Santa and holiday cheer take over Downtown Wilmington

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Submitted: Sat, 11/29/2014 - 1:12am
Updated: Sat, 11/29/2014 - 4:15pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Santa and holiday cheer have taken over Downtown Wilmington as the lights now shine bright with the annual lighting of the tree at the corner of Water and Princess Streets.

City officials kicked off the holiday tree lighting at 5:30 with entertainment and flipped the switch around 6:25.
The event is a partnership between the Downtown Business Alliance and the City of Wilmington’s Recreation & Downtown Services Division.

And just down the road the Christmas Train and Light Spectacular kicked off at the Wilmington Train Museum.
You can stroll through the Museum to see 20,000 twinkling lights & music, Christmas layouts, tell Santa if you’ve been bad or good, and get some hot cider & cookies afterward.

The event runs Fridays & Saturdays through Dec. 27, 6:30-8 pm.
GENERAL ADMISSION only $5 each, kids under age 2 free.


  • Malcolm Bekei says:

    For years the tree was at Riverfront Park across from the Federal Building and you couldn’t miss it. Before that a smaller one was right at the foot of Market. Now it’s around the corner in an ugly parking lot and you wouldn’t even know it was there if you weren’t looking for it. I know it got moved there last year because of construction on Water street and the Park, but why put it back in the parking lot again ?

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    I walked around downtown last Saturday with out of town guests and basically stumbled across it. It’s a very nice tree just in a non-descript location that seems out of place.

    I heard they picked that spot because Ol’ Hairspray Saffo is using the original spot to store his cache of “White Rain” and just couldn’t give it up.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    It’s not even a “Christmas” Tree anymore, it’s a “holiday” tree; a fabricated title that means nothing. Wilmington’s “leaders” no longer tolerate “Christmas” anymore because it might offend someone who doesn’t celebrate it. They do sanction the use of the word “holiday” though, because that might encourage people to spend money, and that increases revenue, and revenue can be used to fund even more useless studies and reports.

    As far as I’m concerned, they can take their tree and stick it where the moon don’t shine; a totally appropriate place for it considering that most of their great ideas seem to originate from there anyway.

  • Taxpayer II says:

    It’s called a CHRISTMAS TREE, not a holiday tree!!!!!

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