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Christmas on the Outer Banks & Outer Banks New Year's Eve

Come celebrate your holidays on the Outer Banks by attending our annual OBXmas Weekends. Each weekend, Thanksgiving through Olde Christmas (January 6), take part in over a month of holiday activities and fun for the entire family. A couple of key events you can't miss this festive season include Winter Lights at the historic Elizabethan Gardens and soaring Kites with Lights at Jockey's Ridge and other beach celebrations. 


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Why should OBX mark the spot for your Christmas this year? The islands are located halfway between New York and Miami, accessible by car for millions of people along the Eastern Seaboard of the US. It's convenient to get a vacation rental home and bring everyone together under one roof, creating a family tradition for years to come. When you compare the costs per day for your family, it’s a solid value that’s hard to beat. Add the element of the coastal backdrop, and it just makes sense. Below you can find even more reasons to have a coastal OBXmas this season.

Hang with Santa and spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites crew. Free visit and pictures with Santa are just a few of the fun and festive things going on ... not to mention all the amazing holiday sales! Share all your Christmas wishes and have your picture taken with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head on Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th. Have some fun with Santa's elves and try out classic toys straight from the workshop on the second floor of Kitty Hawk Kites! 

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Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island are decked out with holiday lights and sights during its twenty-two night event spectacular, called WinterLights. The gardens are transformed into an illuminated winter wonderland complete with peacocks, butterflies, deer and other garden creatures. The WinterLights kick off during the Grand Illumination complete with holiday warmth and charm inside and out, festive food and drink in the “Embellished” Hall, and cozy fire pits on the Great Lawn. OBXmas Weekends offers activities outside of traditional holiday itineraries, too. For the fans of history and aviation, the First Flight Society will host a Celebration of Orville and Wilbur's First Flight at Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17th with more details to come.


Grab your friends and family and join us as we say goodbye to the year with plenty of Holiday spirit. We'll be enjoying fun things for all ages into next year, including a fantastic fireworks show in downtown Manteo to celebrate New Year's Eve. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. and run throughout the evening ending in a colorful fireworks display that will bring a smile to all! Live music, kid's zone with fun games and activities, an early ball drop, and fireworks will bring cheer to the new year. Join us for a concert featuring Breaking Grass, inside the Pioneer Theater starting at 10:00 PM.

First Flight Holiday Markets have homegrown, homebaked and handmade items at Aviation Park November 20th & 23rd, and December 7th & 18th. 10-2PM on Saturdays and 4-7PM on Tuesday. Jingle Jog Christmas Run starts December 18, oceanside through the quaint town of Southern Shores. Choose your stride and participate in the 10k Loop or Out & Back 5k. Bring out the kids to join the Little Elf ¼ Mile or Jingle Jog 1 Mile. Unique trophies for 1st-3rd place overall Male & Female in the 5k and 10k, Chip Timing, Event T-Shirt and Limited Edition Finisher Medals for all participants. Photo opportunities with Santa and post race refreshments and snacks.

View our Holiday Daydream playlist below and get a glimpse of Winter Lights and special local recipes to add to your holiday dinner table.