Outer Banks Holiday Season Christmas events Nov Dec 2018

Top Outer Banks Holiday Season Events Happening This Weekend!

The holiday season is in full swing on the Outer Banks with lots of wonderful holiday and Christmas events this weekend from Friday, November 30th through Sunday, December 2nd. From parades and celebrations to tours and shopping, there’s something for everyone to get in the spirit. Follow the green links for more details.


Step back in time to the 1920s with Whalehead’s Candlelight Christmas Tours. Whalehead is beautifully decorated in the tradition of the times with greenery, Christmas trees, music, luscious food, fruit, candy and nuts. Tour participants will see 4 floors of the magnificent mansion and a live performance on the original one-of-a-kind Steinway piano. Guests will enjoy a holiday beverage and homemade Christmas cookies at the close of the tour. Tours are also scheduled for 4 dates in December.

The 2018 Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration promises to be a wonderland of songs, dances and performances from all ages of local talent. “A Christmas to Remember” will be showcased Friday on stage in front of the Dare County Arts Council and historic courthouse on Queen Elizabeth Street in downtown Manteo. Immediately following the entertainment, the official Town of Manteo Christmas tree will light up for the first time and Santa will be on hand to meet with the children at Magnolia Market. Please come out for hot chocolate, great entertainment and the wonderment of the Christmas spirit as downtown is lit up for the holidays.


The Festival of Trees Holiday Bazaar & Benefit Auction is a unique community fundraiser hosted by Outer Banks Hotline that supports programming, services, shelter, training, information, and resources to address domestic and sexual violence on the Outer Banks. The event brings together individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to celebrate the holiday season with lights, festive musical performances, punch & homemade cookies, and shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts.


The 2018 Town of Manteo’s Annual Christmas Parade is Saturday starting at 10:30am. The parade features marching bands, floats and lots of fun as it goes through downtown Manteo. The parade route starts at Manteo High School and ends at the College of the Albemarle. The Jazzmen band will provide entertainment downtown before the parade. After the parade, the kids can visit with Santa at the Manteo Elementary School’s Winter Wonderland.

Gather at the Duck Town Park for the Duck Yuletide Celebration from 3-5pm for holiday music by Just Playing Dixieland, tasty treats from local Duck businesses, the lighting of the Crab Pot tree, and carols by First Flight High School students in preparation for Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire Engine. Participants will enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and tasty treats. You are encouraged to bring donations for community partners Outer Banks SPCA and Food For Thought. Once Santa arrives, he will greet attendees in Town Hall until 5pm.

Please join Manteo Preservation Trust for the 14th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in Manteo on Roanoke Island on Saturday. Homes will be festively decorated and open for tour participants to enjoy from noon until 6pm. Included on the tour are several of the historic island homes, a home built by the “Manteo way of life” guidelines, a renovated dual-purpose office/home building and two historic Inns… and more!

The Outer Banks Centre for Dance presents The Nutcracker on Saturday at 1pm & 7pm held at First Flight High School. Bring the whole family to this delightful holiday classic! There will be an Intermission, Concessions, and Photo Ops with Clara, Prince & Sugar Plum Fairy.

The 208th United States Army Band will perform a Christmas Concert on Saturday at 6pm. in the Film Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park. The event is free and open to the public. Come out for some live music to get you in the holiday spirit.


Come see the Jockey’s Ridge State Park Holiday Lights display sponsored by Outer Banks area organizations, businesses and residents in the parking lot of Jockey’s Ridge State Park on Fridays and Saturdays in coordination with Kites with Lights and the lighting of the tree; running through December 29th. Sunset is approximately 5pm and the park will stay open until 7pm for viewing the lights. A hot cocoa booth will be staffed by Friends of Jockey’s Ridge volunteers at the Visitor Center.


The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold at WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens. Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide.

The winter schedules of lunch and dinner specials at lots of Outer Banks bars and restaurants are available now. Visit our Restaurant Specials section for a list of this season’s meal deals featured each day. There is also a steady lineup of live music throughout the Outer Banks to check out in our Music section.

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