The Outer Banks is Heating up for the Holiday Season


When most people think of the Outer Banks, the first image that comes to mind is basking on the beach in the summer sun. But did you know that the OBX heats up again this month for the holidays? From Corolla to Hatteras there are events all month to get the entire family into the spirit of the season.

Here is a handy list of some holiday happenings from around the Outer Banks:

Whalehead Club Candlelight Christmas Tours

Come to Corolla on Fridays before Christmas and take part in candlelit tours through the famous Whalehead Club Estate. See how the holidays were celebrated back when the club was first built in the early 20th Century, and all by candlelight. Tickets for December 5th are already sold out and few tickets remain for December 12th and 19th. Tours run from 5 to 7 pm with local choirs providing Christmas Carols and refreshments for after the tour.

Winter Lights

Held every Wednesday through Saturday at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, Winter Lights is fun for the entire family. Stroll through the gardens which are illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights and plenty of sights and sounds of the holiday season. Check out their website for special events throughout the months of December and January. Winter Lights is open now through January 23.

Manteo Christmas Celebration

This weekend the town of Manteo will become a winter wonderland. The festivities kick off Friday, December 4th at 5:30 pm with the 3rd Annual Boat Parade, immediately followed by the Tree Lighting Celebration at 6 pm in front of the historic courthouse on the waterfront. On Saturday, December 5th at 10 am is the 44th Annual Big Little Town Christmas Parade and afterward you can take pictures with Santa at Manteo Elementary School.

Duck Yuletide Celebration

This Saturday, December 5,th come celebrate the holidays with the town of Duck at the village green from 3 to 5pm. Cheer on Santa as he arrives on the Duck Fire Truck and the town lights its famous Crab Pot Tree. There will also be live music from Just Playn’ Dixieland and carolers from the First Flight High School Choir. Light treats will be available from town businesses in exchange for donations to the Outer Banks SPCA and Food for Thought Non-Profit.

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

On December 12th, 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.


The Poulos Family Christmas Lights

An Outer Banks Tradition. People from all around the area flock to Kill Devil Hills to see the amazing Christmas display of the Poulos Family. Featured on Good Morning America and HGTV, this fantastic light extravaganza takes 12 weeks to set up and reportedly $3500 a month in energy bills to operate. You will never look at Christmas lights the same way once you see the Poulos House. Located on Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills, the lights come on daily at 6:00 pm and run daily from Thanksgiving Day weekend through December 31.

With all of these exciting events and more, the Outer Banks is becoming a destination for the holiday season. For more information on the Outer Banks and Outer Banks Real Estate, check out our blog.

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