Downtown Holly Jolly Holidays 2020 Version

2020 has brought challenges to all aspects of celebrating.  Due to the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic even our hopes to gather and sing Christmas carols, light our downtown tree, and visit Santa and Mrs. Clause during the Holly Jolly season will have to be postponed until next year.  From downtown residents, owners, and each organization we thank you for your continued support of our businesses as you safely follow all guidelines and restrictions and enjoy downtown safely this month.

Kicking off Friday November 27th through to Wednesday, December 24th, area residents and visitors are invited to visit and stroll the historic downtown to shop, dine and take in the festive holiday spirit.

“Bring It Downtown” to Shop Local and Shop Small, during downtown’s “Holly Jolly Holidays” Season because “Downtown Is Alive”.

Ride the trolley and see the festive window decorations throughout the downtown districts and ride around our historic Residents of Old Wilmington streets.   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.  Seating inside or outside may be limited so make sure you call ahead and check for availability.

Park FIRST 90 MINUTES FREE in City Decks.


Downtown Holiday Scenes From The Past



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Window Decorating Contest –  and the winners are…

The results are in! Winner of the Window Decorating Contest is Cape Fear Riverboats. Make sure you and take a look. 

Honorable Mentions go to East Coast Breeze, LLC and Down Island Traders

Thank you to all the contestants for helping make our downtown cherry and bright.

Art in Bloom 210 Princess St.  Beach Bagels 130 N. Front St. Candles Etc 25 Market St.

Cape Fear River Boats 101 S. Water St. Cape Fear Spice Merchants 20 Market St. 

Crust 124 Princess St. Decades of Decor 606 Caste St. Divine Vintage Boutique 22 N. Front St.

Down Island Traders 111 S. Front St. Downtown Nutrition-ilm 240 Princess St. East Coast Breeze 225 S. Water St.

edet by Island Passage 302 N. Front  Edge of Urge 18 Market  Gallery Citrine 17 S. 2nd  Intracoastal Realty 228 N. Front. 

Momentum Companies 103 S. Front St. New Elements Gallery 271 N. Front St. Pour Tap Room 201 N. Front St. Station No 2 602 S. 5th  Western Union 209 N. 2nd St.

Celebrate the season in Downtown.

Staying safe and yet still having some holiday cheer is possible downtown.  Download the HOLIDAY 2020 DOWNTOWN EVENTS calendar or visit   


Perfect Gift Ideas – Shop Small Downtown

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 gift ideas for you Explore the Downtown Holiday Gift Guide


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