Outer Banks Holiday Events

Top Outer Banks Holiday Events for the Week of December 3rd

Top Outer Banks Holiday Events for the Week of December 3rd

Get in the spirit at some fun Christmas and holiday events this week on the Outer Banks! Meet Santa, see the holiday lights, get your Christmas shopping done, help Outer Banks charities, and more. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Follow the green links for more details.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH & 8TH

Step back in time to the 1920s with Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas Tours. Whalehead is beautifully decorated in the tradition of the times with greenery, Christmas trees, music, luscious food, fruit, candy and nuts. Tour participants will see 4 floors of the magnificent mansion and a live performance on the original one-of-a-kind Steinway piano. Guests will enjoy a holiday beverage and homemade Christmas cookies at the close of the tour.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

Work off some winter calories in style at the Ugly Sweater Run hosted by Tri Outer Banks Sports. All ages are invited to run or walk this fun holiday-themed 5k and win a prize for the ugliest sweater! There will be refreshments and door prizes. The cost to participate is a food donation for the Dare County Food Pantry.

Manteo First Assembly’s annual Island Craft Show & Flea Market is Saturday from 9am-6pm. The craft fair features between 20 and 30 vendors selling local handmade crafts, jewelry, shabby chic decor, baked goods, woven mats, repurposed furniture, wreaths, ornaments, natural skin care, wooden signs, and a raffle of vendor items. BBQ plates, hot dogs and desserts will be available.

Have Breakfast with Santa at Sugar Creek Restaurant in Nags Head. Families and children can enjoy a morning with Santa and support Dare CASA’s local nonprofit efforts to keep our community Happy, Healthy & Drug-Free. Ticket includes breakfast buffet, silent auction, go-cart raffle, and photo with Santa from your smart phone/camera… a fun and festive morning to support a great cause!

Bring the kids to Santa & A Movie at R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10. Meet Santa from 9-10am then enjoy a screening of the classic holiday favorite “The Polar Express” at 10am! Tickets will be FREE. Dare County Toys For Tots will have local public safety crews and the Girl Scouts on site to help collect new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations to our local chapter. Come out, enjoy a great movie and help out a very important cause to make sure all children have presents on Christmas.

The holidays would not be complete without the old fashioned Christmas Parade in Hatteras Village starting at 2pm. For warm, hometown, holiday spirit, this is an event that no one should miss. After the parade, Santa is transported throughout the village on one of the local fire trucks wishing holiday cheer to all the local youngsters and those who are young at heart.

Come out for an afternoon of shopping and fun for a good cause at the annual TRiO Holiday Market. TRiO welcomes lots of wonderful local artists and artisans to this year’s market to sell their handmade art, crafts, jewelry, home goods and decor. They will also have plenty of pre-made and build your own TRiO baskets available for purchase and sampling throughout the store. This year’s market support will benefit the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund. Along with vendor registration fees, TRiO will donate $1 for every glass of wine, draught beer and cheese plate sold.

Santa Claus is Coming to Kill Devil Hills Town Hall! Come meet Santa and get your picture taken with him! This is a free event that will take place on Saturday from 4-6pm. Please bring a donation to benefit the food pantry or animal shelter. Cookies, sleigh rides, carolers, goodie bags for children, apple cider, hot chocolate, a 26 foot Christmas tree, holiday lights and festive tunes… come enjoy this fun community event!

Step back in time to the 1920s with Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas Tours. Whalehead is beautifully decorated in the tradition of the times with greenery, Christmas trees, music, luscious food, fruit, candy and nuts. Tour participants will see 4 floors of the magnificent mansion and a live performance on the original one-of-a-kind Steinway piano. Guests will enjoy a holiday beverage and homemade Christmas cookies at the close of the tour.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH

The Very Merry Christmas Tour with NewSong, Colton Dixon, and Unspoken is coming to the Outer Banks this Sunday at 6pm. Come see the show at First Flight High School dressed in your holiday best or that fun Christmas sweater. Lachine Cuisine and Surfin’ Spoon will be on site. General Admission is $25.

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 29TH

Come see the Jockey’s Ridge State Park Holiday Lights display sponsored by Outer Banks area organizations, businesses and residents in the parking lot of Jockey’s Ridge State Park on Fridays and Saturdays in coordination with Kites with Lights and the lighting of the tree; running through December 29th. Sunset is approximately 5pm and the park will stay open until 7pm for viewing the lights. A hot cocoa booth will be staffed by Friends of Jockey’s Ridge volunteers at the Visitor Center.

NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 4TH

Help our furry friends at the Outer Banks SPCA through the Santa Paws Pet Supply Drive this holiday season. Donate a bag of pet food weighing 7 pounds or more and receive one free same-day admission to the NC Aquarium! Other donations will be accepted, including blankets, peroxide, cotton balls, dog and cat toys and kitty litter.

NOW THROUGH JANUARY 19TH, 2019

The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold at WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens. Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide.

The winter schedules of lunch and dinner specials at lots of Outer Banks bars and restaurants are available now. Visit our Restaurant Specials section for a list of this season’s meal deals featured each day. There is also a steady lineup of live music throughout the Outer Banks to check out in our Music section.

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