Enjoying the Holiday Season on the OBX

Wintertime on the OBX, especially during the holiday season, offers beautiful, empty beaches, restaurants without waits, special events, and plenty of discounted vacation rentals to enjoy quality family time. Although we do get the occasional inch or two of snow, the Outer Banks displays it’s white covered ground in the form of sand – extending in both directions as far as the eye can see! If you’re vacationing here during the holiday season, we’ve provided a list of things to do and see while you’re here!


Poulos HouseThe Outer Banks Christmas House 

Where: The end of Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills, NC

When: All month long

Price: Free!


Nothing will put you and your family more into the Christmas spirit than this! Known by locals as The Poulos House, this home offers more Christmas lights and decorations than you can possibly imagine and has become a family tradition for locals and visitors for over 40 years. The Outer Banks Christmas House has even been recognized nation-wide; it was featured on the Today Show and voted #1 in the country in 2005!

Poulos House


Winterlights at The Elizabethan GardensWinterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens

Where: 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC

When: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Tuesdays to Sundays in December; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in January (until January 19); Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Price: Adults $11, Youth (ages 6-17) $9, Children (5 and under) $6.



Bring the whole family or enjoy a romantic evening wandering through the transformed Elizabethan Gardens winter wonderland! Filled with an abundance of colorful Christmas lights, holiday decorations and cozy fire pits, Winterlights makes you feel the magic of Christmas. You can even roast marshmallows over the fire pit!

Winterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens

Winterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens

Winterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens

Winterlights at The Elizabethan Gardens


116th Anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s First Flight

Where: Wright Brothers Monument National Monument, Kill Devil Hills, NC

When: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, December 17th

Price: Free!


Come to the Wright Brothers National Monument on December 17th to celebrate Orville and Wilbur Wright’s historic first flight and honor the 70th anniversary of the World War II Berlin Aircraft (June 1948 – September 1949). The event will feature music from the First Flight High School band, many great speakers and a flyover! Learn more about the Wright Brothers National Monument here.

Wright Brothers National Monument


New Year in the New WorldFireworks

Where: Downtown Manteo, NC

When: 5:00 pm to 12:00 am, December 31st 

Price: Free!


Bring in the New Year on the charming downtown Manteo waterfront! This family-friendly event includes free concerts by Formula and Urban Soil, shopping and a spectacular firework show to ring in the New Year.  



– 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – DJ Mixin’ Mike

– 8:00 pm – Children’s Early Ball Drop

– 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm – Formula

– 10:00 pm – 12:00 am – Urban Soil

– 12:00 am – Fireworks











Since all of these events are on the southern end of the OBX, check out some of our favorite restaurants in Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills. For a laid-back atmosphere with local seafood and craft beers, visit Blue Moon Beach Grill. If you’re looking for a top quality steakhouse, check out JK’s Restaurant. Got a sweet tooth? Don’t miss out on froyo, sorbet, and gelato, as well as locally-made ice cream sandwiches at Surfin’ Spoon.

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