Run by the Wilmington Jaycees’ for over 55-years, the annual Wilmington Christmas Parade kicks off at 5th and Market Streets in downtown Wilmington on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The parade features local celebrities and dignitaries, marching and string bands, statewide pageant winners, dance troupes, floats, and antique cars, cartoon characters and much more. The “star of the show,” as always, is Santa Claus. Children attending the parade are encouraged to write a letter to Santa and drop it off when Santa passes along the parade route. 

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