Outer Banks Holiday Season is Here!

Outer Banks holiday season is here and the beach is decorated in festive cheer! There is a peaceful calm that everyone enjoys on the OBX during the winter months. The weather may not always be great but walks on the beach and strolls through Historic Corolla and Manteo are still a lot of fun. We welcome you with open arms. Come join us in December and find out what off-season on the OBX is all about.


29TH ANNUAL OUTER BANKS WOMAN’S CLUB ANGEL GIFT PROGRAM – Through December 2nd – Providing a magical Christmas experience to needy children in Dare County, in partnership with the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services. Christmas trees with angels to “adopt” that specify gifts the children have requested will be on display beginning through December 2nd at Walmart, TJMaxx, Island Pharmacy, OBX Chevrolet/ Buick and the YMCA. Your generous support is even more necessary due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew. For more information and ways to donate visit www.gfwc-obwc.com or email [email protected]

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.

CURRITUCK BEACH LIGHTHOUSE 141ST BIRTHDAY FREE CLIMB DAY – December 1st – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Corolla – The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Outer Banks Conservationists invite you to celebrate 141 years of light with them. The lighthouse was the last of the great brick towers built on the North Carolina coast. Its first order Fresnel lens was first illuminated on December 1, 1875, lighting the “dark space” between Cape Henry and Bodie Island lighthouses. To commemorate the event*, please come climb as our guest anytime from 10am-4pm! Please come! Feel free to invite/bring friends! December 1, 2016 will be the lighthouse’s last day open for the 2016 season. So don’t miss out! The tower will reopen for climbing Monday, March 20, 2017.

3RD ANNUAL BEACH FOOD PANTRY HOLIDAY CHEFS CHALLENGE – December 1st – 6:00 – 8:30 pm – Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk – Outer Banks Chefs Compete for the Title of Crowned Prince or Princess of Canned Goods! Coffee-coated canned tuna cakes with maple syrup demi-glace? Instant potato casserole studded with peanut butter Pop-Tarts? It’s called the Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge, and here’s how it works: 12 area chefs 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 some of the Outer Banks’ best restaurants. Every one of which is as competitive as they are skilled. For tickets and more information – http://holidaychefschallenge2016.brownpapertickets.com/

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – What’s in a Name? – December 2nd – 2:00 pm – Do you wonder how Jockey’s Ridge State Park got its name?  How about Bodie Island, Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills?  Learn the legends and facts about how local landmarks and towns got their names.  Meets at the visitor center. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs/whats-name


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CURRITUCK HOLIDAY PARADE & TREE LIGHTING – December 2nd – 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Currituck County NC Cooperative Extension Center, 120 Community Way – Barco – Currituck Cooperative Extension in conjunction with the Currituck Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 would like to invite you to participate in the 24th Annual Christmas Parade at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension located at 120 Community Way in Barco.  This year’s parade theme is “Currituck Winter Wonderland.”  The parade will begin promptly at 7:00pm.  Prior to the parade please join us for the 64th Annual Tree Lighting which will commence at 6:30 pm in the courtyard between the Extension Office and Senior Center. We will be serving hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy while you watch the parade. If you would like to participate in the parade, or for more information please contact Sheila Gregory at 252-232-2261 or email [email protected] or Detective James Midgett at 252-453-2670 Ext 4 or email [email protected].


TOWN OF MANTEO ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING – December 2nd – 6:00 pm – Downtown Manteo – Christmas season in downtown Manteo gets underway with two annual events. The Lighting of the Town Tree traditionally takes place the 1st Friday night in December on the Manteo Waterfront, featuring hot chocolate and holiday music sung by children of all ages. The tree lighting program in Manteo, set in front of the historic old courthouse, 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. http://www.townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_PRGSRV&SEC={4B7AA2AA-9152-44EA-90C8-7D4EA7BE15DF}&DE={3E18717E-7993-4A7A-9836-82C6AF49F4D8}

CURRITUCK ARTS & CRAFT FESTIVAL 2016 – December 3rd – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and December 4th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Currituck County High School, 4203 Caratoke Highway, – Barco – Enjoy all the wonderful art and crafts from local area artisans and artists and get some holiday shopping in while you are at it! Sponsored by the Coinjock Ruritan Club

43rd ANNUAL BIG LITTLETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE – December 3rd – 10:30 am – Downtown Manteo –  The Annual Christmas Parade is complete with bands, floats, and all the trappings of the season on the streets of downtown Manteo. Santa will be at the boathouse after the parade on Saturday, sponsored by the Manteo Elementary PTO. http://www.townofmanteo.com/index.asp?Type=B_PRGSRV&SEC={4B7AA2AA-9152-44EA-90C8-7D4EA7BE15DF}&DE={CBD364EC-A895-4C1B-9E27-B52D03F23A1A}

12th ANNUAL HOLIDAY TOUR OF HOMES – December 3rd – 1:00 – 6:00 pm – Duck – Ticket sales being at noon on day of tour at Outer Banks Distilling. Ten locations are on the tour around the village of Manteo. “Christmas Sunset – Downtown Manteo”. Manteo Preservation Trust will raffle-off a framed original watercolor by local artist George Cheeseman. Tickets are $10. Drawing will be held on December 7th at 6 p.m. You do not need to be present to win. Watercolor is currently on display at Outer Banks Distilling.

DUCK YULETIDE CELEBRATION – December 3rd – 3:00 – 5:00 pm – Town of Duck – Join the Town of Duck on Saturday, for a town-wide celebration of family-friendly Yuletide cheer! The Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration takes place on the Duck Town Green (1200 Duck Road) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. 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. https://www.townofduck.com/special-events/yuletide-celebration/

ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK PRESENTS – The Night Before Christmas Presented by Rainbow Puppet Productions – December 3rd – 3:00 pm – Manteo – The show is filled with favorite Christmas memories and narration by legendary entertainer Mickey Rooney. Beautiful music of a Christmas Eve service. a Santa Claus parade with St. Nick appearing on a firetruck, gingerbread cookies and music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” Tickets are $5- ages 2 and younger are free and may be purchased in advance at Ticket Sales or the day of the event. We also offer a Park and Performance Pass- a discounted ticket to the Park and show. http://www.roanokeisland.com/files/articles/December_Events.pdf

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. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs/bodie-island

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!

img_0965CAPE 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. https://runsignup.com/race/nc/killdevilhills/ffmsrunrunrudolph5k

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. http://firstflight.org/

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. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs/all-about-the-ridge-0

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. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

11_great_white_fishmas_logo_colorGREAT 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. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs/holiday-dune-hike