Historic Downtown Wilson will be filled with lollipops, gumdrops and chocolate as downtown shops and restaurants welcome you for the holiday season! Hop On / Hop Off the holiday wagon to “Stop Shops” for easy access to shopping and dining; see downtown from the top of the ferris wheel; make a kid’s Christmas craft; and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at Santa’s Village now located at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park.
At 6 pm, the mayor will host “Light Up Wilson”, the traditional lighting of the tree on the Courthouse Plaza featuring live holiday music from the Whirlikidz!
After the tree lighting, get your dance on with “Let it Snow; Let it Glow” party and have your name projected in lights on the courthouse for a great holiday photo op!
Your cameras are allowed and encouraged. No professional photography is available.
10:00 am | Welcome with Miss Wilson | Whirligig Park Stage
10:30 am – 1:00 pm | Visits and Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus | Santa’s Village at Whirligig Park
11:00 am | A Christmas Carol Performance | A Singer’s Studio
11:00 am – 2:00 pm | The Maggie Society Pups & Crafts | Grassy Lot on Tarboro Street
noon – 3:00 pm | Make Your Own Ornament Craft with the Arts Council | The Pavilion at the Whirligig Park
1:00 pm | Music and More Kids Sing | Music and More Studios
2:00 pm | Whirligig Park Story Time | Whirligig Park Stage
2:00 pm | A Christmas Carol | A Singer’s Studio
2:00 pm | Christmas Trivia Contest | 217 Brew Works
2:00 – 5:00 pm | Visits and Photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus | Santa’s Village at Whirligig Park
3:00 – 9:00 pm | Make Your Own Instrument | Pro Music Conservatory
3:00 pm | Library Story Time | Wilson County Public Library
6:00 – 7:00 pm | Light Up Wilson with Tree Lighting & Whirlikidz | Courthouse Plaza
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Let It Snow; Let it Glow Dance Party | Courthouse Plaza
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Science Holiday Craft (Free Entrance) | Imagination Station Museum
7:00 – 9:00 pm | Your Name in Lights! Laser Light Images | Courthouse Plaza
7:00 pm | Ornament Making Contest | Downtown Public House
9:00 pm | Tacky Christmas Sweater Party | Da Bayou Cajun & Creole Restaurant
Hop on/off Holiday Wagon Rides | Historic Downtown Wilson
Ferris Wheel | Corner of Nash and Tarboro
Carnival Train | Whirligig Park
Blow Up Obstacle Course | Whirligig Park
Corner of Nash and Tarboro
Whirligig Park /Douglas Street
Nash Street Across from Courthouse
Pop-Up Artists Gift Shop | Edna Boykin Cultural Center
Wil’t’son and Whirligig Tees & Ornament Sale | Pavilion at the Whirligig Park
ALL Wilson Downtown Development events are FREE and family-friendly!
Some partner events may have a nominal fee for entry.
Food, beverages and gifts available for purchase.