How to Have a Holly Jolly Outer Banks Christmas

Christmas gingerbread cookies on a plate. text reads access our vacation guide‘Tis the season for quality family time, fun festivities, and holiday cheer. Make your days merry and bright with the ultimate Outer Banks Christmas vacation! This year-round destination is the perfect locale in which your entire family can spend the holidays. Admire wondrous displays of lights in perfectly manicured gardens. Celebrate at local parades, festivals, and events. The look of awe on the faces of young children during this time of year brings sentiments of joy and admiration. In addition to all the holiday-themed activities, you’ll find a myriad of magical things to do and see during your stay. For more suggestions, take a look at our thoughtful vacation guide!

Have the Perfect Outer Banks Christmas Vacation

Yuletide Celebrations


Take a leisurely stroll and enjoy a magnificently illuminated garden at WinterLights in Manteo, NC. The meticulously maintained gardens become an enchanted winter wonderland this time of year. Spot peacocks, butterflies, deer, and a unique selection of plant species. Peruse their gift shop and seasonal plant selection or warm your hands by the crackling fire on the Great Lawn.

Christmas Parades

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 lighthouse. You can also attend the Manteo Christmas Parade and admire creative floats, festive music, and more.

Duck’s Yuletide Celebration

At Duck’s Yuletide Celebration, visitors wander through Duck Village and mark off your “Great Yuletide 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, enjoy coffee or hot chocolate, and wait for Santa’s arrival at Town Hall!

Christmas Past at Island Farm

For something with an old-fashioned feel, make plans to check out the Island Farm during the holidays. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to witness the arrival of St. Nicholas on an ox-drawn wagon!

Additional Festivities

There is so much to do and see on the Outer Banks this time of year! More festivities to consider during your vacation include:

  • OBXmas Weekends
  • Orville and Wilbur’s First Flight Celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Holiday Homes Tour on Roanoke Island
  • Poulos Family Lights up Kill Devil Hills

Very Merry Weather

Enjoy the chilly weather of the Outer Banks this time of year! Escape the freezing temperatures of the North in December with a relaxing vacation on the coast of North Carolina. There’s something so serene about the beaches this time of year.

Ring in the New Year

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

Celebrate the Holidays with Paramount Destinations

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Cheerful dog is sitting in Santa Claus hat. Golden retriever is waiting for the holiday at home.Start a new tradition this year and plan your Outer Banks Christmas vacation with Paramount Destinations. When you stay in one of our beautiful vacation homes, you’ll be near all the amazing restaurants, walking trails, beaches, and holiday festivities that the area has to offer. Don’t leave the furry members of your family behind! We have plenty of dog-friendly beach homes so that you can include everyone in the Christmas fun. Spend quality time with the people (and pets) who matter the most. What are you waiting for?

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