Outer Banks December Events

Here’s all the Holiday Events going on the Outer Banks this year!  December on the Outer Banks offers visitors and locals alike numerous events and things to do to celebrate the Holiday Season!  Celebrations, festivals, and Christmas events are listed below!

FIRST IN FLIGHT HOLIDAY LIGHTS

 

first-in-flight-lightsNOV 25, 2013 – JAN 3, 2014

Aviation Park, Kill Devil Hills – MAP

The town of Kill Devil Hills, home of the First Flight, offers visitors and residents an opportunity to reflect on the many aspects of the holiday season with a beautiful lighted display on “Frog Pond” in Aviation Park.  Over 4,000 LED lights, warm holiday drinks, and a backdrop of dark trees against the reflection of the water make for the perfect Christmas joy environment!  The display features a classic Christmas tree design more than 20′ tall.

WINTERLIGHTS CELEBRATION

 

winterlights-outer-banks-christmas-lightsNOV 30, 2013 – JAN 4, 2014

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo – MAP

Join The Elizabethan Gardens for the opening celebration of WinterLights on November 30 for the “Grand Illuminations”Celebration; the kickoff to a spectacular, twenty-two night event of holiday lights and sights.  Ticket prices are $9 for Adults, $7 for Youth ages 6-17, and $4 for kids ages 5 and under.  Find holiday warmth and charm inside and out with festive food and drink in the “Embellished” Hall, and cozy fire pits on the Great Lawn as well as seasonal gift shop and plant sales. From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m, stroll through the gardens and enjoy the spirit of the season.  Festive trees grace the Gatehouse, Reception Hall and great Lawn. Open Tuesday – Saturday. Closed Christmas Day. Other notable celebrations include “Come See Santa” on Dec 21, and “Bring Santa Thank You Letters” on Dec 28.  Call 252-473-3234 for more info and check out 2012’s Christmas Lights Video for some highlights of it!

FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT THE POULOS HOUSE

 

outer-banks-house-all-the-christmas-lights-display-hugeDEC 1, 2013 – DEC 31, 2013

Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills – MAP

Enjoy one of the most famous homes in America for itsChristmas and Holiday Lights display. Featured as a national winner of Today Showlights contest and on HGTV!  A night viewing is optimal to get the full effect of the lights. The time and effort the Poulos family puts into this display every year is astounding . . . you’ll see little vignettes and decorum found absolutely nowhere else!  This is an excellent family tradition to make your own!  Check out 2012’s Christmas Lights Video for some highlights of it!

LADIES’ NIGHT AT THE GARDENS

 

outer-banks-ladies-nightDEC 2, 2013

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo – MAP

Help Santa out this season and check out this unique event at The Elizabethan Gardens.  Sales professionals will be available to help compile your wish list in the store.  Champagne and snacks will make this evening more enjoyable accompanied by some special surprises!

25TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES

 

obx-festival-of-treesDEC 5, 2013 – DEC 7, 2013

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head – MAP

Festival of Trees brings together visitors and residents alike to celebrate the holiday season with a holiday bazaar, twinkling lights, festive musical performances, punch and homemade cookies, craft activities for children, a visit with Santa and shopping for one of a kind gifts. The culmination of the festival is an auction of donated, decorated Christmas trees and holiday objects at a catered Gala Holiday Social. Festival of Trees is an annual fundraiser to benefit crisis intervention programs of the Outer Banks Hotline for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.  For more information on this Holiday Celebration visit the Festival of Trees website.

MANTEO TREE LIGHTING & CHRISTMAS PARADE

 

manteo-tree-lighting-obxmasDEC 6, 2013 – DEC 7, 2013

Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo – MAP

The Manteo Christmas tree lighting is a favorite childhood memory of mine!  Set in front of the historic old courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street is the 2013 Manteo Tree Lighting, scheduled for 6pm on Friday, December 6.  This is a magical celebration including stage performances and a visit by Santa!  This is the official kickoff to the Outer Banks’ Christmas season and you would most certainly be missing out if you missed this!  Christmas parade to follow on Saturday at 11 a.m.  For more information, please visit the Town of Manteo website.

HOLIDAY REDWOLF HOWL

 

holiday-howl-150x150_1DEC 7, 2013

Creef Cut Wildlife Trail, Manteo – MAP

Spread some holiday cheer, howling with those who are dear!  Refuge staff and volunteers offer you the experience of a lifetime! Come and learn about the endangered red wolf during a short presentation and journey to the heart of the refuge for an adventurous attempt to hear the haunting sounds of our captive red wolves.  The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions.  This is a FREE Saturday Howling (no registration required) and takes place from 5pm- 5:30pm.  For more info visit the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge’s website here.  Plan ahead, it’s about a 20 minute drive from Manteo!

THE ART OF CENTERPIECES

 

art-of-centerpieces-elizabethan-gardens-obxDEC 7, 2013

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo – MAP

Decorate your home for the holidays with an elegant center-piece that is uniquely yours.  The Gardens provides the base, greening pins and cuttings.  Participants may choose to bring ribbon, ornaments or items from home.  For more information, please contact GARDENS@ELIZABETHANGARDENS.ORG.

TRIO HOLIDAY MARKET & OPEN HOUSE

 

outer-banks-christmasDEC 7, 2013

3708 N. Croatan Hwy., Kitty Hawk – MAP

From 11am – 6pm, put the fun back into your holiday shopping!  Head on over to Trio for their first ever holiday market and open house.  They are featuring special tastings and demos throughout the day and they will also have items on display from local artisans and retailers.  For more information visit: www.obxtrio.com.

TOWN OF DUCK’S YULETIDE CELEBRATION

 

duck-yultide-celebrationDEC 7, 2013

1200 Duck Rd, Duck – MAP

The Town of Duck, in cooperation with our local business community, announces the 3rd Annual “Duck Yuletide Celebration”, a town-wide celebration of Yuletide Cheer.  On Friday, Duck merchants will keep their doors open late for shoppers.  To complement your shopping experience, Duck eateries will host one of their famous Duck Tapas Crawls from 5pm – 8pm on Saturday (YUM).  Participating restaurants will serve tapas and Holiday cheer for one special price that is sure to be pleasing to every palate.  Duck Jazz Festival favorites Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen will return as well for special holiday songs!  On Saturday the Yuletide Celebration takes place on the Duck Town Green, at 1200 Duck Road, beginning at 3pm with Santa arriving on a fire truck!  Enjoy the sounds of live music and sing along with your holiday favorites.  The event will feature the announcement of the winners of the Town-wide “Business Decorating Contest” and will culminate in the lighting of the Town’s Crab Pot Christmas Tree.  For more information, check out the Town of Duck’s Yultide Celebration webpage.

LET’S CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS – MUSICAL SHOW

 

obx-outer-banks-musical-christmasDEC 7, 2013 – DEC 14, 2013

First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills – MAP

Christmas is coming.  It’s time to get in to the spirit of things!  Join Natalie Drummond and a full cast of musicians and members from the former Outer Banks Musical Showcase for a night of good cheer at the First Flight High School auditorium.  Show dates are December 7th & 14th, @ 2pm & 7pm.  Tickets are on sale right now.  Call 252-619-4061 or email letscelebratechristmasshow@gmail.com.

DINNER WITH SANTA

 

dinner-with-santa-outer-banksDEC 13, 2013

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo – MAP

As part of the Winterlights Celebration in the Elizabethan Gardens, enjoy some fine dining with Santa Claus himself!  From 6pm-9pm, enjoy a meal together with your family and a very special guest.  A photographer will be on site to offer photos for purchase.  Dinner seating is on the hour starting at 6pm.  For more information visit here.

CHRISTMAS PAST AT ISLAND FARM

 

island-farm-xmas-obxDEC 14, 2013

1140 US Highway 64, Manteo – MAP

Like Christmas AND nostalgia? This is the perfect event for you!  Santa arrives on Island Farm by ox-drawn wagon with a Christmas tree and Christmas goose!  Wagon rides will be offered 10:30 – 12:30. Visit with Santa 11 – 12:30 and again at 2pm, in the farmhouse by a warm fire.  Help decorate the Christmas tree and sample cookies and cider in the cookhouse.  Experience an 1850’s Christmas dinner being prepared that will include the preparation and cooking of the goose as well as other popular dishes from the 1850’s.  You can also make your own candles and dolls to take home!  For more information please visit the Island Farm Website.

110TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF WRIGHT BROTHERS’ FIRST FLIGHT

 

Photo taken by Terry Moore for Southern Shores Realty.DEC 17, 2013

Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills – MAP

Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this milestone. The daylong anniversary tribute will be held at the site of the Wright’s first flight.  Visitors to the site experience a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 encampment and majestic, 60 – foot tall granite monument perched atop a 90-foot hill that serves a striking and lasting reminder of the important historical achievement that happened on this site a century ago.  Were they really first in flight?

OUTER BANKS FESTIVUS ROAD RACE 5K/10K & LITTLE ELF JINGLE JOG

 

 

sportsman running on the beach in TelAvivDEC 21, 2013

The Marketplace Shopping Centre, Southern Shores – MAP

As if shopping for Christmas didn’t have you running around enough, join in on Saturday, December 21 at 8am for this fun and festive race!  The town of Southern Shores and Runcations are proud to bring this new holiday tradition to town.  The little ones can join in on the Little Elf Jingle Jog, a 1 mile course made for Santa’s little helpers!  For more information including age group awards, registration, and more, visit www.RunCations.com.

OUTER BANKS

CHRISTMAS

christmas-at-the-beach-obxDEC 25, 2013

Your Outer Banks Rental Home – MAP

Yep.  This day is officially Christmas!  Have you ever thought about spending Christmas at the Beach? It’s an incredible experience and it’s growing in popularity as a great off-season vacation option.  Celebrate with those closest to you in a cozy beach house with fireplaces, hot tub, etc.  Christmas morning at the beach is fantastic, with all the great moments you’d expect plus the amazing surroundings of the Outer Banks.  Give it a try one year.  Southern Shores Realty manages 600+ rental homes from Corolla to Nags Head so you have plenty of options finding the right home for your OBX Christmas!