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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS

HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS I GIFT GUIDE

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EDITOR’S NOTE

TIME TO

TOUR!

REGISTRATION

OPENS

FEBRUARY

FOR 2023-24

SCHOOL

YEAR.

Happy Holidays!

Another year is almost

past, but before we sign off

on ol’ 2022, let’s have some fun!

Our Holiday Happenings section

this year is chock full of festivities

for the whole family and we’re sure

you’ll find plenty of local events to

celebrate the season.

We hope this year has been a

healthy time for you and your family,

and we invite you to check out

our special section, Doctors and

Dentists - a resource guide to area

healthcare providers who are dedicated

to providing the finest care in

the interest of your family’s health.

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Looking for Quality, Affordable Child Care?

We are actively hiring. Check out our website for job postings.

8 locations in the

Wilmington, Leland and Southport area.

866-521-5437

Our Schools Provide: Care for ages 6 weeks - 12 years

• Structured Curriculum for all Ages • Young Achievers Afterschool • Nutritious Meals and Snacks

As we look forward to the new

year, there are a few items of interest

to note: first, our January 2023

issue features our annual Education

Guide, a great resource if you’re

considering education options

available for your children, and

second, we are finalizing plans for

our annual Summer Camp Fair and

will soon announce the details re:

venue and date/time via our website

and newsletter, as well as social

media channels.

We wish our readers and our advertisers

all the best this holiday.

Keith Jaworski

Editor-in-chief

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THINGS TO DO

NHC PUBLIC LIBRARIES

The library is fully open to the public. Library hours are

Monday-Thursday 10am - 7pm, Friday-Saturday 10am

– 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Messy Hands Art Main Library Downtown

December 1, 15, 10:30am – 11am

The focus of Messy Hands is child driven art exploration.

Messy Hands is a process based art program designed

for toddlers and preschoolers. Registration is

required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wear your play clothes. Registration is required. There

are 28 seats available.

Indoor Storytime @ Northeast Library

Wednesdays, 12/7 – 12/28, 10:15am – 10:45am and

11am – 11:25am

Thursdays, 12/1 – 12/29, 10:15am – 10:45am and

11am – 11:25am

Families are invited to 25 minutes of books, music,

and pre-literacy activities in our Sapling room. This

fun and educational storytime is designed and supported

by ECRR (Every Child Ready to Read) research

based planning. Registration is not required and for

safety we will be enforcing the room capacity of 50.

Read to a Dog @ Northeast Library

Wednesdays, 12/7 – 12/28, 3pm – 4:15pm

Thursdays, 12/1 – 12/15, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Come practice your reading with Griffin and Crema.

Reading will take place in the children’s area near the

paperback section. Independently reading children

ages 5 and older can practice reading to a certified

listening therapy team. Improve your reading skills

in a comfortable and fun environment with a trained

reading therapy dog and their human companion.

Appointments are made for 15 minute lengths of

time. Pre-registration is required! Sign up now on the

Read to a Dog calendar or call 910-798-6373.

First Friday - Outside Storytime

@ The Arboretum

December 2, 10am – 10:30am

Enjoy stories, music, and fresh air for babies – children

6 years old and their caregivers Bring a blanket

or towel. In the event of bad weather, storytime will

be canceled. Registration required.

Yoga Storytime Main Library Downtown

December 2, 9, 10:30am – 11am

Yoga, stories & music for kids ages 6 weeks to 6 years

old and their caregivers. Bring yoga mat, beach towel,

or blanket. No charge and no registration required.

Please note, space is limited so arrive early to get your

favorite spot! Check the calendar one hour prior to program

start time for any changes/cancellations. Taught

by, Ms. Susan, librarian, and registered yoga teacher.

Storytime and Craft @ Main Library Downtown

December 6, 20, 1:30pm – 2:15pm

Join us in the Children’s Program Room at the Main

Library Downtown for a storytime and craft. This program

is for children 8 years and younger and their

caregivers Pre-registration is required. Please register

the total number of people attending in your group.

For more information, please call 910-798-6303.

DIY Gift Card Holders Pine Valley

December 6, 5pm – 6:30pm

Use the Makerspace sewing machine to sew your

own gift card holders. This is a basic craft that even

sewing amateurs will be able to put together with

ease (and learn a new skill while you’re at it).Materials

will be provided.

Outdoor Storytime with Mr.Scooter

Pine Valley Library

Wednesdays, 12/7 – 12/21, 10am – 10:30am

Enjoy stories, music, giant bubbles, sidewalk chalk

and bean bag toss outside on the lawn behind the library.

For ages 6 & under. Bring a blanket to sit on. In

the event of bad weather, storytime will be canceled.

Baby and Me @ Main Library Downtown

December 7, 21, 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Join library in Story Place at the Main Library Downtown

for stories and playtime. For the safety of the

babies, this program is for babies ages 24 months

and younger and their caregivers. Pre-registration is

required. Please register the total number of people

attending - including babies. For more information,

please call 910-798-6303.

December Game Days

@ Main Library Downtown

December 10, 31, 1pm – 4pm

A variety of board and tabletop games will be available

to play in the Library. Some games are available

for check out.

Carpool Cinema – The Santa Clause!

Pine Valley Library

December 10, 7pm – 8:40pm

Watch The Santa Clause! from the comfort of your car!

Just tune in to our pre-selected radio station to hear

the movie, and enjoy the show! If you do not have access

to radio, let staff know. Rated PG. Event capacity

is 200 people.

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Snow Storytime @ Pleasure Island

December 13, 10:15am – 10:45am

A winter storytime for children 5 and younger and

their caregivers. Registration is not required.

Pizza and Pages! Teen Book Club

Pine Valley Library

December 14, 5pm – 6pm

Come in for some pizza and casual discussion of whatever

you’re currently reading! For teens ages 12-18.

Beginner Minecraft

December 14, 4pm – 5pm

Learn how to play Minecraft. Play MinecraftEDU remotely

with friends and connect with other players

on NHCPL’s private server. Recommended for children

who are new to Minecraft and want to learn the

basics. Ages 8-10, registration is required.

FUN AND

FLEXIBLE

CODING

EDUCATION

(Grades 3-8)

LEGO Club @ Northeast Library

December 15, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Join fellow building enthusiasts for the monthly

LEGO challenge. Ages 5-11. Registration is required.

Read to a Dog @ Main Library Downtown

December 15, 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Children ages 5 and older can practice their reading

skills with an Assistance Dog from paws4people foundation.

Readers can drop in anytime between 3:30

4:30pm. Caregivers are expected to stay with their

children. For more details call 798-6303.

Teen Papercrafts Club Pine Valley

December 15, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Casual crafting sessions with all the materials you’ll

need to make collages, origami crafts, or create your

own cards and stationary. All materials will be provided.

For teens ages 12-18

DIY Paint-Pour Ornaments Pine Valley

December 19, 5:30pm – 6:15pm

Create your own acrylic paint-pour ornaments! Materials

will be provided, registration is required due to

limited supplies. Program is for ages 12-18.

Winter Wonderland Storytime with

Mr. Scooter Pine Valley

December 21, 10am – 10:30am

Enjoy holiday stories, music, giant bubbles, sidewalk

chalk and bean bag toss outside on the lawn behind

the library. For ages 6 & under. Bring a blanket to sit on.

In the event of bad weather, storytime will be canceled

ONLINE EVENTS

Advanced Minecraft

December 5, 19, 4pm – 5pm

Survival mode challenge for advanced players only.

Play MinecraftEDU remotely with friends and connect

with other players on NHCPL’s private server.

Ages 8-12. Registration is required. Recommended

for children who are comfortable playing in survival

mode and have experience with crafting.

Intermediate Minecraft

December 7, 21, 4pm – 5pm

New adventures every week! Play MinecraftEDU remotely

with friends and connect with other players

on NHCPL’s private server. Ages 8-12, registration is

required. Recommended for children who have mastered

the basics of Minecraft.

CAMERON

ART MUSEUM

Cameron Art Museum is open to the general public

with operating hours of Tuesday - Sunday: 10am -

5pm, Thursdays: Open late until 9pm. Safety precautions

are in place to welcome visitors.

Mary’s Art Explorers - Illumination

December 8, 10am -11am

Explore the newest exhibition Illumination. We will

read Firenze’s Light and look at all the beautiful lanterns

inside the galleries. We will create our own craft

lanterns to take home. Art Explorers is geared towards

infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and

sisters are welcome to join and create art with us. Space

is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot!

Childrens’ Museum of Wilmington

Museum Hours: Open Tuesday - Saturday from 9am-

5pm and Sundays from 1pm – 5pm. Both members

and general admission guests must purchase online

Museum admission tickets prior to coming to the Museum.

Visit the website, www.playwilmington.org for

more information regarding tickets.

DAILY PROGRAMS

Story Time Tuesdays, 10am

Modeled for learners between ages 3 and 5 but fun

for the whole family. Museum Educators read aloud

stories chosen to help promote an interest in books

and reading. Preschool Story Time helps spark imagination,

models positive reading practices, and fosters

listening and early literacy skills.

12/6 - “Daniel Finds a Poem”

12/13 - “Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama”

12/20 - “You Can Do It, Sam”

12/27 - “LMNO Peas”

Exhibit Explorers Tuesdays, 3:30pm

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington features four

CODING

THROUGH

PLAY FOR

YOUNG

LEARNERS

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THINGS TO DO

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JOIN US FOR

UNITY OF WILMINGTON'S

SUNDAY YOUTH

EDUCATION PROGRAM

Ages 6m. - 5yr & 6yr. -11yr.

For more information:

www.unitywil.com/youtheducation

910-763-5155

jam packed levels of interactive, hands-on exhibits

and experiences. Each Wednesday afternoon, join

our educators as we explore each and every awesome

exhibit. Discover the Museum through a new lens

every week. This activity is recommended for all ages.

12/6 - Wonders of Water

12/13 - Toddler Treehouse

12/20 - Kid Zone

12/27 - Ahoy! Wilmington

Full STEAM Ahead Wednesdays, 10:00am

Teaching children about science, technology, engineering,

arts and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) is a great

way for children to learn about the scientific process

and to develop their critical thinking skills. Children

enjoy fun, hands-on activities while learning how

exciting S.T.E.A.M. can be. This program is recommended

for ages 4+.

12/7 - Gingerbread Man Challenge

12/14 - Shrinky Dink Ornaments

12/21 - Learn About Hanukkah & Build a Dreidel

12/28 - NYE Confetti Poppers

while having fun. Catch all four themes each month

as they rotate weekly.

12/2 - Cardboard Creations

12/9 - Jingle Bell Bracelets

12/16 - Gingerbread Playdough

12/23 - Star of David Ornaments for Hanukkah

12/30 - Apple Stamping

Sci-Fri Fridays 3:30pm

The Sci-Fri program covers everything the outer

reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies.

Science Friday is a new interactive source of educational

hands-on lessons and experiments about science,

technology, and so much more. This program is

recommended for ages 4+.

12/2 - Baking Soda, Oil & Vinegar

12/9 - Borax Chrystals

12/16 - Heat Experiment

12/23 - Make Snow

12/30 - Ice Cube Experiment

Special Events – See Holiday Happenings

THINGS TO DO

Find more

resources at

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Young Aspiring

Climbers

6 to 9 year olds:

Jan 9 to Feb 13 (Mondays)

10 to 13 year olds:

Jan 10 to Feb 16 (Tues/Thurs);

Jan 13 to Mar 31 (Fridays)

CONTACT US FOR DETAILS!

8118 Market Street ( Behind PT's Grill)

Wilmington, NC 28411

910-319-7209

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Crafty Kids Wednesdays, 3:30pm

Geared for ages 5 and up, come get creative with our

inspiring crafts. Travel across the world, go green as

we upcycle & recycle, and use a variety of tools and

mediums in Crafty Kids. This program is recommended

for ages 5+.

12/7 - Salt Dough Ornaments

12/14 - Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes

12/21 - Yarn & Stick Christmas Trees

12/28 - NYE Confetti Poppers

StoryCOOKS Thursdays, 10am

Begin with a story, then add a fun snack. The program

connects literacy and cooking. Each week we get creative

with ‘cooking’ based on a favorite storybook.

This program is recommended for ages 3+.

12/1 - If You Take A Mouse to the Movies: Holiday

Snack Mix

12/8 - The Little Reindeer: Reindeer Dip

12/15 - Twas Nochebuena: Hot Chocolate

12/22 - Hanukkah Lights: Dreidel Cookies

12/29 - Night Before New Year’s: Confetti Pretzel Rod

Sea Stars Thursdays, 3:30pm

Your little marine biologists will learn all about marine

biology through creative play, experiments,

hands-on activities, and more. Recommended for

ages 4 and up.

12/1 - Ocean Themed Yoga

12/8 - Science Centers

12/15 - How Do Penguins Stay Dry?

12/22 - Christmas Tree Worms

12/29 - Narwhals!

Toddler Time Fridays, 10am

Sing, make music, dance, and play. Toddler Time focuses

on ages 1 to 3 using sensory-based activities to

help little learners explore, create, develop and learn

CAPE FEAR MUSEUM

Hours Tuesday – Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk or online in

advance. Ticket includes same-day admission or are

valid for up to one year after the date of purchase.

Residents Free Day

December 4, 1-5pm

Small Wonders

Saturdays, 12/3 - 12/17, 10am

Discover the wonders of our world through guided

stories, songs, games and hands-on activities. Explore

new topics each week. This program is ideal for children

aged 3-6 and their adult helpers.

Teen Science Chat

December 14, 6pm - 7pm

Join the Museum for a monthly in-person gathering

at Cape Fear Museum to explore topics in science and

technology, meet experts from across the scientific

community and connect with others.

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Cape Fear Museum also offers virtual learning programs

at the website www.capefearmuseum.com/

programs/. The programs offer families, adults,

teachers and students a way to explore specific topics

through hands-on investigations and immersive

experiences on-site at Cape Fear Museum, including:

VIRTUAL LEARNING

Programs include Old and New Activities, Music

Maker Activities, Farm Animals, Weather Wonders,

Dinosaurs, Bugs and the Five Senses.

HALYBURTON PARK

The center is open during regular hours from Monday-Saturday,

9am – 5pm

Snake and Turtle Feeding

December 7, 4pm – 4:30pm

Enjoy a brief presentation about the live animals on

display in the Events Center and then watch them

feed. At least one snake and turtle will be fed during

the demonstration. Cost is $1/person, for ages 3 & up.

Bird Hikes - First Friday

December 2, 9am – 10:30am

Join park staff for a leisurely bird-watching stroll

around Halyburton Park, searching for migrants, residents,

and year-round species. Walks are for beginner

birders and all are welcome. Ages: 5/up, cost: Free

Preschool Nature Programs

Ages: 2-5 Cost: $3/child Bring your “Little Explorers”

out to the park and discover nature through activities,

stories, songs and a small hike. Your children will

delight in the many nature themes we explore each

month. Classes are outside. Pre-registration is required.

Prickly Pinecones

December 8 - 9, 12/8: 10am – 10:30am and 11am -

11:30am, 12/9: 10am – 10:30am

Join us as we look for different kinds of pinecones

and talk about their role in our world.

Light Up Your

Child’s Learning

Bright futures begin at Excel Learning Centers! With two

convenient Wilmington locations serving infants through

elementary ages, we provide quality early childhood

education from dedicated educators.

LEARN MORE OR SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR:

excelkids.com

888-543-7495

Mask requirements and occupancy limits have been

lifted and walk-ins for play sessions without online

sign-ups are now accepted. The Fit for Fun Center is

open, Monday - Friday: 9am - 12pm &

2pm – 5pm, Saturday: 9am – 12pm

THINGS TO DO

Hibernation Station

December 15 - 16, 12/15: 10am – 10:30am and

11am - 11:30am, 12/16: 11am - 11:30am

Come and learn the different ways animals survive

the colder months of the year.

FIT FOR FUN CENTER

Obstacle Course

December 1, 10am – 10:30am and

3pm - 3:30pm

Walk, jump or run. Let’s get physical with our fun!

$5/child.

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THINGS TO DO

NATIONAL DAYS – December 2022

12/1 - National Pie Day

12/2 - National Mutt Day

12/3 - National Play Outside Day

12/4 - National Cookie Day

12/8 - National Brownie Day

12/9 - National Pastry Day

12/12 - Gingerbread House Day

12/13 - National Cocoa Day

12/15 - Bill of Rights Day

12/16 - National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

12/18 - Chanukah Begins

12/20 - Go Caroling Day

12/21 - Winter Solstice

12/22 - National Re-Gifting Day

12/23 – Festivus

12/24 - National Eggnog Day

12/25 – Merry Christmas!

12/26 - Kwanzaa

12/27 - National Fruitcake Day

12/30 - National Bacon Day

12/31 - New Years Eve

December is also National Cat Lovers’ Month, Learn

A Foreign Language Month, Stress-Free Family

Holidays Month and Read A New Book Month

NEW HANOVER

COUNTY PARKS

NHC Residents FREE Day- Airlie Gardens

December 4, 9am – 5pm. Last admission at 4:30pm

Airlie Gardens – Open daily 9am-5pm, Tuesday – Saturday. All admission tickets

must be pre-purchased online – no tickets will be sold onsite. Visit AirlieGardens.

org for more details and to purchase tickets.

Arboretum – Open daily 9 9am-5pm Visit Arboretum.NHCgov.com for more details.

NC AQUARIUM FORT FISHER

Open daily 9am – 5pm. Visitors must secure their tickets online in advance. Masks

are optional.

Otters On The Edge

Daily, 9am – 3:45pm

Meet a fascinating furry family of Asian small-clawed otters at home in a new, expansive

habitat in the Aquarium’s conservatory. These curious creatures explore their

surroundings, swim in their pools and delight in discovering new ways to play.

There are also nature worksheets, animal activities, and sea-themed coloring

sheets that you can print. Go to www.ncaquariums.com/ff-fun-and-learning

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We Do Birthday Parties!

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

Wilson Center

12/3 – 12/4 – City Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

12/6 - Nochebuena: A Christmas Spectacular

12/11 - Holiday Pops

12/14 - Songs of the Season

12/15 - A Magical Cirque Christmas

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk Downtown Wilmington

December 23, 6pm – 9pm

Take a self-guided tour to view exhibitions of various artistic genres including oils,

acrylics, watercolors, pastels, metals, ceramics, music, mixed media and more. Many

galleries have the featured artist available for discussion of their craft. Maps are available

at all participating locations including the Arts Council of Wilmington.

FARMERS MARKETS

Wrightsville Beach Wrightsville Beach Municipal Grounds

Mondays, Thru december 12, 8am – 1pm

Produce, seafood, baked goods, crafts, jewelry and pet supplies from local vendors.

Wilmington Farmers Market Saturdays, 8am-1pm Tidal Creek Coop

The Wilmington Farmers Market is a producer only market, which means vendors

only sell what they produce. Vendors’ offerings typically include produce, meats,

poultry, seafood, herbs, flowers, honey and organic products.

Frankie’s Farmers Market 1019 Princess St.

Saturdays, 9am – 1pm

Variety of vendors including fresh produce, meats, body products, jewelry, and art,

hosted by the Northside Food Cooperative

Brunswick County

Brunswick Riverwalk Marketplace

580 River Rd SE, Belville,: Friday: 11am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am

– 4pm year-round; 910-371-2456, www.facebook.com/riverwalkatbelville.

Weekend open air market, with fresh seafood and produce. located on the Cape

Fear River, Nature Trail nearby.

RACES

Wilmington Historic 5K and Half December 5, 7:30am

A beautiful route through Historic Wilmington, NC. This course includes 3 bridges

as well as the beautiful waterfront of Historic Downtown Wilmington.

Dashing Thru The Glow Marina Village at RiverLights

December 17, 5:30pm

Experience the beautiful views of the Cape Fear River and the RiverLights community.

Take pictures next to the Christmas Tree and meet Santa himself! The elves

will be at the finish line passing out Commemorative Finisher Medals to all who

www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com

3529 Carolina Beach Road • 910-796-1896

finish the 5K and 1 Mile, every participant receives a Santa Hat, cookies, and more.

Benefits the Coastal Horizons Open House Youth Shelter.

Carolina Beach State Park Trail Half & 5K Carolina Beach State Park

December 31, 8:30am

Trail race with 13.1 and 3.1 mile courses. A donation by the race and participants

benefits Friends of Pleasure Island State Parks.

ON OUR RADAR

Community Day - Floating Lantern Ceremony Cameron Art Museum

January 8, 2023, 4pm – 7pm

Event and exhibitions free, Lantern Sleeves: $12 at CAM Museum Shop

($15 on Sunday, January 8 at Shop, Visitor Services, and Pancoe)

Create your own Floating Lantern to honor someone who is dear, to memorialize a cherished

family member or to treasure a special moment. CAM’s Floating Lantern Ceremony

is an expression of Remembrance, Reflection and Gratitude. CAM admission applies to

all indoor exhibitions, but no charge to attend Floating Lantern Ceremony held at CAM’s

Reflection Pond. Lantern decorating supplies available in Pancoe. Live music near pond

and hot chocolate, beverages and light food service available from CAM Café.

THINGS TO DO

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

SPECIAL SECTION: Celebrate the Holidays

Cape Fear

Festival of Trees

NC Aquarium Fort Fisher

Thru January 2,

8am – 5pm

Admission to the aquarium

is all you need to delight in a

forest of festively decorated trees

disbursed throughout the wildlife

and aquatic exhibits of the

aquarium. The festival offers guests a forest of more than 50 uniquely decorated trees. Proceeds

benefit Lower Cape Fear LifeCare.

City Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Wilson Center

December 3 – 4, 12/3, 7pm, 12/4, 3pm

Based on the original tale by ETA Hoffmann, “The

Nutcracker” features all your favorite ballet traditions

like Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and

Marie and her Nutcracker Prince, woven together

with beautiful storytelling, gorgeous costumes,

and a live professional orchestra.

Kids@CAM -

Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea

Cameron Art Museum

December 3, 10am – 1pm

Be a part of the13th Annual

Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea. Help

decorate sea critters to add to

our Holiday by the Sea installation,

which will remain on display around Minnie Evans gate house through the holiday

season. Take part in other fun art stations and explore our current exhibitions, including

the opening weekend of our Illumination lantern display. Clyde Jones is recognized for his

wooden creations better known as “critters,” and his work has been on display at the Smithsonian

Institute and the American Visionary Art Museum.

Enchanted Airlie Airlie Gardens

– SOLD OUT. Thru December 22,

5:30pm - 6:30pm, 6:30pm - 7:30pm,

7:30pm - 8:30pm and 8:30pm - 9:30pm

Take in the sparkling sights and festive

sounds of the holiday season. Enjoy a selfguided

walk through holiday lights & music.

Tickets must be purchased in advance

DIY Snow Globes

NHC Library Northeast

December 1, 5pm – 6pm

Learn how to make your own snow globe.

All supplies provided. Registration Required.

For Teens ages 12-18

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

Ruth & Bucky Stein Studio

Theatre, Thalian Hall

December 8 -18, Thur. - Sat.

7:30pm, Sunday matinee 3pm

Big Dawg Productions presents

their biannual production of this

modern Christmas classic.

Holiday Open House

Cameron Art Museum

December 8, 10am – 8:30pm

Enjoy hot chocolate and treats from CAM

Café as you check out the latest holiday gifts

in CAM’s Museum Shop.

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

Holiday Train and Light Spectacular

Wilmington Railroad Museum

December 9, 10, 16, 17, 23. After Christmas Show

(no Santa) Dec 30.

Over 25,000 lights and a visit with Santa - $5 per ticket for Friday and

Saturday show from 6:30 to 8 pm. No reservation necessary.

Thalian Association

Presents A Christmas Story

Thalian Hall

December 9-18, Friday

7:30pm, Saturday 7:30pm

with a bonus performance

12/17 2pm, Sunday 2pm

Musical based on the movie

classic that runs round-theclock

on television every

Christmas. Set in the 1940s in

the fictional town of Hohman,

Indiana, the musical follows

9-year-old Ralphie Parker and

his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts.

Holiday Open House Burgwin-Wright House

December 10, 5pm – 9pm

Get in the Holiday Spirit with an evening walk through the beautifully

decorated Burgwin-Wright House. Inspired by the Colonial era,

the 1770 house is decorated with fresh greenery, fruits and flowers.

Enjoy lively music by Masonboro Parlor, and interpreters in period

costumes. Admission is Free

SPECIAL SECTION: Celebrate the Holidays

A Night in Bethlehem

Hampstead United

Methodist Church

December 10,

6pm – 9pm

Church grounds will be

transformed into a Bethlehem

street scene with stalls

showcasing various period

activities and establishments.

Converse with Jews and

Romans in full historical

costume as you meander

through the shops. Showcase

will culminate in a full living

nativity scene.

Carpool Cinema –

The Santa Clause!

Pine Valley Library

December 10, 7pm – 8:40pm

Watch The Santa Clause! from the comfort

of your car! Just tune in to our pre-selected

radio station to hear the movie, and enjoy

the show! If you do not have access to radio,

let staff know. Rated PG. Event capacity is

200 people.

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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS

SPECIAL SECTION: Celebrate the Holidays

Mary’s Art Explorers - How

the Grinch Stole Christmas

Cameron Art Museum

December 15, 10am – 11am

Join CAM for a reading of Dr.

Suess’s classic How the Grinch

Stole Christmas. Explore the

‘Clyde’s Holiday by the Sea’

community installation and new Illumination lantern exhibition. Listen to holiday music while

making holiday crafts and enjoying hot chocolate with marshmallows. Art Explorers is geared

towards infants, toddler and preschoolers, but big brothers and sisters are welcome to join and

create art with us. Space is limited so preregister to guarantee your spot.

Winter Wanderland

Children’s Museum

of Wilmington

December 17, 9am – 12pm

Annual holiday celebration. Wander

through the Museum and discover

how various cultures and regions

celebrate winter holidays with

holiday games, winter crafts, and

fun activity stations.

Nutcracker Tea Party

St James Episcopal Church

December 17, 1pm

Christmas celebration with an

assortment of delicious flavors

of tea, and a variety of delectable

goods from local bakers.

Be entertained by selections

from the holiday classic, The

Nutcracker, by pre-professional

dancers in their beautiful

custom-made costumes. Tea party guests will also get to meet and greet and have photo opportunities

with the characters such as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Holiday Parade

Downtown Wilmington

December 11, 6pm

Community groups and businesses participate

in festive event. Downtown Wilmington

along Front Street. Free.

Nights of Lights Holiday Open House

Bellamy Mansion

December 20 – 22, 5pm – 8pm

Main house and the original slave quarters

building decorated with historically accurate

holiday trappings. Free community event.

New Year’s Noon Children’s

Museum of Wilmington

December 31, 9am – 12pm

Create a streamer wand, decorate

a party crown, make glitzy

slime, and reflect back on the

year that has been 2022 with

a countdown and epic confetti

toss in the courtyard.

Celtic Angels Christmas Thalian Hall

December 21, 4pm and 7:30pm

Joyous celebration encompassing vocal and

instrumental Holiday and Irish favorites.

Paired with show stopping world class champion

Irish dancing and a fully live band.

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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8118 Market Street (Behind PT’s Grill in Porter’s Neck)

Wilmington, NC 28411

(910) 319-7209 • wilmingtonrockgym@gmail.com

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Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics

8115 Market Street Suite 208

(910) 726-1000

info@matsumotoorthodontics.com

Matsumotoorthodontics.com

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM

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YOGA GIFTCARDS $120 OF YOGA FOR $100

Longwave Yoga

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SPECIAL SECTION: Doctors & Dentists

GO THE

EXTRA MILE

for your children

27417 Andrew Jackson Hwy E, Delco, NC 28436

Dr. Raaj Amin www.sandpiperpediatrics.com 910-207-0777

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DOCTORS & DENTISTS GUIDE

Advanced Primary Care-Leland

509 Olde Waterford Way Str.

305 Leland, NC 28451

910-641-8640

smiller@crhealthcare.org

crhealthcare.org/locations/

advanced-primary-care-leland/

Primary care for all ages

Advanced Primary Care-Leland is

an all-encompassing Family Practice.

Our Physician, Dr. Peter Chambers and Doctor of Nurse Practitioner,

Arrian Snowten, see all ages; birth through geriatrics. We know how important

access is and being able to see a provider when you are sick. We

take walk-ins as well as same day appointments.

Center for

Pediatric Behavioral Health

720 St. James Dr.

Wilmington, NC 28403

910-660-8200

info@centerforpbh.com

www.centerforpediatricbehavioralhealth.com

CPBH provides psychological and

applied behavior analysis services

to children with intellectual/developmental disabilities, behavior

disorders, and common childhood behavior problems. Our team of 9

licensed psychologists and board certified behavior analysts provide

specialized services through our: Behavioral Pediatrics, Early Learner,

Pathways, Pediatric Feeding Disorders, School Consultation, and Severe

Behavior Programs.

Dr. Egg Pediatric Dentistry

6781 Parker Farm Drive, Suite

100 Wilmington, NC 28405

910-795-2511

office.dr.egg@gmail.com

www.dreggdental.com

At Dr. Egg Pediatric Dentistry, we

believe that each child is an individual

and that each family operates

in its own unique manner. We

believe that if oral health and overall health are to be maintained, it is

essential to work with the family as a unit as well as the child as an individual.

Our goal is to promote and help families achieve optimal oral health

and overall health, while helping to shape children into happy adults with

a lifelong commitment to dental health. Starting pediatric dental visits

around the 1st Birthday time is recommended.

Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics

8115 Market St.

Suite 208

Wilmington, NC 28411

910-726-1000

info@matsumotoorthodontics.

com

Dr. Ken Matsumoto is an expert in

early intervention, seeing children

as young as 5 – 7, to evaluate and plan for that beautiful, healthy smile.

Dr. M does a detailed yet complimentary consultation with a caring approach

to you or your child’s orthodontic needs!

Sandpiper Pediatrics

27417 Andrew Jackson Highway

East, Delco, NC 28436

910-207-0777

www.sandpiperpediatrics. Com

Parenthood is one the most fulfilling

and most challenging experiences

in a person’s life. At Sandpiper

Pediatrics, we strive to assist

families in cherishing the rewards

of raising children, while also providing support during difficult times.

Through a more per

White & Johnson

Pediatric Dentistry

Wilmington Location

109 Mendenhall Drive, Suite A,

Wilmington, NC 28411

910-686-1869

Jacksonville Location

306 Dolphin Drive, Suite 2,

Jacksonville, NC 28546

910-333-0343

White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry specializes in dentistry for infants,

children, adolescents, teens and children with special needs. Our trained

and caring team is excited to help your child through their oral healthcare

experience. It is our goal that you and your child leave our office with a

positive attitude towards dental care. In addition, we will help you feel

confident and comfortable in your role as the main caregiver in your

child’s oral health. At White & Johnson Pediatric Dentistry, we believe prevention

of oral disease is a team effort and it includes your involvement

and commitment while in our office and at home. Whether you have an

infant or a teenager, we are the best choice for you and your child. We

welcome you and your family to our practice!

SPECIAL SECTION: Doctors & Dentists

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SPECIAL SECTION: Doctors & Dentists

720 St. James Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

Phone: 910-660-8200 Fax: 910-660-8199

www.centerforpediatricbehavioralhealth.com

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BIRTHDAY PHOTOS

Scarlett S 11/28 • 2yo Brandy G. 11/10 • 17yo Marisol M. 12/26 • 3yo Amy K. 12/10

DOES YOUR CHILD OR GRANDCHILD HAVE A

BIRTHDAY IN DECEMBER

Jack S. 12/22 • 2yo

Honor them by having their photo published in Wilmington Parent. Here's

how: e-mail image (size not to exceed 1mb) to

birthday@wilmingtonparent.com.

Deadline for publication: 12/12. We have a

limited number of spots, so if you sent your child’s picture and do not see it

this issue, please check back next month!

CHILDCARE LISTING GUIDE

Childcare Network

Convenient locations at Lennon Drive, New Centre Drive,

Leland, and 41st Street

866-521-5437 • www.childcarenetwork.com

Ages 6-weeks to 12-years

Structured curriculum for all ages , Young Achievers

afterschool, nutritious meals and snacks. We are open, come in for a tour.

The Children’s Schoolhouse Montessori School

SINCE 1985

910-7991531 • www.childrensschoolhouse.org

612 South College Rd. Wilmington, NC 28403

(across from UNCW)

Preschool Children’s House and NC State Recognized Transitional Pre

Kindergarten. Enrolling students ages 3-5 for our 2,3 and 5 day programs.

Academically Strong education. Find us on Facebook!!

Excel Learning Centers

165 Vision Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403; 4308 S.

17th St., Wilmington, NC 28412

info@excelkids.com • www.excelkids.com

Excel Learning Centers cultivate a learning atmosphere that helps children

grow, know, care, and share.

Gym & Learn Preschool Program

Carolina Gymnastics Academy

3529 Carolina Beach Road Wilmington, NC 28412

910-796-1896 • www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com/preschool/gym-learn/

Registration for 2023-24 begins January 1st, 2023. Kids just want to have

fun! Preschoolers LOVE to play & learn…..in fact, playing IS the way they

learn best! And preschoolers want to learn…..EVERYTHING! Your child will

make friends, and come home happy and tired – every day! Ages 3-5, 9am-

1pm. www.carolinagymnasticsacademy.com/preschool/gym-learn/

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COMPREHENSIVE CARE

COMPREHENSIVE FOR

COMPREHENSIVE

THE ENTIRE FAMILY

CARE

CARE

FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

At Advanced Primary Care - Leland, we focus on

treating our patients as family. Our goal is to reduce wait

At Advanced Primary Care - Leland, we focus on

times while providing access to a comprehensive suite

treating our patients as family. Our goal is to reduce wait

At of healthcare Advanced Primary services. Care - Leland, we focus on

times while providing access to a comprehensive suite

treating our patients as family. Our goal is to reduce wait

of healthcare services.

times while providing access to a comprehensive suite

APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE NOW!

APPOINTMENTS Mon-Fri: 8:30 AVAILABLE am - 5 pmNOW!

APPOINTMENTS Mon-Fri: 8:30 AVAILABLE am - 5 pmNOW!

of healthcare services.

910-641-8640

910-641-8640

910-641-8640

Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 5 pm

FAMILY CARE SERVICES

FAMILY CARE SERVICES

• Kindergarten Physicals

FAMILY CARE SERVICES

• Urgent Kindergarten Care Physicals

• Well

Kindergarten

Urgent Child Care Checks

Physicals

Urgent

Well Imaging Child

Care

Checks

Labs

Well

Imaging

Child Checks

Preventative Health

Imaging

Labs

Open Access

Labs

Preventative Health

WALK-INS

Preventative

Open Access

ARE WELCOME

Health

• Open Access

WALK-INS ARE WELCOME

Peter R. Chambers

PhD, DO, FAAFP

Peter R. Chambers

PhD, DO, FAAFP

Peter R. Chambers

PhD, DO, FAAFP

Arrian Snowten

DNP

Arrian Snowten

DNP

Arrian Snowten

DNP

WALK-INS ARE WELCOME

509 Olde Waterford Way Suite 305, Leland, NC 28451 | 910-641-8640

509 Olde Waterford Way Suite 305, Leland, NC 28451 | 910-641-8640

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