Outer Banks Annual Events - December

On this page you will find the annual December events on the Outer Banks.

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Anniversary of the Wright Brothers' First Flight

Outer Banks December
1000 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 473-2111

One of the Outer Banks’s biggest claims to fame is the 12 seconds in 1903 that revolutionized the world. The Wright Brothers’ first flight in Kill Devil Hills broke barriers in technology and paved the way for aviation developments. Join the First Flight Society for their annual celebration of Orville and Wilbur Wrights’ achievements on the anniversary of the first flight. Admission to the Wright... read more

One of the Outer Banks’s biggest claims to fame is the 12 seconds in 1903... read more

Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge

Outer Banks December
50 South Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores
(252) 261-2756

Watch – and taste – as the top chefs on the Outer Banks battle it out to turn canned food into culinary masterpieces. The Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge is a fundraiser for the Beach Food Pantry that brings all of the excitement and energy from cooking show competitions right to Southern Shores. Participating chefs have 60 minutes to prepare a dish that uses items the... read more

Watch – and taste – as the top chefs on the Outer Banks battle it... read more

Duck Yuletide Celebration

Outer Banks December
1200 Duck Road, Duck Town Park, Duck
(252) 255-1286

Meet at the Town Green on the first Saturday in December for an afternoon of caroling, live holiday music, hot cocoa and a visit from the jolly ol' elf himself. The Town of Duck kicks off its celebration of the holiday season with live music, carolers, the lighting of the town’s Crab Pot Tree and delicious treats. Santa delights spectators as he shows... read more

Meet at the Town Green on the first Saturday in December for an... read more

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

Outer Banks December
N.C. Highway 12, Hatteras Village

Every small town needs a quintessential holiday celebration, and Hatteras Island is no exception. During one of the first Saturdays in December, Hatteras’s businesses, residents, the fire department, U.S. Coast Guard and nonprofit organizations come together for an all-inclusive Christmas parade experience. As twilight falls spectators line the streets and watch the procession of decorated vehicles and floats roll from Teach’s Lair Marina and through... read more

Every small town needs a quintessential holiday celebration, and Hatteras Island is no exception. During... read more

Holiday at the Museum

Outer Banks December
59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras
(252) 986-0720

True to the spirit of Hatteras Island and the close-knit community, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum hosts an annual holiday bash to celebrate the season and the local island community’s endless resilience. The Holiday at the Museum offers attractive activities for visitors of all ages. Children can work on their letters to Santa and create holiday crafts to take home. Local vendors and artisans... read more

True to the spirit of Hatteras Island and the close-knit community, the Graveyard of the... read more

Hotline Festival of Trees

Outer Banks December
600 S. Croatan Highway, Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 473-5212

The annual Festival of Trees is an ideal way to spread holiday cheer while benefiting the nonprofit Outer Banks Hotline. It includes several days of events, including a bazaar, live music, children's activities and more. At the gala on Saturday night you can browse through all of the business-sponsored and decorated trees while you enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and coffee and live holiday... read more

The annual Festival of Trees is an ideal way to spread holiday cheer... read more

Manteo Christmas Parade

Outer Banks December
Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-2133

For a dose of holiday charm, nothing beats the Manteo Christmas Parade. The whole town comes out to see local school bands, vintage cars, the famous Shriners funny cars, SPCA dogs, kids on horseback, dance troupes, floats of all sorts, Queen Elizabeth I and her court (from The Lost Colony) and Santa arriving on the fire truck. Starting at 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday in... read more

For a dose of holiday charm, nothing beats the Manteo Christmas Parade. The whole town... read more

Manteo Tree Lighting

Outer Banks December
300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-5888

The lovely little Town of Manteo kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony and other festivities on the first Friday night in December. Hundreds of people gather on Queen Elizabeth Avenue in front of the historic Dare County Courthouse to enjoy performances of holiday music, to sip hot cocoa and to watch the lighting of the waterfront Christmas tree. The event coincides with... read more

The lovely little Town of Manteo kicks off the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony... read more

New Year in the New World

Outer Banks December
Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-2133

Say farewell to the old year and ring in the new alongside local businesses, neighbors and visitors at downtown Manteo’s New Year’s celebration. New Year in the New World transforms Manteo’s downtown and waterfront into a street fair celebration. A stage is set in Magnolia Marketplace, and you can dance to the tunes from live musicians and D.J.s. Play the various carnival games and activities.... read more

Say farewell to the old year and ring in the new alongside local businesses, neighbors... read more

New Year's Eve Beach Road 5K

Outer Banks December
3016 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Tortuga's Lie, Nags Head
(252) 441-7299

Bring in the New Year a different way by joining locals and visitors for a 5K along the Beach Road. The start gun goes off at about 10:45 p.m., and you can run, walk or bike your way into the New Year. Just show up at Tortugas' Lie on the Beach Road in Nags Head at 10:45 a.m.; no registration or entry fee... read more

Bring in the New Year a different way by joining locals and visitors... read more

Ocracoke Historic Home Tour

Outer Banks December
(252) 928-7375

Experience historic Ocracoke as it basks in the magic of the holiday season. The Ocracoke Historic Home Tour gives you an up-close glimpse of the beautifully maintained old homes in Ocracoke Village. Tour properties around Ocracoke – many with generations of history and stories – and feel inspired with the holiday spirit as you admire their festive lights, decorations and more. The Ocracoke Historic Home... read more

Experience historic Ocracoke as it basks in the magic of the holiday season. The Ocracoke... read more

Ocracoke Working Watermen's Association Oyster Roast & Shrimp Boil

Outer Banks December
Ocracoke Community Square, Ocracoke

If you’re on Ocracoke Island in December, you won’t want to miss the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association Oyster Roast and Shrimp Boil. One of the most popular winter events, this community meal celebrates seafood and the people who make enjoying it possible. For the afternoon, the Community Square turns into a fish-fest where makeshift tables offer gathering grounds for shucking oysters, peeling and eating shrimp... read more

If you’re on Ocracoke Island in December, you won’t want to miss the Ocracoke Working... read more