Concerts, parades and theater, 14 things to do in Wilmington December 10-12

It’s the last big bank holiday weekend of 2021, and the calendar is full of events, many of which are holiday related. There is still a lot going on throughout the month, but the number of events starts to decrease after this weekend.

Songwriter John Caiola of touring indie rock band Mo Lowda & The Humble brings stripped-down 40s-born songs to town for this listening room show at Bourgie Nights. Taking a break from years of touring inspired Caiola to take things in an indie-folk direction, as you can hear on his recent beautifully titled album “Only Real When Shared”. The opening acts are the Nashville Airpark duo (Michael Ford Jr. & Ben Ford) and songwriter Kirby Sybert.

Details: 7:30 p.m. doors, 8:30 p.m. show, December 10 at Bourgie Nights, 127 Princess St., Wilmington. $ 17 in advance, $ 20 the day of the show.

Stand-up comedian and podcast host Mike Cannon is bringing his number to Wilmington for a two night night out at Dead Crow. Cannon puts a fun twist on some of life’s deepest questions, and he’s been seen and heard everywhere, including on Comedy Central and Barstool Sports.

Details: December 10-11 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Dead Crow Comedy Room, 511 N. Third St., Wilmington. $ 16 to $ 26. 910-399-1750 or

Thalian Association Community Theater revives its 2019 holiday hit, the musical version of the motion picture comedy starring Will Ferrell as a regular schmo who grows up in Santa’s workshop thinking he’s an elf . (Our review two years ago said it’s a wellness show that appeals to you, and is “entertaining and welcoming to kids and adults alike.”) Chandler Davis is directing and Jeff Hidek is playing the title role .

Details: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10-11 and 16-18, 2 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 18-19 at Thalian Hall. $ 32. 910-632-2285.

Elf: The Musical will be presented by Thalian Association Community Theater in December.

Big Dawg Productions returns this holiday take on stage, this time in Thalian Hal’s theater studio. Actors Steve Vernon, Randy Davis and Josh Bailey take on the fast-paced storyline, which tries to cram as many Christmas show references as possible – from “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” to specials from Rankin-Bass TV and everything in between – in a 90 minute show.

Details: 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9-11 and 16-18, 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19 at Thalian Hall. $ 25. 910-632-2285.

From left to right, Randy Davis, Steve Vernon and Josh Bailey star in "Every Christmas story ever told."

Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Wilmington’s institution The Community Arts Center / Hannah Block Historic USO, which opened on Second and Orange streets in December 1941. Friday night is a USO style dance with music from the ‘Orchestra of Duke Ladd and vocals from a trio of Andrews Sisters imitators presented by the Thalian Association. The arts centre’s anniversary coincides with the start of WWII 80 years ago and is one of a number of WWII-themed events this month. On Sunday, Wilmington actress Elizabeth Michaels (she played the title role in “Driving Mis Daisy” earlier this year at Thalian Hall) puts on a one-woman show inspired by feminist icon Roise the Riveter.

Details: The dance on December 10 is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tickets are $ 20. “Rosie the Riveter” is 3pm on December 12; tickets cost $ 15. 910-341-7860.

Grammy-winning Christian music artist Chapman will perform an acoustic performance of seasonal and spiritual songs. Sometimes call the most awarded Christian music artist of all time – in addition to his five Grammys, he has received nearly five dozen Dove Awards for Christian music – Chapman has recorded four Christmas albums and over 20 records solo, so he has a lot of material to draw. .

Details: 7 p.m. December 10 at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College campus, 50 College Road NW, Bolivia. $ 30 to $ 60. 910-755-7416 or

This long-running annual fundraiser hosted by Wilmington country / Americana / folk rock band L Shape Lot is in its ninth year, and it’s a hot ticket. The ultimate moment for a good cause, with the band – led by singer-guitarists Eric Miller and Alex Lanier – playing a mix of roots originals and country Christmas fare.

Details: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Brooklyn Arts Center, 516 N. Fourth St. $ 10 at the door with a new or unwrapped toy.

The Fine and Performing Arts Department at Cape Fear Community College presents its annual stage version of the Animated Christmas Special Classic. In the spirit of the season, bring a non-perishable food donation for the Good Shepherd Center.

Details: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on December 11 at CFCC Wilson Center. $ 10, free for children under 12. 910-362-7999.

If you haven’t already, this long-running annual exhibit of beautifully lit and decorated Christmas trees opened at the Fort Fisher NC Aquarium last month. Trees are on display throughout the aquarium, making it one of the region’s most unique events. Profits go to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

Details: Until January 3 at the Fort Fisher NC Aquarium (closed at Christmas). Free with admission to the aquarium, must be purchased in advance.

Jeanne Reilly, left, and Jane Mancini examine some of the 55 trees on display at the Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the Fort Fisher NC Aquarium in 2019.

It’s your last weekend to see two Christmas shows that Opera House Theater Co. is producing in the Mayfaire Mall. “A Very Mayfaire Christmas” features Wilmington-based Broadway veteran Brian Whitted and gold-voiced frontman Nygel Robinson of the Opera House’s stellar show “Piano Men”, along with other vocalists playing the favorites of the Opera House. holidays. It’s also the last weekend for the musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas” presented by the Opera House Theater Co. Apprentice Program. Some of Wilmington’s best young talent play the beloved characters of the show. ‘Peanuts’ universe and perform the soulful tunes of the long-running Christmas special. Wilker Ballantine conducts.

Details: “A Very Mayfaire Christmas” is 7:30 am December 9-12 at the old Pier One location behind Santa’s Workshop (6885 Main St.) Tickets are $ 25, $ 60 and $ 120 for VIP tables. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on December 4, 11 and 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on December 5, 12 at Santa’s Workshop, 6885 Main St. in Mayfaire. Tickets are $ 12, free for children 5 and under.

Opera House Theater Co. "A very merry Christmas Mayfaire" features celebrities from the Wilmington theater.

Wilmington songwriter Randy McQuay is generally known to play the blues, but Christmas music IS folk music, and it can also be blues. McQuay will bring some of his favorite holiday music to the Waterline Brewing stage this weekend, a show that has become an annual tradition.

Details: 7 to 9 p.m. on December 11 at Waterline Brewing, 721 Surry St., Wilmington.

Wilmington bluesman Randy McQuay performed at the final concert at Fred Champion's Loft in downtown Wilmington on December 14, 2015.

The Wilmington Choral Society under Byron Marshall presents “Songs of the Season”, a choral concert that presents “a nostalgic, but eclectic program of seasonal vacation arrangements.” You can also expect holiday songs pulled from the stage and from the screen.

Details: 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at CFCC Wilson Center, 703 N. Third St., Wilmington. $ 17. 910-362-7999 or

In honor of the 129th anniversary of the birth of Wilmington artist Minnie Evans, whose colorful and visionary works can be found in collections around the world, the Wilmington Symphony’s Youth Orchestra will perform four pieces inspired by her work at Cameron Art Museum. Wilmington Algernon composer “AJ” Robinson, a former youth orchestra player, wrote the quartet in honor of his work, which was commissioned by the Wilmington Symphony. The concert is part of a full day of events at the Cameron celebrating Evans’ birthday. Some of his works will be exhibited.

Details: Minnie Evans’ celebration is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The concert takes place at 2 p.m. and costs $ 10; free for those 19 and under.

Minnie Evans Untitled Face Surrounded by Angels Birds White Winged Creature - 1966.

Sunday: Wilmington Holiday Parade

Bundle up, enjoy the floats, and keep an eye out for Santa at this annual celebration downtown.

Details: 6 p.m. on December 12 in downtown Wilmington.

17th Annual Wilmington Holiday Parade through downtown Wilmington in 2019.

Contact John Staton at 910-343-2343 or

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