Santa Claus visiting the Town of Duck.

Thanksgiving is almost here, and that carries with it a very special meaning—sightings of that “right jolly old elf” will start popping up everywhere, and the Outer Banks is no exception to that rule.

Recognizing that the Outer Banks is very much a family friendly place and especially over Thanksgiving, a gathering of the clan happens a lot, here at Brindley Beach Vacations we’ve compiled a short list of Santa sightings that we have seen over the past few years.

This is by no means as complete list of Outer Banks places to see Santa, and the list only goes through the weekend after Thanksgiving; nonetheless, it’s a good guidepost to where to go when the kids start squirming and worming wanting to discuss their Christmas list with St. Nick.

Grand Illumination 

Friday, November 25

Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island

This is a great way to kick off the holidays. The Elizabethan Gardens Grand Illumination goes all the way through December and features hundreds of thousands of lights illuminating the trees, plants and pathways of the Garden.

The first night is magic for the kids…hot chocolate and a visit from Santa Claus. What could be better?

Hanging with Santa

Friday & Saturday, November 25, 26

Kitty Hawk Kites, Nags Head

Late morning to early afternoon, Santa stops by to gather wishes and lists. Kitty Hawk Kites alway includes activities for kids. Saturday evening, Kites with Lights decorates the sky over Jockey’s Ridge.

Manteo Tree Lighting

December 2

Downtown Manteo

The quintessential small town Christmas celebration. Choirs and bands play, there’s a yuletide log burning, free Brunswick stew from a local church, a huge evergreen is lit up with lots of lights…and, of course, Santa Claus.

Duck Yuletide Celebration 2016

Dec. 3

Duck Town Green, Duck

No one does a Christmas celebration quite like the Town of Duck. Live music, the Christmas tree is actually a pyramid shaped stack of crab pots. The Duck Santa may be the best Santa around; patient to a fault with kids and does an extraordinary job of communicating with them.