in downtown Wilmington. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting
    25, 2016, time TBA
    Water Street

    The Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting in Wilmington, NC has music and caroling, a visit with Santa, and a holiday marketplace.
  • Christmas Train & Light Spectacular
    25- 26, 2016, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Wilmington Railroad Museum

    Take the kids old and young to see model trains running through a winter wonderland, a visit from Santa, and cider and cookies.
  • Music on Market presents A Celtic Christmas
    10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
    St. Andrews Presbyterian Church

    A Celtic Christmas features a quartet performing seasonal favorites in the Irish style with fiddle, Irish drum, guitar, keyboard, and vocals.

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Don’t Overlook These Fun Downtown Museums

For family in from out of town, visit the Bellamy Mansion, an elegant 150-year-old home, or the Cape Fear Museum, to learn all about Wilmington history. Check out the New Museum of the Bizarre or venture into the Serpentarium.

Candyland Christmas at the Children’s Museum in downtown Wilmington means visits from Santa and Elsa from the film Frozen, plus holiday crafts and goodies.

Take a Riverboat Cruise with your Loved Ones this Holiday Season

We think the romance and adventure of a riverboat cruise is one of the best ways to spend time with loved ones this holiday season. Come take a 1-hour sightseeing cruise on the Captain J.N. Maffitt, the John Knox, or Jacob’s Run. You’ll love the breeze, the narrated tour with highlights and fun facts, and the best view of downtown Wilmington, hands down.

Meet us at the ticket booth on the Riverwalk at the foot of Dock Street, or get your tickets online. Happy holidays, friends!

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