The December 14th meeting will be held at Chandler’s Wharf Warehouse Shops in the atrium. Come meet the new businesses. We will have a raffle which will benefit Good Shepherd Mission during the season for giving.
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Downtown Wilmington illuminates holiday season with time-honored tree lighting
The Port City riverfront will shimmer with Yule-tide revelry during the annual Christmas tree lighting on Friday November 27. A signature tradition in Southeastern N.C., festivities take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Princess and Water streets.
The event – hosted by the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) and City of Wilmington – includes a free hot coco and coffee hub, outdoor salute to holiday films, tree lighting countdown, and the official arrival of Santa Clause.
Adding to the cheerful backdrop, vendors will hold a holiday marketplace in Riverfront Park, featuring exclusive handmade arts and crafts. Spectators can shop for unique gifts while carolers from The Thalian Association and One Christian Network sing holiday classics.
“This has become a staple of Thanksgiving break for a lot of people living in, and passing through, our community,” said DBA President Terry Espy. “It’s such a nostalgic way to usher in the holidays, while spreading some cheer to young and old alike.”
This kickoff celebration ushers in a weekend of holiday activities. The lighting coincides with lighting of the USCGC DILIGENCE and the 4th Friday Gallery Walk.
November 28 marks Small Business Saturday. Throughout the day, downtown shops and restaurants will offer seasonally-inspired specials. On-street parking for both events is free.
Other sponsors for this year’s tree lighting include The Cape Fear Independent Film Network, Port City Java, CMIT Solutions of Wilmington, WECT and Encore Magazine.