Holidays on Hatteras, now in its 8th year, is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, on Hatteras Island.

The event, which is held in partnership with the Hatteras Village Civic Association, was designed to boost spirits in the community after the 2011 devastation caused by Hurricane Irene. Since then, it has become a Hatteras tradition.

The event includes live music, a holiday parade, a host of elaborate decoration, themed Christmas trees, artists and authors who will be on hand to sell their work, special activities — including cookie decorating, ornament making, holiday cartoons, letters to Santa (with a reply) — a decoy raffle, and more.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m., and the Cape Hatteras High School Band performs at 3 p.m.

Parade winners and the winner of the decoy raffle — a loon handcrafted by Sam Green — will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

A highlight of the event is Charlie Klein’s “Winter Wonderland” train display, and back by popular demand is Karen Serfling’s miniature house, “J. Daughter’s Delight.”

New this year is Brenda Starr’s vintage doll collection surrounding the base of the museum’s Cape Hatteras Fresnel lens.

Weather permitting, the Hatteras Village Civic Association will have Pirate and Castle bouncy houses set up on the Museum lawn. Hot soups, chili, cookies and punch will be served (while they last).

Guests are encouraged to bring a donation for the local food bank to receive a 5 percent discount in the Meekins Chandlery Gift Shop.

Also, guests can view exhibits in the Burrus Couch Midgette Gallery during the event, including a new WWI exhibit.

All activities, food and exhibits are free and are appropriate for all ages.


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