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Christmas

Enchanted Airlie starts taking shape

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As Thanksgiving nears, the preparation for one of the area's best-known holiday events begins. Enchanted Airlie is starting to take form, as workers were up early planting 400 red, pink and yellow poinsettias at Airlie Gardens. Full story...
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'Pender-Topsail Post & Voice' update Nov. 7

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video"Pender-Topsail Post & Voice" Editor Andy Pettigrew gives a sneak preview of what we can find in the paper before it hit the stands. Full story...
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Christmas decorations arrive downtown

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Just one day after the spooktacular holiday of Halloween, downtown Wilmington now has a bit of Christmas flair. Full story...
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Christmas comes early with beach sand sculpture

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video You may have seen a jolly figure being sculpted out of the sand on Wrightsville Beach a couple months early today. Sandi Adams of Sandi Castles was in front of the Holiday Inn sculpting Santa Claus for guests and the public. Full story...
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NC Christmas tree fire displaces 2 from home

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Two Greensboro residents are spending the holiday with the Red Cross after a burning Christmas tree forced them from their home. Full story...
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Different celebrations, one Christmas message

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video Big, small, loud, quiet, in English, Spanish or Korean, the message of Christmas is delivered in many ways, but the birth of a baby in a manger has the same meaning for Christians around the world. Full story...
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Live nativity puts 'Christ' back into 'Christmas'

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It's easy to get wrapped up in the presents, lights, ribbons and bows and forget the true reason for the season. Full story...
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Christmas travelers come home via planes, trains, automobiles and buses

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video While grandma's cookies and great presents are waiting over the river and through the woods, you've got to get through the traveling to get the good stuff. Full story...
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Santa takes pre-Christmas swim at aquarium

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While the elves prepare Rudolph and friends for their round-the-world journey, Santa snuck into the Fort Fisher Aquarium for a quick swim with some marine friends. Full story...
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Dip in NC gasoline prices may spark holiday travel

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A sharp drop in gasoline prices since spring may be the spark North Carolina motorists need to travel during the Christmas holiday. Full story...
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Fayetteville police expect crowd for bike giveaway

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An annual Christmas tradition in Fayetteville has police concerned because of the number of people expected to show up. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Secret Santa says 'Pay it forward'

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video Reports of "Secret Santas" paying off layaway accounts have swept across the country this holiday season, and Wilmington is no exception. We told you yesterday about a family that had their layaway balance paid off by a stranger just in time for Christmas. Now, a "Secret Santa" has come forward to tell his side of the story. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Online videos inspire over-the-top Christmas light displays, website in our area

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video The Christmas spirit is catching on, but not just any ordinary Christmas spirit. We're talking about the type of Christmas spirit that has some families transforming their homes into living light displays. Videos are making their way from e-mail to e-mail. Families are transforming their homes into spectacles. These light shows can even be found right here in the Cape Fear. Full story...
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Christmas gift wrappers brighten the season and children's futures

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'Tis the season for shopping, presents and gift-wrapping. One group has set up shop for the 19th Christmas in a row to help you make sense of the paper, ribbons and bows. Full story...
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Salvation Army gives Christmas gifts for kids in need

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video Is it better to give than to receive? You can see both in action at the Salvation Army's Distribution Center. Full story...
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