Experience the Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens
by Jessie S.
If you’re here on the Outer Banks for the Christmas holiday, there is one event you don’t want to miss: The Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens! Now open for its 9th year, the Winter Lights is essentially a Winter Wonderland right here on the Outer Banks!
Step into the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens—an Elizabethan-era style garden and living memorial to the colonists who once lived on Roanoke Island (The Lost Colony) where you will find a variety of local plant species. However, during this time of the year, every bush, tree, and plant is illuminated with thousands and thousands of lights! A true holiday spectacle that will thrill kids of all ages, you’ll love wandering through the lit pathways as you enjoy lights, décor, lights, music, and more lights!
The Winter Lights event is open November 30, 2019 – January 19, 2020 (Tuesday through Sunday in December and Friday through Sunday in January) between 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM with the last admittance/tickets sold at 8:15 PM. The Elizabethan Gardens are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Walking through the gardens is self-paced so feel free to take your time! You may find a cozy fireplace, a unique holiday greenhouse or even a play area for the kids.
Tickets are $11.00 for adults, $9.00 for kids aged 6-17 and $6.00 for children 5 & under. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the gate. Remember that the event is weather dependent so always check the forecast before purchasing!
The Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: (252) 473-3234
Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.