Like just about every place the holidays on the Outer Banks are a time of tradition and one of the nicest and most unique of our traditions is the annual Kites with Lights that Kitty Hawk Kites puts on. 

It’s always the Saturday after Thanksgiving and it’s a nice way to say goodbye to Thanksgiving and greet the holiday season.

The concept is simple—go to the top of the sand dunes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head after sunset, attach a bunch of lights to kite string, tails and kites . . . big kites . . . and launch them into the sky. 

It is beautiful and it truly paints the nighttime sky.

There was bit of a problem this year. For the first time that any of us can remember, there wasn’t much wind. There have been times when the couldn’t fly because the winds were howling at 25-30, there’s been one or two nor’easters, but no one can remember a time when there was not enough wind.

They did get the kites up though—there was a gentle 5-6 mph breeze, but some of the gore spectacular stuff didn’t get to fly this year.

That’s alright. In a many ways this was as much about community, family and children—and there were a lot of them there—as it was anything else. 

It is a wonderful way to bring in the holiday season.