The Beauty and Happy Spirit of the Holiday Season Has Arrived on the Outer Banks!

The beauty and happy spirit of the holiday season has arrived on the Outer Banks. December is a month full of holidays and Outer Bankers are ready to celebrate them all! Come for a walk or run, stroll or climb. Come enjoy the lights and the parades. Come participate in some historical events or just sit and watch the surf. The Outer Banks in December is amazing so just come!

This will be our last weekly events update for 2016. We’ll update individual events and New Year’s Eve fun after Christmas.



POULOS FAMILY CHRISTMAS – November 17th – December 31st – Kill Devil Hills – Featured on The Today Show and HGTV, this Outer Banks tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular takes 12 weeks to set up and over $3,500 in energy bills every month. Viewing of the Poulos Family Christmas lights is held through December 31st. Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills – Proceed to light at Ocean Acres Drive (opposite McDonald’s) – Turn right at Ocean Acres Drive – The road will change from paved to gravel as you go up a hill. Just over the top of the hill you will find the Poulos home.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Bodie Island – December 9th – 1:00 pm – With the inlets always changing so do the barrier islands.  Bodie Island today extends to include the area of Jockey’s Ridge.  Join us for a presentation on these changes and the history of Bodie Island.  Meets at the Jockey’s Ridge State Park visitor center.

3rd ANNUAL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT HOLIDAY GLOW RUN! – December 9th – 6:00 – 8:00 pm – 107 F Budleigh Street, Manteo – Come run, walk or ride with us through downtown Manteo’s beautiful Christmas Lights!! Choose to do our 1-mile route 1, 2 or 3 times! Strollers and bicycles welcome!! (light them up!!) to join in on the fun! Hot Cocoa, Christmas Cookies and Holiday Music to follow in the Pavilion! Children under 13 MUST be accompanied by an adult please. Participants are encouraged to bring their own glow sticks, necklaces, safety gear and flash lights and or headlamps, etc . We will have some additional glow sticks to provide until supplies run out!

CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE WINTER CLIMB – December 10th – 9:00 am – Noon – Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton – The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse opens for climbing this December for one day only. Don’t miss your chance to climb it in 2016! Also take part in other Hatteras Island Holiday activities, like the Hatteras Village Parade and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

6TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY AT THE MUSEUM – December 10th – Noon – 5:00 pm – Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras – Children and adults alike will marvel at Winter Wonderland train display by master model builder Charlie Klein.  There will be a children’s holiday craft table and letters to Santa (almost certainly to receive a reply from Santa). Live entertainment will be provided by local choral groups, individual performances by local musicians as well as professional musical entertainment throughout the day.  Refreshments will include a variety of hot soups, ham biscuits, holiday cookies and punch. There will be multi-themed fully decorated holiday trees, and shoppers will continue to receive an additional 5 percent off purchases when they bring a donation for the food bank. The event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

HATTERAS ISLAND CHRISTMAS PARADE – December 10th – 2:00 pm – 58372 N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras – This is truly and old-fashioned Christmas parade. Locals and tourists alike love to park along the route and get out to cheer on the floats, fire trucks, bike, horses, motorcycles, emergency and Coast Guard vehicles, bands, and, of course, Santa Claus. After the parade Santa is transported throughout the village on one of the local fire trucks wishing holiday cheer to all the local youngsters as well as to those who are young at heart.

RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH 5K AND REINDEER DASH – December 10th – 8:30 am – First Flight High School Track, 109 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills – A fun run to benefit current and/or past students of First Flight Middle School. The Reindeer Dash is a 1/4 mile, single lap race for kids ages 2-5. The Reindeer Dash begins at 8:30. Walkers and runners ages 6 and up are welcome to participate in the Run, Run, Rudolph 5k fun run. Everyone will get an event shirt and a participant medal. The Run, Run, Rudolph 5k will begin at 9:00. Registration forms will be available on the First Flight Middle School webpage, the First Flight Middle School Facebook page, and the front office at First Flight Middle School. Online registration is encouraged. Register by November 26 to be guaranteed an event shirt.

SNACKS WITH SANTA! – December 11th – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Greenside Bar & Grille at The Pointe Golf Club, Powells Point – Join Us for snacks and a special visit from Santa.

113TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST FLIGHT – December 17th – 9:00 am – Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills – Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember. 8:30 a.m. – The observance begins with a patriotic musical prelude 9:00 a.m. – The formal program will commemorate the Wrights’ achievement and pay tribute to this year’s inductee into the First Flight Society’s Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine. 10:35 a.m. – An aviation flyover will pay tribute to the Wright brothers at the documented exact moment of the Wrights’ first flight. 11:00 a.m. – Darrell Collins, NPS Historian, presides over the wreath-laying ceremony to honor the Wright brothers and the witnesses of the first flight at the exact spot where the famous first flight occurred. Throughout the day, the park’s museum exhibits and activities provide interpretive talks in the Flight Room. The Visitors Center will open at 9:00 am. Price: Park entrance fees will be waived the day of.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – All About the Ridge – December 12th – 11:00 am – A presentation at the park’s visitor center on the history of the area before and following the designation as one of our state parks.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Animals of Jockey’s Ridge – December 14th – 1:00 pm – Visitors Center, Nags Head – While stunning scenery is often found at Jockey’s Ridge, wildlife viewing can be a bit more elusive.  Join us for a presentation on the fauna that calls the park home.  Meets at the visitor center.

GREAT WHITE FISHMAS – December 17th – 2:00 – 5:00 pm – North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Manteo – Celebrate holiday cheer with Santa and the animals at Great White Fishmas! Play festive games and create seasonal crafts in Neptune’s Theater. Share wishes with Santa and Mrs. Claus. See Santa take a dive into the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit. Great White Fishmas is free with regular admission!

SANTA FLYOVER CANDY DROP – December 18th – 1:00 and 3:00 pm – Manteo Airport – You may remember that last year the “Candy Bomber” said it was his last trip to the year. Good News! 95-year-old “Candy Bomber” pilot Gail Halvorsen is feeling great and has decided to keep coming back as long as he can. This year he and his crew will reenact the famous 1948 and 1949 Candy Drops over Berlin. The reenactment be over the Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo and will happen by age. Six-and-under at 1 pm and seven-and-up at 1:30 pm. At 3:00 pm Santa will fly in and will visit with children in the terminal building!!

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Holiday Dune Hike – December 26th – 11:00 am – Explore the coastal habitats of Jockey’s Ridge and enjoy the view.  The 45 minute hike is an opportunity to exercise and enjoy the natural scenery during the holiday season.  Meets at the visitor center.