See Where the Water Takes You

As North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, Wilmington has everything you love about a historic Southern city, plus three beautiful island beaches – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Voted as America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington's scenic Riverwalk invites visitors to stroll along its 1.8 miles lined with boutiques, cafes, and a vibrant nightlife.

From an old-style Christmas by the river to an Island of Lights Festival and holiday flotilla on the sea, come celebrate the holidays coastal-style. Take candlelight tours or visit Enchanted Airlie Gardens. Spend New Year's Eve with family and friends at a dinner theater or beach ball drop complete with fireworks.

You'll find many ways to rejoice here with these Holiday Highlights so book your getaway now! 

See the city on guided tours from haunted or historic walks to Hollywood talks, Segway excursions, horse-drawn carriage or trolley rides. Take in the breathtaking view of downtown from the water by riverboat or catamaran cruises. From the click of horses’ hooves on the old brick streets to the rhythm of jazz and beach music festivals, Wilmington embraces a combination of influences from both the past and present.

Enrich your artistic spirit through film festivals and science exhibitions or surround yourself by a collection of more than 100,000 azaleas under the enchanting live oak branches at Airlie Gardens.  With the favorable mild climate, varied landscapes and spectacular architecture, it’s easy to see why Hollywood filmmakers have logged more than 400 film-related credits in the area, a testament to our independent spirit and quirky charm.

You’ll love our historic destination combined with a relaxed coastal lifestyle for the perfect getaway filled with unlimited vacation choices.

Just minutes away you’ll find three island beaches, each with their own festivals, fresh seafood, family-friendly attractions, watersports and welcoming social scenes. The area’s natural scenic beauty, culture and history all charm visitors making it the ideal place to get away. Go with the flow and the pulse of coastal life…and see where the water takes you.

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Enchanted Airlie

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Holiday Train Expo 2016

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A Christmas Stroll Through the Past

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