It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays! The Outer Banks has so many spectacular holiday events happening this month, including WinterLights! Presented at the Elizabethan Gardens, WinterLights is a month-long event full of festive lights, sights, and so much more. Resort Realty went to see the lights for ourselves and let us tell you, it did not disappoint! A spectacular array of light displays cover the expansive and lush Elizabethan Gardens. The perfect family friendly holiday event, check out just a small glimpse of what WinterLights has to offer!

During WinterLights, the Elizabethan Gardens is transformed into a magical winter wonderland. Each section of the gardens has a different array and display of lights all around. Sections included, characters from the 12 Days of Christmas, sealife, gingerbread town, and more! You can even make your way to the heart of the gardens and make s’mores, drink hot chocolate, and even enjoy a movie. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer was the movie of choice the night we attended!

WinterLights opens at 6:00 PM and closes at 9:00 PM. Tickets for adults are $11, children ages 6-17 are $9, and children 5 and under are $6. For a schedule of dates, and different WinterLights events, visit the Elizabethan Gardens website.

Christmas is officially two weeks away! Christmas shopping can be a stressful job. You want to find the perfect gift but you also don’t want it to be thoughtless and un-orignial. If you have an Outer Banks lover in your life, why not get them a gift from their favorite place? Support local businesses and put a smile on the faces of your friends and family this year! We’ve come up with an Outer Banks Gift Guide with present ideas that’ll make this Christmas unforgettable.

An Outer Banks Christmas Ornament

For the Corolla fanatic in your family!

Trim the tree with a memory! The Christmas Mouse in Nags Head has a wide array of Outer Banks ornaments that will be perfect for the Outer Banks obsessed friend or family member.


Customized Necklace

A custom All Washed Up necklace is sure to please this Christmas

To remind them of their favorite place, get a custom made necklace with coordinates of the OBX! All Washed Up Jewelry is a locally owned and ran business that sells jewelry inspired by the sea.


A Personalized Tumbler

YETI and The Outer Banks? Count us in!

Keep those drinks cool in the summer (and warm until then) in a custom OBX YETI tumbler! Parrot Bay located in Kill Devil Hills has these awesome ramblers. They make amazing gifts, and are sure to keep a smile on any Outer Banks lovers face!


A Handmade Mug

Handmade with love

A gift as unique as each wave in the ocean! These hand thrown and hand painted mugs from Swell Ceramics are great for your beach loving family member or friend. They can hold 12-14 oz, which is just enough coffee to get you through until you’re back on the Outer Banks!

An Outer Banks Painting

Keep a reminder of your favorite Outer Banks spot in your home all year round! A painting like this one from local artist Red Dawn Designs is a great gift that will look beautiful in any beach lovers home.


An Outer Banks Vacation

The perfect gift…an Outer Banks vacation!

The obvious gift for your Outer Banks obsessed loved one is an Outer Banks vacation, right?! With Resort Realty, booking is super easy. Just pick the property you want on our website, and check out is as simple as 1,2,3! Plus, with our EZ Pay plan, paying for your vacation is easy and affordable. An amazing Christmas gift with no wrapping paper required! Visit our website today or give us a call at (800) 458-3830!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holiday season on the Outer Banks is full of fun, family, and creating new traditions. Check out all the holiday fun the Outer Banks has to offer!

6th Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5K // Hatteras – November 23rd, 2017

This fun 5k is a way to work off all that Thanksgiving Turkey! Presented by the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund, proceeds will go towards this organization. Race price is $30 before November 10th, $35 after, and $40 the day of! For more information, visit the Hatteras Youth website.


Grand Illuminations 2017 // Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo – November 24th

A month full of sights and lights, come out to the opening night of Grand Illuminations of Winter Lights! With thousands of holiday lights, festive food, drink, and fun, these lights will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit! For more information, visit the Elizabethan Gardens website.


Hangin’ With Santa // Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head – November 24th

Take pictures with Santa, snack on cookies and hot cocoa, and try out toys straight from Santa’s Workshop at this fun free event! Hang with Santa from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Kitty Hawk Kites location in Nags Head! For more information, visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website.


Kites With Lights // Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head – November 25th

Enjoy an amazing light display at Jockey’s Ridge! Kites With Lights will feature kites flying high all ready to celebrate the holidays! This free event starts at 4:00 PM and ends at 6. Guests are encouraged to make a donation to Toys for Tots to help children in need this holiday season. For more info, visit the Kitty Hawk Kites website.