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A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE… Events keep rolling in to add to the holiday cheer

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Here are a few more ways to add a bit more sparkle and magic to your season.

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Over the last three weeks, we have been keeping readers up to date with a bevy of holiday happenings to keep the spirit alive and twinkling through the holiday season. With December 25 fast-approaching, events aren’t slowing down, as we prepare for Kris Kringle’s arrival. Below are a few more ways to add a bit more sparkle and magic to your season.

Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Center
703 N. 3rd St.
Tickets: $16-$20
A choral concert highlighting songs of the season comes to life at CFCC’s Wilson Center with the Wilmington Choral Society on Thursday night. Their voices will present “I’m Gonna Sing!”—featuring “Ain’t That Good News,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Mary Had a Baby.” There will be guest artists, including soprano Denise Murchison, who also is the director of choral activities at Fayetteville State University. As part of the concert, please, bring a nonperishable food item to donate to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard food pantry.

(or more!) OF CHRISTMAS
Dec. 13, 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. • $50-$75
Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews
516 N 4th St.
The best holiday celebration this side of the nuthouse! Thirty-four stations will feature 17 local eateries and 17 local drinkeries, pairing the best in food and beverages. Attendees will enjoy eating and drinking amidst the Griswolds’ “Christmas Vacation” theme. Prizes will be given for Best Bite, Best Sip and Best Decorated Booth, as well as Best Dressed Male and Female. Help celebrate and raise funds for DREAMS of Wilmington, which gives children the opportunity to learn multi-media arts, no matter their family’s socio-economic status. Raffles, carolers, and food and drinks galore!

Dec. 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Brooklyn Arts Center
516 N. 4th St.
Admission is a new unwrapped toy
Taking place on Campbell Street, between Edward Teach Brewery and Brooklyn Arts Center will be a toy drive for the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots program. Folks will enjoy live music, local vendors and food trucks as part of the event, plus beer from Edward Teach. It’s a fundraiser and a way to scoop up last-minute holiday gifts with local flair!

Dec. 15, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Holy Trinity Church
107 Deerfield Rd., Hampstead
Tickets: $5
Jolly Ol’ St. Nick is heading out of the North Pole and into Holy Trinity Church, north of Wilmington, for a morning of pancakes, sausage and hot chocolate with the little ones. It’s their chance to let him know what they’d like to find under their trees in anticipation of the big night. Children under 4 are admitted free!

Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
Waterman’s Brewing
1610 Pavilion Pl.
It’s the best holiday movie this side of the nuthouse! “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” will screen in the Waterman’s parking lot on December 16, starting at 6 p.m., bringing to life all the fun in the Griswolds’ dysfunction. The screening is also acting as a fundraiser for giving back to kids in need; donations are being taken, so please, bring one, new unwrapped toy (just don’t bring you wrapped kitty cat, in ode to Aunt Bethany).

Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Thalian Hall • 310 Chestnut St.
Tickets: $5
Imagine a Ferris wheel and carousel, popcorn, fair games and more carnival rides of yore. Now, imagine them in miniature scale, like that of old-fashioned dollhouses kids used to play with decades ago: a small sofa here, a kitchen table there… Local Englishman and businessman Adrian Vickers acquired the small carnival (with some of its pieces dating back to the 1920s-1930s), which used to travel to shopping centers and other places during the holidays as an attraction. However, it’s been put away in boxes for the last three decades, not seeing the day of light. When Mr. Vickers passed away earlier in the year, his widow reached out to Thalian Hall about displaying it, something Vickers wanted to do over the years. Now, the traveling circus will come to life once again, thanks to the hard work of Thalian Hall staffers and volunteers who have been putting together the set (without any instructions) since November. The display will be up for view December 17-20.

Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
Country Club of Landfall
1550 Landfall Dr.
Tickets: $30
Dinner and drinks will be served as folks hear the Wilmington Boys Choir spread the cheer by singing holiday carols. The boys choir is a resident choral group of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (and affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America to help boys advance in musical achievements).

Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Wilson Center • 70 N. 3rd St.
Tickets: $25-$88
The North Carolina Symphony comes to Wilmington’s Wilson Center every year to perform the sounds of the season in all their glory. Folks will hear “Greensleeves,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas” among other classics, as performed by the 66-piece orchestra. There is also a singalong added to merriment of the season!

Dec. 20-22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market St.
The local antebellum historic mansion will open from Dec. 20-22 so folks can enjoy its history decorated in lights and tinsel and garland and more holiday magic, all inspired by the Victorian era. It’s free to attend, however, donations are welcome—especially since the museum took quite a hit from Hurricane Florence in the early fall. They can use help to keep our city’s history alive!

Dec. 21-22, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Bourgie Nights
127 Princess St.
Tickets: $12-$15
Cliff Cash’s standup comedy reflects his observations of real-world events, while also illuminating his own self-deprecation during his life’s tribulations and triumphs. He will return to the stage at Bourgie Nights for a two-night stint of laughter. As well, he is asking folks to bring items to donate to folks in need this season (new toy, blanket, winter coat, gloves, warm hats, new warm socks, warm sweaters/ sweatshirts, or a Care Kit: toothpaste, lotion, soap chap stick, hand sanitizer). Opening will be Drew Harrison.

Dec. 22, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
7520-B Market St.
Ogden’s favorite bottle shop will be hosting a free party to excite those Christmastime feelings. Max Levy and the Hawaiian Shirts, as well as Tico Trio Latin Jazz Band will be performing for the evening and a food truck will be onsite serving up a bunch of deliciousness. Plus, Kris Kringle will be around to take note of last-minute Christmas gifts. It’s a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, so be sure to bring along any nonperishable food items, paper and personal hygiene products.

Through Dec. 27
Wilmington Trolley Company
15 S. Water St.
Tickets: $5-$12
Historic downtown Wilmington’s beautiful homes are decked and donned for the season, with tons of twinkly lights and wreaths and bows galore. Folks can hop aboard the Wilmington Trolley to take a gander at the beauty of the season, with tours at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. nightly. Seasonal music and narration is included with the tour, which is enclosed in a heated environment as well. Folks board at 106 S. Water St. Reservations can be made by calling 910-763-4483.

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