A Downtown Christmas featuring Candyland!

 

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Each holiday season, downtown lights it up and kicks it off with a full weekend of festivities. This year, children of all ages will enjoy a magical “Candyland” Friday, December 1 through Saturday, December 2. The mayor will host “Light Up Wilson”, the traditional lighting of the tree on the Courthouse Plaza on Friday evening, followed by a weekend of holiday shopping and dining, wagon rides, children’s activities, food trucks, live music, carnival rides, the Historic Downtown Wilson Christmas Parade and Santa’s Village!

NEW events this year include a bigger and better laser light show on Friday evening beginning with Light Up Wilson, and a family-friendly Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party Saturday evening on the Courthouse Plaza. Programming will also extend to the newly open Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park with kid’s holiday activities and a Grinch character meet ‘n greet and selfie opportunity!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

6pm – Light Up Wilson – Courthouse Plaza
Tree lighting, laser light show, holiday music by the Whirlikidz, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive!

6-9 pm – Shopping & Dining – See Historic Downtown Wilson Business Guide

Carnival Rides – Intersection of Nash and Tarboro Streets: Ferris Wheel and Berry-Go-Round

Food Trucks – Intersection of Nash and Tarboro Streets: Taste of Texas, Everette’s Concessions, Chick-fil-A, Get a Pizza This!

7-9 pm – Candyland Kid’s Activities – Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park – (Ages 3-12) Candy Cane Ring Toss, Lollipop Tree, King Candy’s Guessing Game

Imagination Station Science & History Museum – Kid’s holiday craft

ProMusic Conservatory – Kids create a wind instrument at the “Tootie Fruity” stop

Edna Boykin Cultural Center – Watch holiday classics in the theater, create a holiday craft, selfies with Elf on the Shelf, Christmas train

Santa’s Cottage – Courthouse Plaza: Santa and Mrs. Claus visit Candyland

Holiday Wagon Rides – Look for “Shop Stop” signs to get on or off the wagon ride to events, activities, food and shopping

The Grinch Meet ‘n Greet – Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park: Selfies with The Grinch, Max, and Cindy Lou Who

7 pm – Live Music at the brewery – 217 Brew Works: Local band 3mb (John Harrison, Johnny Hackney, Doug Boone) rocks tunes including the Eagles, Beatles, Steely Dan, Doobies, Badfinger, Springsteen, Motown and more. Food truck and craft beer and soda. Family friendly.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

11 am – Christmas Parade – Nash Street from Whitehead Ave. to Douglas Street

11 am – 2 pm – Jingle Mingle Shopping – Dance Studio “B”

1-9 pm – Holiday Wagon Rides – Look for “Shop Stop” signs to get on or off wagon ride to events, activities, food and shopping in Historic Downtown Wilson

1pm-6pm – Shopping and Dining – See the Historic Downtown Wilson Business Guide

Edna Boykin Cultural Center – Watch holiday classics in the theater, create a holiday craft, selfies with Elf on the Shelf, Christmas train

Candyland Kid’s Activities – Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park (Suggested Ages 3-12): Candyland Ring Toss, Lollipop Tree, King Candy’s Guessing Game

ProMusic Conservatory – Kids create a wind instrument at the “Tootie Fruity” stop

Edna Boykin Cultural Center – Watch holiday classics in the theater, create a holiday craft,
Selfies with Elf on the Shelf, Christmas train
Carnival Rides – Intersection of Tarboro & Nash Streets: Ferris Wheel & Berry-Go-Round

Food Trucks – Intersection of Nash and Tarboro Street: Taste of Texas, Everette’s Concessions, Chick-fil-A, Get a Pizza This!

3-6 pm – Cocoa & Cookies At the Chamber – Warm up with hot cocoa and cookies. Visit with local small businesses.

6-9 pm – Glow-in-the-Dark Dance Party! – Courthouse Plaza: Family friendly light show, dee jay and interactive games. Wear your best Christmasy glow-in-the-dark attire, paint and make-up!

ALL Wilson Downtown Development events are FREE and family-friendly!
Some partner events may have a nominal fee for entry.
Food and beverages available for purchase with some vendors.