If you’re thinking about the most wonderful time of the year, consider spending it on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The barrier islands have tons of activities and events to offer this season. Make your days merry and bright with an Outer Banks Christmas with the family. Enjoy famous Christmas light displays that have people talking all over the country, or sit back and enjoy fun events and holiday parades! In addition to the phenomenal holiday events, the Outer Banks offers a myriad of magical things to do during your winter getaway. For more suggestions, take a look at our free Vacation Guide!
How to Have an Outer Banks Christmas
Explore WinterLights at the Elizabethan Garden
The most enchanting, illuminated garden awaits at WinterLights in Manteo, NC. The gardens become a winter wonderland during the cool months. After, admiring twinkling Christmas lights all throughout the garden, step into the gift shop to warm up, or spend some time telling stories around the toasty fire!
Attend a Christmas Parade
One of the best ways to keep the kids entertained this time of year is by taking them to see a big Christmas parade! On the Outer Banks, you have the option of attending the Hatteras Island Christmas Parade where you can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate as well as a climb up the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. You can also attend the Manteo Christmas Parade and admire creative floats, festive music, and more.
Watch the Poulos Family Light Up Kill Devil Hills
The Poulos family is famous for their spectacular Christmas light display at their home in Kill Devil Hills. Their spectacular holiday lights won NBC Today Show’s Annual Christmas Lights Competition and has also been featured on HGTV! You can’t miss out on this famous attraction.
Duck’s Yuletide Celebration
At Duck’s Yuletide Celebration, visitors wander through Duck Village and mark off your “Great Yuletide Elf Hunt Passport” at various shops and locations. Once you complete your passport, turn it in to receive a gift for children, and you’ll be entered to win a gift basket! Afterward, admire the lighting of the Crab Pot tree, listen to carolers from First Flight High School, enjoy hot chocolate, and wait for Santa’s arrival at Duck Town Park as you listen to live holiday music!
Very Merry Weather on the Outer Banks
Enjoy the chilly weather of the Outer Banks this time of year! Escape the freezing temperatures of the North in December with a relaxing Christmas at the beach. There’s something so serene about the beaches this time of year since there aren’t big crowds.
Ring in the New Year on the Outer Banks
If you’re staying long enough to celebrate the New Year as well, check out some of these exciting events:
- New Year in the New World
- Olde Christmas in Rodanthe (an Outer Banks holiday tradition!)
Gather the entire family for an Outer Banks Christmas this year, including the furry members! We offer large, luxury vacation rentals on the beach so you can have the perfect coastal getaway with your entire family. The best holiday memories are made in the home as you spend quality time together.
Stay in our Sea the Green vacation rental in Corolla, NC. This pet-friendly accommodation is perfect for making family memories because it has a fantastic living room area with a flat-screen TV, a wet bar, a game area with board games, a basketball hoop, a patio, a grill, and a private pool!
Don’t forget to bring your dog to this pet-friendly rental. You can avoid the expensive pet boarding fees and any separation stress from your pet this holiday season. So, what are you waiting for?