With Christmas just around the corner, holiday enthusiasts near and far are likely tempted to begin planning the way they would any other year—but 2020 has made it clear that this year, things are a little different on all fronts. The holidays are no exception to the rule but just because hosting Christmas at home might not be in the cards this time around, it doesn’t mean something new can’t be pursued!

Instead of sticking with annual favorites, consider switching things up in 2020 and turning your Christmas celebration into a one of a kind getaway instead. If you’re hoping to swap out chilling cold for mild temperatures and a stunning coastal landscape, there’s no place better to be when Christmas morning comes than the Outer Banks. Here, the average December temperature sticks to somewhere around the mid-50s, and often higher, meaning holiday visitors have plenty of options available for getting out and enjoying the scenery during a stay. Whether you’re looking to cozy up indoors over the holidays in a rental that keeps you close to the water or can’t wait to make the most of every holiday moment exploring—a trip this direction provides the options to enjoy it all.

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Things to Do at Christmas in the Outer Banks

During the Christmas holiday, visitors to this area will find the weather mild but the locale’s dedication to holiday decorations extreme! The Outer Banks is a fun place to indulge in fantastic holiday light displays and perhaps no place more so than the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoake Island. For 22 nights during the holiday season, visitors can enjoy admiring a glittering display of lights at this destination which calls the event WinterLights. Strolling the garden paths is a great way to take in the sights alongside those you love while still providing options for social distancing. Admission for adults is $11, children ages 6 to 9 can enter for $9 and those 5 and under can enjoy the garden lights for $5 apiece.

Those that are looking to incorporate some wildlife watching into their Christmas getaway to the Outer Banks will find this destination an oasis of potential when it comes to bird spotting. Consider taking a trip to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head while you’re in town and enjoying time with your eyes peeled for both local and migratory species that make their way through the area. This state park’s unique combination of ecosystems which feature lush waterways and dry dunes makes it a great place for birds to spend time year-round. In the winter, bird watchers will find the waterfront areas of Jockey’s Ridge teeming with American Oystercatchers. This threatened species is exciting to see here during the winter months, which they prefer thanks to fewer crowds in the area.

Of course, no trip to the Outer Banks over Christmas would be complete without some time set aside for enjoying a wild horse tour. This region is home to some incredible creatures which are best observed alongside a knowledgeable guide. Hop into a safari truck with the team at Wild Horse Tours and enjoy a 25-mile trek to the habitats that the wild horses of Corolla call their own. You’ll learn a ton along the way and get a close-up look at these magnificent animals too!

Cozy Up in Outer Banks Style This Holiday Season

While options to get out and about are many for those traveling to the Outer Banks over Christmas, it’s just as important to book a holiday stay that infuses those home comforts visitors crave while on the road. Above all, booking into a vacation rental on the Outer Banks that keeps you close to those places you want to explore is a must. Guests who book with Shoreline OBX over Christmas are often thrilled to find that we offer a lineup of properties available in all of the most sought-after areas from Corolla and Duck to Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, and Kill Devil Hills!

No matter what property you choose to enjoy or what area speaks to your holiday preferences, Christmas travelers to the Outer Banks will find our rentals welcoming, spacious, and always designed with a focus on the coastal view you’ve come to enjoy. Filled with tasteful and stylish furnishings, our rentals offer up an inviting holiday ambiance that’s as elegant as it is comfortable. When your holiday experience is best enjoyed by a fireplace, we have property options to match. Those looking for direct beach access can just as easily find their stride with Shoreline OBX too! While the Outer Banks is home to plenty of restaurants to enjoy during the holidays, a traditional home-cooked meal is also an option thanks to our rentals that include full kitchens complete with cookware. Access to Wi-Fi means you can always stream your favorite holiday movie at the touch of a button and when it’s time to rest up for fun ahead, bedrooms promise to be an oasis of rejuvenation.

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When you’re ready to put your holiday travel plans into place, the team at Shoreline OBX is here to make sure you’re settled into the home away from home you deserve. Contact us today for more information.