The Elizabeth II will be lit up with for the New Year at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

With more and more families and our visitors arriving on the Outer Banks everyday to celebrate Christmas, this seems like a good time to look ahead to what’s happening right after the Santa Claus makes his annual visit.

There are so many New Years Eve parties happening at area bars and restaurants that we can’t possibly list them all. But, the big event for the big event, especially for families, has got to be the Manteo New Years Eve celebration.

Organized by Tod Clissold of Poor Richard’s and Cory Hemilright, owner of Bluegrass Island, the event has something for everyone…at least if last year’s get together was any indication.

Great live music? Plenty of it. Fireworks? Yes, in the past, although last year the wind was too strong. Actually the town is promising, “a full-on fireworks show, the largest in the state…” We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

Lot’s of food from restaurants and local street vendors and what might be one of the nicest touches, an 8:30 p.m. ball drop for kids.

It’s still a bit early to know what the weather will be like. Last year it was bitterly cold—there’s no other way to describe it. A great time, but it was cold

A quick note about upcoming weather…sorry folks, it does not look as though there will be a white Christmas on the Outer Banks.