The summer heat is gone, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of options for exciting Outer Banks Activities. The  Outer Banks winter presents so many incredible, off-season things to do without even stepping foot on the beach! Before you start planning your stay, make sure you request our complimentary Vacation Guide. Full of all of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, our expertly crafted guide is the only way to ensure that your Outer Banks winter getaway is one that you’ll never want to forget!

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Events on the Outer Banks this Winter

Outer Banks in the Winter is incredible, and these events make your experience even better. Here are four of the best ways to enjoy the Outer Banks this winter!

1. Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens

Stroll through the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens, one of the top 10 OBX attractions, for a holiday extravaganza like no other. Marvel at the colorful hues of twinkling Christmas lights illuminating the gardens that transform this nature reserve into a stunning wonderland. Enjoy the beautiful sights and soothing sounds filling the air. In fact, it may even put Scrooge in the holiday spirit! Between the festive trees and crackling of the warm open-air fire, you don’t want to miss this event. Check out the full schedule before you go!

2. Duck Yuletide Celebration

Mark your calendars for the first Saturday of December for the annual Duck Yuletide Celebration.  Typically held in the afternoon, take the kids to see Santa, attend the lighting of the Town Crab Pot Tree, listen to holiday music from local talent, and rejoice the presence of great company and food. You can enjoy shopping in the evening at many local boutiques, all open late!

3. The Annual Holiday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

This event is fun for the whole family! At the Annual Holiday at the Graveyard celebration in the middle of December, observe the Winter Wonderland train display constructed by master model builder Charlie Klein. As you meander through this exhibit hall, you’ll recall memories from Christmases past while your children will dream of one to come. Keep the magic of Santa Claus alive by encouraging your little ones to bring their letters to Santa (they may even get a reply). Between the professional puppet show and other live entertainment, your family will have a blast. Make sure to bring a donation to the food bank because you will receive an additional 5% off at the museum.

4. Indulge in Some of the Best Outer Banks Dining

If you’re trying to figure out where to eat on your vacation, you’ve come to the right spot. In addition to exciting events and wonderful things to do, there are many Outer Banks restaurants that’ll satisfy your appetite on your trip. From fine-dining establishments to local hangouts, let us help you plan your night out.

Other Things to Do in the Outer Banks This Winter

Often known as strictly a summer vacation destination, the Outer Banks thrives during the winter months as well. From outdoor destinations to evergreen activities to delightful activities, there’s no shortage of things to do on the Outer Banks during the off-season. A few of our recommendations include:

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