Friday-Saturday 11.24-25

Hangin’ With Santa

Two days of holiday cheer with the Kitty Hawk Kites and Jockey’s Ridge Crossing crews. Cocoa and cookies and a light show on Jockey’s Ridge, and Santa arrives on a hang glider (OK, probably not). But Santa and his elves will be there for free pics, and folks can try out classic toys straight from the workshop. Saturday will feature a bake sale with holiday treats, with proceeds benefiting the Beach Food Pantry. The lighting of the Jockey’s Ridge State Park solar Christmas tree on the dunes is set for 5 p.m. Saturday, and at 6 o’clock, Kites With Lights will showcase large, 19- to 30-foot kites decked out in the spirit of the holiday season.

When:

  • Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m.-4 p.m., followed by tree lighting and kite exhibition

Where:

  • Kitty Hawk Kites, 3933 S. Croatan Hwy., Nags Head, mile post 12.5

Cost:

  • Free

Info:

Friday-Saturday 11.24-25

Christmas Craft

Village

The historic Whalehead Club in Corolla kicks off the holiday season with two days of crafters, artists and artisans displaying their wares at Corolla Park.

When:

  • Friday-Saturday noon-5 p.m.

Where:

  • Whalehead Club, 1100 Club Road, Corolla

Cost:

  • Free

Info:

Saturday 11.25

The Give Thanks

Get Down

Shake off some Thanksgiving poundage at a dance party throwdown for a good cause, at the Outer Banks Brewing Station. OBBS has teamed up with the Beach Food Pantry to help fill their shelves, with jamz spun by DJ Wrecka, from Elizabeth City’s hip-hop station. Bring non-perishable food items and winter coats.

When:

  • 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where:

  • Outer Banks Brewing Station, 600 S. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills

Cost:

  • $5 cover, $3 with a donation

Info:

  • (252) 449-2739

Saturday 11.25

Ocracoke Parade

of Boats

The small island at the southern end of the Outer Banks kicks off the holiday season with an annual maritime parade. Boats of all shapes and sizes are decorated for the season and make their way along Silver Lake Harbor. It’s a celebration not only of the holidays but of life on the water.

When:

  • 5:30-8 p.m.

Where:

  • Silver Lake Harbor

Cost:

  • Free

Info:

Friday 12.1

Currituck County Holiday Parade &

Tree Lighting

The holiday festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the Currituck Extension office, 120 Community Way in Barco, with the 65th Annual Tree Lighting. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. The Holiday Parade steps off at 7 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Currituck Fairy Tale Holiday Parade.” The parade begins on Barco Way, behind Central Elementary School, turns left on Aviation Park, right on to Community Way, right on to Maple Park, left on to College Way and then finishes at the Regional Aviation Technical Training Center. The event is hosted by NC Cooperative Extension and the Currituck County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 89.

When:

  • 6 p.m.

Where:

  • Currituck Extension office, 120 Community Way, Barco

Cost:

  • Free

Info:

Friday 12.1

Holiday Small Works Show Opening Reception

Support your local artists this season, as you discover fine art and handcraft that will please everyone on your gift list during this holiday tradition. The event will feature original works of art, including paintings, pottery, glass, photography, jewelry, fiber, metal, wood and mixed-media created by our local artist members.

When:

  • 6-8 p.m.

Where:

  • Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo

Cost:

  • Free

Info:

Friday 12.1 through 12.31

Poulos Family Christmas Display

Featured on “The Today Show” and HGTV, this Outer Banks tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular on Ocean Acres Drive takes 12 weeks to set up, and reportedly costs more than $3,500 in energy bills. Decorations and lights are literally everywhere on the property and range from the traditional, to the kitschy, to the dazzling, and everything in between. Park the car and be prepared to spend some time wandering the grounds.

When:

  • Daily, dusk to mid-evening

Where:

  • 622 W. Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills

Cost:

  • Free, but the Poulos family gladly accepts donations to help defray electrical costs
  • Info: OBX Poulos Christmas Lights on Facebook

Friday-Saturday

12.1-2

Caroling on the Foot Bridge in Corolla

Friday evening, children from the Water’s Edge Village School will sing Christmas carols. On Saturday, the Currituck County High School chorus will perform. Enjoy these special performances before a tour of the Whalehead Club. Don’t worry if you’re a little late, because the carolers will walk with visitors to the club and will offer a song during the tour. Also on Saturday, bring the kids to the club from 3-5 p.m. to meet Santa and get a free Whalehead Christmas keepsake from Photography on the Banks.

When:

  • 5:30 p.m.

Where:

  • Whalehead Club, 1100 Club Drive, Corolla

Cost:

  • Free for the caroling, $20 for the tour

Info:

Friday-Saturday

12.1-2

Manteo Holiday Kickoff

Festivities begin Friday evening at 5 p.m., with the town’s traditional First Friday, featuring music and shopping. The lighting of the town Christmas tree in front of the historic, old courthouse takes place at 6 p.m., with hot chocolate and music sung by children of all ages. On Saturday, the 46th annual Big Little Town Christmas Parade winds through downtown Manteo. The procession departs from Manteo High School at 10:30 a.m., and the parade runs until 11:30 a.m.

Saturday 12.2

Manteo Holiday

Tour of Homes

The Manteo Preservation Trust will host its 13th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, located all over town. Homes will be festively decorated and open for touring from noon to 6 p.m. The tour includes historic island homes, new construction that adhere to the “Manteo way of life” building guidelines, and a renovated dual-purpose office/home building. The Outer Banks Distillery, home of Kill Devil Rum, located at 510 Budleigh St., will serve as check-in point for the tour. Light refreshments will be served there, and tour participants will be able to roam the distillery. Rum tastings are scheduled for afternoon tour goers. Participants will be given a brochure and map of the tour route. Walking or cycling is the encouraged tour method. Manteo Cyclery has donated bikes for the tour, on a first-come, first-served basis.

When:

  • Noon-6 p.m.

Where:

  • Outer Banks Distillery, 510 Budleigh St., Manteo

Cost:

  • $20, and may be purchased the day of the tour, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Info:

  • (252) 473-7736

Saturday 12.2

Annual Manteo Christmas Parade

Come early along Queen Elizabeth Street as the Big Little Town Christmas Parade starts its route from Manteo High School. Pre-show festivities start at the review stand in front of the historical Dare County Court house with Master of Ceremonies Della Basnight. She invites everyone downtown to see the Christmas parade with marching bands from First Flight, Manteo, Columbia and Cape Hatteras High Schools. More than 50 floats registered last year, and as always will end with Santa arriving on the fire truck to visit with the children.

Santa will be at the boathouse after the parade on Saturday, sponsored by the Manteo Elementary PTO. The rain date for the parade is Sunday, Dec. 3

When:

  • 10:30 a.m.

Info:

  • (252) 473-2133

Saturday-Sunday 12.2-3

Duck Yuletide

Celebration

The Duck Yuletide Celebration is a weekend-long event that showcases the town. Saturday features live music by Just Playn’ Dixieland, Santa’s arrival on the Duck Fire truck, and the lighting of the town’s Crab Pot Tree. The First Flight High School Chorus will rove around town carol singing, ending up at the Town Park for Santa’s arrival. Participants will enjoy coffee and light treats. Saturday and Sunday begin with the Great Yuletide Elf Hunt, organized by Duck Merchants from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Folks can stroll, dine and shop around town. Pick up a Yuletide Passport at participating merchants to begin the elf hunt, then head to the Duck Town Green with a stamped passport to receive a free gift for kids and to be entered into a drawing for baskets full of Duck Merchant goodies.

When:

  • Starts at 11 a.m.

Where:

  • Duck Town Green, 1200 Duck Road, Duck

Cost:

  • Free

Info:

Wednesday 12.6

WOOFstocking

at Winter Lights

Bark, all ye faithful, at the Elizabethan Gardens’ dog-friendly event. The first 100 guests get a free dog stocking to fill with gifts they may purchase from on-site vendors. Dogs are welcome, but they must bring a human and the humans must be on leash. Dogs are admitted free, of course, but standard Winter Lights admission applies to two-legged visitors. If you bring a donation to the Outer Banks SPCA, you’ll receive $3 off admission. Recommended donation items: dog food (kibble and canned), cat food (kibble and canned), Kong toys for dogs, cat toys, dog treats, peanut butter, Dawn dish soap, bleach.

When:

  • 6-9 p.m.

Where:

  • Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo

Cost:

  • $11 adults (not counting deduction for pet donation), $9 ages 6-17, $6 ages 5 and younger

Info:

Saturday 12.9

St. Nicholas Arrives

at Island Farm

The Big Man arrives via ox-drawn wagon at noon (Dasher, Prancer and Co., have the day off). Visit with him by a crackling fire in the farm house, and have photos taken by an on-site photographer. Pictures will be available to download for free. Ox-drawn wagon rides around the farm will take place from noon to 2 p.m., and hot apple cider and ginger cookies are available at the visitors’ center.

When:

  • Noon-3 p.m.

Where:

  • Island Farm, 1140 N. U.S. Hwy. 64, Manteo

Cost:

  • $8, ages 5 and younger free

Info:

Saturday 12.9

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

The annual Christmas parade has become a decades-long tradition for locals and holiday visitors alike. The Hatteras Island Christmas Parade combines local businesses, fire departments, the U.S. Coast Guard and nonprofit organizations in a joyful parade.

When: 2-6 p.m.

Where: Hatteras Village, 58372 Hwy. 1

Saturday 12.9

An Epicurean Hunt Evening and Candlelight Tour of Whalehead

Find out on an evening that also serves as a fundraiser for the preservation of the retreat, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The evening begins with a special candlelight tour of the Knights’ famous getaway, followed by a classical banquet reminiscent of 1920s hunt club fare. Guests will be treated to a gourmet, seven-course meal complemented by fine wines. Savor almost century old recipes from The Gun Club Cook Book on Whalehead’s front porch, as the original Steinway piano sets the tone. Dress in your festive hunting and Roaring ’20s-inspired attire.

When:

  • 5-8:30 p.m.

Where:

  • Whalehead Club, 1100 Club Drive, Corolla

Cost:

  • $125 per person, $225 per couple

Info:

  • (252) 453-9040

Saturday 12.9

CYC Lighted

Boat Parade

The Colington Yacht Club will host its annual Lighted Boat Parade. All boats participating circle the harbor for an hour showcasing its best holiday decorations, with a prize going to those for the most lights or most creative. Refreshments will be served.

When:

  • 5 p.m.

Cost:

  • Free

Friday-Saturday 12.15-16

Christmas in Corolla Candlelight Tour

Tour groups are limited to 30 participants, so advance tickets are recommended.

Info:

Sunday 12.17

114th Anniversary First Flight Celebration

The program begins at 8:30 a.m., with a concert by the Northeastern High band, followed at 8:45 a.m. by the official opening ceremonies. Speakers include Arthur Lamothe, president of the First Flight Society; Tom Crouch, the senior curator for aeronautics at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and Wright brothers book author; Brig. Gen. James Cluff, vice commander of the 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; and former park service historian and Outer Banks native Darrell Collins, one of the foremost experts on the Wright brothers and their accomplishments. The annual memorial flyover will take place at 10:35 a.m., coinciding with the time of the Wright brothers’ first successful flight.

When:

  • Begins at 8:30 a.m.

Where:

  • Wright Brothers National Memorial, 1000 N. Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills

Cost:

  • Free, no fee to enter the grounds that day

Info:

Saturday 12.30

Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser

Held each year, the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association will host its Oyster Roast and Shrimp Steam Fundraiser beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. With fresh seafood abounding, along with live music, the atmosphere is lively. Dessert will be served at the Working Watermen’s Exhibit at the Community Square from 3 to 5 p.m.

Info:

  • (252) 928-5601

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