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Enchanted Airlie Gardens, Wilmington & Wrightsville NC

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  • Historic Airlie Gardens, once the showplace of 19th century financier Pembroke and Sarah Jones, features 67 acres of groomed maritime forest, pristine habitat for swans, egrets, geese and owls. When night falls in December, the forest comes alive as "Enchanted Airlie," with over half a million twinkling lights illuminating a half-mile, self guided trail as classic holiday tunes stir memories.
  • The Southeast Tourism Society voted Enchanted Airlie one of its Top 20 events in 2012. 
  • "Airlie is a magical place... It's a magical time of year. People have a certain spirit during the holidays. It's hard not to be happy when you're at Airlie."  
    -Tara Duckworth, Director, New Hanover Count Parks and Gardens
  • Enchanted Airlie tickets, including overnight accommodations and breakfast, are available at: 
    Tickets only:
  • The Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel
    Designed and built by Virginia Wright-Frierson
    Made almost entirely of recycled bottles, surrounded by glittering bottle trees
  • Enchanted Airlie is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Nov. 29th – Dec. 21st, as well as Wednesday, Dec. 18th and Sunday, Dec. 22nd.
    There are two run-times per evening, 5-7pm and 7-9pm.
  • Thanks to the North Carolina Lego Users Group, Enchanted Airlie will again present a spectacular LEGO display featuring over 250,000 bricks! 
  • Celebrating more than a century by the sea, the history of Airlie Gardens dates back to 1886.
  • The grand 467 year old Airlie Gardens Oak
  • The Airlie Gardens Butterfly House, home to eleven native species of butterflies, decorated for Enchanted Airlie
  • Attending Enchanted Airlie will be Santa Claus himself! 
  • Experience an evening stroll while feasting your eyes on a spectacular array of lights and holiday displays.
  • Ribbit on exhibit and dressed up for the holidays at Enchanted Airlie...
    All photography by Airlie Gardens.
  • Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and more from local food vendors.
  • Enchanted Airlie is a wonderful way to celebrate the season!
  • Enchanted Airlie tickets, including overnight accommodations and breakfast, are available at:
    Blockade Runner Beach Resort is located three miles from Airlie Gardens
  • Airlie Gardens self-guided walking tours:
  • Proceeds from Enchanted Airlie benefit the preservation and improvement of
    New Hanover County’s historic Airlie Gardens
  • Serving nonprofits, communities, foundations and supporting companies