OBX Holiday Happenings

Holiday lights at the Poulos house, Kill Devil Hills.

There is so much happening on the Outer Banks this holiday season that it’s tough to know where to start. Santa will be making an appearance at a number of locations, there’s lots of holiday lights and cheer and some wonderful causes with great events attached.

For those of us lucky enough to live on the Outer Banks, though, one tradition that seems to mark the beginning of the season is the light display at the Poulos house in Kill Devil Hills. The yard is filled with Holiday lights-there’s even a Chanukah Menorah, Christmas music fills the air, Santa is on hand, free hot chocolate and very real sense of community.

The Poulos house is on Ocean Acres, which is the road that goes back to Nags Head Woods. Turn at Pigman’s Barbecue and stay on Ocean Acres. There’s no mistaking the light show.

Speaking of light shows, Kitty Hawk Kites puts on a very different on with Kites with Lights at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. It starts at 4:00 p.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving-November 27 this year.

A wonderful event that goes to a good cause, the 27th Annual Festival of the Trees will be at the Outer Banks Brewing Station December 3-5-Thursday thru Saturday. It’s the main fundraising event for Outer Banks Hotline, and it’s great time with lots of kids running around and Santa (of course).

For something different check out the town of Duck’s lighting of the Crab Pot Christmas Tree on December 5. The event includes some great live music and a visit from Santa Claus.

Here are some additional Outer Banks Holiday Events.

Hangin’ with Santa

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

November 27, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

November 28, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kites with Lights

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

4:00 p.m.

Winter Lights

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

November 28, December 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23, 26,30 (Tuesdays thru Saturdays) January 2,8,9,15,16,22,23 (Fridays and Saturdays) from 6pm-9pm http://elizabethangardens.org/

27th Annual Outer Banks Hotline Festival of Trees

Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills

December 3-5

Tree Lighting


December 4

Christmas Parade


December 5

Parade begins at 10:30 a.m.

Duck Yuletide Celebration Duck

December 5

3:00 p.m.-5:00p.m.

A Dickens Tale

Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo

December 5m 3:30 p.m.

Whalehead Candlelight Christmas Tour

Whalehead Club, Corolla

December 5, 7, 12

Candlelight Tour of the Whalehead Club. Refreshments at end of the tour.

Breakfast with Santa

Pamlico Jack’s, Nags Head

December 6 9am – 1pm.

Buffet breakfast with the big guy with proceeds going to the Dare County Angel Tree Fund.

Christmas Past at Island Farm

December 12, 10am – 4pm.

Island Farm, Roanoke Island

Traditional 19th century Christmas including St. Nicholas arriving in an ox-drawn cart.

Dare County Candy Drop

December 13, 12:30 pm

Dare County Regional Airport, Manteo

Original C54 from the Berlin Airlift, the Berlin Candy Bomber will fly over the airport dropping miniature parachutes with candy bars attached.

112th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight

Wright Brothers Monument, Kill Devil Hills

December 17

Winter Lights Dinner With Santa

December 19

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island