Outer Banks December fun begins this with an amazing assortment of activities. From concerts and plays to art and crafts fairs and Breakfast with Santa it is hard to keep track of everything there is to do. We’ve tried to put together some great choices of fun for you over the next two weeks, however, there may be more added so we’ll probably update the list again next Wednesday. In the meantime, read on and FIND THE FUN!!!
POULOS FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Through December 31st – 6:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills (See Directions Below) – The Poulos family has outdone themselves this year – if that is even possible. This amazing display of Christmas lights has been featured on The Today Show and HGTV. Do not miss must-see Outer Banks tradition. This Christmas light spectacular takes 12 weeks to set up and over $3,500 in energy bills every month. DIRECTIONS – 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.
27TH ANNUAL OUTER BANKS HOTLINE FESTIVAL OF THE TREES – December 3rd – 5th – Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills – This 3-day event to raise money for Outer Banks Hotline includes a visit with Santa, children’s activities, and an auction of decorated Christmas trees. Schedule – December 2 – Decorating Party for tree contributors; December 3 – Holiday Bazaar & Silent Auction All Day, Santa Visits from 6:00pm-9:00pm. December 4 – Fun, Shopping, Silent Auction and Live Music featuring Unknown Tongues at the Champagne Showdown, 7:00pm. December 5 – Half Price Bazaar Sale, 9:00am-3:00pm, Holiday Social and Benefit Auction, 6:30pm. December 6 – Trees Delivered! http://obxfestivaloftrees.org/
2nd ANNUAL FOOD PANTRY HOLIDAY CHEF’S CHALLENGE – December 3rd – 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Hilton Garden Inn, Kitty Hawk – It’s called the Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge, and here’s how it works: Outer Banks chefs and restaurants have 60 minutes to cook a delectable dish using anything that is on a list of items that the Beach Food Pantry has in stock, with one of the items having to be a canned good (vegetable, tuna, beans, and the like). Attendees will then sample each creation and vote on the tastiest, most creative dish. And while making top-notch cuisine from non-perishable goods may sound tricky, you’d be surprised what a good chef can do with canned goods, ground beef, and a rack of spices. Then again, maybe you wouldn’t. After all, we’re talking about restaurants some of the Outer Banks’ best restaurants. Every one of which is as competitive as they are skilled. Support the Beach Food Pantry and join in the fun! https://www.facebook.com/events/1178437778837737/
1st ANNUAL WINGS OVER WATER ENCORE – A WINTER WEEKEND – December 4th – 6th – For the first time, Wings Over Water has been extended to include one winter weekend of trips in December, called WOW Encore. This is in hopes of increasing the possibility of seeing larger groups of migratory birds and waterfowl. All WOW Encore Programs take place on National Wildlife Refuges only. If you have questions during registration please call 252-216-9464. https://2015wow.my-trs.com/
MANTEO CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS – December 4th – 5th – Manteo – Celebrate Christmas on the OBX with some BIG little town Christmas celebrations including a boat parade, tree lighting, town Christmas Parade and more. The festivities begin December 4th with a Boat Parade at 5:30 pm and the official lighting of the Manteo Town Christmas Tree at 6:00 pm. The fun continues on December 5th, with the 44th Annual Big Little Town Christmas Parade along the downtown waterfront in Manteo, starting promptly at 10:30 am. For more information call the Town of Manteo at 252-473-2133 or visit: www.townofmanteo.com
ROOSTER’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN FIRST FRIDAY BOURBON TASTING – December 4th – 6:00 – 7:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills – Owners John & Sue Woolard are hosting a two-part fundraiser at Rooster’s Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills on Friday, December 4th.This will be the second event of a series of fundraising events that will take place the 1st Friday of each month benefitting different local charities. This event is called 1st Friday Bourbon Tasting and Dare Education Foundation has been selected as beneficiary. The event will include a Bourbon Tasting that will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm hosted by Republic National Distributing Company Ambassador, Dean Kittleson. The cost for the tasting is $20 and that includes appetizers and six different bourbon samplings. DEF will receive 100% of Bourbon Tasting ticket sales. Please stop by to purchase your ticket(s)—Be forewarned we have a limited number of tickets! The second part of the fundraising event is that Dare Education Foundation will also receive 10% from meal sales on that day so dine with us on the fourth of December! Thank you in advance for helping us support a wonderful foundation! http://roosterssouthernkitchen.com/events/
23rd ANNUAL PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING – December 4th – 6:30 pm – Currituck County NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco – Currituck Cooperative Extension in conjunction with Currituck County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 would like to invite you to participate in the 23rd Annual Christmas Parade at the Currituck County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension located at 120 Community Way in Barco, next to Central Elementary School off of Short Cut Road. This year’s parade theme is “Currituck’s Night of Twinkling Lights”. The tree lighting will kick off the evening at 6:30. The parade will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/485857101574329/
MES WINTER WONDERLAND – December 5th – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Manteo Elementary School, 701 US Hwy 64, Manteo – Come out and support Manteo Elementary School PTO after the Manteo Christmas Parade. Santa Photos, Pizza, Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Funnel Cakes, Bake Sale, Raffle, Hot Chocolate, Kids Games & Crafts, Face Painting, Local Craft Vendors, Musical Performances, Kids Only Gift Shop, and lots of holiday cheer!
GREAT YULETIDE ELF HUNT – December 5th – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Before heading to the Duck Yuletide Celebration, stroll around town for the Great Yuletide Elf Hunt organized by the Duck Merchants Association from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pick up a “passport” and find the hidden elf at participating retailers, get a stamp/sticker, then turn in your passport at the Town Green between 3:30-4 p.m. (just before Santa’s arrival) to receive a fun gift. Adults have the chance to enter a raffle to win one of five gift baskets from Tommy’s Market (each valued over $100). http://www.townofduck.com/yuletide-celebration/
MANTEO PRESERVATION TRUST 11TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES – December 5th – 1:00 – 7:00 PM – Manteo – Outer Banks Distilling, located at 510 Budleigh St., is this year’s reception site/starting point for the tour. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at Outer Banks Distilling the day of the tour beginning at noon. Holiday Tour of Homes begins at 1pm and ends at 7pm. For more information call Grizelle Fearing at 252-473-7336.
DUCK YULETIDE CELEBRATION – December 5th – 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Join the Town of Duck for a town-wide celebration of yuletide cheer! Enjoy live holiday tunes by Just Playn’ Dixieland, carolers from First Flight High School choir, Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire truck, and the lighting of the Town Crab Pot Tree! Donations will be accepted for the Outer Banks SPCA and Food for Thought in exchange for light treats donated by Duck businesses. http://www.townofduck.com/yuletide-celebration/
ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK PRESENTS – A Dickens Tale – December 5th – 3:30 pm – Manteo – Gather ‘round as actors with Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC. Recreates Victorian England in this beloved retelling of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. Join Old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, one hilarious beggar woman and all the delightful ghostly visitors in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. An unsuspecting student even has the opportunity to join our actors on stage in the role of Tiny Tim! Audiences of all ages are enthralled in this sweet tale.Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales at RIFP or the day of the event. Ages 5 and under are free. www.Roanokeisland.com.
ALLIGATOR RIVER REFUGE RED WOLF HOWLING – December 5th – 4:30 – 6:00 pm – Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot (Milltail Road and HWY 64 west of Manns Harbor) – FREE! LAST ONE FOR THE YEAR! 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 our captive red wolves produce their haunting sounds. The program will occur except when there is lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Co-sponsored by the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society. Call for details-252-216-9464.
ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK PRESENTS – Christmas with Santa – December 5th – 7:00 pm – Manteo – Carols, Santa and Christmas Galore! The spirit of the most wonderful time year is overflowing in this hysterical Christmas-wrapped comedy brought to us by Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC. Two hilarious and lovable elves, Scrunchie and Bangles, have accidentally misplaced some of Santa’s presents. When Santa finds out about the mishap, he teaches the well-meaning elves that the real gift of the season are the people and friends we celebrate it with. Packed full of sing-a-long tunes, this show is the perfect way to get audiences of all ages into the Christmas spirit! Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales at RIFP or the day of the event. Ages 5 and under are free. www.Roanokeisland.com
PAMLICO JACK’S RESTAURANT – Breakfast with Santa – December 6th – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Please join us Sunday, December 6th for a delicious buffet breakfast at Pamlico Jack’s restaurant, followed by some one-on-one time with the big man himself! A photographer will be on hand to take photos with Santa, which you will be able to access and share on Facebook or by email. Tickets are just $9 in advance, $10 at the door. All proceeds are matched by Village Realty and donated to the Dare County Angel Gift Program. Visit Village Realty, email [email protected] or call 252-449-9235 today! https://www.facebook.com/events/957794387621765/
CURRITUCK ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL – December 6th – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Currituck County High School, 4203 Caratoke Hwy, Barco – This wonderful event is sponsored by the Coinjock Ruritan Club. Enjoy the holiday cheer and shop an amazing array of arts and crafts! https://www.facebook.com/events/887802734622055/
OBE HOLIDAY COOKIE EXCHANGE – December 6th – 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Obxdiy, 3901 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk – Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts! Calling all Bakers! It’s time for the OBE Cookie Exchange! Join us at the OBXdiy makerspace in Kitty Hawk for a wonderful afternoon of fellowship, food and cookies! Bring your best 6 dozen cookies of one kind, and go home with 5 dozen different cookies. All Cookie Registrants are automatically entered into our Best Tasting Cookie contest. One dozen of your cookies will be given to our panel of Judges. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Tasting Cookie, Most Creative Cookie Tag, Prettiest Cookie Serving Display, Best Holiday/Christmas Outfit. To participate, you must Pre-Register by sending an email to: [email protected]. Please include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number, along with the type of cookie that you wish to bake. Please Pre-Register promptly, as no duplicate flavors are permitted. We’ll be enjoying Holiday Music from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. festive décor and dress, wonderful food, a gorgeous ocean view, great fellowship, and of course, delicious tasting cookies to take home to enjoy, share or give away. We look forward to your Registration and Participation in the OBE Cookie Exchange! https://www.facebook.com/events/157242247964312/
CHRISTMAS ON THE GREENS ARTS AND CRAFTS SALE – December 6th – 2:00 – 6:00 pm – Michelle’s Bar and Grill at Sea Scape – Kitty Hawk – An afternoon of shopping, food and fun. Local artists will be displaying and selling their hand made crafts. Complimentary refreshments. Cash bar and full menu available. Pet friendly Santa will be making an appearance from 5 – 6 pm. Silent auction table to benefit Feline Fix. Please join us and bring a friend!
FROSTIVUS 2015 – December 11th – 4:00 – 9:00 pm – Zen Pops, 3712 N Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk – Join us for our winter party to raise money for the Outer Banks Community Foundation, a wonderful non-profit that provides various grants and donations to the Outer Banks Community. With over a dozen local artisan craft and food vendors, marshmallow roasting, and free wine and hors d’oeuvres, there is sure to be something for everyone! And, of course, Santa will be visiting. The event is FREE but donations are appreciated. Tickets to reserve a portrait session with Santa are available for $40.00 per family. Limited sittings with Santa are available, so Get Your Tickets early! https://www.facebook.com/events/484280181743568/
HOLIDAY PROMENADE IN RODANTHE, WAVES AND SALVO – December 11th – 4:00 – 5:30 pm – Along the sidewalks of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo villagers & businesses will be serving hot drinks & other goodies. Walk, jog, ride a bike, skate the sidewalk. Bring flashlights and/or wear lights to light the way. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
A SUGAR CREEK CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – December 11th – 5:30 – 9:00 pm – Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant, 7340 S Virginia Dare Trl, Nags Head – Come and Support Room In The Inn with our annual Christas Fundraiser. 100% of all funds collected will go to Room In the Inn a local church-based homeless shelter. Enjoy delicious cuisine from a number of OBX restaurants, live music, raffle, door prizes and more! For Tickets visit – https://www.facebook.com/outerbanksroomintheinn/?fref=photo
2ND ANNUAL LIGHT UP THE NIGHT HOLIDAY GLOW RUN – December 11th – 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Roanoke Island Running Company, 107 Budleigh St, Manteo – *****THIS IS A FREE COMMUNITY EVENT******* 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 to join in on the fun! (Light them up!!) 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! https://www.facebook.com/events/1656348834616728/
OUTER BANKS CHORUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT – December 11th 7:30 pm & December 13th 4:00 pm – All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores – These concerts are free to the public. Enjoy the music of the season as presented by the beautiful voices of the Outer Banks Chorus. http://www.obxchorus.org/perform.html
SILLY SWEATER SANTA RUN – December 12th – 8:00 am – Tri Outer Banks Sports, 3105 N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills – Dress up in your silliest sweater on December 12 and join us for a 5K or fun 1 mile at 8 AM. Run or walk. Register by filling out this form and dropping it off at Tri Outer Banks Sports. Fee is a food donation for the OBX Food Pantry. Kids and dogs welcome!We will have 3 divisions: – Adult Division – Silliest or ugliest sweater; – Youth Division; – Pet Division (Must bring dog or cat food for Food Pantry). Download the registration form: http://outerbankstrisports.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Silly-Sweater-Santa-Run.pdf
FIRST FLIGHT MIDDLE’S RUN, RUN, RUDOLPH 5K AND REINDEER DASH – December 12th – 8:30 am – First Flight High School Track, Kill Devil Hills – Come out to support the Student Government Association at First Flight Middle School. This fun run will begin at 9 am, following the Reindeer Dash, a 1/4 mile run for little reindeer ages 2-5. A parent, sibling, friend, or relative is invited to run with each little reindeer participant. Each 5k participant will receive an event shirt (if registered by Dec 3) and all participants will receive a finisher medal. Come dressed your best to show off your holiday spirit! Best costume will be awarded at 9, right before the run begins. All proceeds will benefit Brianna Blumenthal and her family. https://www.facebook.com/events/928744623876300/
ALLIGATOR RIVER REFUGE TRAM TOUR – December 12th – 9:00 am – noon – Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot (Milltail Road and HWY 64 west of Manns Harbor) – LAST ONE FOR THE YEAR! Join in the fun of an open air tram tour around the refuge and learn about the wild lands and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera! It’s not too late to see bears!!! Tram seating is limited. To guarantee your tram seats, you may register ahead of time and pay $10 per person. Children 12 and under may register for free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge on a first-come/first-served basis on the morning of the tour. The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Dress for the weather! For more information call 252-216-9464
CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE WINTER CLIMB – December 12th – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – FREE winter climb of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse! Climbing the lighthouse is strenuous. Climbing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is equivalent to climbing a 12-story building. For more information on what to expect, check the park website: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/lighthouseclimbs.htm
5TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY AT THE MUSEUM – December 12th – Noon – 5:00 PM – Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras – FREE TO THE PUBLIC! 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, letters to Santa (almost certainly to receive a reply from Santa) a professional puppet show, local choral groups, individual performances by local musicians and 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 receive an additional 5 percent off purchases when they bring a donation for the food bank. Enjoy the Museum’s new floral theme to the displays with fresh flowers and greenery. Holiday decorations will be for sale at modest prices or at cost. Sponsored by the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. 12 Noon to 5 p.m.
THE NUTCRACKER – December 12th – 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm – First Flight High School, Kill Devil Hills – Outer Banks Centre for Dance presents Nutcracker ballet performance. We have two shows, 1 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. A beautifully performed presentation of a holiday classic. The children of the Outer Banks bring this ballet to life. https://www.facebook.com/events/902263886534339/
HATTERAS VILLAGE CHRISTMAS PARADE – December 12th – 2:00 pm – The parade begins at Teach’s Lair Marina and continues up Highway 12 to the Hatterasman Drive-In. Locals and tourists 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, cookies and cocoa will be served at the Hatteras Community Building for the announcement of winners. This year, the parade sponsor, the Hatteras Village Civic Association, is offering a $750 grand prize for the best float. The second place float will win $300 with $200 going to the third-place entry. Anyone interested in entering the parade, please call Dennis Robinson at 475-4388 or send an e-mail to [email protected]
THEATRE OF DARE PRESENTS IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY – December 12th – 13th – As the 25th Anniversary celebration continues, Theatre of Dare is pleased to announce an addition to its season! Join us for IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A RADIO PLAY by Joe Landry. This script takes all the characters from the classic holiday film and transports them to a live broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio. Included in your ticket price is a special 25th Anniversary reception (light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar), one hour prior to curtain. TWO SHOWS ONLY at The Comfort Inn in Kill Devil Hills! Saturday, December 12 @ 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13 @ 2:00 p.m. Tickets, $15/adults and $10/season ticket holders/students, are available online. Seating at The Comfort Inn is limited, so we strongly suggest purchasing your tickets in advance. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.theatreofdareobx.com/
DARE COUNTY CANDY DROP – December 13th – 12:30 pm – Dare County Regional Aiport, Manteo – The Berlin Candy Bomber and his crew will be flying off to get Santa Claus to bring him to the Manteo Airport. But before he lands he will drop out 1,000 miniature parachutes with a candy bar attached. All children are invited to attend, catch a candy bar, enjoy cupcakes and other holiday treats and tell Santa what he is to bring for Christmas. Parents are encouraged to tour the inside of the C-54 to view priceless artifacts and recall the amazing effort at the end of World War Two that saved over 2,000,000 civilian lives in the blockaded West Berlin sector and continued on for more than a year. Phone: (252) 475-5570
GREATER COASTAL CANINE PRESENTS FURRY & BRIGHT – December 13th – 1:00 – 5:00 pm – Greater Coastal Canine Academy, Dog Training and Dog Store, 7512 Caratoke Hwy, Jarvisburg – A Holiday Fundraise benefitting Southeast German SHepherd Rescue. Join us with your favorite furry friends, for coffee by Starbucks, Dolce Bakery fine baked goods, Holiday shopping with Heidi’s FIne Jewelry and of course pictures with Santa. Great Holiday gifts for humans and their best friends. Custom design your own leashed and collars. We will have a raffle, and a silent auction all to benefit this great organization! https://www.facebook.com/events/496472930531773/
112TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS FIRST FLIGHT – December 17th – 8:30 am – Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills – Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this day long anniversary tribute of the Wright Brother’s first flight.
3RD ANNUAL FESTIVUS ROAD RACE 5K, 10K, JINGLE JOG 1 MILE & LITTLE ELF 1/4 MILE – December 19th – 7:45 am – Southern Shores – Break away from the pack and enjoy the holiday season in this fast and fun race. Enjoy a Winter morning on the Outer Banks ocean side and through the quaint town of Southern Shores. Choose your stride and participate in the 10k Loop or Out & Back 5k. Bring out the kids to join the Little Elf ¼ Mile or Jingle Jog 1 Mile. Unique trophies for 1st-3rd place overall Male & Female, Age group awards, Chip Timing, Finishers Medal, T-Shirt for all participants. Photo opportunities with Santa, post-race breakfast and gift bag delights to bring you Holiday Cheer. A portion of the event proceeds to benefit local children’s charities. For more information and details email us at [email protected], visit us on the web at www.RunCations.com or text 252-489-8239 – See more at: http://www.raceit.com/search/event.aspx?id=32136#sthash.qkUQZPuo.dpuf
SHARKY’S WINTER WORKSHOP – December 19th – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island – Celebrate the holiday season at the Aquarium during Sharky’s Winter Workshop! Sharky has invited Santa to set up his workshop for the day to spread some holiday cheer. Children can meet Santa and participate in various crafts and activities during this fun-filled holiday event, which is FREE with regular admission! Mark your calendar today to join in the winter-time fun!!! https://www.facebook.com/events/130598487301691/