Our Picks For OBX Christmas Activities in 2014
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Looking for a good place to spend Christmas this year? Already booked and wondering what’s going on around town? Here’s our personal recommendations for what’s going on in the area over the holidays:
When and Where: Open now until December 31st at 622 Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Cost: Free. Donations Accepted!
What’s going on: Featured on The Today Show and HGTV, this OBX tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular takes over 12 weeks to set up and costs the family over $3,500 in energy bills every month.
When and Where: December 2 – January 3 from 6PM to 9PM (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Years Eve and Day) at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo
Cost: Adults $10, Youth (ages 6-17) $8, Youth (5 and under) $5. Extended passes available.
What’s going on: Take a stroll through the gardens and enjoy the Lights, floral delights, holiday sights and other events as part of a month-long spectacle called Winter lights. Here’s a list of all of the events going on at Winter Lights! Looks like Santa will be stopping here on Dec 20th in the midst of all of his Christmas deliveries!
When and Where: December 4 from 6:00pm- 9:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn
Cost: Tickets for the event are $50 per person and will include event entrance, heavy hors d’oeuvres, the Chefs’ creations,entertainment, one Culinary Coin to vote for your favorite chef’s creation, and two beverages (select beer, wine, and soft drinks). A cash bar will also be available.
What’s going on: Outer Banks Chefs will compete in this exciting and fun-filled event for the title of Outer Banks Chef of the Year! Each chef will have 60 minutes to create a delicious appetizer, dessert, or entree’ based upon a list of everyday food items that are distributed by the Beach Food Pantry. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorite chefs by using and purchasing Culinary Coins, and the chef receiving the most votes will take home the title! So come prepared to have fun and participate in the competition by voting for your favorite chef or chefs! Event goers will also be able to sample 10 signature dishes provided by the chefs and their restaurants, bid on great prize baskets, and enjoy festive holiday music from a host of Outer Banks musicians.
When and Where: Holiday tours run now until December 31st. Located in Whalehead In Corolla
Cost: Holiday Legacy Tours are $12 and run Monday- Saturday 11am-4pm. Holiday Candlelight Tours, which include a wine sampling, are $15 per person and run each Friday & Saturday from 5pm-8pm.
What’s going on: Last year, 28,000 lights sparkled to celebrate the 1.2 million pages read by more than 2,700 students, and 38 classroom trees lit up the mansion’s basement! This year we’re certain to have even more. Come gather as we kick on the lights and start the season. Santa will be here from 7PM-9PM!
When and Where: December 5-6, Event runs from 10AM-9PM on Roanoke Island
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of the event. Groups of ten or more $27 per ticket. For info or details, call 252-473-3234.
What’s Going On: The Holiday Tour is an annual fundraising event. This tour showcases some of the delightful homes and sites that exemplify historic history and the creative and original style. The 2014 tour will feature charming historic homes and sites on Roanoke Island:
- 10:00pm -4:00 pm Roanoke Island Farm Open
- 2:00 -7:00 pm Roanoke Island Holiday Tour of Homes Open
- 2:00-9:00 pm The Elizabethan Gardens Open
You can also add-on a special “Holiday Feast” at the Elizabethan Gardens on Dec 6th!
When and Where: December 5 -7, Shows at 2PM and 7PM on Roanoke Island
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids
What’s Going On: The Holly Jolly Christmas Show is a brand new show that takes you on a magical Christmas adventure with Westifer the Elf, with some help from Nu-Blu, the fastest rising band in Americana music! Join them as they weave a new Christmas story, filled with all your favorite Christmas carols, special effects, props and new songs that are sure to become family favorites!
When and where: Saturday, December 6 Event Starts at 3PM at the Duck Town Park
What’s Going On: Join us for live holiday music by Emme St. James & Her Jazz Gentlemen, carolers from the First Flight High School Chorus, hot cocoa, and wait for a very Jolly special guest to arrive.
When and Where: December 12 at 6PM on Roanoke Island
What’s Going On: Come run a fun route, approx. 1 Mile, through downtown Manteo’s beautiful Christmas lights! Fun begins at 6PM at the Roanoke Island Running Company located at 107 F Budleigh Street – The Phoenix Shops, Manteo, NC 27954 .Strollers and bicycles welcome (light them up!!) to join in on the fun! Hot Cocoa, Christmas Cookies & Holiday Music to follow in the Pavilion. Free Glow items (Sticks & Necklaces) will be provided to participants while supplies last! Bring your own additional glow products, safety gear and flash lights as needed or desired!
When and Where: December 13 9AM-5PM at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
What’s Going On: The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse opens for climbing this December for one day only. Don’t miss your chance to climb it in 2014! Also take part in other Hatteras Island Holiday activities, like the Hatteras Village Parade and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.
When and Where: December 17 at 9:00 AM at the Wright Brothers Memorial
What’s Going On: Gather at the exact site at the exact time as the historic flight to remember, reflect and celebrate this day long anniversary tribute of the Wright Brother’s first flight. There will be a flyover and a few activities as well. If you’d like to stick around for the banquet at 6PM, details are here.
Regardless of what you do here, surely you’ll have fun wherever you go. From our team to yours, we’d like to wish you a very special Happy Holidays! Enjoy!