3 Wonderful Ways to Light Up Your Holidays on the Outer Banks


3 Wonderful Ways to Light Up Your Holidays on the Outer Banks

'Tis the season for holiday festivities, favorite family traditions, and that extra holiday sparkle that makes this time of year so special for many of us. If you're in search of the best ways to light up your holidays on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, then look no further. We are featuring three of our favorite OBX holiday hot spots that light up your coastal Christmas like no other. How many have you been to?


Check out these 3 wonderful ways to light up your holiday this season. You'll find they make your Christmas extra bright, both literally and figuratively, and do so in true Outer Banks style.

Poulos Family Christmas Lights

Poulos Family Christmas Lights

The Poulos Family Christmas display is a local legend here on the OBX. Located at 622 Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills, you know it's Christmas on the Outer Banks when this holiday spectacular is all lit up. With over $3500 in monthly electric bills and over 12 weeks of setup, this is one serious holiday display of lights. The Poulos Christmas House has been featured on The Today Show as well as on HGTV. It's kind of a big deal! The light display is up through December 31, 2016.

Visit the Poulos Christmas House on Facebook to get a sneak peak of what to expect. The pictures don't even do it justice. You really must go for the total experience, so be sure to include it on your OBX holiday to-do list. (Image Source: Poulos Christmas House on Facebook)

Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens

Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens

You haven't experienced Christmas on the Outer Banks until you've been to the Elizabethan Gardens Winter Lights display. Spend an enchanted evening strolling the garden paths and immersing yourself in this winter wonderland where your senses are filled with the sights, sounds and spirit of the holiday season. Winter Lights is a 22-night event that runs on select dates through January 21, 2017. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastic displays are well worth the visit. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn.

Also be sure to take a look at the Winter Lights live entertainment schedule and special events before you go. It's a must-see place to be during your Christmas on the Outer Banks. You can read more about the Winter Lights display at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo here. (Image Source: ElizabethanGardens.org)

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb

Brighten up your OBX Christmas with a different kind of holiday light this year—one that's perfectly fitting for a coastal Christmas, of course. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse opens up for the day for its free annual winter climb on December 10, 2016 from 9a.m. to 12 noon. Seize the opportunity to climb the tallest brick lighthouse in North America with its 257 steps from the ground to the balcony. It's the equivalent of climbing a 12-story building, just so you know. It's the only chance you have to climb the lighthouse in December, and it's free, so don't miss out! While you're there, why not take part in the other Hatteras Island Holiday activities, like the Hatteras Village Parade and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum for the full Hatteras holiday experience. We highly recommend it!

These are only three of the many ways to light up your coastal Christmas and entire holiday season on the Outer Banks. You can find a full listing of OBX holiday events here. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Élan Vacations. May it be the best holiday season ever, no matter where you choose to spend it.


How are you planning to make the holiday season merry and bright? Let us know if you'll be celebrating with us on the Outer Banks!

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