Christmas in North Carolina is a wonderful time. The whole state radiates holiday cheer, with tons of holiday festival options, events, and decorations. Outer Banks in winter is also excellent for a vacation. The crowds are smaller, prices are lower, and the food is oh-so-good. So, when you’re looking to use up the last of your vacation time and the kids are off from school, head over to the Sea Ranch Resort for an unforgettable winter vacation. Here are the best Outer Banks events and holiday festivals, including some of the most fabulous Christmas lights in NC.

The Best Events and Christmas Lights in NC

Here in our stretch of island paradise, Christmas is a season-long adventure. Often called OBXmas, the weeks between Thanksgiving and the beginning of January are full of Outer Banks events and holiday festivals. For the best Christmas lights in NC, you don’t have to go far from the Sea Ranch Resort.Photo of a couple under Christmas Lights in NC

  • The Elizabethan Gardens’ annual WinterLights holiday festival features traditional Christmas decorations, countless twinkling lights, a crackling fire, and more. The gardens are gorgeous every season, but they’re a special part of Christmas in North Carolina. And because the lights remain up for nearly two months, the Elizabethan Gardens are part of several North Carolina holidays.
  • Right here in Kill Devil Hills is the Poulos Family Christmas house. This glamorous, award-winning display is a beloved tradition in our community. It’s well worth stopping to see before or after your beachside dinner. While it is a private residence, the residents spend weeks setting up these Christmas lights in NC. We look forward to it each year!
  • If you’re interested in exploring some of the other incredible Outer Banks towns, Hatteras Island has the ultimate Christmas parade each year. After the parade, attendees gather at the Hatteras Community Center for cookies and refreshments. The parade brings the whole community together, and visitors are welcome to join the North Carolina holidays fun.

Spending Christmas in North Carolina

Although Outer Banks quiets down at summer’s end, we have plenty going on throughout the holiday season. When you’re planning your end-of-year vacation, stay at the Sea Ranch Resort in Outer Banks in winter. Our frosty seaside scenery will leave you feeling merry and enchanted. Call 252-441-7126 to reserve your holiday getaway.