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Events & Holidays

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for friends and family to celebrate everything they are thankful for… and there are plenty of reasons to be thankful if you’re spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks! If you’re planning to visit the OBX during Thanksgiving week 2021, we’ve compiled a handy list of great holiday events you may be interested in attending as well as a list of restaurants serving up a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

*We will continue to update this site as we learn about more events and dining options!

Local Thanksgiving Week Events

Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

On Wednesday, November 24th at 11 AM, head to the Outer Banks Brewing Station to celebrate and participate in their annual Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile! This 21+ event hosted by the OBX Running Company is all about fun. Runners compete in a run-drink-run-drink-run-drink style race in quarter-mile intervals and are encouraged to wear costumes (there will be prizes awarded to the most creative!) At the conclusion of the race, there will be a backyard party at the Brewing Station! Register online here for $40.00. Walk-up registration is available up to 15 minutes before the race begins but there are only 100 spots open so register early to guarantee your participation!

Hangin’ With Santa

Hangin’ With Santa & Kites with Lights is a 2-day event perfect for getting in the Christmas mood. On Friday, November 26th and Saturday, November 27th, take the kids to Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head for a chance to meet Santa! After getting their picture taken, your kids can hang out with a few of Santa’s elves while trying out some classic toys. Plus, there will be excellent holiday sales so you can start Christmas shopping early!

Kites With Lights

On November 27th from 4:00 - 7:00 pm, you won't want to miss this annual holiday light show that will brighten up the sky over the dunes of Jockey's Ridge! Come out to Kites With Lights, presented by Kitty Hawk Kites, and celebrate with an impressive display of huge 19 to 30-foot kites completely decorated for the season! Kids and adults will relish in the sight and will also enjoy the lighting of the Jockey's Ridge State Park Solar Christmas Tree! Plus, baked goods and warm beverages will be available across the street (Jockey's Ridge Crossing). Although the event is free, donations are welcome and benefit The Friends of Jockey's Ridge, a nonprofit organization created to support, maintain and enhance the park.

Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens

For a little post-Thanksgiving fun to really bring out the holiday spirit, visit the Elizabethan Gardens beginning November 28th. Kids from “one to ninety-two” will love this enchanted display of festive holiday lights. As you wander through the paths around the garden, you’ll experience the magic of a true winter wonderland with Christmas trees, holiday décor and thousands upon thousands of glowing lights. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for ages 6-17, and $7 for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance 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! 

Restaurants Providing Thanksgiving Feasts

Red Sky Café

Red Sky Café is a wonderful café in Duck that serves a delicious Thanksgiving meal every year! To start 2020’s Thanksgiving Bounty, enjoy coffee, tea, local craft brews and fall-themed cocktails. The main dish options include fire-roasted turkey, Virginia ham, shrimp & grits, Wagyu sirloin, Fried Oysters, and more! There are plenty of sides too, of course, ranging from Caesar salad and candied sweet potatoes to mac & cheese, and redskin potatoes. Don't forget a homemade dessert prepared by Holly’s Creative Confections! The cost for adults is $35 and the cost for kids 12 & under is $16. Lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and reservations are recommended by calling or texting (252) 619-2867.

Lifesaving Station Restaurant

Lifesaving Station Restaurant will be opening a fabulous Thanksgiving meal where guests can choose one starter, a salad one entrée and one dessert! Meals are served from noon to 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day. Starters include butternut squash bisque, baked Carolina Blue Crab dip and braised beef short ribs with three cheese ravioli! For the main dish, choose between slow roasted turkey breast, seared scallops, center cut filet of Angus beef, or roast acorn squash! Desserts include chocolate torte, pecan praline or chocolate crème brulee, and pumpkin pie! The cost is $60 for adults and $30 for children 4-12. Take Out orders available by calling (252) 449-6654.

Captain George's Seafood Restaurant

Captain George’s in Kill Devil Hills is no stranger to offering luxurious buffets. However, their annual Thanksgiving buffet is one that will certainly appease any palette. They offer traditional Thanksgiving food like turkey and ham in addition to seafood favorites like crab legs, steamed shrimp, oysters, and more! They also have homemade desserts, vegetables, sides, soups and salads! The restaurant will open at 11:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day and serve through 9:00 PM. No reservations are accepted. The feast will cost guests $39.99.

Mako's Beach Grille + Bar

Mako's Beach Grille + Bar in Kill Devil Hills will be offering a traditional Thanksgiving feast the year with all the fixings! The full regular menu will also be served but the Thanksgiving menu will be available from 11:30 AM to 8 PM. Menu items include rosemary roasted turkey, shaved country ham, homemade dressing, candied yams, fresh collard greens, mashed potatoes, sweet potato biscuits, and more! All meals include a slice of pumpkin walnut cream cheese roll with caramel drizzle! The menu cost is $22.95 for adults, $19.95 for Seniors (65+), $9.95 for Children (5-12) and free for any child under 4. Reservations can be made by calling (252) 480-1919.

*New this year: curbside pick-up available! Curbside orders must be received no later than noon on 11/23/20. Meals are prepared cold with heating instructions and can be picked up Wednesday or Thursday. Pre-orders take on a first-come basis and are limited.


Jolly Roger in Kill Devil Hills is once again hosting a wonderful annual Thanksgiving feast! The cost is just $17.95 per person and you can even take home your leftovers starting at $4.99 per pound. Dinner starts at 1:00 PM (restaurant open regular hours for breakfast) and you can make reservations ahead of time. They will be offering traditional Roasted Turkey and Honey Glazed Ham along with She Crab Soup, Mashed Potatoes, Traditional Dressing, Fresh Homemade Rolls, Collard Greens, Seasonal Pies, Apple Dumplings & more!


Mulligan’s Grille in Nags Head is another local favorite offering a delicious Thanksgiving meal! New this year is their “Better Than a Buffet” dine-in or carry-out dinner plates. Plates include turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, sweet potato casserole, collards, cranberry sauce and cornbread! You can also choose a dessert for your plate with options like bread pudding, pecan pie and pumpkin pie. They also have a variety of plate add-ons like beef tenderloin, baked rockfish, lump crab cakes, clam chowder, hushpuppies and more. Dinner plates are $21 per person and a family to-go plate is $70 serving 4 people. Reservations for dine-in or carry-out can be accepted up to 48 hours in advance by calling (252) 480-2000.


Owen’s Restaurant is offering a dine-in and take-out (must be pre-ordered) menu for Thanksgiving! Both dine-in and take-out are available between Noon and 8:00 PM and take-out must be ordered by noon on Wednesday the 25th. Curbside take-out menu features a selection of meals for 4 and prices range from $70.00 to $152.00. Meals range from Turkey & Ham with gravy, dressing and potatoes to Rockfish & Shrimp with sweet potato crunch, mac & cheese, and collards. Side orders, salads, soups and desserts are also available for purchase. Their Southern Coastal Cuisine A la Carte menu includes soups, salads, desserts, surf and turf platters, and more with a range in prices. There is even a menu for kids that includes chicken fingers, local fish, cheeseburgers, turkey and ham with a side!

Other Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

Here is a list of other local OBX restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day! (Note: hours and menus are subject to change. Check with individual restaurant for additional details).

  • Angelo’s Pizza
  • Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café
  • Beachcombers Wood Fired Grille & Tiki Hut
  • Burger King
  • China King
  • Chinatown
  • Diamond Shoals
  • Dirty Dick’s Crabhouse
  • Donuts For You
  • Duck Cottage Coffee & Bookshop
  • Duck Donuts KDH
  • Duck Donuts NH
  • Dunkin' Donuts KDH
  • Dunkin’ Donuts Manteo
  • Dunkin’ Donuts NH
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries
  • Froggy Dog Restaurant & Bar
  • Front Porch Café KDH
  • Front Porch Café Manteo
  • Front Porch Café NH
  • Giovanni’s Restaurant
  • Good Winds Restaurant
  • Goombay’s Grille & Raw Bar
  • Hatteras Sol Waterside Grill
  • Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
  • Khan’s Mongolian Grill
  • Marilyn’s Deli
  • McDonald’s KDH
  • McDonalds KH
  • McDonalds Manteo
  • Morning View Coffeehouse & Roastery
  • Muffins & Scones
  • NC Coast Grill & Bar
  • New China Buffett
  • New York Bagels
  • New York Pizza Pub
  • Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar
  • Orange Blossom Bakery & Café
  • Roadside Bar & Grill
  • Sal’s New York Pizza
  • Sandtrap Tavern
  • Secret Island Restaurant
  • Shipwreck Tavern
  • Shun Xing Chinese (SS)
  • Slice Pizzeria
  • Sonic
  • Stack’em High Pancakes and So Forth
  • Subway KDH
  • Subway KH
  • Subway NH
  • The Wreck
  • Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop
  • Viva Mexican Grille
  • Waveriders Coffee Deli & Pub

Enjoy a Fresh Seafood Feast in Your Rental!

Outer Banks Clambake is the perfect solution for those who don't want to get the whole family ready to go out to a restaurant this holiday season. Instead, let the feast come to you! OBX Clambake will come right to your rental home, bring the ingredients, cook the meal, and clean up afterward! Plus, Seaside Vacations guests are eligible for discounts through Club Seaside! Contact Outer Banks Clam Bake directly to work out a menu, confirm guest total, and arrange other details.