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Things to Do in Wilson NC During the Holidays

Things to Do in Wilson NC During the Holidays

We are always excited about the holidays. However, not all of us manage to find something to do. This time you’re in luck! I have searched long and wide for some really fun things for you. This is things to do in Wilson NC during the holidays! Let’s check it out.

Whirligig Festival

The North Carolina Whirligig Festival is a two-day event that features all forms of art. Including:

Whirligigs made by local artist, Vollis Simpson. The Whirligigs are 20 to 50 feet tall. The support and moving parts are made of a variety of materials, including:

  • Bicycles
  • Ceiling fans
  • HVAC fans
  • Road signs and various types of wood
  • Steel rods and milkshake mixers

To make the Whirligigs reflective at night, Simpson also cut old road signs into squares of an inch.

The festival is a neighborhood celebration of people and art in motion. This happens in Historic Downtown every year on the first full weekend in November. It showcases active artists who present works created with:

  • Repurposed
  • Recycled
  • Reused materials

as the gallery's namesake artist did with his whimsical windmills. Which specializes in recognizing the Wilson heritage and community.

The NC Whirligig Festival is organized and carried out by a community committee. It is made up entirely of volunteers. Small business owners, bakers, ministers, salespeople, and various others serve on the committee. Each participant contributes their energy and time to the North Carolina Whirligig Festival. They do it because they care about the neighborhood. Teamwork is used to handle communications with customers and attendees.

This event is located at Historic Downtown Wilson NC. So check it out!

Fieldstream Farm - Christmas Light Festival

A short 60 minute drive from Wilson is the Fieldstream Farm Christmas Light Festival. This is a Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show with about 1 million lights. It is held at 8008 Old Stage Rd, Raleigh, NC.

With more than 200,000 lights, they have the longest LED-lit tunnel in the entire globe. A truly breathtaking sight to drive through!

So sit back in your comfortable car seats and enjoy this beautiful display of lights. My 2 favorite reasons for a drive-thru display are:

  • Makes for the most romantic setting
  • I can enjoy the whole display without running after my kids

In this display of lights, you will be mesmerized while going through the tunnel. Upon exiting the tunnel of lights, you will see decorations on either side. From decorated trees to holiday-themed decorations. This is definitely an event not to be missed! So check out their page for dates and times and then head on over!

Wilson Winter Lights @ Wilson Botanical Gardens

Wilson Winter Lights at the Botanical Gardens takes place every year. This happens over the holidays. This incredible light show has a ton of festive attractions. As well as thousands of shimmering lights. When visiting, make sure to bring your camera for a picture with Santa!

Enjoy countless sparkling lights and a holiday-themed garden. Not forgetting a light and music performance, and much more. Every corner will provide a fantastic surprise. Make sure to check out their website for more details on this event! Alternatively, head on over to 1806 Goldsboro St S, Wilson, NC.

Candyland Christmas

As the holiday season approaches, Historic Downtown Wilson will be brimming with:

  • Candy canes
  • Gumdrops
  • Chocolate and peppermint sticks

The holiday wagon will take guests to events and activities. The events and activities are spread out around the downtown area.

Candyland Christmas is more of a theme for kids to enjoy to get into the Christmas spirit. Read up more on Candyland Christmas by checking out their Facebook page!

But that’s not all. With Candyland Christmas comes a few other events. Let’s check out some of them!

Lollipop Lotto

Lollipop Lotto is hosted by the Historic Downtown of Wilson, NC. For this event, one ticket will be given to customers who spend a certain amount. But only at participating stores. The ticket enters you into a lucky draw! Winners normally receive a basket filled with gifts themed around the holidays. It is usually worth more than $1,000! Don’t forget though, this is only at participating businesses downtown. So head on over and see which ones they are!

Electric Light Fantasy

Christmas laser and music extravaganza Electric Light Fantasy (ELF). ELF is a special drive-in laser show with holiday music. It is set against a backdrop of enormous spinning whirligigs. The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Historic Downtown get visitors from all over. This event was introduced in December 2020.

Some of the audience members traveled up to two hours outside of Wilson county to attend the show. Clearly, it has been a resounding success. Which is why you should be there! The Electric Light Fantasy was also voted "Best Event" in 2021!

If that made you excited, then you should check out their page for tickets! This event is held at 301 Goldsboro St S, Wilson, NC.

By following this short guide, you will definitely have a blast during the holidays in Wilson NC!

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