Outer Banks Vacationer’s Gift Guide


It’s that time of year again!  Holiday get-togethers aren’t far away and soon gift giving will abound!  For those of you seeking to delight an Outer Banks Vacationer/Traveler I have done some window shopping already for you.  These gift ideas are for the Outer Banks and vacation enthusiast, sorted by category and most are from local businesses, so know your purchase supports the area you love.  Enjoy – feel free to share!

blue-seaglass-jewelry-outer-banks-gift-for-herFOR HER:

Seaglass & Copper Earrings – Out of the Blue Seaglass Jewelry

Returning to my list again is sea glass jewelry!  Even though a woman may claim she has too much jewelry, it’s always appreciated.  Take a gander at these deep blue pieces of sea glass adorned by hand detailed copper suns.  They are simple, elegant, and multi-season appropriate!  Pick up this one-of-a-kind pair (literally) for $88 at Out of the Blue Seaglass Jewelry.

cape-hatteras-spyce-cologne-gift-for-himFOR HIM:

Cologne for Him – Cape Hatteras Spyce

A gift for the manly man, Cape Hatteras Spyce is an earthy, musky, seafaring scent that is spicy enough to engage the senses while remaining refreshing.  It is an exceptional product that can be used as an after-shave, cologne or just a “splash”. The amber bottle has a lighthouse on the pewter cap.  $30 at CapeHatterasSpyce.com.

canvas-beach-tote-bag-shelling-outer-banksTHE BEACHCOMBER:

Personalized Canvas Beach Tote – theAtlanticOcean Etsy

How chic!  A perfect day at the beach doesn’t require much, but bringing along a few necessities plus room for discovered treasures is a plus.   Ditch the glitz and glam for this understated yet functional canvas beach bag.  The beach goer and sheller you’re shopping for will be thrilled to see the personalization as well.  There’s a few of these left for $98 at theAtlanticOcean Etsy shop.

built-to-last-adirondak-chairs-giftTHE LOUNGER:

Recycled Plastic Adirondack Chairs – Built to Last

Who doesn’t love sitting back and relaxing in a sturdy, comfortable Adirondack chair on a deck?  Check out these chairs by Built to Last, in Moyock, NC, that  I can personally attest are extremely rugged and very well built… my family has many of them and they’re in incredible shape after nearly 10+ years of Pennsylvania weather.  It’s a worthwhile investment for their durability and quality.  $289 at Built-to-Last.com.

obx-book-lovers-gift-ideaTHE BOOKWORM:

Outer Banks Tales to Remember – Charles Harry Whedbee

Any Outer Banks enthusiast would love this, but here’s a special pick for the book lover: Outer Banks Tales to Remember by Charles Harry Whedbee.  This is a classic collection of folklore and tales of old about the Outer Banks!  Pirates, merchants, Indians, and more.  $14.95 from the Island Bookstore.

obx-coffee-gift-for-travelersTHE JAVA JUNKIE:

House Roasted Coffee Blends – Front Porch Cafe

Know someone serious about coffee?  Get them a gift from the folks who are just as serious!  The crew at the Front Porch Cafe know their beans… and they carefully select and roast only the finest varieties from around the world.  The best part is your gift is coming from the good ol’ OB of X, so consider this imported from the beach!  Flavors and blends vary, $12.99 – $14.99 from Front Porch Cafe.

old-world-beer-mugs-gift_0THE BREWMEISTER:

Old World Style Wooden Mugs – GoodMoodInWood Etsy

Check these out!  No, Blackbeard never drank from them… but these beer mugs have an awesome “old world” look to them and I’m sure that adds some flavor points.  The inside is made of stainless steel, so these can hold hot drinks as well.  $67.99 for set of 4 at GoodMoodInWood Etsy shop.

anchor-bottle-stopper-wino-giftTHE WINE CONNOISSEUR:

Nautical Anchor Wine Stop – 11Main

The gift that pairs well with all wines!  Satisfy even the pickiest wine lover with this nautical bottle stop that’s sure to delight.  It’s stylish, elegant, and made of Zinc Alloy for durability.  This is a sure bet to please even the most savvy sippers.  $14.95 on 11Main.com.

bushnell-nature-spotting-scope-nature-lover-giftTHE NATURE LOVER:

Water/Fogproof Spotting Scope – Amazon.com

Shopping for a nature and wildlife lover?  Help them get up close and personal with the next pod of dolphins or flock of shorebirds they find!  This Bushnell spotting scope offers 36x magnification with the added benefits of a tabletop tripod and being 100% water & fogproof.  $117 at Amazon.com (40% off).

outer-banks-and-you-coverTHE MUSIC LOVER:

“The Outer Banks and You” Song – iTunes & Amazon

Give the gift of beach music this year with the most famous song about the Outer Banks, “The Outer Banks and You” by Jamie Trent and Southern Shores Realty!  This song is as peaceful as the lapping waves on the shore… and only $0.99 on iTunes or Amazon.com.

oru-folding-kayak-obx-gift-guideTHE ADVENTURER:

Folding Portable Kayak – Oru Kayak

It can’t hurt to gift big, right?  A few months ago I saw this being presented on the hit television show Shark Tank, and instantly realized the potential of it.  Get the outdoor enthusiast on your list one of the most revolutionary products on the market.  Endless possibilities await when you can fold up and transport a kayak like a piece of luggage.  $1,195 on OruKayak.com.

ladies-fishing-tackle-bag-gift-ideaTHE FISHERLADY:

Ladies Fishing Tackle Bag – Cabela’s

She can show off her organized gear in style!  Set up the fisherlady in your life with this 7″x16″x9″ tackle bag, dressed up with just the right amount of girl power.  Includes multiple compartments and built-in tool retractor.  Comes highly rated and recommended online.  On sale now for $14.99 on Cabelas.com.

hatteras-salt-life-obx-gift-fishermanTHE FISHERMAN:

“Hatteras” Polarized Sunglasses – SaltLife.com

Well looky here!  Get your fisherdude a new set of shades – all set to an Outer Banks tune!  They even have all the fancy treatments to them (polarization is key) “These Salt Life Hatteras mens sunglasses feature polarized polycarbonate lenses with Ri-pel front and AR5 back of lens treatments, a Salt Life logo on the side of the frames.”  $149 at SaltLife.com, you can get 10% off by signing up for their email list.

kdh-salt-rocks-foodie-gift-guideTHE CHEF:

Sea Salt from the Outer Banks – KDH Salt Rocks

Delight the cook on your holiday shopping list with a unique treat from the seas.  My recommendation is a tasty sampling of natural sea salt, all harvested from the Atlantic Ocean in Kill Devil Hills, NC!  While KDH Salt Rocks offers a wide variety of salts and rubs, I think the safest bet is to gift the sampler pack and let your foodie decide which ones to order in bulk next round.  $19.99 at KDHSaltRocks.com

eve-turek-obx-print-gift-ideaTHE PHOTOGRAPHER:

“Sunset Dunes” Landscape Photography Print – Yellowhouse Gallery

Share along some OBX inspiration with this beautiful print by local photographer and gallery owner, Eve Turek.  The Outer Banks is special for many people for many reasons, and it’s easy to get lost in this scene of beautiful sea oats contrasting the vivid sky colors.  Comes 10″x20″ matted in house.  $60 YellowhouseGallery.com

outer-banks-book-giftKID FRIENDLY:

Captain Stumpy the Pirate Cat – Paperback Book by Jeremy Bliven

Treat the little buccaneers to this tale of Captain Stumpy’s encounters with his enemy, Fluff Bucket!  This story of cooperation was created by locals Jeremy Bliven and his father Herbert.  There are other books in the series that the kiddos can add to their Captain Stumpy collection, all the while supporting the local OBX economy!  $14.95 on OBXStore.com.

outer-banks-dog-treats-giftPET FRIENDLY:

Homemade & Wholesome Local Treats – Salty Paws Biscuits

Who can forget about our beloved furbabies?  When I’m making a trip home or just need a special gift for a four-legged loved one I always turn to this local store for their fantastic, safe, healthy, homemade treats!  1lb assorted bag for $10.50 at SaltyPawsBiscuits.com.


OBX Lighthouse Christmas Ornaments – Seashell Shack

Give the gift of light this Christmas with a set of lighthouse ornaments made on the Outer Banks.  Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, Currituck, Ocracoke Island, and Cape Lookout included.  Measure 3″ in height.  What a wonderful addition to the tree these would be!  $32.50 on SeashellShack.com.


Outer Banks Vacation Gift Card – Southern Shores Realty

Share the joy of an Outer Banks vacation with the ones you love!  Using Giftly.com, you can send a special gift to family and friends for any denomination that may be used for a Southern Shores Realty Outer Banks Vacation!  You can’t get any closer to the Outer Banks than actually being here.  Giftly.com is not affiliated with Southern Shores Realty and you should carefully read the terms and conditions when using this service.  Any amount at Giftly.com.

Done Reading?  Make Sure you check out our other Christmas articles here:  Outer Banks Christmas Traditions & Outer Banks December Events.

Christmas Party 2013

It was a spirited good time at the Black Pelican for Southern Shores Realty’s annual Christmas Party!  Check out some of the photos from the event below:

Outer Banks Christmas Beach Report 2013

Planes, Trains, and Christmas Lights!  Join us for the last Beach & Surf Report of the year as we highlight footage from the 110th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ First Flight and Christmas Lights from “that house” on the Outer Banks!

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-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-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!



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!



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!



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-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-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!



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.



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.



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.



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-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.



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.



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?




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.



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!

Outer Banks Beach Report December 19, 2012

Hello all!  Here is our Christmas Holiday Special Beach Report, including the Elizabethan Gardens Winterlights Celebration and the Poulos House in Nags Head’s Christmas lights!

Outer Banks November Events

November is an awesome time to be on the Outer Banks!  Here’s Why:


OCT 26, 2012 – NOV 03, 2012

Carrying over from October, the Outer Banks Restaurant Week each Fall and Spring brings an exciting opportunity to enjoy local fare.  Outer Banks Restaurant Week was created for you because we know you love The Outer Banks and you love to eat!  This week gives local food enthusiasts and visitors an opportunity to enjoy 3-course, price fixed lunch and/or dinner menus at several participating restaurants throughout the Outer Banks at a fixed price of either $20 or $35. (Sales tax and gratuity are not included).  ***The Official Chili Cookoff will now be held on Saturday November 3, 2012 (due to Hurricane Sandy) at the Coastal Provisions market in Southern Shores. This is a fantastic way to get out and enjoy the Fall air and flavors!
Visit the Restaurant Week Website for more info!


NOV 6, 2012 – NOV 11, 2012

This six day event celebrates the natural wonders around us and offers visitors hundreds of opportunities to get out and discover the many environments that wildlife thrives here in Coastal Carolina.  The 16th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is taking place November 6-11, 2012 and is a wide-spread celebration from the Outer Banks to inland counties.  Programs include (but not limited to) birding, wildlife photography lessons, historic landmark visitations, watercraft excursions, wading tours, family friendly, and a personal favorite: howling with wolves!  The Wings Over Water Website is your ultimate guide to planning your wildlife-enjoyment excursion!  They have full trips sorted by day, theme, area, etc.
Click HERE for more information on the festival!


NOV 9, 2012 – NOV 11, 2012

The 7th Annual Gateway Bank Outer Banks Marathon Weekend is scheduled for Veteran’s Day weekend: November 9-11, 2012.  This is an amazing weekend experience!  Some of the best weather all year will be here as well as several fantastic sporting events.  Southern Shores Realty is a proud sponsor of the marathon and you will see us cheering you on at Mile Marker #1 on The Woods Road!  Check out some of our available marathon accommodations.  The Outer Banks Marathon Weekend also includes a Half Marathon, 8K, 5K, and Fun Run which is a one mile family run!  There is a full page for activities for kids that can be found here.  For the Full Outer Banks Marathon, Half, 8K, 5K, and Fun Run, Registration closes 11/5/12.
Prices and registration details can be found here.


NOV 9, 2012 – NOV 10, 2012

6677 Hwy. 64/264, Manns Harbor – MAP
Phone: 252-619-7487

This 4th annual event is sure to please!  Join in on the fun from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. There will be many craft vendors, holiday home decor, nautical decor, handmade soaps, candles, embroidery, vinyl, recycled grass art, sea glass jewelry, crocheting, knitting, home canned veggies and jams, t-shirt scarves, painting, beauty control and so much more!  It’s that time of year again, celebrate in style!



NOV 17, 2012

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo – MAP
Phone: 252-473-3234

Head out to the Elizabethan Gardens to learn to create popular confections from scratch in this hands-on workshop creating homemade candies!  Who doesn’t like the sounds of that?  Make the most out of your holidays and learn to create those tasty, sugary delights!


NOV 17, 2012

Dare County Family Recreation Park, Kill Devil Hills – MAP
Phone: 252-473-5558

Looking for activities on the Outer Banks for kids?  The Artrageous Art Extravaganza is a daytime event for children and will be held Saturday, November 17 at the Dare County Family Recreation Park in Kill Devil Hills from 10am-3pm.  Artrageous is an annual community celebration of the arts that features live art demos, creative hands-on booths, activities for kids, youth art, live music, food and more.


NOV 22, 2012

Scarborough Lane in Duck – MAP

A great warm up for your Thanksgiving Feast! Starting on Scarborough Lane in Duck with a finish line full of post race festivities. Runners and walkers of all abilities and ages are welcome.
Visit the Advice 5K Website for more details!


NOV 22, 2012

105 West Seachase Drive, Nags Head – MAP

Head out to the 4th Annual Outer Banks Gobbler 5K and Little Giblet Fun Run!  Run, Walk, Trot, Stroll the out and back course through the picturesque Village at Nags Head and enjoy views of the Roanoke sound.  There’s going to be plenty of pre and post-run activities!
Visit their website for more information.


NOV 23, 2012 – NOV 24, 2012

1140 US Highway 64, Manteo – MAP
Phone: 252-473-6500

Looking for Family Thanksgiving activities?  Come to the Island Farm as we interpret fall food traditions and share how Roanoke Island families prepared for winter during the 1850s.  Some activities include: hearth cooking, food preservation, candle making and ox-drawn wagon rides from 10am – noon, corn shucking and shelling in the afternoon.  Bring a nonperishable food item and receive $1 off  standard admission.  Food goods will be donated to the Roanoke Island Food Pantry.  This is a great thing to do for families and supports a great cause!
Visit the Island Farm Website for more details.


NOV 23, 2012 – NOV 24, 2012

3933 N S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 877-359-8477

On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, come out to our store to see Santa himself!  Santa visits us each year in hopes of getting to fly a hang glider on Jockey’s Ridge!  Santa always makes sure to see each and every child before he leaves for the day.  If it’s good weather, he’ll be outside, and if it’s cold he’ll move inside the store so the kids can stay warm.  On Friday, Santa will be at the store from 10am-2pm and on Saturday from 1pm-6pm.
If you have any questions please contact our event coordinator at events@kittyhawk.com, or visit Kitty Hawk Kite’s events page.


NOV 24, 2012

3933 N S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 877-359-8477

Come out and witness the beauty that is Kites with Lights!  Kites will be put up right around 4pm, and as the sun goes down watch the sky light up with Kites with Lights! As soon as the sun starts to set, come up to Jockey’s Ridge and see huge 19′ delta kites soar above the dunes. When it starts to get dark, the lights really begin to show up!  If you get cold, it’s no problem, there will be hot cidar and tons of cookies inside our store, free of charge for all spectators.  If you want to be out on the dunes under the kites remember to bring a flashlight!


NOV 25, 2012

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 252-255-1501

Head on out to Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head for the 2nd annual Redfish Saturday tournament on Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.  The event has something to offer for everyone!  Trophies will be awarded that day for the longest fish of these types: red drum, black drum, bluefish, speckled trout, gray trout, striped bass, croaker, flounder and others.  The pier’s educational staff will offer fee-based programs for children during the tournament.  Enjoy some of the best Fall fishing on the Outer Banks and watch big catches being brought in!
For more details visit Jennette’s pier’s website.


NOV 29, 2012 – DEC 1, 2012

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head – MAP
Phone: 252-255-1501

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.


NOV 30, 2012 – DEC 1, 2012

1200 Duck Rd, Duck – MAP

The Town of Duck, in cooperation with our local business community, announces the 2nd Annual “Duck Yuletide Celebration”.   Join us Friday and Saturday, November 30, and December 1, 2012 for 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 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.(YUM)  Participating restaurants will serve tapas and Holiday cheer for one special price that is sure to be pleasing to every palate.  On Saturday,the Town of Duck will hold itsYuletide Celebration on the Duck Town Green, 1200 Duck Road, beginning at 3:00 p.m., 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 Tree.


NOV 30, 2012

Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo – MAP

A favorite childhood memory of mine, set in front of the historic old courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street is the 2012 Manteo Tree Lighting.  Scheduled for 6pm,  this is a musical dramatic celebration of that indefinable spirit of selfless joy that, for over 400 years, has touched the lives of Roanoke Island residents at Christmas and caused them to persevere against all odds in pursuance of their dreams.  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 theTown of Manteo website.