Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

Are you and your family coming to the Outer Banks for you Christmas vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the fun activities in the area. Spending the holidays at the beach is what every family wants. Staying in one of our Outer Banks rentals will keep you and your family close to the action. Let’s take a peek at a few of the activities you can enjoy while you are on your Christmas vacation.

Poulos Family Christmas Lights

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

If you have never seen a large display of Christmas lights display, then you are in for a treat. Head on over to the Poulos residence on Ocean Acres Drive to see one like you’ve never seen before. For 40 years the Poulos family has been hosting this amazing Christmas display in Kill Devil Hills. This display and home have been featured on The Today Show & HGTV in the past and is a tradition that all families who visit the Outer Banks to see. The display will be up from now until December 31st, 2019 and it’s one attraction you can’t miss!

The Outer Banks Christmas Shop

One experience that you may have never been to is The Outer Banks Christmas Shop. Located in Manteo is where The Christmas Shop has been open since 1967. Shop for unique gifts that you will find only here for those who are looking for something homemade or different. Some fo the items you may find while shopping are signs for your home, Christmas ornaments and even Carolina Coffee. What a wonderful way to go shop a little before it’s time to celebrate with the family!

Start a New Family Tradition

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

Many have found that starting a new family tradition might as well be started during the holiday seasons. Deck the halls in your Outer Banks rental this year and trim the tree while you’re at it. Make hot apple cider and hot chocolate as you and the family sit on the porch watching the sun set or listening to the waves. There are so many other ways that you can start a family tradition but spending time with you family is the most important one.

While there are many other activities that you can do while you are spending the holidays with us, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next Christmas vacation yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family this holiday season as you celebrate with friends and family!

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

Do you and your family have vacation plans to stay on the Outer Banks this Thanksgiving? If the answer is yes, then you won’t be disappointed in the weather or the events happening that week. The weather on the Outer Banks during the month of November is quite pleasant as the typical temperatures are high 60’s in the day and around 50 degrees at night. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will keep you and the family close to where the fun events are happening. Let’s look below at a few of the events that will be taking place during the Thanksgiving season.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

If you happen to be coming in the Sunday before Thanksgiving, then you are in for a fun treat. The Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown is happening on Sunday, November 24th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. This is where you are able to place your vote on who has the tastier food in which you are able to eat some of their food. Some of the food trucks that will be there are OBX Frozen Yogurt, Bumbling Bee by Cast Iron Catering Co and Y’all Eat Yet? Along with great food and quality time with the family, you can listen to some great live music. Don’t miss this fun event that will keep you wanting more of the delicious food!

8th Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5K & Puppy Drum

On Thanksgiving Day and if you’re staying in Cape Hatteras this time, you and your family can enjoy a fun run in the morning. Instead of sleeping in or watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, your family could be having the time of their lives at the fun run. Join the 8th Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5K & Puppy Drum ½ mile Fun Run this Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 am to 11:00 am over on NC Highway 12 in Hatteras. The proceeds from this race will help support the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund which helps fund educational opportunities. What a fun morning you can have with the family as you participate in this fun race!

Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

To kick off the holiday season this year, come to Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Ocracoke. On Friday, November 29th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the annual Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights. This fun event is hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites and its night your kids will never forget about. Not only will your kids be able to see Santa Clause and get some of their holiday wishes out to him, but they will get to see a spectacle of Kites flying in the air too. Be sure to bring glow sticks and flashlights with you to join in the fun that you will experience.

While there are many other fun events happening during Thanksgiving Day week, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t booked your Outer Banks vacation rental for this coming Thanksgiving, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you help celebrate the season this November!

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is almost here, and we know that many families love to vacation at the beach during that week. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation homes will keep you close to where the fun and action will be happening all around the island. We promise you that there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy on your next vacation. Let’s take a look at some of the fun happenings around the Outer Banks this year for this fun holiday.

4th of July Concert on the Pavilion

If your family is staying close to Manteo, then you won’t want to miss the July 4th Concert on the Pavilion. This concert is held at the Roanoke Island Festival Park and is a free event to attend. Here you will be able to listen to the 208th Army Reserve Band play some patriotic tunes as a family. After the concert is over, sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks show that will begin at dusk. The gates will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm. What a great way to enjoy the 4th of July together as a family.

14th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

Nothing says 4th of July than watching the 14th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade beginning at 9:00 am. This will start on Scarborough Lane and end on Christopher Drive in Duck so be sure to arrive early for a good viewing. After the parade head over to the Duck Town Park for some more fun for the day. Here you will be able to enjoy some live music, refreshments and even get to see the winners of the parade. Don’t miss out seeing this parade with the family as it’s fun for everyone.

Firework Displays

There will be many different fireworks displays along the Outer Banks. This year you can choose where you will be able to see them depending on where you are staying.

Nags Head

If you are staying in Nags Head, then we can suggest you head over to the Ocean Pier around Mile Marker 11.5. There will be parking at and near the fireworks display site if you choose to drive over. Another good spot is Jockey’s Ridge State Park where you can see the fireworks display and you can also see other local fireworks displays in the distance.

Corolla

The fireworks display for the town of Corolla will be held at the Whalehead Club this year. There will be the 26th Annual Festival of Fireworks at this Historic Corolla Park that you don’t want to miss either. From 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, your family can enjoy a day of celebration of family fun including a cornhole tournament, a watermelon eating contest and more. Following the fun at the Whalehead Club, you will be able to see a beautiful firework display in the sky.  

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills will be having a celebration that ends with a bang. Beginning at 8:00 pm, your family can head over to the Avalon Pier where you can watch a firework show you’ve never seen before. This year they will be having an award-winning fireworks company come in and present the show. While you can’t watch the fireworks from the pier, you will be able to view them on the beach. So be sure to bring a towel, blanket or beach chair and sit back to enjoy them.

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

While there are many other fun activities and firework displays around the Outer Banks, these are the few we thought you would enjoy. If you are still looking for an Outer Banks vacation rental for your 4th of July vacation, we can help you. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Events You Don’t Want To Miss this December

Events You Don't Want To Miss this December

Are you traveling to the Outer Banks this December for the holidays? If you and your family are vacationing on the Outer Banks for the holidays this year then we know of a few events that you will want to go to. If you still are looking for the perfect Outer Banks vacation rental, we have plenty for you to choose from. Let’s look at what there is to do this December on the Outer Banks.

Winter Lights

Events You Don't Want To Miss this December

Winter time on the Outer Banks is a wonderful time to head over to the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. You and your family will be able to see the gardens to be decked out with beautiful holiday lights and sounds. This will last for 22 days where you can see the gardens glowing with lights that have been transformed into peacocks, deer and other garden creatures. The beginning of Winter Lights begins on Sunday, November 25th with festive food, drinks and fire pits. Don’t miss out on this fun event with the family on your next vacation to the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

We all know that Christmas and the holidays wouldn’t be complete without attending a local Christmas Parade. While you are on vacation come to Hatteras on Saturday, December 8th and enjoy a parade like no other. Beginning at 2:00 pm you will get to see the parade with the ones you love. After the parade and as twilight comes near, see Santa ride throughout the village on a local fire truck spreading holiday cheer to children and adults of all ages. Make this a new tradition for your family vacations each year!

115th Annual Celebration of The Wright Brothers First Flight

Events You Don't Want To Miss this December

Orville & Wilbur Wright took their first flight in North Carolina on December 17, 1903. This year come celebrate the 115th Annual Celebration of the Wright Brothers First Flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial. On December 17th beginning at 8:30 am you and your family can help experience the tradition honoring Wilbur & Orville Wright on the anniversary of the first powered flight. The event will be taking place at the tent area located south of the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. All park entrance fees will be waived for the day. What a memorable day this will be with your family!

These are just a few of the many events happening in the month of December. And if you are still searching for an Outer Banks vacation rental for your stay, please check out what specials we have going on. December is a wonderful time to come and visit the beach for the holidays. We hope that you and your family will come visit the Outer Banks for the holidays this year!

Visit the Outer Banks Labor Day Weekend This Year

The Outer Banks happen to be one of the hottest locations for you and your family to enjoy Labor Day Weekend this year. The kids will be headed back to school soon and what a better way to end the summer than a vacation to the Outer Banks. Staying in one of our Kill Devil Hills vacation rentals will keep you where the action is happening. Let’s look at what there is going on during Labor Day weekend below.

Kids Day in the Park

Want something for the kids to have fun with bouncy houses, activities and even a special tour of Whalehead. The Joan’s Way Tour will begin at 3:00 pm and costs $5 per person. Please note that the tour does have a limit of 30 children so please reserve your spot in advance. On August 30 head to the Historic Corolla Park and begins 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Come and join in on the fun happening here.

Meet a Mustang

Have someone in your family that likes horses, then head over to the Corolla Wild Horse Museum to meet a mustang. On Friday, August 31st at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, come meet a rescued mustang and learn about the history of the wild Colonial Spanish mustangs. This is a free event for you and your family to enjoy. Please note that the event is weather dependent so please call ahead on the day of the even to make sure it’s still happening. What a better way to learn more about the wild horses of the Outer Banks.

Blacksmithing at Island Farm

The Outer Banks have so much history to share with its visitors, and this event is one you can’t miss out on. Head over to Island Farm located in Manteo where you can see examples of what Hugh Gaylor had in his blacksmith shop in 1850. There is so much to do at this farm that dates back to 1847. Only 15 minutes from Nags Head and is close to Fort Raleigh for more adventures. Admission is $5 per person and children 5 and younger are free. Be sure to check out their website for more information. What a great way to learn about the heritage of North Carolina than to be with family!

WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest

The WRV Outer Banks Pro Surf Contest happens to be known as one of the most anticipated surf contests in the State. This is a thrill for both the participants and for the spectators to watch each year. Located in Nags Head, NC you will be able to view some of the world’s most talented riders competing for the title of OBX Champ! Beginning on Wednesday, August 29th and ending on Monday, September 3 you will be able to enjoy some of this amazing talent of surfing. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see some pro surfers in the waves of North Carolina!

Seaside Hike

What a better way than to head over to Jockey’s Ridge State Park and enjoy some fun there. On August 31st join the staff at the state park to hike the Soundside Nature Trail. You will discuss interesting habitats that live along the barrier islands. This is a free event for you and your family to take advantage of while on vacation. The hike will begin at 9:00 am so be sure to be there a few minutes early to join in on the fun.

While there are many other events happening on the Outer Banks over Labor Day weekend, these are just a few we’d share with you. If you are still hunting for a last-minute Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills vacation rental, we can help you today. We look forward to seeing you this Labor Day weekend to help end the summer out right!

 

Celebrating the Holidays on the Outer Banks

The holidays have arrived and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate while enjoying your stay in any one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. Choose from among any of the following events and you can’t go wrong!
 
Winter Lights
 
WinterLights presented by Southern Bank
Eliizabeth Gardens, 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo
November 25, 2017 – January 20, 2018. 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesdays to Saturdays in December; Friday and Saturdays in January. (Closed on Dec 24,25, 31 and Jan 1);
 
Stroll along enchanted garden paths and discover the joy of the season with holiday lights, sights and sounds transforming The Elizabethan Gardens into an illuminated winter wonderland. The radiant glow of the gardens, traditional holiday décor and fantastical displays are a true spectacle to behold. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall and a crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn. Price: Adults $11, Youth (ages 6-17) $9, Child (5 and under) $6.WinterLights Season Pass is $17.00 for adults, $14.00 for youth and $11.00 for a child. Extended passes available. For info or details, call 252-473-3234 or visit www.elizabethangardens.org. Phone: 252-473-3234
 
 
The Outer Banks Christmas House
 
The Outer Banks Christmas House – Poulos Family Christmas
Ocean Acres Drive, Kill Devil Hills
Through December 31, 2017
 
Featured on The Today Show and HGTV, this Outer Banks tradition is a must-see. This Christmas light spectacular takes 12 weeks to set up and over $3,500 in energy bills every month. Viewing of the Poulos Family Christmas lights is held through December 31st.
 
 
New Year In Manteo
New Year in the New World
Downtown Manteo
December 31, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM
 
Two of Manteo’s most fun-loving business owners, Tod Clissold of Poor Richard’s and Cory Hemilright of Bluegrass Island, with the sponsorship of the Town of Manteo, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and Southern Bank, are putting together a New Year’s Eve street fair party the likes of which the Outer Banks has never seen. The town is closing the downtown streets so that everybody can gather for live music, family-friendly activities and an early ball drop for the kids. Local food vendors will be on site, and the downtown restaurants and bars will be open late. Topping it off is a full-on fireworks show, the largest in the state, choreographed to music.
 
 
All of us at Outer Banks Rentals wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!