The Elizabethan Gardens blossoms with light in 14th annual WinterLights event

Published 9:24 pm Sunday, November 19, 2023

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The Elizabethan Gardens’ annual WinterLights event opened a week early this year on Friday, November 17, 2023 and will run on select nights through Saturday, December 30 from 6-9 p.m.

Guests are invited to stroll along illuminated garden paths to discover the joy of the season with lights that transform the 10-acre gardens into a winter wonderland. Sponsored in part by Southern Bank and The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the event has become an annual holiday tradition with all proceeds benefiting The Elizabethan Gardens. Guests are encouraged to visit the Gardens’ website at for a listing of scheduled entertainment and evenings with Santa.

Event Dates:

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November 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30

December 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

6-9 p.m.


Timed-entry tickets must be reserved online at and are non-refundable unless a scheduled evening is cancelled by The Elizabethan Gardens.

Adults: $18; Youth (between 6 to 17) $14; Child: (between 2 to 5): $8; Infant (under 2): free; Dog (one per adult): $6.

If inclement weather or other conditions prevent the lights from occurring, a notice will be sent out to all anticipated guests by 2 p.m.


Guests must park in designated spaces. Overflow parking will be available at the National Park Service parking lot. A shuttle will transport guests from/to this lot on November 24, 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 26.

The Elizabethan Gardens is located on the north end of Roanoke Island at 1411 National Park Drive. For more information on happenings at The Elizabethan Gardens, call 252-473-3234 or visit