OBX Holiday Events 2019


by Jessie S.

obx holiday events 2019

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 November or December, here is a list of the 2019 Outer Banks Holiday Events you don’t want to miss:

*Remember to bookmark this page! As more event details are released, more events will be added to this page!

Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Heritage Celebration

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Date: November 2, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: The Fessenden Center (46830 Highway 12 Buxton, NC 27920)

About: Celebrate the heritage of Cape Hatteras surf fishing through a series of workshops and presentations in Buxton! Learn about the history of surf fishing, casting techniques, biology of local fish, shark behavior, ecology of the Pamlico Sound & more! Click here for more information.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

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Date: November 24, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Location: Soundside Event Site (6800 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959)

About: Presented by the Outer Banks Visitor’s Bureau, the Annual Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown is a free event for Outer Banks food lovers! Enjoy delicious meals from 16 local food trucks, sample local beer and wine, enjoy live music and even participate in a video game tournament. After you’ve sampled all the food, be sure to vote for your favorite! Click here for more information.

Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

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Date: November 27, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: The Outer Banks Brewing Station (600 S. Croatan Hwy. Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948)

About: This 21+ race event hosted by the OBX Running Company is all about having a great time! Runners compete in a run-drink-run-drink-run-drink style race in quarter mile intervals. At the conclusion of the race, there will be a backyard party at the Brewing Station! Runners are encouraged to wear costumes (there will be prizes awarded to the most creative!) Register online here for $33.00. 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! Click here for more information.

Hangin’ With Santa & Kites With Lights

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Date: November 29, 2019 – November 30, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM on 11/29 and 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM on 11/30.

Location: Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head (3933 S. Croatan Hwy. Nags Head, NC 27959)

About: Hangin’ With Santa & Kites with Lights is a free 2-day event the whole family will love because you can take the kids 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. On Saturday, the event will be even more magical as you watch the Solar Christmas tree lighting and enjoy a display of huge 19-to-30-foot kites decked out in holiday lights! Plus, there will be cocoa and cookies! Click here for more information.

9th Annual Winter Lights Grand Illuminations Ceremony

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Date: November 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

About: Come out for the annual Grand Illuminations opening event of the Winter Lights display at Elizabethan Gardens! The grand opening will feature a holiday choir, refreshments, marshmallow roasting, fire pits on the lawn, seasonal sales, and of course—the lights! Admission costs $15 for adults, $10 for kids aged 6-17, and $7 for kids 5 and under. Garden members and friends of members are eligible for discounted rates. Click here for more information.

Annual Winter Lights at the Elizabethan Gardens

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Date: November 30, 2019 – January 19, 2019 (Tuesdays – Sundays November & December | Friday,  Saturday & Sunday in January)

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.


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Date: December 4, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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

About: All the fun of the Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens… with your four-legged best friend! Bring your dogs out to the Winter Lights show for a special event designed just for your pups. There will be several on-site vendors with canine gifts and the first 100 guests get a free dog stocking (perfect for holding all the presents you buy!) Bring a donation for the Outer Banks SPCA for $3 off admission. Otherwise, standard Winter Lights admission applies. Click here for more information.

Annual Manteo Christmas Tree Lighting

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December 6, 2019

Time: TBD

Location: Manteo Waterfront

About: Visit Manteo Waterfront for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting! This event is free and fun for the whole family. Enjoy beauitful lights, hot cocoa and holiday music! Click here for more information.

Annual Manteo Christmas Parade

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December 7, 2019

Time: TBD

Location: Downtown Manteo

About: Join the Town of Manteo, North Carolina for the annual Christmas parade! Click here for more information.

Colington Harbour Holiday Boat Parade

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December 7, 2019

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.

*Watch a video of last year's boat parade by clicking here!

116th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight

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Date: December 17, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Wright Brothers National Memorial

About: Come out to celebrate the anniversary of the first powered flight and the history of aviation! This free event will feature the Berlin Airlift Foundation C-54 and C-47 on display, a flyover, and more! Click here for more information.

Visiting For Thanksgiving?

Aside from the great events you can check out while you're in town, you are sure to have a variety of delicious food options! Visit our list of restaurants offering awesome Thanksgiving day meals and buffets here!

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. 

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