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Enchanted Airlie

Tickets for Enchanted Airlie go on sale to the public at 9am on Wednesday, November 3 at AirlieGardens.org.  Airlie's annual holiday light display will take place November 26, 27 and December 3-22.  There are four available one-hour time slots each evening beginning at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and each ticket is good for all passengers in one vehicle:

  • Carload Ticket:  $30* (car, standard truck, SUV & minivans)
  • XL Van Ticket:  $55* (10-15 passenger or conversion vans)
  • Large Vehicle Ticket:  Requires special reservation (limo or mini bus)

         *plus service fee

Tickets will sell out quickly!  Learn more at AirlieGardens.org.  



Park Resource Officers

We love our Park Resources Officers!  This new unit of the NHC Sheriff's Office was formed in July to patrol our county parks facilities and help keep our park visitors safe.  Stop and say "hello" if you see them in the parks.  



Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

County Parks:
Open Regular Hours

Airlie Gardens & Echo Farms Park:
Closed November 25

Parks & Gardens Office:
Closed November 25 & 26



Environmental Education

Check out Airlie Garden's environmental education programs coming up this month:

  • Nov 6- Seed Saving & Rubber Stamping
  • Nov 9- Who's Who?  Owl Program
  • Nov 10- Bird Hike
  • Nov 22- Bird Hike

Pre-registration is required and these programs are likely to sell out so learn more and get your tickets today at AirlieGardens.org.



Senior Beginner Tennis

Registration is open for the next Senior Beginner Tennis clinic at Echo Farms Park.  The 4-week series meets on Wednesdays at 10:30am beginning December 1.  All equipment is provided and participants must be available to attend all four sessions.  Program is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required.  Register with Kelly at the NHC Senior Resource Center at (910) 798-6403 or kmorgan@nhcgov.com.



Mark Your Calendar - It's Owl Good Auction

Hoo wants to own one of our owl sculptures?  These beautifully designed owls will make a wonderful addition to your backyard garden, business or home.  All owls on display during It’s Owl Good will be available through an online auction, beginning Wednesday, December 1, with a buy now option for that owl you just can’t risk losing.  Auction will end Saturday, January 15. In 2020, all 10 SQUIRRELS! sold quickly, so make sure to plan ahead!  More Information

New Hanover County Parks & Gardens strives to maintain and operate parks and facilities that enrich the lives of the community and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.

November Events

Nov 6:  10am-12pm
Seed Saving & Rubber Stamping
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 7:  9am-5pm
NHC Residents Free Day
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only
*Last admission is 4:30pm

Nov 9:  5-6:30pm
Who's Who? Owl Program
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 10:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 22:  8-9:30am
Bird Hike
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Nov 23: 3:30-4pm
Library Storytime & Crafts
Smith Creek Park
Free/Pre-Registration Required

Nov 26, 27
Enchanted Airlie
Airlie Gardens
Advance tickets only

Airlie Gardens

Open Daily: 9am-5pm
Last admission is 4:30pm

*Advance tickets are required for admission.  Purchase tickets at AirlieGardens.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trash Mob
Wed, Nov 17
Location TBD

Learn more at



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New Hanover County Parks & Gardens Office

896 Airlie Road
Wilmington, NC  28403

(910) 798-7620 phone