If you’re looking to do more than gobble down some delicious food this Thanksgiving, you’re in luck. The Outer Banks is packed with seasonal events to keep you and your family active and entertained. 5Ks, arts & craft fairs, and winter light displays will take place during Thanksgiving week to help get you in the holiday spirit. Bring the family out to these memory making events this November.

Off to the Races
If you’re looking to burn off some calories before your Thanksgiving feast, sign-up for one of the three races taking place on Thanksgiving morning. The Surfn’ Turkey 5k and Puppy Drum Run begins at 8:00 am on November 26th and takes route through Hatteras Village. Enjoy a hot breakfast and morning run through the historic fishing village.

For those staying on the northern beaches, the OBX Go Far Turkey Trot 5K and One Mile Fun Run kicks off at 8:00 am in Southern Shores and runs through the charming town of Duck. The winner will receive a yummy Thanksgiving pie to take home as well. A raffle, silent auction, restaurant giveaways, and breakfast are also in store for participants.

The Outer Banks Running Club Gobbler 5K and Fun Run’s course will take you on a pleasant trail through the Village at Nags Head. Enjoy scenic views of the Roanoke Sound on this course starting at 9:00 am.

Whether you plan to compete or cheer, you will help support local organizations and scholarship funds on the OBX. You won’t feel guilty about that second helping of pie either.

Other Events

Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping this year and find a unique, hand-crafted gift at the Outer Banks Woman’s Club’s Arts & Crafts Christmas Fair. Stop by the Baum Center in Kill Devil Hills on Friday, November 27 from 10 am – 4 pm and browse the works of local artists, crafters, and wood carvers. A bake sale and craft raffle will also take place.

Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights
Come spread the holiday cheer with Kitty Hawk Kites and the Jockey’s Ridge Crossing staff as they host their annual holiday event. Bring the kids out to take photos with Santa on November 27th and 28th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and enjoy some light refreshments and festive activities. On November 28th at 4:00 pm, Kitty Hawk Kites will perform their impressive light and kite show over Jockey’s Ridge. This family-friendly event is just want you need to gear up for the holidays.

Winterlights Grand Illuminations
The day after Thanksgiving, make a trip to Manteo for the magical Winterlights Grand Illumination from 6 – 9 pm. Take a stroll through the beautifully lit Elizabethan Gardens and enjoy the sights and sounds of local entertainment.

If you’re in search of a vacation home for the holidays, take advantage of our Thanksgiving promo. Stay 3 nights with Resort Realty between November 24th – 30th, and get one night free. Click here to search for participating homes. With a wide variety of vacation homes and condos, you’re sure to find an Outer Banks vacation rental perfect for your Thanksgiving getaway.