Several communities holding tree lighting ceremonies


NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – Once the turkey becomes leftovers, several area towns are ready for the next holiday.

On Friday night, tree lighting ceremonies will take place across the area.

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In downtown Wilmington, the tree lighting will take place at the corner of Water and Princess streets with holiday entertainment beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by the tree lighting and the lighting of the US Coast Guard Cutter Diligence at approximately 6:25 p.m.

Members of the Downtown Business Alliance will be serving free coffee and hot chocolate. There will be carolers for entertainment and vendors will host a “Holiday Marketplace” selling arts and crafts. Santa will visit shortly after the tree lighting.

A tree lighting ceremony also kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in Wrightsville Beach. It begins with a musical performance by the Elf Patrol and the lighting of the tree as they welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to Wrightsville Beach.  Come enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, and a visit with Santa.

Burgaw is also lighting up their Christmas tree Friday night. It starts at 6:00 p.m. on the Court House Square.

Leland is holding their Christmas tree lighting ceremony this Sunday. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Leland Town Hall.