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Events & Holidays

The holidays are here! Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again which can only mean one thing—it’s time to plan an awesome holiday vacation! If you’re heading to the Outer Banks for a holiday getaway in December, here is a list of the 2020 Outer Banks Holiday Events and Dining Options you won’t want to miss:

*Remember to bookmark this page; as more event details are released, more events will be added to this page! Due to Covid-19, all events are subject to change.


Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens

Date: November 27, 2020– January 16, 2021
(Tuesdays – Sundays November & December | Fridays & Saturdays in January) 
*Closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 & Jan. 1

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: Elizabethan Gardens (1411 National Park Dr. Manteo, NC 27954)

About: The Annual Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens is the biggest light display on the Outer Banks! Kids and adults of all ages will love wandering through this enchanted winter wonderland of dazzling lights and holiday decorations. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for ages 6-17, and $6 for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advanced online or at the door. The final tickets of the night are sold at 8:15 PM and since this display is outside, it is subject to weather cancellations. Even if you’ve been in the past, this is a display that you should see year after year! Click here for more information.

Annual Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting

*Cancelled for 2020*

Date: December 4, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Manteo Waterfront

About: Visit Manteo Waterfront for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting! This event is free and fun for the whole family. Enjoy beautiful lights, hot cocoa by the fire pit, and holiday music! You might even spot Santa! Click here for more information.

Annual Manteo Christmas Parade

*Cancelled for 2020*

Date: December 5, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Downtown Manteo

About: Join the Town of Manteo, North Carolina for the annual Christmas parade! Beginning at Manteo High School, the parade winds through the streets and ends at the old College of Albemarle site. Click here for more information.

10th Annual Duck Yuletide Celebration (NOW VIRTUAL)!

Date: December 5, 2020

Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Duck Town Park Live on Youtube or Facebook

About: To help keep the public safe, this year's event will be fully virtual! Tune in on Facebook or YouTube Saturday December 5th between 3-5pm to watch the lighting of the crabpot tree! Santa will also be reading books to children from his workshop. If your kids have a letter for Santa, you can drop them off in the Town Hall lobby or email them to by December 1st! If you visit the town of Duck for your Christmas shopping, don't forget to stop by a special photo area under the gazebo at the Town Hall to help you get a special and unique holiday photo during your outing! Click here for more information.

Colington Harbour Holiday Boat Parade

Date: December 12, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Colington Harbour Association

About: For a fun Christmas tradition, come out to Colington Harbour for the Holiday Boat Parade! The Colington Yacht Club hosts this annual parade of brightly decorated and festive boats as they circle the harbor for your viewing pleasure! At the dock, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies and a unique Christmas show on the water! Your applause will help pick the winner of the best decorated boat! Click here for more information.

Check out 2018's Colington Harbour Boat Parade!