Christmas-time brings a variety of fun events, activities, and celebrations to the Outer Banks. If you are visiting anywhere from Corolla to Hatteras over the holidays season, don’t miss out on these local OBX favorites!
Experience Elizabethan Gardens
Spend a magical evening at the Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights exploring the beautiful gardens illuminated by thousands of lights, sitting by the open-air fire pits sipping hot chocolate, listening to the live musical performances or shopping in the gift shop. Event is held Tuesday through Saturday in December and Friday and Saturday in January 2018 from 6pm-9pm at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo.
A special Thank You Santa night is December 27, 2017. So, bring your letters for Santa to say “Thank You”. Entry tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for youth, $6 for kids 5 and under.
See the Local Christmas Lights
Spend a night out exploring the Christmas lights in our community. Observe the lights from your car, or some homes are set up for you to get out of your vehicle and explore the displays.
The Poulos Family house is the most famous Outer Banks “Christmas House”. It was featured on The Today Show and HGTV. The display takes up to 12 weeks to set up and costs over $3,500 in electric bills per month.
This is a display that begs you to get out of your car and explore. Most times the friendly owner is nearby and eager for conversation and holiday greetings. There are many different stations or themes setup; moving trains, and the most stuffed animals you have ever seen all tucked into the garage. You can find the Poulous House at the end of Ocean Acres Drive in Nags Head (622 W Ocean Acres Drive KDH). The display is turned on at 6:00pm daily until December 31st.
Visit the Whalehead Club
Plan your visit to the Whalehead Club during their Christmas Candlelight Tour. Held on December 8th, 15th and 16th from 6 to 7pm, you will tour the historic 1920’s mansion belonging to the Knights. It is decorated with period trimmings and filled with live music, with festive Christmas carols. The tour includes a live performance on the famous original and custom Steinway piano. Refreshments include hot chocolate, cider and homemade Christmas cookies. Tickets are $20 and event space is limited so register in advance 252-453-9040.
Attend the 114th Annual Wright Brothers Celebration
Celebrate the Wright Brothers achievement of flight at the 114 year anniversary of the first flight. This day-long event on December 17th begins at 9:00am at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. It includes ceremonies, an aviation flyover at 11:00am, tours of exhibits at the visitor center, and more. Don’t miss this exciting celebration!
Manteo New Year New World Celebration
This first annual street fair party will ring in the New Year on December 31st. It is sponsored by Poor Richard’s and Bluegrass Island. The streets downtown will close to traffic so everyone can gather for live music, family friendly activities and even an early ball drop for the kids. Downtown restaurants and bars will be open and local food vendors on hand to provide special treats. The dramatic fireworks show, expected to be the largest in the state, will be a show stopper and a highlight of the evening.
Hatteras Village Christmas Parade
On December 9th, venture down to Hatteras Island for the Annual Christmas Parade. Beginning at 2pm at Teach’s Lair Marina, the parade will run up NC-12 to the Hatterasman Drive-In. Cheer on the different floats, fire trucks, bands, horses, and Coast Guard Vehicles all dressed up for the Holidays. The Hatteras Community Building is hosting an after-parade reception with cookies and cocoa for the announcement of this year’s prizes sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic Association.
With all of these exciting events and more, the Outer Banks is becoming a destination for the holiday season. Spend the holidays with family and enjoy the reduced crowds of the off-season.
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