Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens

Christmas on the Outer Banks is a time of tradition. Maybe the traditions arenâåÛåªt 50, 100 or even 500 years old, but they are still a part of what makes this such a great place to live and everyone looks forward to them just like any other community.

WeâåÛåªre not sure exactly when the Elizabethan Gardens began their Winter Lights, but it very quickly became a part of the Outer Banks at Christmas.

The Elizabethan Gardens are worth a visit any time of the year. A formal garden on 10 acres of Roanoke Island land, there is always something in bloom or growing in the garden. But during the Christmas season, magic happens.

The path, the trees, the fountains . . . all of it is illuminated by thousands of lights. Truly a winter wonderland–minus the snow, of course. Music plays in the background, Santa makes regular visits, and the whole evening is another reminder of how special the Outer Banks is.

The Winter Lights runs through December 28 with a little bit of time off just before Christmas.

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