2022 Christmas events guide from The Coastland Times

Published 9:22 am Saturday, November 12, 2022

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Christmas Time is coming to town! There’s something for everyone on the Outer Banks this holiday season. Mark your calendars for parades, markets, tree lighting ceremonies, 5k runs, candlelight services and more.

Check back for updates and additions. If your organization has an event to add to the list, send it to summer.stevens@thecoastlandtimes.com.


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Candlelight Christmas Tours at Whalehead

Fridays and Saturdays, from November 25 – December 17, 5 – 6 p.m.
Historic Corolla Park

Dates include: November 25 (sold out), 26 (sold out), December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.

7th Annual Christmas Craft Village
Friday, November 25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (First Friday after Thanksgiving annually)
Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park

Enjoy arts and crafts, fine arts, handmade cosmetics, baked goods and other unique treasures from local artists and vendors. Take in the sights of Historic Corolla Park on a free carriage ride! Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be in attendance to hear Christmas wishes and provide an opportunity for photos. There will also be food vendors for those hungry for more than a hot beverage. Ring in the holiday season in Corolla!

Corolla Christmas Village

Friday and Saturday evenings, November 25 – December 24, 5 – 9 p.m.
Historic Corolla Village

The 2nd Annual Corolla Christmas Village brings lights, floral delights and holiday sights. Historic Corolla Village is transformed into a wonderland that delivers the holiday season spirit. Take a stroll through the sparkling village, where Christmas joy fills the crisp evening air. Each weekend features food trucks, delectable beverages at The Kind Cup coffee shop, and unique shopping opportunities at various Corolla Village merchants. Perfect for the entire family, there is no admission fee for this self-guided event.


Yuletide Celebration

December 3, 3-5 p.m.

Enjoy holiday music, activities for the entire family, tasty treats, the lighting of the Crab Pot Tree and Santa. We are also collecting donations for the OBX SPCA and Beach Food Pantry.

Downtown Duck.

Southern Shores

18th Annual All Saints Church Holly Days Bazaar & Arts Festival

Friday November 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Toys for Tots drop off location

Police Department, 5375 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Southern Shores

Outer Banks Jingle Jog

December 10, 8 – 10 a.m.

5k/10k, Jingle Jog 1 mile, Little Elf ¼ mile

The MarketPlace Shopping Center, 5543 N. Croatan Hwy

Pre-registration is required. There will be trophies for winning participants, event t-shirts and medals for all participants, photo opportunities with Santa and refreshments. For pricing and registration, see the OBX Running Company’s website.

Santa Paws: Photo session for pets of all kinds with Santa!

November 25, 3 – 5 p.m. and November 26, 2 – 4 p.m., longer if necessary.

Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department

Kitty Hawk

18th Annual Outdoor “Living Nativity”

Sunday, December 11, 6 p.m.

Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church front lawn, 301 W Kitty Hawk Road

Twenty-five parishioners, ages 13 to 87 will bring the Nativity to life with narration and carols. All are invited to take a break from their hectic holiday preparations and rediscover the reason for the season. A section is reserved in front for small children and those who are unable to stand for this 20-minute presentation (bring a lawn chair). Hot beverages and cookies will be available in the parish hall immediately following the performance.

Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 5 p.m.

Church of the Outer Banks, Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve Mass, December 24, 4 p.m. – Family Mass; 7 p.m. – Vigil Mass

Christmas Day Mass, December 25, 9 a.m.

Holy Redeemer by the Sea Parish, Kitty Hawk 

Beach Food Pantry Holiday Meal

Help spread the word! The Beach Food Pantry is offering a holiday meal bag for those in need who live or work in Dare County. Follow the link for more information or to sign up: beachfoodpantry.org/holiday-meal-bag

Kill Devil Hills 

First Flight Holiday Markets

Saturday November 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

*Tuesday December 6, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday December 17, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday December 20, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Aviation Park, 103 Veterans Drive

Over 65 local vendors will sell their handmade wares at Kill Devil Hills Holiday Markets at Aviation Park. Markets will have food trucks, music and be pup-friendly. Vendors offer local sweet and savory treats, woodworking, photography, artwork, jewelry, candles, bath/body items and more.

*Santa will arrive at the First Flight Holiday Market on Tuesday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. and will stay about an hour.

KDH Community Fall Festival

November 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

602 Mustian Street

Shop local vendor booths, food vendors, used children and adult book sale, family yard games, inflatable slide, sale of breads, pies and cakes, pumpkin decorating, painting of community mural, face painting, free flu shots and more.

First Flight Middle School Arts & Crafts Fair

November 12, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

109 Veterans Dr.

Unique art, jewelry, pottery, candles, ornaments, soaps, gifts and more. Featuring local artists, performances by First Flight Middle School students and snacks sold by NJHS and AVID students.

The Mennicucci Family Christmas Light Display

Lights turn on at dusk and usually stay on until 9 p.m.

206 Clamshell Dr.

Tune your radio to 107.9 FM when driving by to hear the music synced with the dancing lights! There is no admission fee, but visitors are encouraged to bring donations for the Beach Food Pantry.

Annual Christmas Program

Sunday, December 11, 5 p.m.

Liberty Christian Fellowship, 244 Williams Dr, KDH

Join in for a variety of festive performances; drama, dances and songs of the season.

Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion Service

Saturday, December 24, 3 p.m.

Liberty Christian Fellowship, 244 Williams Dr, KDH

Christmas Choral Concert

Friday, December 9, 6 p.m.

Outer Banks Presbyterian Church, 907 S. Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills.

The concert features a community choir, the Jubilate Handbell Choir, and a children’s choir. There will also be three Christmas carols with which the audience is invited to sing along. This event is free to the community.

Colington Harbour Holiday Boat Parade

December 10, 5-6 p.m.

Colington Harbour

Decorated boats parade around Colington Harbour for the annual Colington Harbour Holiday Boat Parade sponsored by The Colington Yacht Club. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and a unique waterfront Christmas show.

Nags Head

Tree Lighting Ceremony and Visit from St. Nick

Saturday, November 26, 5 p.m.
Dowdy Park

Dowdy Park Holiday Markets

Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursday evening, December 1, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday December 10, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dowdy Park

Flashlight “Candy Cane Hunt”

Thursday, December 15, 5 p.m.

Dowdy Park

Nags Head Decorating Contest (Business and Residential)

Ongoing, ends December 9; judging takes place December 13, 5 p.m.

The Christmas Stop!

Saturday, December 10 and Saturday, December 17, 5-8 p.m.

Nags Head Church, 105 Soundside Rd, Nags Head

Stop by for the 3rd Annual Christmas Stop at Nags Head Church. Enjoy free train rides on the custom rebuilt train, games, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, and of course, snow!

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve Mass, December 24, 7:30 p.m. – Bilingual Vigil Mass,

Christmas Day Mass, December 25, 11 a.m.

Holy Trinity, Nags Head 

Kites with Lights, Hangin’ with Santa

Check schedule online for events: pictures with Santa, Children’s Face Painting by Ms. Sheila, Outer Banks Choir Carolers, and Solo Musicians

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head location across from Jockey’s Ridge


U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Visit and Event

Sunday, November 13, 3 – 5 p.m.

Fort Raleigh

The Town of Manteo is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (Fort Raleigh) to host the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a 78-foot-tall red spruce from the Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. The tree departed from Murphy on November 5 and is set to make 14 stops across the state. Manteo is the final stop on the tree’s journey in North Carolina.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, December 2, 6 p.m.

Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 3, departing Manteo High School at 10:30 a.m. and winding through residential streets, downtown Manteo and ending at the old College of The Albemarle site.

Elizabethan Gardens’ WinterLights

November 25, 26, 27*, 29, 30; December 1-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-23, 27-30, 6 – 9 p.m.

Elizabethan Gardens, 1411 National Park Dr.

Stroll along the illuminated gardens and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights that transform the 10-acre gardens into an enchanted wonderland. The radiant glow, holiday décor and a crackling open-air fire add to the festive atmosphere. Tickets available online or at the door.

*Sunday, November 27 is Virginia Dare Night. Dare County, Currituck County and Ocracoke Island residents are invited to enjoy entrance to WinterLights with a donation of non-perishable food items.

Island Farm Garden to Hearth

Wednesday, November 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

1140 US-64

Island Farm will host its annual “Garden to Hearth” event to celebrate the fall season and the Thanksgiving holiday. Visitors will learn the various ways that Roanoke Island families prepared for the winter months in the 1850s. Join our interpreters as they cook over the hearth, pickle root vegetables, smoke mullet in the smokehouse, make candles and construct simple grapevine wreaths. Both candle and wreath-making are included with the $10 cost of admission for those aged 4 and older; 0-3 free.

Children’s Play: “Away in a Mango”

December 9, 6:30 p.m., and December 10, 4:30 p.m.

Manteo Baptist Church, 406 N Highway 64

Children from the church will perform a Christmas play for the whole community. Christmas with a tropical theme, showing the love of God! Free.


Taize’ Advent Prayer Service 

Friday, December 9, 7 p.m.

Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church, 48480 NC-Hwy 12, Buxton

This a contemplative and renewing candlelit ecumenical service with music and sung prayer, readings and meditation. Taizé Prayer is evening prayer for all Christian faiths. It is a simple, meditative form of worship, calling us to dwell deeply on Christ’s presence around and within us. Mantra songs (like “Jesus, Remember Me”), prayerful silence, and short readings guide the focus of the prayer in a candle-lit environment. Taizé Prayer is named for the ecumenical Christian community formed in Taizé, France during World War II. Today the Taizé community includes brothers from all Christian denominations, including Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox traditions. All are welcome.

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10, 2 – 5 p.m.

Hatteras Community Center, 57689 NC Highway 12, Hatteras

Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Fun Run

56658 NC Highway 12, Hatteras

November 24, 8 – 11 a.m.