Come Downtown to Shop, Dine and Play

Posted Dec 20th, 2019 in Weekend Wish List


With schools out and less than a week to go until Christmas, you may be frantically trying to pull together those last few surprises. Or, perhaps you’re looking for something special to put you in the mood for holiday parties and family gatherings.

Fortunately, Downtown Wilmington merchants have everything you need and parking is easy—the first 90 minutes are free in the City and County Library parking decks located on North 2ndStreet. Parking rates are only $1 per hour thereafter up to a $10 daytime maximum.

On-street parking is $1.50 per hour Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and you can park on-street for FREE, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Private lots are also available—be sure to check the signs for rates. On-street parking in the Brooklyn Arts District and along Castle Street is also FREE. Once you’ve parked, most shops are easily accessible by foot.

If you’re tired of walking or you want to visit shops and businesses north or south of the downtown center, you can ride the FREE Downtown Trolley to your destination. The trolley follows a 40-minute route from the Brooklyn Arts District to North Waterfront, south along Front Street to Castle Street before looping around Greenfield Street to the South Front District and back north along Front Street. You can also hail a ride on the FREE trolley and it will stop for you.

Downtown Wilmington has more than 130 unique shops, around 100 superb dining establishments, approximately 40 friendly taverns and more than 35 attractions. There are also other services and businesses including hair and beauty salons, banks, law firms, advertising agencies and more.

So, when the shopping is done, visit one of the many salons and spas in the center city, relax with a massage, get your nails done or treat yourself to a new hairstyle. Then, you can meet friends for a coffee, nutritious shake or festive tipple before enjoying some fabulous food. Whatever you choose, you can expect the best.

Many Downtown businesses are locally owned and operated so they are an integral part of our community. Merchants offer a more personalized service and work hard to provide jobs that support our economy. Shops selling distinctive products and eateries that serve the freshest food make for a satisfying experience you won’t find elsewhere.

Investing locally throughout the holiday season and beyond fuels our community and has a huge economic impact on the region. So, shop small and shop local in Downtown Wilmington.

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Cape Fear Spice Merchants
20 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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Green Light Escape Room LLC
130 N Front St
Wilmington 28401

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