Experience Winter in Wilmington
While so many people flock to Wilmington, North Carolina as a vacation destination during the warmer months, the tourist season begins to die down in the wintertime. Lucky enough for residents, there’s still plenty to enjoy in the area during these colder months. With mild temperatures, holiday-themed attractions and unique activities, there’s so much to love about winter in Wilmington. Legacy Homes by Bill Clark has rounded up a list of things people of all ages can enjoy—so mark your calendars and get ready for fun ways to spend the holidays.
Holiday light displays
Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit quite like a sparkling, impressive light display. Whether you opt for a walk-through or drive-through experience, this timeless tradition is entertaining for the whole family—and there’s no shortage of displays in and around Wilmington.
Perhaps the most well-known light display in the area is Enchanted Airlie. This display boasts over one million lights spread across 67 acres of seasonally decorated gardens. Due to the popularity, this event is sold out for 2020—but set a reminder for next year. In the meantime, check out other local options. The Cape Fear Festival of Trees includes artfully decorated holiday trees and creative shop window displays, guaranteed to get every family member in a festive holiday mood.
One of the main draws to living in Wilmington is the coastal waterfront. Experience the holidays in a signature, local way by setting sail on the Wilmington Water Tours’ Spirit of the Holidays Cruise. You’ll get a unique view of holiday lights from the water and enjoy live music and refreshments on the boat.
A local holiday light enthusiast created this site to help visitors and residents find the best light displays throughout Wilmington. Browse their map or look through photos to plan the perfect outing for your family.
Local shopping and markets
If you’re looking to shop locally this year and support small businesses, Wilmington provides plenty of opportunities to escape the mall madness. Outdoor, pedestrian-friendly shopping villages like Lumina Station will house boutiques and other small shops for you to pick up some gifts. Head downtown to visit The Cotton Exchange or Chandler’s Wharf Warehouse Shops & Galleries for a wide selection of goods that can make their way under the tree or across the country to socially-distanced loved ones. Support local creators and artisans with a trip to Blue Moon Gift Shops, voted the Best Gift Shop in Wilmington.
Arts and culture for all
People young and old can appreciate the history and culture that thrive throughout the Wilmington area, especially during the holiday season. A quick stroll around older parts of the town will show beautifully decorated historic homes, like the Burgain-Wright House or the Bellamy Mansion. Cameron Art Museum hosts unique galleries and exhibits year-round, but features the Art of Illumination from November to January, marking the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.
Make your home in Wilmington
Although many Wilmington residents have made their home here in favor of the summer months, we hope this showed you just how enchanting wintertime can be as well. A mild climate, endless activities and access to Legacy Homes by Bill Clark neighborhoods and stand-alone homes will surely sell you on making your home in Wilmington. Browse available homes, learn about our luxury building process and contact us today to get started on creating the home of your dreams in Wilmington.