Historic Downtown Holly Jolly Holidays 

Check out the month long Historic Downtown Holly Jolly Holidays!  Kicking off Friday November 29th 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 29th with the annual tree lighting at Riverfront Park and the arrival of Santa Clause, followed by the Christmas Parade December 8th.  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.

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Window Decorating Contest

Windows throughout the historic downtown area will light up again this 2019 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 Holidays.

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.

Take the free Port City Trolley to visit windows in each Downtown District.  You can hail the trolley along its route or at designated stops.  .  Click here to see the Trolley route.

2019 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 16th.

Visit this link to cast your vote.

Scenes From 2018

Celebrate the season in Downtown.

Downtown is active with holiday celebrations all month long with something for everyone.  Visit this Calendar of Events to make your holiday plans.


 Last minute Gift Ideas

No need to struggle to find that one of a kind gift for your family and friends.   Visit Downtown’s unique shops and find that special item.   Here are some last-minute gift ideas for you.


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