Winter Fun in the Outer Banks

November 24 - January 19 from 6 – 9 p.m.
Winter Lights @ Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo

November 24th through January 19th, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, take a special night time stroll through magnificent Elizabethan Gardens. Enjoy hot cocoa and holiday music in the background as you explore acres and acres of gardens that have been decked out with a seemingly endless number of lights. Festive trees and holiday décor are found throughout the gardens as well, and there’s also a fire to warm your toes on the expansive great lawn.

December 1 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
An Epicurean Hunt Evening @ Whalehead Estate in Corolla

On the 1st of December, from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, the Whalehead Estate in Historic Corolla hosts ‘An Epicurean Hunt Evening at Whalehead & Candlelight Tour’. Enjoy a dinner reminiscent of 1920’s hunt club fare and a special candlelight tour of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Collings Knight Jr’s legendary winter retreat!

December 7 - 9
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival @ Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rodanthe

Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival is one of the premier wildlife festivals in the United States. It is comprised of dozens of birding, paddling, photography, art and natural history trips, tours and programs. Participants come from all over America and the world to enjoy the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. For detailed schedule, registration and other details, please visit Questions? Call, 252-216-9464.

December 8 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Winter Lighthouse Climb @ Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton

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Join us for a FREE winter climb of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse on Saturday, December 8th from 9am - Noon. Volunteers from the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society and Cape Hatteras National Seashore park rangers look forward to greeting local residents and visitors at the lighthouse. Children who wish to climb the lighthouse must be at least 42” tall, and children under 12 years of age must be escorted by a person at least 16 years old. Climbing the lighthouse is strenuous and is equivalent to climbing a 12-story building. For more information on what to expect, check the park website

December 8 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Holiday at the Museum @ Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras

Enjoy a day-long annual holiday event at the Museum. Children and adults alike will marvel at the Winter Wonderland train display by master model builder Charlie Klein. Enjoy children’s holiday craft tables, letters to Santa (almost certainly to receive a reply from Santa) and a professional puppet show. Live entertainment is provided by local choral groups, individual performances by local musicians as well as professional musical entertainment throughout the day. Refreshments available. Purchase fresh, hand crafted holiday decor such as beautiful wreaths. View multi-themed, fully decorated holiday trees, and shoppers will continue to receive an additional 5% off purchases when they bring a donation for the food bank. Free. Open to the Public. For more information, call 252-986-0723. 

December 8 at 2 p.m.
Hatteras Village Annual Christmas Parade

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The very popular parade is an opportunity for the community to get together and kick off the holiday season on Hatteras Island. The parade will start at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and loop through the village, ending at the Hatterasman Drive In. Residents and tourists are invited to park along Highway 12 between to watch the parade pass by. Cheer on floats, fire trucks, bikes, horses, golf carts, emergency personal, and see a special visit from Santa! Make sure to arrive early to reserve the best spot along the route.

December 31 from 5 - 10 p.m.
Old Farts NYE @ Pangea Tavern in Avon

Happy New Year's Eve... Old Fart's style! Pangea will open at 5pm on Monday December 31st for those who would like to dine on New Year's Eve. There will be a complimentary champagne toast and anchor drop at 10 p.m. to celebrate 2019. Happy New Year!  252-995-3800