It’s certainly cold enough outside to get everyone thinking about the holidays, although we have to admit the Outer Banks is not as cold as the rest of the nation, so even though it’s 40 degrees outside, we should count our blessings.

It is going to get warmer soon enough, but in the meantime, now that we’ve mentioned the holiday season, we should probably talk a bit about all the activities scheduled for the holiday season . . . well, not quite everything because there is so much happening that we can’t report on all of it. 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the holiday as become one of the busiest weeks of the year—especially for the stores and restaurants. It’s a weekend that lot of our owners take some time to celebrate with family and friends. Santa Claus does make a lot of appearances over the weekend, so keep an eye out for the kids.

The weekend after Thanksgiving is when things really get going with tree lightings in Manteo and the Whalehead Club on Friday, December 5. 

Manteo is like a picture from a Norman Rockwell painting with Santa making an appearance, high school choirs singing and churches handing out hot chocolate.

The Whalehead Club lights the night sky in tribute to all the books Currituck County School children read over the course of the year. Last year they illuminated the sky with over 28,000 lights.

If a somewhat standard tree lighting sound . . . blah—check out the Duck Crabpot Christmas Tree that will be lit the following night on the Duck Town Green. Santa will make an appearance on a fire truck, stores and restaurants stay open and it’s a great time.

That will get things started. We’ll be back with more to do things for Christmas later.