Holiday Events in Downtown
Wilmington this Weekend!

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 26

Riverfront Park

DBA and the City of Wilmington's annual downtown Christmas tree lighting, starts off with entertainment by the New River Harmony Barbershop Chorus. Mayor Pro-tem Dr. Earl Sheridan will join us to help with the tree lighting countdown. A special visit by Mr. & Mrs. Claus will also arrive to meet with all the children! Click here for more information about this event.

2nd Annual Trees for Charities

November 26 - December 19

Visit several downtown businesses to see the themed Christmas trees and purchase raffle tickets, one for $1 or 6 for $5, to enter to win a tree to take home for the holidays. All proceeds benefit the charity associated with the business. Winners for each tree will be drawn on Sunday, December 19. For a complete listing of participating businesses go to or pick up a map at Crescent Moon at The Cotton Exchange.

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 27

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and CEO of American Express, recently launched "Small Business Saturday," a nationwide effort to promote small businesses. When shoppers spend $25 or more, using a registered American Express Card, they will receive a $25 statement credit. It's a wonderful way to bring customers downtown and to help them stretch their holiday shopping dollars.

Small Business Saturday is a way to encourage consumers to patronize small businesses both during the holiday season and throughout the year. There are a number of ways for small businesses and consumers to get involved - to learn more, you can visit


John Hinnant
Wilmington Downtown, Inc.