Manteo New Year Celebration Perfectly Outer Banks

The New Year ball drops and confetti flies at 8:00 p.m. in Manteo so the younger set can join in the festivities.
The New Year ball drops and confetti flies at 8:00 p.m. in Manteo so the younger set can join in the festivities.

There is something so perfectly small town life about the Manteo New Year’s Eve Celebration that once it is experienced it almost always becomes an annual tradition.

Maybe it’s the 8:00 countdown and ball drop for the kids; maybe it’s the street fair atmosphere with food trucks and local charities serving hotdogs, hamburgers, Reuben sandwiches and funnel cakes. 

Perhaps it’s the music that was outstanding this year with local band Formula starting things off at 8:00 followed by Urban Soil and their hard driving combination of urban blues, jazz and hiphop that played until it was time for the New Year.

Maybe it was the fireworks that were really spectacular this year.

Or the lighting of the new year, blazoned in luminescent blue number, “2020” from the deck of the Elizabeth II.

It’s hard to say, but the combination is irresistible.

Starting things off with the kids and the 8:00 o’clock ball drop is magical though. 

OK…it’s not fancy. In fact, it’s kind of quaint and Rube Goldberg, with the ball that lights up a ten seconds minus 8:00 p.m. It’s attached to a rope on the balcony of Dare County Arts Council Gallery. That’s the building that was once the County Courthouse. 

The rope descends in one second increments with the kids, and some parents, counting down “…ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five…”

It doesn’t matter if it’s unsophisticated and low tech. It works and the kids love it.

Who know exactly what it is about the New Year’s Celebration, but whatever it is, it is so perfectly Outer Banks that it is perfect.

It’s a New Year so new plans are being made. Be sure to include Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates in your vacation plans for 2020.

Manteo New Year in New World Place to Be on New Year’s Eve

There are a lot of ways to bring in the New Year. Some people sit at home contemplating the year gone by. Sometimes friends gather to spend a special evening with the people who mean the most to each other. Others head out to a favorite nightspot, especially if there is entertainment and sparkling wine involved.

We have to admit, though that the New Year’s Eve celebration that has taken a special place in our hearts is Manteo’s annual New Year in the New World celebration.

When Manteo puts on a celebration it is very much all about family and the NYNW evening is no exception.

Think back to childhood and how long the wait was for the ball to drop on TV at Time’s Square. When you’re seven or eight, midnight can be a long time coming. 

Manteo has solved that. They drop a ball at the old County Courthouse—now the Dare County Arts Council Gallery, at 8:00 p.m. OK, it’s not Time’s Square, but the ball drops and in the past the kids have loved it.

The entire event takes place on the Manteo Waterfront, in a street fair atmosphere with music right up to the stroke of midnight.

And then the fireworks light the sky, welcoming 2020 with with a burst of light over the Elizabeth II, the replica ship of the boat that brought the English settlers to the Lost Colony in 1585.

The weather is looking like it’s going to cooperate this year. Last year it was great but two years ago, it was bitterly…very bitterly…cold. Not this year at all. Perhaps a bit chilly but the low temperatures are forecast to be well above freezing with any rain falling earlier in the day.

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A Springlike December Day on the Outer Banks

Waiting for a wave as pelicans soar overhead.
Waiting for a wave as pelicans soar overhead.

We seem to be in an almost springlike weather pattern right now on the Outer Banks. Hard to imagine that Christmas just happened and the New Year is almost here.

The high today topped out around 60. The winds were so light they were barely noticed and the sea had a beautiful sheen to it. The waves were breaking in smooth predictable patterns.

Surfers were running a critical eye over conditions. The waves weren’t really all that big, but but for someone with a longboard or paddle board, there was something to ride.

There was a small pod of dolphin just beyond the break this morning at Kitty Hawk. It was a little bit surprising to see them in December. Although the local dolphin population doesn’t migrate for thousands of miles as many other ocean mammals do, they do head for warmer waters as winter sets in

There was a SUP on the water this morning. He was doing pretty well with the waves. Using his paddle as a rudder, he was able to get a couple of good long rides from some waves that surfers might have passed on.

There were a few families and a couple of dogs enjoying the beach, but for the most part there wasn’t much to disturb anyone seeking some time to relax and enjoy nature.

The weather will change. It always does, although for the next few days the Outer Banks forecast calls for very mild December days.

It all makes for a great time to visit us here at Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates. Give us a call or check us out online and let us show you has we can make your next vacation truly memorable.

Great Time but Cold Temps for New Year in New World Celebration

A Cold Night for a Great Celebration

We have some good news and some bad news about the upcoming New Year in the New World New Year’s Eve Celebration in Manteo.

The good news—it’s looking amazing!

The bad news—bundle up…

Looking at things on the bright side, it’s not going to be anything at all like the forecast for Times Square in NYC. Sure, they get all the press, but this is our first time doing a New Year’s celebration in Manteo so we’re still building our good will.

It does look like a great way to welcome the New Year.

The music and fun begins at 5:00 p.m with DJ Mike followed by bluegrass jazz band Sassafras at 7:00.

A really nice touch, there will be an 8:30 ball drop for the kids so they don’t have to stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop.

The musical headliner for the evening will be the Rhondels. Hailing from Virginia Beach, the Rhondels had a series of hits in the 1960s and their sound is smooth as silk.

At midnight…the official ball drop with what is being billed as the largest fireworks display in North Carolina.

Definitely break out the down parka and wear some layers for this one though. The Manteo midnight forecast temperature is 28 degrees. Of course, it could be worse—Times Square forecast calls for 11 degrees.

Announced Schedule for the Town of Manteo

5:00 PM DJ Mike

7:00PM   Sassagrass

Sassagrass is an eclectic group of multi-instrumentalists who wow crowds with hard-hitting bluegrass and jam fused music.

8:30pm   Children’s Early Ball Drop

Following an evening of family-friendly events, the early ball drop at 8:30p.m. allows little ones to ring in the new year before the late hours. 

9:00PM   The Rhondels

From Virginia Beach, VA, the Original Rhondels are a music tradition who have performed their hit recordings in almost every major city in the United States.  In 1969, Bill Deal and The Rhondels began a recording career that would take them to Madison Square Garden and across the country.  With three top 10 hits, ‘May I”,  I’ve Been Hurt”,  and “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am”, the band toured the country delighting audiences with outstanding vocals, powerful brass, and exciting showmanship.  The band continues that honored tradition today, playing the music that made them famous as well as current favorites for all ages.


Join us on the docks of Downtown Manteo for theLARGEST NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORK SHOW in the state, all choreographed to music!