One of the “must do” family activities during the holidays is to have a picture taken on the lap of Santa Claus. Everyone knows the real Santa is busy at work at the North Pole preparing for his trip around the globe delivering toys and goodies on Christmas. He does send out helpers that look very much like he does to take photos with all the good boys and girls out there. For his friends on Topsail Island and the other beaches of southeastern North Carolina, he’s assigned his best helpers.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4, a Santa will be at the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. His final appearance there will be December 23 from noon to 4, before returning to the North Pole to help the others with last minute arrangements for Santa’s sleigh.
Another visit can be planned at Santa Village at Mayfaire. Santa Village is set up on International Drive. In addition to photo ops, visitors can ride the Polar Express outdoor train with the little ones, or with that special someone. It’s $3 per person, per ride. Each day they take a different route through Mayfaire. The pickup location is in front of Santa Village.
Lastly, on Saturday December 14, there are 2 cruises offered by Cape Fear Riverboats that will magically take passengers to the North Pole to pick up Santa Claus on the Henrietta III and bring him back to Wilmington. Admission is 6 non-perishable food items per person. All donations will go directly to the food pantry of the Salvation Army in Wilmington. It will feed local families during the Christmas season.