Outer Banks December Fun Continues!

Outer Banks December fun continues! The beautiful lights and decorations are up and the festivities are in full swing. There will be music and dancing, fun runs and fundraisers, performances and celebrations everywhere. The weather will be in the sixties with a little chance of rain which means all the outdoor fun like whale watching and fishing, or bird watching and crabbing is still waiting for you to enjoy too. What are you waiting for? Get away from the pre-holiday rush and get a little OBX down time in!!!

SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITES THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY

poulos family lightsPOULOS 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 national television. Do not miss this Outer Banks tradition. DIRECTIONS – Heading South on Rt. 158 into Kill Devil Hills turn right on Ocean Acres Drive (opposite McDonald’s). Just after the road becomes gravel you will go up a hill. Just over the hill you will be amazed!

BEACHSIDE BISTRO AT THE SEA RANCH RESORT – Every Evening 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Kill Devil Hills – Enjoy tapas-style small plate specials EVERY dinner service till we close for the season. We will wrap your gifts (NO charge) while you dine in and enjoy the live music! This week’s music: Tuesday: Phil Watson, Wednesday: Scott Sechman. https://www.facebook.com/BeachsideBistro/photos/a.364201007048298.1073741831.122378077897260/730533023748426/?type=3&theater&__mref=message_bubble

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT PRESENTS – Working Women’s Wednesday – December 9th – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm – $15 M&M = Manicure & Martini OR $5 Martini! Games, Gifts and complimentary Appetizer’s. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

frostivus 2015FROSTIVUS 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! 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!

sugar creek 2015A 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

kaboomboxKELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT PRESENTS – Kaboom Box – December 11th –  9:30 pm – 2:00 am – Kaboombox is a high energy band based out of Hampton Roads. Citing heavy video game influences, Kaboombox is a creative blend of music, style, and subculture. DJ plays tunes at 9 and during band breaks. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

silly sweater 2015SILLY 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. 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 snowCAPE 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.

nutcrackerTHE 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 dennisr@midgettrealty.com

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/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT PRESENTS – Kaboom Box – December 12th –  9:30 pm – 2:00 am – Kaboombox is a high energy band based out of Hampton Roads. Citing heavy video game influences, Kaboombox is a creative blend of music, style, and subculture. DJ plays tunes at 9 and during band breaks. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

candy dropDARE 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/

kellys jewelry 2015KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT PRESENTS – Jewelry Extravaganza – December 15th – 4:00 – 8:00 pm – Just in time for Christmas! Special savings on all jewelry, Charles Albert collection and more! Complimentary appetizers and drinks! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

AN EVENING WITH THE BERLIN CANDY BOMBER AND THE GOLDEN PLATTER – December 15th – 7:00 pm – College of the Albemarle, Manteo – The College of the Albemarle’s Roanoke Island Campus is inviting the public to attend a FREE presentation and slide show about the famed “Candy Bomber,” who participated in and made a unique addition to the historic Berlin Airlift after World War II. There will be an opportunity to meet the 96 year old Berlin Candy Bomber in person. Also meet Melvin Bullock – The Golden Platter – of the original singing group The Platters who will perform their chart topping single “Only You” and “Do It For the Children” and sign autographs. https://www.outerbankschamber.com/index.php

wright brothers112TH 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.

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT PRESENTS – Country Line Dancing – December 17th – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Nags Head – Every 1st and 3rd Thursday enjoy line dancing and take some lessons too! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Cover This – December 18th – 9:30 pm – 2:00 am – Nags Head – Dance the night away to your favorites! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

festivus3RD 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 racedirector@runcations.com, 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 christmasSHARKY’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/

A CURRITUCK CHRISTMAS – December 19th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – The Cotton Gin, Jarvisburg – Join us at The Cotton Gin on Saturday, December 19 for A Currituck Christmas. Our annual Christmas party features festive holiday music and free appetizers and desserts from Thyme and Tide Café. The highight of Currituck Christmas is the arrival of Santa Claus – by tractor! Santa will be driving the John Reindeere and pulling the HayRide SleighRide filled with treats for the kids. Meet and greet and photo-ops with Currituck Claus will happen inside the Cotton Gin in the Thyme and Tide Café and will follow with a sleigh ride for all (weather permitting) Food and music start at noon, Santa arrives around 1PM. Bring the whole family and start a new holiday tradition – its festive and totally FREE! https://www.facebook.com/events/886058628182412/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Cover This – December 19th – 9:30 pm – 2:00 am – Nags Head – Dance the night away to your favorites! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

11th ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE POTLUCK PARTY – December 20th – 6:00 pm – Ashtanga Yoga Center, 2910 S. Croatan Hwy, Nags Head – Join us for our annual candle lighting ceremony followed by a potluck party with live drumming. Bring a dish to share, family, and friends. Everyone is welcome! There is NO COST for this event! Donations are gratefully accepted. Contact: Michelle Dorer for questions or to register – info@ashtangayogaobx.com – 252-202-045 – www.ashtangayogaobx.com

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

NC AQUARIUM ROANOKE ISLAND – Aquatots – December 15 – “Frozen Waters”– 11:00 am & 1:00 pm – Ages 2 -5 – Reservations recommended. Aquarist for the Day – November 11 & 18 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Ages 8 and up. Breakfast with the Rays – December 16 & 30 – 8:30 am – Ages 6 and up. Happy Otter Hour – December 22 – 2:00 pm – Ages 6 and up. Shark Bites – December 11, 18, 21, 28 & 30 – 12:30 pm Ages 6 and up. Shark Tank Tour – 10:00 am – December 15, 17, 19, 22, 28, 29 & 31 and at 2:00 pm – December 9, 10, 11, 16, 18 & 19 – Ages 6 and up. STAR Center Tour – December 16, 29 & 31 at 11:00am and December 29 at 2:00pm – Ages 6 and up. Quarantine Tour – 3:00 pm – December 17- Ages 12 and up. Otter Quarters Tour – 10:00 am – December 11 & 18 and 2:00 pm December 15 – Ages 6 and up. Nautical Wreaths – December 10 at 10:00am & 2:00pm and December 17 at 10:00am – Ages 8 and up. Closed toe shoes are required for all activities. Additional fees may apply. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Preregistration is strongly recommendedhttp://www.ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island-free-programs

REGULAR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES & SPECIALS! 

MMAXOUT FITNESS OBX – Fitness, Cycle, Muscle, Weight Training, Kickboxing, Kickboxing/Core and more. 24-hour access available. http://mmaxoutfitnessobx.com/

CAPTAIN GEORGE’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT – FIRST CATCH EVERY SUNDAY!  Only $27.00! From noon to 4:00 pm enjoy their world famous seafood buffet offering over 70 items! (Excluding Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) www.captaingeorges.com

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Sunday – Best Brunch on the Beach! (as voted by the Virginia-Pilot) http://www.chilli-peppers.com/best-brunch-on-the-beach-2/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Monday – Burger Night is Back!!! – Enjoy handmade burgers with a new specialty burger every week.  https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152941035834714/?type=1&theater

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Monday – $6.99 Blue Plate Special – Chicken pot pie, slow cooked chicken with a hearty gravy & veggies. A twist on an old favorite!  http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Shag Night with the OB Shag Club – Every Monday – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – All invited – free to the Public. The purpose of the Outer Banks Shag Club is to promote and preserve Carolina Beach Music and dancing. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Tapas & Wine – Every Tuesday – Enjoy a variety of small plates and excellent wine pairings. Tapas are different every week. https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152943454364714/?type=1&theater

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Tuesday – $6.99 Blue Plate Special – Meatloaf with mashed potatoes & gravy – Just a little better than Mom’s, but we won’t tell her. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Karaoke with Hambone – Every Tuesday – 8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Come show your talent while singing along to your favorite song. 18 and up. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Tuesday – 10:00 pm – Dj Bose, Jeffrey Boseman mixing the hottest tracks on the beach. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Wednesday – $6.99 Blue Plate Special – Lasagna… Could be beef, could be chicken, could be seafood, could be veggie, but it will always be delicious! http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Every Wednesday – Open Mic Night – 8:00 pm – Come out and show off your stuff! The Bellhops (3 members at your service) provide all sound and light needs. They also provide musical accompaniment, back-up if needed. All you need is the talent. No cover. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Thursday – $6.99 Blue Plate Special –Pizza – Mammia Mia!! Our house made artisan style crust changes weekly. Served with a house salad. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Thursday – Sushi – Chopstick included. https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10153801159939714/?type=3&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – DJ Marshall – Every Thursday – 9:00 pm – 1:00 am – Spinning tunes for your dancing pleasure! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Friday – $6.99 Blue Plate Special – International Day – A special with flavors from around the world. Served with a salad. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

FARMER’S MARKET DOWNTOWN MANTEO – Every Saturday – 8:00 am to noon – Fresh produce, crafts, local art, flowers and much more! At the George Washington Creef Park.

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Saturday – $6.99 Blue Plate Special – Chef’s Choice… Guaranteed to be fantastic!!! http://www.chilli-peppers.com/

ONGOING SPECIAL EVENTS! 

WITH LOVE ALETA – until February 26, 2016 – The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras Village – Meet Aleta, a 1920s Ocracoke mail boat, featured in a richly illustrated exhibition that includes images of vintage postcards and modern day mail art.  Free admission.  For more information, call 252-986-2995 or visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com