Christmas time is here and what better way to spend it than curled up on the couch with cookies, cocoa, and a great movie? We’ve come up with some of our favorite movies to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This 2000 film starring Jim Carrey is a Christmas classic! This live-action version of the children’s tale by Dr. Seuss features a thrilling adventure with a heart warming message that everyone can learn from.

Our Favorite Quote: “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…he thought…means a little bit more.”

 

Anything Hallmark

Oh, Hallmark movies. It’s like 24/7 of feel good movies! Packed with romance, a few laughs, and lots of Christmas cheer; Hallmark movies are a must for your Christmas movie binge. Our favorite? A December Bride!

 

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is a classic. If it’s not on your top Christmas movie list, you need to make room. Ralphie and his Red Rider BB gun, Randy in his overkill winter suit, and so many other classic characters, A Christmas Story is the best. So relatable and sweet, it deserves a spot on this list.

Our Favorite Quote: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

 

It’s A Wonderful Life

A story with a great message of perseverance, It’s A Wonderful Life is about a down on his luck man who wants to end his life. He ends up seeing how much worse his town would be if he never existed.

Our Favorite Quote: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

 

Home Alone

Who doesn’t love Home Alone? This Christmas Classic is about a boy named Kevin who’s family mistakenly left him before their family trip to Paris. Kevin gets to stay at home and have a blast until two thieves try to rob the family house, leaving Kevin to protect everything at all comedic costs.

Our Favorite Quote: “Will you please tell Santa that instead of presents this year, I just want my family back.”

 

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

You know Dasher, and Dancer, and Prancer, and…well you know how the song goes. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is a classic, stop-motion film that first aired in 1964 and has been a Christmas classic ever since!

Our Favorite Quote: “From what I see now, that nose will cut through the murkiest storm they can dish up. What I’m trying to say is, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”

 

Elf

Starring Will Ferrell, Elf is a tale of Buddy; who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby to be raised among Santa’s Elves. Buddy seeks out his real father and ends up on a comical adventure. Elf is one of our absolute favorite Christmas films full of laughs and touching moments too.

Our Favorite Quote: “I just like to smile; smiling’s my favorite.”

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause is a story about a man named Scott Calvin who becomes the next Santa Claus after accidentally killing the Santa on duty. This heartwarming movie is perfect for the whole entire family to enjoy.

Our Favorite Quote: “Can we take a direct flight back to reality, or do we have to change planes in Denver?”

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a classic animated TV special that aired in 1965. Based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz, A Charlie Brown Christmas shows how Charlie’s friends try to get him into the Christmas spirit!

Our Favorite Quote: “I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.”

Polar Express

The Polar Express was once a beloved children’s’ book and is now a feature film! Starring Tom Hanks, go on an adventure to the North Pol and experience the magic of Christmas while learning about friendship and bravery along the way.

Our Favorite Quote: “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

December is upon us! The holiday season brings a sense of community, warmth, and fun to the Outer Banks. There are so many fun activities to do with your family during this season from Christmas ornament shopping to eating all of the fresh steamed oysters you can imagine! See what some of our favorite December activities are on the Outer Banks!

1 // Attend The Manteo Tree Lighting + Parade

Going to the tree lighting in downtown Manteo is part of a long standing Outer Banks tradition! Watch the massive evergreen tree in the heart of downtown Manteo become illuminated against the night sky. Enjoy entertainment from amazing and talented local musicians, dancers, and more! Plus, the event is free to everyone! Then, on Saturday, watch the Manteo Christmas parade that goes through downtown Manteo with dozens of fun floats and lots of candy! The Christmas Tree lighting is on November 30th beginning at 6:00 PM. The Christmas Parade will begin on Saturday, December 1st at 10:30 AM.

2 // Visit The Christmas House + WinterLights

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It’s that time of year where everyone gets super excited to see the Poulos family Christmas House! The home, located just outside of the entrance to Nags Head Woods in Kill Devil Hills features a stunning display of lights that won the Today Show Lights Contest and was featured on HGTV! The Christmas House is located at 622 Ocean Acres Drive in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The house is free to roam and see all the lights. However, the family does take donations (the dazzling light display costs around $3,500 each month that it’s turned on!)

If you want to see even more holiday magic, you can see the WinterLights display at The Elizabethan Gardens. You can see the gardens in a different light (literally). Full of Christmas music and beautifully lit plants, this is an activity you definitely want to partake in. For ticket prices and dates, visit the Elizabethan Garden website.

3 // Get A Local Christmas Ornament

The Christmas Shop + General Store on Roanoke Island in Manteo has been in service since 1967. This classic staple features Christmas ornaments and holiday decor galore. A trip to the Christmas Shop is definitely a memorable one and fun to do with your friends and family! The Christmas Shop is located at 621 US-64 in Manteo, NC.

 

4 // Shopping Local

The holidays is a great time to shop local! Checking out local markets that feature local artists. The 10th Annual OBXMAS and The Outer Banks Brewing Station features 40+ local artists, live music, and great food specials! This event benefits the Interfaith Community Outreach program and is absolutely free to the public! Just make sure you have enough money to buy some awesome, locally made products! OBXMAS will be held on December 1st and 2nd from 12 PM to 5 PM at the Outer Banks Brewing Station.

5 // Pig Out On Oysters

Winter time means oyster season on the OBX! Local restaurants like Coastal Provisions and Awful Arthur’s have great oyster bars! However, you can host your own at your house or one of our wonderful vacation rentals!

 

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With so many events and opportunities to create holiday memories with your family, why not visit the Outer Banks this winter? Resort Realty has tons of affordable, beautiful homes to rent this holiday season. Discover something new and try out these 5 fun Outer Banks events and plan an OBX winter getaway with us now!

In 2018, we were extremely blessed on the Outer Banks. From being able to see the sunrise, to having our health and our home, see why we were #Blessed on the OBX this year!

 

1 // Being Able To See The Sunrise

Most people moan and groan about having to wake up early. However, when you live on the OBX, early mornings are a blessing. You get to have the beach all to yourself and enjoy the beauty of an Outer Banks sunrise. We’re blessed to be able to have that!

2 // Having Our Home

With all of the hurricanes that happened this season, we were blessed and extremely thankful that the OBX was spared. Our neighbors to the south and west of us weren’t so lucky as they are still feeling the effects of the powerful storms. Our little sandbar survived hurricane season and we couldn’t be more thankful. We’re continuing to keep everyone who wasn’t so lucky in our thoughts and prayers.

3 // Having The Beach As Our Backyard

Living on the Outer Banks, we take advantage of having the beach be our playground. Who else can say the the beach is just around the corner and a short walk away? If that’s not something to be thankful for, I don’t know what is.

4 // Being Part Of A Tight Community

When Tropical Storm Michael hit in October, no one was really prepared for all of the damage it would do. Many OBX locals lost their cars and suffered damage to their homes. However, many locals that were spared during the storm were ready and willing to help those in need. On the Outer Banks, being part of a community that’s willing to help anyone and everyone out is an extreme blessing and something we are so very thankful for.

5 // Our Long Summers

This summer was a fun one! Full of great events, great weather, and even better beach time. We love having summers on the Outer Banks and it is definitely something to be thankful, grateful, and blessed for!

 

6 // The Still Of The Off Season

With the end of summer comes the still of the off season. While many businesses shut down for the season, we’re thankful for that little break we get before the busy season comes around again.

7 // To Be Able To Support Local Businesses

Not only is the OBX unique because of it’s location and history, we also have so many talented locals selling their crafts and wares all over the beach. To be able to support the dreamers and the makers on the OBX is something that you don’t really find in bigger towns. It’s a blessing to be able to buy local wherever you are on the Outer Banks!

8 // YOU!

Last but certainly not least, we are so thankful and grateful for YOU! Whether you’re a visitor, a homeowner, employee of Resort Realty, or a local, we’re so thankful for you. For your business, for your faith in Resort Realty, and everything else, our 2018 was blessed because of your presence and support.

So, Thanksgiving has come and gone and we all know what that means. Leftovers. You have a ton of leftovers just sitting in the fridge, ready for round two (or three) of throwing down. Here comes the days of endless leftovers featuring the classic turkey sandwich and turkey soup. When you’re tired and bored of the basic bites, come to this great infographic from Co. Designs to get creative with those tasty Thanksgiving remnants. To make the infographic larger, just click on the image!

 

 

 

Thanksgiving is finally here! This holiday is for spending time with family, friends, and loved ones and reflecting on how blessed and grateful you are for your health, your love, and those who surround you. We’ve come up with the perfect playlist full of feel good tunes and holiday classics to get your Thanksgiving day started on the right foot! So sit back, relax, and be thankful for our Thankful Thanksgiving Spotify playlist.

 

We all know Thanksgiving is full of great food, family, and parades, but do you know where and why it all began? Learn about these 8 surprising and fun facts about the Thanksgiving holiday!

 

1 // THE FIRST THANKSGIVING MAY HAVE HAPPENED IN FLORIDA

In grade school you learn that the first Thanksgiving happened in Plymouth, Massachusetts. However, historians argue that Florida may have been the true site of the first Thanksgiving. A Spanish fleet came to what is now St. Augustine in 1565. To celebrate their accomplishments, 800 Spanish settlers shared a meal with the natives of the land.

3 // THE AMOUNT OF TURKEYS BEING COOKED IS SHOCKING

About 46 million turkeys are cooked for Thanksgiving each year in the U.S. Christmas is a close second with over 22 million turkeys being enjoyed for the holiday.

 

4 // PUMPKIN PIE HAS BEEN A STAPLE SINCE THE 18TH CENTURY

As far back as the 18th century, pumpkin pie has been a Thanksgiving tradition. So much so, that according to legend, the Connecticut town of Colchester postponed Thanksgiving for a week in 1705 due to a molasses shortage.

 

5 // FOOTBALL HAS BEEN A THANKSGIVING TRADITION SINCE 1876

The first Thanksgiving football game was a college square up between Yale and Princeton in 1876. When Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday 13 years later, football teams chose the holiday for college football championships and high school rivalries.

 

6 // THE MACY’S THANKSGIVING PARADE BEGAN IN 1924

The Macy’s Parade was originally to celebrate the expansion of the Herald Square superstore. Two weeks before Thanksgiving in 1924, Macy’s announced its very first Big Christmas Parade the would feature magnificent floats, bands, an animal circus, and more. However, the famous high flying giant balloons weren’t featured until 1927.

 

7 // SARAH HALE IS THE MOTHER OF THANKSGIVING

Sarah Hale, an abolitionist and the author of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” convinced President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving as a national holiday!

 

8 // JINGLE BELLS WAS ORIGINALLY A THANKSGIVING SONG

Written by James Pierpont in 1857, the popular Christmas carol was originally written for children celebrating Thanksgiving at his Boston Sunday school. The song gained popularity and was repeated again at Christmas and ultimately became a Christmas carol.

 

8 // THANKSGIVING SPENT ON THE OBX IS THE BEST

We may be biased because we live here, but spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks is the absolute best. With so many activities, great shopping, and stunning beaches, spending the holidays here with your family is a must. Plus? There are so many different OBX homes to choose from to suit your Thanksgiving vacation needs. See what homes Resort Realty has for you and your crew and spend the Thanksgiving holiday on the Outer Banks!

The holidays are upon us! With Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and more just right around the corner, the Outer Banks is definitely the place to be this holiday season. Whether you’re a local or planning a holiday visit, See what family friendly activities and events that are happening around the OBX this season!

 

November 21 // Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile

 

Drink, run, and repeat during the Tipsy Turkey Beer Mile! Join the Outer Banks Brewing Station for this Thanksgiving themed mile with chip timing, t-shirt, and backyard party! This event is strictly 21 and over. This race will feature prizes for the fastest male and female plus, a costume contest for the most creative holiday attire. For more information and registration, visit the OBX Running Company website here.

 

November 22 // Participating OBX Thanksgiving Restaurants

 

If you’re spending Thanksgiving on the Outer Banks, there are many different restaurants offering tasty thanksgiving dinner options! From buffets to special menus, you can see our favorite participating restaurants right here.

 

November 23 – 24 // The Christmas Craft Village

The perfect time and place to shop for that unique gift. You’l find one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts for your friends and family as local crafters, artists, and artisans come together to showcase and sell their ware in Historic Corolla Park. This events is from 11 AM – 4 PM and is free to the public.

Candlelight Christmas Tours

Featuring live performances on Whalehead’s original’s Steinway piano, caroling, and refreshments, these immensely popular holiday tours are limited and available by advanced reservation only. This even begins at 5:30 PM and $20 entry for all. This event takes place on November 23rd, 24th, and 30th and December 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th.

November 23 – 24 // Hangin’ With Santa + Kites With Lights

 

Spend the day with Santa at Kitty Hawk Kites! This free event features a chance to take pictures with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, and a night time light show on Jockey’s Ridge. Santa will be at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing on Friday, November 23rd from 10 AM – 2 PM and on Saturday November 24 from 1 PM – 4 PM. The light show will begin on Saturday, November 24 from 4 PM – 7 PM.

 

November 24 – January 19 // WinterLights

 

Enjoy thousands of lights, festive foods, music, and more at WinterLights at The Elizabethan Gardens. For prices, dates, and more information, visit The Elizabethan Gardens website!

 

November 26 – January 4 // Santa Paws Pet Supply Drive

 

Lend a helping hand to the friends at the SPCA with the Santa Paws food drive! Donate a bag of pet food of at least 7 pounds and receive one free same-day admission to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Items such as blankets, cat and dog toys, kitty litter, peroxide, and cotton balls are also accepted.

 

November 30 – December 1 // Manteo Christmas Celebration

 

Enjoy the holidays on the Outer Banks with A Christmas To Remember. This weekend of Christmas spirit will feature a Holiday Showcase on Friday, November 30th at 6:00 Pm with the Tree Lighting to follow. On Saturday December 1st, at 10:30 AM, enjoy the Christmas Parade with a pre-parade show at 9:30 AM with the Jazzmen!

 

December 1 // Epicurean Evening

An exclusive candlelight tour of the historic Whalehead Club followed by a 6-course, wine paired dinner reminiscent of 1920’s hunt club fare. RSVP by November 22, tour begins 5:30 PM. Tour is $125 per person or $225 per couple.

December 1 // Christmas Concert Featuring The 208th Army Band

 

From 1 PM – 6 PM at Roanoke Island Festival Park, the 208th Army Band will perform a Christmas Concert that is free and open to the public. The 208th Army Band is a United States Army Reserve Band stationed in Concord, North Carolina. The band is comprised of 40 citizen warrior musicians.

 

December 1 // Duck Yuletide Celebration 

 

Come out to Duck Village fro 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM and pick up a Great Yuletide Elf Hunt Passport. Different participating business will help attendants check-off everything in the passport in order to receive a gift for children and be entered into a drawing for gift baskets. At Duck Town Park, participants will have a chance to enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, tasty treats, and even meet Santa! For more information, visit the Town Of Duck website.

December 17 // 115th Annual Celebration Of The Wright Brothers First Flight 

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The biggest celebration of the Wright Brothers first flight is happening on December 17th! Admission to the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park will be free on December 17th. Meanwhile, a special anniversary program will begin at 9:00 AM!

December 31 // New Year In The New World

 

Enjoy a family friendly event for your New Years Eve! Full of live music, great food, and fun events this New Years is sure to be a memorable one! For more information, see the New Year In the New World flyer right here. 

 

With so many holiday events happening around the OBX this holiday season, now is the perfect time to book your stay and enjoy the holidays by the sea. You can browse all of our beautiful rental homes on our website or call us at 800-458-3830 and speak to one of our amazing vacation rental specialists!