OBX for the Holidays
Yes, yes, we know. We just posted about Halloween on the OBX last week, and now we're already talking about the rest of the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year's, oh my! The thing is, sometimes the Outer Banks of North Carolina is overlooked as a holiday vacation destination. But it shouldn't be! If you love the beach, blazing sunrises and sunsets, and seasonal activities touched with coastal flair, all set against a beautiful barrier island backdrop—then maybe you should start planning your OBX holiday getaway right now. Wait, not maybe. Definitely!
Here are some of the highlights of spending the holidays here on the stunning coast of North Carolina.
Spend Quality Time with the Ones You Love the Most
Quality time together with your spouse, family and friends can be hard to come by in this busy, over-scheduled world we live in. Why not take a break from it all and focus on what really matters? Spending your holidays on the Outer Banks allows time for that, and you get to enjoy the crashing ocean waves, the smell of the salt air and the laid-back beach vibe we all know and love without all the other distractions of the every day. How bad can that be?
It's the perfect peaceful setting to make memories that last a lifetime. Seize the opportunity to make this year's holidays even more special. You will not regret it.
Make Yourself at Home on the Beach
Outer Banks beach vacation rentals provide you with the feel of a beach vacation coupled with the comforts of home. You can still make special dinners where everyone gathers together around the table. You can still enjoy each other's company whether you decide to stay in or go out on the town.You can still create the warm ambiance of the holiday season while being surrounded by the sand, sun and surf.
Vacation rentals offer the amenities you and your family value, so you can customize your stay and make the most of your time away. It's your vacation, so you should have it your way! You can even search Elan Vacation's OBX rentals by the amenities that are most desired for your beach getaway. Easy and stress-free is the way to go.
Enjoy the Holiday Lights, Sights & Sounds
'Tis the season! Yes, you're at the beach but, no, you don't have to sacrifice holiday activities and events because of it. The Outer Banks celebrates the season in a style all its own, touched with unique coastal flair. Family-friendly holiday activities abound, and there's no shortage of things to do.
Consider taking the family to Jockey's Ridge for a magical night at the Hangin' with Santa & Kites with Lights event held the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. You can get the family in the holiday spirit by taking them out to see the WinterLights at the Elizabethan Gardens. The Duck Yuletide Celebration is a wonderful way to kick off the holidays in true Outer Banks style. Live holiday music, hot cocoa and a cheerful ambiance fill the night. Santa Claus himself makes a special appearance as he trades in his sleigh for an unforgettable arrival on a Duck Fire Truck. The evening ends with the lighting of the Town Crab Pot Tree. Holiday Tour of Homes, Holiday at the Museum, and the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade are others way to enjoy this time of year, each offering their own way to celebrate what we love most about the season.
December also marks the anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight, so what better way to celebrate than at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills? It's the 112th anniversary this year, so be here at the exact time and exact place where this moment in history of aviation occurred. There's a day-long tribute and celebration held each year, so check it out.
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Immerse Yourself in the Spirit of the Season
If you're looking for a way to get in the mood for the holidays, we highly recommend a local theater production. You'll find yourself getting into the spirit of the season and being entertained at the same time. "A Dickens Tale" is a retelling of the beloved classic A Christmas Carol performed by the Brightstar Touring Theatre from Asheville, NC. Join Old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, one hilarious beggar woman and all the delightful ghostly visitors in this heartwarming tale of friendship and generosity. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be inspired.
There's also the Christmas-wrapped comedy show, "Christmas with Santa", about two hilarious and lovable elves who have accidentally misplaced some of Santa’s presents. When Santa finds out about the mishap, he teaches the well-meaning elves that the real gift of the season are the people and friends we celebrate it with. Packed full of sing-a-long tunes, this show is the perfect way to get audiences of all ages into the Christmas spirit.
Start a New Holiday Tradition
We know that you'll love spending your holidays on the OBX so much that you may just want to make it an annual tradition! Look forward to Christmas on the coast each year or Thanksgiving on the beach, and make it a family tradition that you anticipate year after year. The first step is looking at your calendar and setting the dates. From there, start your Outer Banks vacation rental search and find the perfect vacation-home-away-from-home. Then all you have to do is book it, Dano! You can then sit back, relax, and start counting the days to your next North Carolina beach vacation. Don't forget to view our OBX vacation rental specials this time of year!
Have you ever spent the holidays on the Outer Banks? If so, what did you love most about spending the holidays here?