Christmas week

by Gary
(Boston, MA)

You said that you have been going to the Outer Banks between Christmas and New Years for the past six years. My wife and I are looking for a Christmas week destination this year. What is there to do on the Outer Banks at that time of year that you could recommend to us?

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Why we spend the Holidays on the Outer Banks ...
by: Outer Banks Revealed

Gary, as you point out, for the last six years we've spent December 26th through January 1st on the Outer Banks. The biggest reason is spending time with the family in a most relaxing way. The solitude of the Outer Banks during the holidays helps refresh and sets us up for the New Year. We love walking the beaches, and taking in the sites.

If you read that we spend the holidays in the Outer Banks, you probably also read that my wife and daughters like to shop ... and shop they do. The shop keepers have significantly cut all of their prices, usually as much as 50 - 75%, as this is really the last visitor surge before they shut down for the January through March time period.

Also, all of the great Outer Banks sightseeing places are open and there are really no lines. Climb the Currituck or Cape Hatteras lighthouses, visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or take in the North Carolina Aquarium without the crush of the summer crowds.

The fishing is still great. I saw a guy, about 6'4" pull in a stripper while surf fishing in Duck that he was holding up to his belt, and it was still touching the ground on one of our holiday beach walks.

The "official" temperature is listed between 57 and 43, but we've seen the temperatures during the day more likely in the 60's and even one year it was in the 70's. That is a far cry from what you are getting in Boston or me in Philadelphia at that time of the year. So, that also means that getting in a few rounds of golf is an option.

There are some unique OBX holiday events as well. As a matter of fact, I am about to launch a page called "Outer Banks History & Hidden Gems". A lady by the name of Judith Bailey, who has lived on the Outer Banks for 25 years, and is an artist and writer, is going to share with all of us the hidden secrets about the Outer Banks. One coming in December is about one of her favorite Christmas events at Fort Raleigh in Manteo NC.

Here are some other holiday events:

  • 106th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight ? December 17th

  • Elizabethan Christmas at Roanoke Festival Park in Manteo NC ? December 19th

  • Trio Le Mer, a local chamber group, will perform at the Film Theater at the Roanoke Festival Park ? December 20th

But, mostly, we go to spend quality family time together ...

Thanks for asking,


Coming down for our 1st Christmas
by: Bob

Great article. We have been to the Outer Banks only during the summer and now we will be there this Christmas. Thanks for the info on the discount shopping and fishing. Long Island like Boston is cold at this time of year it will be a nice break.


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