Light Up Your OBXmas


Light Up Your OBXmas

There are plenty of ways to light up your life during the holiday season on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Turn your Christmas up a notch and make it an OBXmas by celebrating with us, coastal-style. Check out some of our favorite lighted holiday events found along our shoreline. Visit one or visit them all!

WinterLights at the Elizabethan Gardens

WinterLights transforms the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo into an illuminated winter wonderland, which is a sight to behold. Stroll enchanted garden paths as you enjoy all of the holiday lights, sights, and sounds reminiscent of the season. Festively decorated trees can be found in the Gatehouse and Reception Hall. Cozy up to the warm, crackling, open-air fire found on the Great Lawn. Leave time for some holiday shopping at the seasonal gift shop and plant sale, both held in conjunction with WinterLights.

WinterLights is held on select dates through January 23 from 6-9p.m. Season passes are available and since this is an outdoor event, it is weather permitting. You can buy your online tickets for WinterLights by following the link.

Want a sneak peek of the light show? Check out the video below.


Poulos Family Christmas Lights in Kill Devil Hills

The Poulos Family Christmas Lights are a pretty big deal here on the Outer Banks. The house has been featured on The Today Show and HGTV, making this OBX holiday tradition 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.

How do get there? Easy. Head 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. Can't miss it! Oh, and the best part? It's free!

Here's a quick preview for your holiday viewing pleasure.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Winter Climb

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse holds a FREE climb annually in December. The climb is not for the faint-of-heart as it is a strenuous endeavor, equivalent to climbing a 12-story building! Children must be at least 42" tall to climb the lighthouse and children under 12 must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old.

At the publishing of this blog post, the date for this year's climb has already passed. So to be sure not to miss it, put it on your OBXmas calendar for next year. Can't wait until then? Then consider a lighthouse climb during the season (from April through October.) You can read more about what you need to know about climbing the OBX lighthouses, so you can start planning now.

Want a glimpse of what to expect before you commit? Watch this.


What's your favorite way to light up the holiday season here on the Outer Banks? Warm fire? Walking the beach under a moonlit sky? One of the above-mentioned OBX holiday traditions? Tell us!