It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

You don’t need to travel to the North Pole to get in the holiday spirit. There are plenty of events occurring right here on the Outer Banks over the next few weeks that are sure to light up your holidays. Whether you are looking to see a dazzling display of lights, enjoy a Christmas classic, watch Santa take a dip with the sharks, or celebrate with the candy bomber, there are plenty of festive activities that you’ll want to add to your Christmas “to do” list.

Below is a rundown, from north to south, of some of the area’s most popular happenings to get you in the Christmas spirit.

And happy holidays from our “Home” to yours!

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse Illumination

The lighthouse illumination will take place Friday, Dec. 9 beginning at 5:45 p.m. Gather on the south side of the footbridge at Whalehead in Historic Corolla to enjoy caroling by students from Water’s Edge Village School. The illumination of the lighthouse will follow at 6.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Currituck County High School chorus will be performing at the footbridge beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Also, on Dec. 9 and 10, Currituck County residents can enjoy a legacy tour of the Whalehead Club free of charge. More info…


Candlelight Christmas Tours of Whalehead

Tours will be held Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tours will feature live performances on Whalehead’s original Steinway piano, caroling, refreshments and an exclusive preview of the new Starkey Room exhibit. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Call 453-9040 to register. The cost is $20 per person. More info…


Outer Banks Festivus Road Race

If you want to get moving this holiday season, tie some jingle bells to your running shoes and lace up for the Outer Banks Festivus Road Race in Southern Shores on Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Marketplace at Southern Shores and choose from a 5K, 10K, Jingle Jog one-miler or Little Elf ¼-mile run along the town’s oceanside. More info…


Nutcracker

Outer Banks Centre for Dance will perform the classic Nutcracker on Saturday, Dec. 10 at First Flight High School. Performances are at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets ($15 and $18) can be purchased online at obxdance.com or at the door. During intermission, photo opportunities will be available with Clara, the Prince, and the Sugarplum Fairy. More info…


Poulos Family Christmas House

This holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Poulos family’s Christmas House at 622 W. Ocean Acres Drive. The winter wonderland takes the Poulos family about 12 weeks to set up and costs more than $3,500 in energy bills every month. The display, a tradition for locals and visitors alike, has been featured on The Today Show as will as HGTV. Come out between 6 and 10 p.m. through Dec. 31 and make it your Christmas tradition, too. More info…


First in Flight Holiday Lights

The town of Kill Devil Hills is hosting First in Flight Holiday Lights on Frog Pond at Aviation Park from 5 to 10 p.m. through Dec. 31. The display features a classic Christmas tree design that is more than 20 feet tall.


Hands of Gold Christmas Display

Help the Beach Food Pantry by visiting the Hands of Gold Home Improvements Christmas lights display at 206 Clamshell Drive. Get into the spirit of the holidays and bring some non-perishable food or personal care items to donate to the pantry. Last year, Hands of Gold’s Christmas display efforts netted $600 and 719 pounds of food for the pantry.


Colington Christmas

Experience a Colington Christmas by viewing the 45,000 computer-controlled lights and holiday music at 1023 Harbour View Drive in Colington Harbour from 5 to 9 p.m.  Just tell the guard at the gate you are visiting the lights at Ed and Kim Cox’s house.


Run, Run, Rudolph 5k and Reindeer Dash

If you are looking for a little exercise over the holidays, come out to the second annual Run, Run, Rudolph 5k and Reindeer Dash at First Flight Middle School on Saturday, Dec. 10. The ¼-mile Reindeer Dash for ages 2 to 5 begins at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit current students and alumni. Registration forms are available on the school’s website and in the front office. Register online here. More info…


Light Up the Night Holiday Glow Run

On Friday, Dec. 9, the public is invited to participate in the annual Light Up the Night Holiday Glow Run at the Roanoke Island Running Company in downtown Manteo. A one-mile course will take participants past the beautiful Christmas lights display of Manteo during this free event. Participants are encouraged bring their own glow sticks, necklaces and flash lights to help light up the night. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and holiday music at the pavilion afterward. The event begins at 6 p.m. More info…


Great White Fishmas

Visitors can celebrate with Santa and all the critters at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island this season during the Great White Fishmas on Dec. 17 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event, free with regular admission, features festive games, seasonal crafts and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa is even expected to take a dive in the Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit. More info…


St. Nicholas Arrives at Island Farm

See Santa arrive on an ox-drawn wagon at 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Visitors will be able to spend time with St. Nicholas by a crackling fire in the farmhouse. A photographer will take photos for visitors to download free of charge. From 1 to 3 p.m., visitors can also take an ox-drawn wage ride on the farm’s trails and enjoy hot apple cider and ginger cookies at the visitors center. Admission is $8 and children under 5 are free. More info…


Elizabethan Garden’s Winter Lights

The Elizabethan Garden’s Winter Lights is being held Tuesdays through Saturdays until Dec. 30 and then Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 21. Winter Lights will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 as well as Jan. 1.

From 6 to 9 p.m., visitors will love strolling along garden paths illuminated with hundreds of holiday lights as they become lost in this winter wonderland of traditional holiday décor and brilliant displays. Festive trees at the gatehouse and reception hall along with a crackling open-air fire on the Great Lawn are just a few of the attractions of this holiday event. Adults are $11, youth $9 and children under 5 are $6. Canines are $3. More info…


Candy Bomber

Don’t miss the Candy Bomber at the Dare County Airport on Dec. 18 as the crew of the original Douglas C-54 Spirit of Freedom reenacts the famous 1948/1949 Candy Drop over Berlin during the Berlin Airlift. This is a free family event that begins at 1 p.m. Santa will fly in at 3 p.m. to visit children in the terminal.

Prior to the annual candy drop, the Candy Bomber will arrive at the airport on Friday, Dec. 16 and take part in the Wright Brother’s Memorial flyover at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. More info…


Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

For an old-fashioned parade down south, don’t miss the Hatteras Village Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. The parade begins at Teach’s Lair Marina and travels up Highway 12 to the Hatterasman Drive-In. Find a spot along the route to cheer on the floats, fire trucks, bands, emergency vehicles, U.S. Coast Guard and the big man himself, Santa Claus. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served at the Hatteras Village Community building following the parade. More info…


6th Annual Holiday at the Museum

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum’s 6th Annual Holiday at the Museum will also be held on Dec. 10. From 2 to 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy the museum decorated in holiday style, a Winter Wonderland train display by master model builder Charlie Klein, children’s holiday craft tables, a professional puppet show and more. Local choral groups and musicians will provide live entertainment. More info…


Go to outerbanksguides.com/events for a listing of even more going on around the Outer Banks.

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