Historic Downtown Holly Jolly Holidays 

Check out the month long Historic Downtown Holly Jolly Holidays!  Kicking off Friday November 23rd through to December 24th, area residents and visitors are invited to visit and stroll the historic downtown to experience holiday sights, sounds, flavors and activities. There is an abundance to do this season and you’ll find the list on the Events Page.

Bring It! Downtown to Shop Local and Shop Small, during downtown’s Holly Jolly Holiday Season.

Ride the trolley and see the festive window decorations. The festivities kick off November 23rd with the annual tree lighting at Riverfront Park and the arrival of Santa Clause, followed by the Christmas Parade December 2nd.

With a vibrant and varied dining scene, everyone visiting downtown this season will find their perfect spot to eat. From contemporary seafood and southern comfort food, to French fare on the riverside, upscale Italian cuisine and casual sidewalk cafes. Stay warm and cozy on chilly days visiting coffee shops or sipping cocktails.

Park FIRST HOUR FREE in City Decks.


Scenes From 2017



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Window Decorating Contest

Windows throughout the historic downtown area will light up again this 2018 holiday season.  From the grand homes in the Residents of Old Wilmington District to the shops and restaurants in the festive Downtown Districts.  You may even see boats and the Riverwalk decked out festively along the bustling River District.

The Window Decorating contest is organized by the Downtown Business Alliance (DBA) and includes a People’s Choice award that is part of the Historic Wilmington Holly Jolly Holidaysl.

From Downtown’s historic core spanning from the Cotton Exchange to Chandler’s Wharf along with Castle Street, Brooklyn Arts and South Front Districts.  It will be a delight for visitors and local alike.

Ride the Downtown District Trolley, hail it anywhere along it’s route.

2018 Window Decorating Contest- People’s Choice
It’s time for the people’s voice to be heard. Merchants have filled their windows with holiday cheer. The votes are being cast by a panel of judges, but we want to hear from you. Help us select your choice for Best Holiday Window Decorations. Voting ends at midnight on Monday, December 17th.

Use this link to cast your vote.


Scenes From 2017

Celebrate the season in Downtown.

Learn more about the events taking place in downtown during Holly Jolly Holidays by visiting this link.


 Last minute Gift Ideas.

Are you looking for that “one of a kind” gift to wrap up your holiday shopping? Or so you still have some stockings that need to be stuffed? We have some amazing ideas for you. Visit this link to see great last minute gift ideas you can pick up in Historic Downtown Wilmington at our unique shops and restaurants.
(Keep checking this list. New Ideas are getting added every minute.)

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

Learn more about the 2018 Holly Jolly Sponsorship Opportunities by   visiting this link

“Our 2018 Sponsors”

Thank you to our sponsors!  Please visit them and support them!

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Santa's Helpers