Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend

Get into the holiday spirit "Outer Banks style" by visiting the charming town of Manteo during the Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend. This special weekend celebration, held December 5th - December 6th, is the result of a partnership among some of the historic town's favorite attractions and organizations, namely the Elizabethan Gardens Board of Directors, The Island Farm, and the Manteo Preservation Trust. As a result, off-season Roanoke Island visitors will enjoy an inside look at some of the community's favorite sites and historic homes, which are all decked out with a festive holiday decor. Tickets to the weekend-long event are $30 in advance or $35 the day of, and attendees will enjoy full access to community open houses at the Roanoke Island Farm, the Elizabethan Gardens, and a number of historic residences that are all part of the Holiday Tour of Homes. The event coincides with the start of the WinterLights celebration at Elizabethan Gardens, making it an extra special adventure for locals and visitors alike on the hunt for an inspired way to get into the holiday spirit. For more information and to purchase tickets, potential tour-goers can visit the Elizabethan Garden's website at A fun outing that is celebrated throughout this historic Outer Banks town, the Roanoke Island Christmas Weekend is sure to put any vacationer into a festive and downright merry mood.

4th Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration

Music, holiday spirit, and an appearance by Santa himself happily combine at the 4th Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration, a day-long holiday event that will lull any visitor into a festive and merry mood. This year's Yuletide Celebration will be on December 6th, and will kick off at 3:00 p.m. with live holiday music provided by Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen. Hot coca will be served, and young visitors will be eager to meet and greet with the event's special guest, Santa Claus, who will make an appearance during the festivities. The event cumulates with the lighting of the town's signature Crab Pot Tree, topped off with a bright yellow illuminated duck, donning a festive red scarf and Santa hat. Best of all, the event is held at the picturesque Duck Town Park, where scenic off-season vistas of the Currituck Sound set the scene for a very merry, and undeniably coastal celebration. For more information, visitors can scope out the Town of Duck's website at

An annual celebration where everyone is welcome, this family-friendly event is bound to but a merry smile on anyone who swings by and joins in the community holiday cheer.

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

Hatteras Island joyfully gets into the holiday spirit with its massively popular Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, an annual local tradition that attracts businesses and organizations from all along the island in a festive march through the heart of Hatteras Village. This year's parade will take place on the morning of December 13th, and will feature a number of floats from local businesses, vacation rental companies, and community organizations. The local fire departments and the Hatteras branch of the US Coast Guard are parade participants as well, cruising along NC Highway 12 with boats in tow and the fire truck lights flashing. Kids will definitely want to be in attendance, and line the streets of NC Highway 12, as candy is thrown from the passing floats, and Santa Claus makes a grand finale appearance. At the end of the parade, participants and attendees alike are welcome at the Hatteras Village Civic Center for a post-parade hot chocolate and the announcement of the winners for best float. A tradition that is beloved by the community, and effectively kicks off the holiday season, the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is a local star-studded event that is not to be missed.

  • December 13, 2014

111th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight

Head to the historic Wright Brothers Monument in Kill Devil Hills, one of the most famed attractions in the central Outer Banks, to celebrate the exact site and moment when the Wright Brothers launched their world-changing first flight in 1903. The event is held on December 17th, and is speckled with special programs and guest lecturers, fun exhibits at the acclaimed adjacent museums, and an impromptu gathering of aviation fans from all across the East Coast.

The cost to attend is the same as the admission cost to the Wright Brothers Memorial and accompanying museums, which is roughly $4.00 per adult. (Kids who are 15-years-old and under are admitted for free.) Annual passes can also be purchased for frequent visitors who are inspired by the birthplace of flight for the modest cost of $20.00 per year. For more information on the event, and the history of this national landmark itself, visitors can access the National Park Service's website at This anniversary is a special celebration of a history-making flight that changed the world, and aviation fans and visitors of all ages are welcome on Dec. 17th to visit the Outer Banks landmark where it all began. With special programs showcased throughout the day, it's a fine time to pay a first or favorite visit to this iconic OBX site.

Annual Ocracoke Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser

Ocracoke Island and fresh oysters go hand in hand, and at the Annual Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser, Ocracoke visitors can dive head first into a fully satisfying enjoyment this coastal North Carolina staple. Sponsored by the Working Watermen's Organization, a crucial organization that concentrates on keeping the local fishing industry alive and thriving, this year's event will be held on December 27th at the centrally located Ocracoke Fish House. Attendees will enjoy a huge selection of steamed shrimp and fresh oysters, as well as the world-famous Van O'Neal's fish stew. This popular event, now in its 9th year, is the perfect way to satisfy a ravenous post-Christmas appetite while sampling some of the best local seafood the region has to offer. For more information, potential attendees can visit the Working Watermen's website at to learn more about this essential event, as well as this important local organization. As a tasty fundraiser that is sure to appeal to any seafood fan, the Annual Ocracoke Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser is a prime venue to sample the Ocracoke Island seafood scene at its very best.