Historic Wilmington Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll 

Check out the Historic Wilmington Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll!  On December 8th and 9th, area residents and visitors are invited to visit and stroll the historic downtown to experience holiday sights, sounds, flavors and activities.

This free, family friendly event kicks off on Friday evening with a ribbon cutting event at Riverfront Park that will also feature a musical performance.  As night falls, the Historic Wilmington Foundation will offer walking tours to view the exteriors of well-lit, nearby historic homes.

Saturday will begin with Santa’s arrival at Riverfront Park.  Everyone can get in the spirt by donning fun holiday apparel (dress as an elf, nutcracker or even wear tacky sweaters) to enter a costume contest prior to the big man’s entrance.

Throughout the day, Downtown merchants will provide refreshments and holiday gift ideas in an “open house” setting. Musicians, choral groups, and other entertainers will provide free entertainment.  A free scavenger hunt will also for strollers to find clues at select locations and qualify for prizes.

Visitors can also check out merchants competing in the annual Downtown Window Decorating contest and vote for their favorite.  Take all weekend to explore windows in the Downtown core, Brooklyn Arts District along N. 4th Street and Castle Street.


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Window Decorating Contest

Windows throughout the historic downtown area will light up again this 2017 holiday season.  From the grand homes in the Residents of Old Wilmington District to the shops and restaurants in the festive Business District.  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 Holiday Stroll.

The purpose of the annual Holiday Decorating Contest is to create a festive atmosphere to capture the imagination of area shoppers and visitors.  Business owners can enter storefront windows, atriums and entire buildings in the competition. Entries range from Downtown’s historic core spanning from the Cotton Exchange to Chandler’s Wharf to Castle Street and to the Brooklyn Arts District’s North 4th Street.

Anyone is eligible to vote by visiting the shops before or during the Holly Jolly Stroll.  Voting begin on Friday, December 8th and ends at midnight on December 10th.

Visit this link to view about the 2017 Holiday Decorating Contest Participants.

People’s Choice     Visit this link   to cast your vote.


Scenes From 2016

Season of Celebration Events

2017 Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll Schedule will be posted Thursday, December 7th

Find The List of Downtown Holiday Events Here.

The Great Holiday Hunt

Snowflakes and Elves and Presents and Candy Canes are hidden all through downtown.  Do you have the skill to track them all down?

The Great Holiday Hunt will take place on Saturday, December 9th from 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM.   This free event will feature a wide range downtown merchants, restaurants and historical sites.  Participants will be provided with kid friendly scavenger hunts that will take participants on a stroll throughout Downtown and visit shops, restaurants and historical sites.  You must answer the question, find code words at certain locations and take pictures for each hunt. You can complete one hunt or all four.

Each team turning in a completed hunt will be entered into the drawing for the prizes.

Clues can be picked up from the WDI Office at 221 N. Front Street between 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM on Saturday.   Completed paperwork is must be turned in by 4:00 PM at a location found on each clue sheet.

Use this link to register.   (You can also register day off at the WDI Office when you pick up your hunts)


2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

Learn more about the 2017 Holly Jolly Sponsorship Opportunities by   visiting this link

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