Special Events

Sunday, October 29th
Hugh MacRae Park

Join us on Sunday, October 29th from 12-5pm at Hugh MacRae Park for the Food Truck Rodeo!  There will be more than 15 local food trucks serving everything from hot dogs to gourmet treats and Boba Funk will entertain us with live music.  The event is FREE to attend- just bring money to purchase your food and drinks.  The food trucks give a portion of their sales for the day back to the Parks Conservancy.  The Conservancy is currently raising money to build the Coastal Challenge Course at Northern Regional Park.


Saturday, November 4th
Airlie Gardens

Help us welcome our winter bird residents!  Join Airlie Gardens, Wild Bird and Garden, and other community organizations for a morning of bird hikes and activities for kids.  No birding experience necessary!

Free for Airlie Gardens Members and with paid garden admission for all others


A New Hanover County tradition since 2005, guests from around the world have visited Airlie Gardens from Thanksgiving to Christmas to take in the sparkling sights and festive sounds of the season. Guests will experience a 0.5m stroll through the Gardens, on a self-guided walking tour while feasting their eyes on a spectacular array of lights and holiday displays. Also in attendance, Santa Claus himself, and a few local food and beverage vendors with hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies, beer, wine and more!  Tickets often sell out in advance so reserve yours early! 

Questions about the event?  Click HERE to check out our FAQ page!

Times & Dates: 

  • There are two run-times per evening: 5:00-7:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM
    • 5pm-7pm ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 4:45pm & no later than 6pm.  You must exit by 7pm.
    • 7pm-9pm ticket holders may arrive no earlier than 6:45pm  & no later than 8pm.  You must exit by 9pm.
  •  Enchanted Airlie will run the following nights
    • November: 24th & 25th
    • December: 1st & 2nd, 8th-10th, & 13th-22nd
  • To ensure parking is available for all guests, please adhere to your ticket date and time.  If you choose to arrive early we can not guarantee admission or parking will be available until your reserved ticket time.Guests must leave by the ending time on their ticket. Any guests staying past the time indicated on their tickets may be subject to an additional ticketing fee.

 Click HERE to Purchase Tickets!

Ticket pricing and information:

  • Ticket sales will begin October 10th
    • $27/Carload Ticket(car, truck, SUV & Mini Vans ONLY)– Ticket includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in your vehicle.  All guests must arrive in the same vehicle
      • NO limos, mini-buses, trolleys, coach or school buses with this option, groups coming in limos or buses, please contact Airlie Gardens for special reservations:  910-798-7700 / airlieinfo@nhcgov.com 
    • $55/ XL Van Ticket(10-15 passenger or conversion vans ONLY)-  Ticket includes onsite parking and admission for all passengers in a 10-15 passenger van.  All guests must arrive in the same vehicle.
      • NO limos, mini-buses, trolleys, coach or school buses with this option, groups coming in limos or buses, please contact Airlie Gardens for special reservations:  910-798-7700 / airlieinfo@nhcgov.com 
    • Large Vehicles including Limos, Mini-Buses, Trolleys, Coach or School buses, please contact Airlie Gardens for special reservations:  910-798-7700 / airlieinfo@nhcgov.com.

PLEASE NOTE:  Enchanted Airlie is a walking experience.  Tram  service is NOT available during this event.  The tour is wheelchair accessible.  Wheelchairs are available for check out on a first come first serve basis.  All parking is onsite- no walk-ins or bicycles are permitted. 

October 2018
Airlie Gardens

Inviting friends and family to Airlie to enjoy an oyster feast along the banks of Bradley Creek is a tradition rooted in Airlie’s history. Beginning around 1905,  extravagant oyster roasts were hosted on the property. Guests came from far and near to enjoy the warm southern climate and celebrate a local delicacy. This tradition was revived in 2000, and has become our most important annual fundraising event. Proceeds from this event support Airlie’s Environmental Education Programs*, which is fitting, since the oyster plays such a strong role in our coastal eco-system.


230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7620 • Fax 910-798-7621