Outer Banks Holiday Events 2013

outer banks holiday eventsThere is nothing like the holidays on the Outer Banks with so many activities and holiday events throughout the month. Locals, and our guests who know how lovely it is at this time of year, know how to enjoy the holidays on the Outer Banks. Here are some of our favorite events happening around our quaint little towns that we always recommend to our guests staying in our Nags Head vacation rentals as well as those in other areas of the OBX.

Southern Shores

Outer Banks Festivus Road Race 5k/10k and the Little Elf Jingle Jog

  • December 7
  • 8am

With all the eating and drinking, a little exercise is the perfect remedy to offset the fun. This is a fun race for all levels that takes place in Southern Shores. Runners can run the entire 10K loop or the Out & Back 5K. For the kids, there is the Little Elf Jingle Jog that is only one mile long. Winners get unique trophies while everyone gets Chip Timing, an event t-Shirt and limited edition Finisher medals. Santa will be there from 8am-9:45am for pictures with the kids. Following the race there is a post-race breakfast. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation at the race to go to a local Food Pantry. Adult participants cost $35, ages 10-15 cost $25, 9 and under cost $12.50. Following the race, feel free to munch on whatever holiday goodies you want…you deserve it!


Town of Duck Third Annual Yuletide Celebration

  • December 7
  • 3pm

The Town of Duck along with local businesses has a fun afternoon planned for the Third Annual "Duck Yuletide Celebration". This town-wide event starts at 3pm on the Duck Town Green with holiday music and sing-a-long as well as treats and snacks while we await the arrival of santa on the Duck Truck and the lighting of the Duck Town Crab Pot Tree (yes, we said Crab Pot tree). Then after a family-oriented afternoon, come back for Date Night to enjoy holiday shopping and dining at a Tapas Crawl as local businesses open their doors a little later than usual. 

Nags Head

25th Annual Festival of Trees

  • Jennette's Pier
  • December 5-7

Along with beautifully decorated trees, Jennette's Pier is full of excitement with food, music, a Holiday Bazaar and more throughout the three-day event.  In addition, there are after-hours events for everyone including a movie on Thursday night (6-8pm) with only an unwrapped toy for admission; the Holiday Bazaar Silver Anniversary Toast on Friday night (6-9pm) for $25 admission to enjoy champagne and hors d'oeuvres; and on Saturday, the Holiday Bazaar Gala Holiday Social ($50/person) starting at 6:30 pm with a Benefit Auction kicking off at 8pm. All the proceeds benefitting Jennette's Pier and the North Carolina Aquarium.

Kill Devil Hills

5th Annual Santa and the Train

  • Outer Banks Brewing Station
  • December 10
  • 3-7pm

The Fifth Annual Santa and the Train event is a great afternoon for kids. From visiting and taking pictures with Santa Claus to sock ice skating, penguin bowling, tons of crafts activities and even Pin the Nose on Rudolf, there are tons of things to do. On top of all that, kids can ride the around the backyard of the Outer Banks Brewing Station on the train. Tickets are $1 with each activity costing one ticket. Parents can also buy a bracelet for each child to do unlimited activities. All proceeds benefit the Children at Play Museum.


The Town Of Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting

  • December 6
  • 6pm

The Town of Manteo knows how to get the holiday season off with a big start with the lighting of the Christmas Tree in front of the courthouse. The lighting of the Town Tree is a wonderful family event that features a yule log, cider, Christmas carols and other music. It is a magical evening for everyone with choirs from the high schools performing along with students from Manteo Elementary School. Additionally, the Echoes of Heritage and other local performers will perform. 

The Town of Manteo Christmas Parade

  • Saturday, December 7
  • 10:30am

The best parade in all of North Carolina starts at 10:30am. Residents and visitors line Queen Street as the bands and performers usher in the holidays with the annual Manteo Christmas Parade. Additionally, there are pre-parade festivities starting at 10am and chances to take a picture with Santa after the parade at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. 

Winter Lights Festival

  • November 30 – January 4, 2014
  • Elizabethan Gardens

In a recent blog, we talked about the Grand Illumination which kicks off the Winter Lights Festival at the Elizabethan Gardens. It is one of the most spectacular events on all of the barrier islands. There are several events during the festival which are so much fun for everyone in the family.

Enjoy Your Time on the Outer Banks

Holiday events are a great way to enjoy your time on the Outer Banks. Whether you are staying in one of our rentals in Corolla or other OBX town, make sure you take in the season where you get a perfect combination of island paradise and holiday yuletide.

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