This Week's Highlights

This Week

Poinsettia Week

  • Monday, November 20th - Saturday, November 25th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Manteo

Ring in the holiday season with a little local color at this special holiday event that will appeal to flora and fauna fans everywhere. Poinsettia Week serves as a fantastic opportunity for visitors and locals alike to get a jump start on their holiday season by purchasing special gifts, adding a little color to their holiday décor, and just enjoying the bright flowers that are a hallmark of the holidays.

22nd Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot

  • Thursday, November 23rd 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Duck

Start a Thanksgiving holiday by participating in one of the Northern Outer Banks’ favorite traditions – the Annual ADVICE 5K Turkey Trot. This event which is now in its 22nd year attracts visitors and locals alike who want to run, walk or “trot” before diving into their afternoon Thanksgiving feast.

Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Run

  • Thursday, November 23rd 8:00 AM
Hatteras

Get your Turkey Day celebration off to a fun and fast-paced start with this annual event that is quickly becoming a highlight of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Surfin' Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Run is presented by the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund (HIYEF), and is a great opportunity to support a favorite local cause while enjoying miles of fun in the heart of Hatteras village.

Garden To Hearth; Heritage Cooking And Food Preservation

  • Friday, November 24th - Saturday, November 25th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Manteo

Cap off a delicious Thanksgiving holiday on the beach with this special two-day event that is held at one of the Outer Banks’ favorite historic attractions. The “Garden To Hearth; Heritage Cooking And Food Preservation” event focuses on food, family, and history with a myriad of activities and cooking-related traditions that will make a visit to the Island Farm even more special, and more memorable.

Hangin' With Santa

  • Friday, November 24th - Saturday, November 25th
Nags Head

Get a head start on the holiday season with this post-Thanksgiving event that offers a world of fun for visitors of all ages. Held at the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head, this two-day event features amazing shopping, activities, demos and displays, and - of course - a visit by old St. Nick himself to allow kids to get a jump start on their Christmas lists.

 

Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show

  • Friday, November 24th - Saturday, November 25th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Buxton

Get into the holiday spirit while perusing a far-reaching range of arts and crafts that are delightfully one-of-a-kind with this seasonal event that always attracts locals and visiting shoppers alike. The Hatteras Island Arts and Craft Guild Holiday Show showcases a wide variety of talented regional artists and craftsmen, and is a favorite destination for holiday shoppers of all tastes who love to find those perfect coastal gifts and treasures.

Kites With Lights

  • Saturday, November 25th 4:00 PM
Nags Head

Ignite your holiday spirit with this special annual event that combines the natural beauty of the Outer Banks with twinkling Christmas lights for an unforgettable display and seasonal experience. The Kites with Lights event is hosted by the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store that’s just across the street from Jockey’s Ridge State Park, and the beautiful landscape of twinkling kites with the iconic massive sand dunes of the park in the background will be a sight that spectators won’t soon forget.

Ocracoke Parade of Boats

  • Saturday, November 25th
Ocracoke

Ring in the holidays island-style with this seasonal parade that takes place on the waters that surrounds Ocracoke village. The Ocracoke Parade of Boats is a celebration of life on the water, and this annual procession of ships of all shapes and sizes is sure to make anyone fall in love with the coastal scene and community that calls Ocracoke Island home.

Week of November 27, 2017 - December 3, 2017

Ladies' Night at the Gardens

  • Monday, November 27th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy a leisurely start to your holiday shopping adventures with this special event at one of the most beloved attractions on the Outer Banks. Ladies' Night at the Gardens allows visitors to linger, socialize, and get a jump start on holiday presents and gifts with a fun and relaxed tour of the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island.

Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Friday, December 1st
Manteo

Head to the heart of quiet downtown Manteo for this annual tradition that illuminates the beginning of the holiday season in the central Outer Banks. The Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting is a favorite holiday event for residents and visitors of all ages, and is a great way to enjoy a dose of holiday spirit in one of the most charming communities along the North Carolina coastline.

Duck Yuletide Celebration

  • Saturday, December 2nd
Duck

Back by popular demand, the Town of Duck invites visitors and locals alike to help them ring in the holiday season with this weekend-long celebration of all things festive. Local shops and merchants will keep their doors open late for holiday shoppers, and local restaurants will sponsor a Tapas crawl, in addition to an array of activities that are designed to ring in the season with style.  

Deck The Halls With Christmas Greenery

  • Saturday, December 2nd 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Ring in the holiday season with style with this special class that’s designed for gardening fans and festive visitors alike. Deck The Halls with Christmas Greenery is a two-hour workshop that will brighten your upcoming holiday through a myriad of ideas that transform local flora and fauna into stunning additions to any decoration scheme.

Holiday Feast & Winter Lights Kickoff

  • Saturday, December 2nd 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

Enjoy a traditional holiday feast before exploring the brilliant display of Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens with this special one-night-only event that will appeal to foodie family members of all ages. During the Holiday Feast & Winter Lights event, guests will be treated to a huge holiday buffet dinner before taking a stroll through one of the most stunning destinations on the Outer Banks during the holidays.

Manteo Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 2nd
Manteo

Get your Outer Banks holiday off to a glittering start with this annual parade that is sure to delight visitors and locals alike. The Manteo Christmas Parade is a time-honored tradition that attracts both participants and spectators from all across the Outer Banks, and which is sure to entice anyone to get into the holiday spirit.

Holiday Tour of Homes

  • Saturday, December 2nd 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Manteo

Discover the beauty and heritage of Manteo while enjoying a dose of holiday spirit with the 13th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, which is hosted by the Manteo Preservation Trust. During this seasonal tour, visitors will be treated to an inside look of some of this town’s most charming and historically relevant homes while sampling light refreshments and exploring the heart of Manteo.

Poinsettias Workshop

  • Sunday, December 3rd 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Poinsettias are a staple of the holiday season, and during this special workshop that’s held at the Elizabethan Gardens, visitors will learn all about this colorful plant – while enjoying a free Poinsettia plant to take home as a special gift.

Historic Home Tour

  • Sunday, December 3rd
Ocracoke

The holidays and the history of Ocracoke Island are deliciously combined in this annual tour that shines a spotlight on some of the most distinctive and unique properties in Ocracoke village. The Historic Home Tour, which is presented by the Ocracoke Preservation Society, gives locals and visitors alike an opportunity to peek into some of the most stunning homes on the island, while enjoying a little local flavor and history, and a wealth of spirited holiday décor.

Week of December 4, 2017 - December 10, 2017

WOOFstocking at Winter Lights

  • Wednesday, December 6th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Manteo

Everyone should have an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit – even the furry members of the family. So bring everyone in the party along for this special event that’s open to parents, kids, friends, and even dogs at the Elizabethan Gardens. On the night of WOOFstocking at Winter Lights, dogs are allowed to join in the fun and enjoy the twinkling scene of the gardens, and there are plenty of treats and surprises along the way to keep everyone in the family smiling.

Wings Over Water Encore

  • Friday, December 8th - Sunday, December 10th
Manteo

Visitors who missed the annual Wings Over Water festival - or who just want a second opportunity to admire the hundreds and thousands of birds that flock to the Outer Banks – won’t want to miss this special weekend where these feathered visitors are once again in the spotlight. The Wings Over Water Encore event is a weekend-long celebration of the many wintering waterfowl that are found at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and beyond, and is a great way for birders to discover the off-season beauty of the OBX.

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 9th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hatteras

Join in the fun of one of the most festive celebrations on Hatteras Island with this annual Christmas parade that has become a decades-long tradition for locals and holiday visitors alike. The Hatteras Island Christmas Parade combines local businesses, fire departments, the US Coast Guard, and non-profit organizations in a joyful parade that will inspire anyone to get into the holiday spirit.

St. Nicholas Arrives At Island Farm

  • Saturday, December 9th 1:00 PM
Manteo

Kids can meet the legendary elf himself while parents can capture some amazing photos in the interior of a warm, fire-lit farmhouse at this special event that rings in the holiday season with style. Held at the Island Farm in Roanoke Island, this afternoon Meet and Greet with Santa will be a treat for family members of all ages, with tons of activities and beautiful seasonal displays to put everyone in a holiday mood.

Art of Centerpieces Workshop

  • Saturday, December 9th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning those festive centerpieces that will be the highlight of every family meal throughout the season. Visitors who want to brighten their interior décor scheme will find a lot of tips, tricks and practical applications for making their table-scapes shine through this special program that’s hosted by the Elizabethan Gardens.

5th Annual Festivus Road Race - A Spirited Christmas Holiday Run

  • Saturday, December 9th 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Southern Shores

Take a break from a holiday season that’s stuffed with food and drink and enjoy a Festivus for the rest of us at the 5th Annual Festivus Road Race - A Spirited Christmas Holiday Run. Held in the central Outer Banks and launching from milepost 1 in the town of Southern Shores, this early December race is a great way to get active and to enjoy a little holiday cheer while discovering some of the coolest running routes on the OBX.

Week of December 11, 2017 - December 17, 2017

The Perfect Holiday Wreath Workshop

  • Saturday, December 16th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Manteo

Crafting the perfect holiday wreath is a true art form, and during this special workshop, students of all ages can learn from the pros at the Elizabethan Gardens to create a piece of décor that will brighten their door all holiday long.

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Sunday, December 17th - Sunday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

Week of December 18, 2017 - December 24, 2017

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Sunday, December 17th - Sunday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

Week of December 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Poulos Family Christmas

  • Sunday, December 17th - Sunday, December 31st
Kill Devil Hills

Follow a couple wooded roads to the heart of Kill Devil Hills to take in one of the most spectacular holiday light displays in coastal North Carolina. The annual “Poulos Family Christmas” lights display has become one of the most beloved Christmas traditions for many Outer Banks locals, and everyone is welcome to discover this expansive holiday display in person to see what all the fuss is about.

Working Watermen's Oyster Roast, Shrimp Steam and Seafood Stew Fundraiser

  • Friday, December 29th - Saturday, December 30th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ocracoke

Toast the holiday season with lots of down-home flavor and big piles of seafood with this annual event that has attracted locals and visitors with great tastes for more than a decade. The Working Watermen's Oyster Roast, Shrimp Steam and Seafood Stew Fundraiser is held in between Christmas and New Year’s, and is a perfect opportunity for off-season visitors to experience all the delicious coastal fare this small community is known for.

Week of January 1, 2018 - January 7, 2018

Week of January 8, 2018 - January 14, 2018

Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo

  • Saturday, January 13th - Sunday, January 14th
Kill Devil Hills

Couples who have always dreamed about a romantic wedding on the Outer Banks will want to attend this special off-season expo that shines a spotlight on all the different wedding vendors that this scenic coastline has to offer. Sponsored by the Outer Banks Wedding Association, this two-day event has become the go-to festival for visitors from all over the country who want to discover how magical it can be to get married on the OBX.

Week of January 15, 2018 - January 21, 2018

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