Christmas is almost here. The kids are pretty excited, especially because with Christmas falling on a Monday this year, there’s a little extra time off from school.

We’re not going to have a white Christmas this year on the Outer Banks. No surprise there. There’s not a lot of records to figure how often they occur around here, but the last one was 1989 and before that 1874. That would be once every 115 years, so it looks as though we have about a 97 year wait for the next one.

There is plenty to look forward to, though. There’s always family and the joy of being together at a special time of the year, but this year a new tradition is being added to the Outer Banks holiday mix.

The new addition won’t be until New Year’s Eve, but we think it’s definitely worth checking out.

Todd Crissold, who owns Poor Richard’s on the waterfront in downtown Manteo and Cory Hemilright who has been bringing some of the best bluegrass musicians anywhere to Roanoke Island Festival Park, are teaming up for the First Annual New Year in the New World Festival.

We’re not sure of everything that will be happening yet, but some things have been guaranteed. There will be a ball drop…maybe more than one so kids can watch and still get home at a reasonable time.

There’s going to be some great music and what is being advertised as the largest fireworks display in the state. 

A note on that—Cory has done a really good job with his firework displays in conjunction with his Outer Banks Bluegrass Festivals, so whether or not it’s the biggest, it will be spectacular.

The early forecast is calling for chilly temperatures. Bundle up and enjoy the day. Festivities begin at 3:00 p.m.