Candyland Christmas

Candyland Christmas


The 2021 Candyland Christmas season will kick off on Small Business Saturday with Light Up Wilson and Lollipop Lotto. Receive one raffle ticket for every $10 spent in Historic Downtown Wilson between Small Business Saturday on November 27th and ArtSpin on December 11th for the chance to win a $1000 prize of VISA gift cards and Downtown Dollars. While perusing the downtown shops on Small Business Saturday for that perfect (local!) gift for their Christmas list, shoppers will see local individuals, families, and artists painting holiday scenes on downtown windows. That evening at 6 pm, Mayor Carlton Stevens will light the tree on the Courthouse Plaza. The Wilson Christmas Parade is back this year on Saturday, December 4th at 11 am.

Candy cane trees and colorful luminaries will light the way on Friday, December 10 for carriage rides coordinated and sponsored by Casita Brewing Co. The luminaries are sponsored by Carol Creech Promotions. Santa & Mrs. Claus will greet children of all ages and be available for photos at the Wilson Arts’ Holiday Happy Hour Sip & Shop. The celebration will continue on Saturday, December 11, with ArtSpin~A Candyland Christmas Happening. Shops and galleries will welcome you with local artisan experiences and gift-giving options of the unique kind. A holiday wagon will transport downtown visitors to an array of art demonstrations, hands-on crafts, and more local SHOPPING! Make sure to stop and snap some selfies in the full size sleigh in Bankers Plaza on Tarboro Street – tag #selfiesleigh. You’ll also get another chance to catch Santa and Mrs. Claus as they are chauffeured throughout downtown during ArtSpin.

Christmas with The Embers is returning to The Edna Boykin Cultural Center with all of your Christmas favorites! Plan a magical family and friends evening while everyone is home for the holidays while supporting the WhirliDogs non-profit organization. All proceeds for the event go towards the WhirliDogs mission of establishing a work-based training café in Historic Downtown Wilson for individuals with disabilities.

Light Up Wilson, the Wilson Christmas Parade, and ArtSpin are free events. Some ArtSpin activities may have a nominal free and/or require pre-registration.
Electric Light Fantasy and Christmas with The Embers tickets are available online only at 

More info may be found at…Wilson’s community calendar.

Lollipop Lotto | Nov. 27 – Dec. 13  | Participating Downtown Businesses

Light Up Wilson | Nov. 27 | 6 pm | Courthouse Plaza

Electric Light Fantasy  | Dec. 2-5 & Dec. 9-12 | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Wilson Christmas Parade | Dec. 4 | 11 am | Nash Street 

Christmas With The Embers – WhirliDog Benefit | Dec. 22 | Edna Boykin Cultural Center

Candyland Christmas is brought to you by Wilson Downtown Development along with their partners: City of Wilson, Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Wilson Arts, and WhirliDogs.