Though many of the traditional large-scale holiday events are not possible this season, Wilson Downtown Development and downtown merchants have been working hard to make your holiday merry and bright. The season will kick off on November 21st as downtown shops and restaurants are transformed into Gummy Bear Forest, Ribbon Candy Haven, Chocolate Kisses Lane, the Gingerbread House and more yummy destinations. Streets will be lined with candy cane trees, beautiful new colored lights will sparkle on the Courthouse Plaza tree, and a life-size sleigh is the perfect photo op for your family or friends to take a #candysleigh pic!
Between November 21 and December 5, Lollipop Lotto will reward downtown shoppers with the opportunity to win a grand prize of $1000! And on Saturday, December 5th, a Candy Kingdom Celebration will highlight a full day of shopping, dining, kid’s activities hosted by our downtown non-profit partners, and announcing the winner of Lollipop Lotto.
Virtual Light Up Wilson | Nov. 21 |6-7 pm The Light Up Wilson ceremony and Courthouse Plaza tree lighting will stream online Saturday, November 21, at 6 p.m. on Channel 8 as well as the City of Wilson’s Facebook page. The event will include musical performances as well as a special greeting from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Though we can’t have an in-person audience, we encourage everyone to watch live and light their own tree and home displays as the switch is thrown to light up Candyland Christmas in Historic Downtown Wilson!
Lollipop Lotto | Nov. 21 – Dec. 5 Receive one raffle ticket for every $10 spent between November 21 and December 5 at each participating downtown business. Each raffle ticket enters the purchaser into a drawing for $1000 ($500 in gift cards and $500 in Downtown Dollars. The winning raffle ticket number will be announced on Historic Downtown Wilson Facebook and Instagram pages as well as posted in the window of Krueger’s Candies on Nash Street. SPECIAL for Candy Kingdom Celebration on December 5th: Five lucky customers will win “GOLDEN TICKETS”! Shoppers who receive a golden ticket will automatically win a goody basket from Wilson Downtown Development full of Historic Downtown Wilson merch valued at $100.
Candy Kingdom Celebration | Dec. 5 | 10 am – 8 pm
|10 am – 12 am||Holiday Cookie Decorating Workshop. Preregistration required at www.wilsonarts.com/art-classes.||Lobby | Edna Boykin Cultural Center | 108 Nash St NE|
|11 am – 4 pm||Carolers stroll downtown spreading holiday cheer with visitors||Historic Downtown Wilson|
|11 am – 8 pm||Photo Op in a life-size sleigh! A wonderful way to take a selfie or a Christmas card pic of your small family or friend group. Post with #candysleigh to share. FREE||Bankers Plaza Mini-Park, Goldsboro Street|
|11 am – 8 pm||Kid’s Activity – Build a Skittles Town with Legos. FREE||Lobby | Imagination Station Science & History Museum |224 Nash Street SE|
|11 am – 12 pm||Lollipop Lotto – Shop Small to Win Big | LollipopLotto.||Historic Downtown Wilson participating merchants|
|1 pm – 4 pm||Kid’s Activity – Kids Build their own musical instruments. FREE||ProMusic Convervatory | 105 Nash Street N|
|1 pm – 8 pm||Kid’s Activity – Kids make snowflake ornaments. FREE||Lobby | Edna Boykin Cultural Center | 108 Nash St NC|
|6, 7, 8 & 9 pm||Electric Light Fantasy – DRIVE-IN Holiday Laser & Music Extravaganza. Tickets are presale only at https://www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/elf. Four nights: Dec 4-5 & 11-12||Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park | 301 Goldsboro St S|
Electric Light Fantasy – DRIVE-IN holiday laser & music extravaganza | Dec. 4-5 & Dec. 11-12 | 4 shows per evening Wilson Downtown Development has partnered with the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park to bring you a holiday feast for the eyes and ears…Electric Light Fantasy or ELF for short! This DRIVE-IN holiday laser and music extravaganza was designed to provide families with a safe and exciting NEW holiday tradition. Scheduled for the first two weekends in December, four thirty minute shows per evening will dazzle the imagination with colorful laser beams dancing across the sky to a backdrop of gigantic spinning whirligigs synchronized to your favorite holiday music.
Tickets are $20/carload and are pre-sale only. No tickets will be sold onsite. Find more info and purchase tickets at https://
Candyland Christmas is brought to you by Wilson Downtown Development.