At New River Pottery in Wilmington, you can shop unique Christmas decoration you cannot find anywhere else along the East Coast! Planning begins right after New Years to bring delight and inspiration for decorators of all ages.
The 15,000 sq. ft. showroom is decorated from floor to ceiling with lavish Christmas themes inspired from designers and suppliers around the world and brought to Wilmington to delight shoppers and spectators. According to owner Rick Mitchell, vendors and shoppers will begin flying in from across the country to shop and gain inspiration of their own as early as October 1. Luckily for Wilmington residents, a quick drive will get you there.
For the past seven years, Mitchell and his team of “elves” work tirelessly beginning the first week of January to prepare for the Holiday season which kicks off October 1 and hits it’s peak in mid-November.
Be sure to shop their Christmas Open House Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Here are just a few of the reasons tens of thousands of delighted shoppers will visit New River Pottery this season:
1. New River Pottery’s Christmas display helps you remember the reason for the season
Shop the Coastal Christmas Theme Section of the Showroom
New River Pottery has suppliers from all over the country and all over the World. This kind of eclectic collection cannot be duplicated at the big box retailers.
2. You’ll find yourself wanting to get lost in the over 15,000 sq ft of Christmas decoration
Truly a Holiday wonderland. You’ll see smiles from men and women of all ages as they pass through the aisles.
3. You can get an early start – New River Pottery’s display is open NOW!
Beat the crowds, purchase your favorite items, and get a head start on your Christmas decoration shopping beginning October 1! Locals and frequent shoppers know that it’s first come, first served for Christmas decor. They do not do any re-orders so, as Santa says, “the early elf gets the toy!”
4. Shop over 1,000,000 pieces
It’s much more than just Santa and reindeer at this year’s display. A life size nativity scene will greet visitors to the showroom.
5. Christmas and Holiday photo opportunities at ever corner
Owner Rick Mitchell says, “It’s the biggest compliment when families come here to have their Christmas photos made.” You could bring 500 families here for photos and have a different background for every one of them! It’s that big.
6. Experience 11 different Christmas themed areas
The showroom floor is laid out so shoppers can experience different themes as they pass through. From traditional to coastal, there is something to accommodate every style. Shop in Town Square, Tinsel Tangle, Botanical Gardens, Winter Woods, Silver Sage, Mix & Mingle, Coastal Christmas, Gingerbread, Timeless Trimming, and Starry Night.
7. They tie thousands of bows — some large enough for a building!
Do any of your Christmas presents require a 15 ft bow? If so, New River Pottery has it! They have a team of professionals on hand to tie the perfect bow to compliment your gift or decor.
8. A virtual Santa will greet you upon entry
Children will be wildly entertained by the virtual Santa in the window of the entrance.
9. Decorate on a budget in the $1.49 “Bargain Section” that stretches 50 ft
Thousands of items (hats, ornaments, stockings, and more) separated by Christmas themes are for sale in the “bargain section.”
10. Floral designers on hand to create custom wreaths
Their team of floral designers will help create a one-of-a-kind wreath to match your one-of-a-kind home.
11. Don your tree with team spirit
A great place to shop for that die hard fan. The collegiate Christmas section has decorations of all kinds dedicated to UNC, ECU and NC State.
12. The area’s largest selection of artificial Christmas trees
Not only can you shop the areas largest selection of artificial trees, prices at New River Pottery are well below the big box retailers.
Be sure to shop their Christmas Open House Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Maybe we’ll see you there! Make sure to let them know Wilmington Today sent you!
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