Don’t miss the 18th Annual Advice 5 Cents Turkey Trot in Duck.
Thanksgiving has got to be the best holiday of all. What are the requirements? Hang out with people you love and care about, eat too much food, tell bad jokes and create new memories. 
In that sense, the Outer Banks is pretty much like every other place in the United States . . . with the added advantage that we live in the most beautiful place imaginable.
Of course the Outer Banks wouldn’t be the Outer Banks if we didn’t do a few things in our own unique way.
Acknowledging that everyone eats too much on Thanksgiving, there are two early morning 5Ks that will give runners an excuse to eat later in the day. The 18th Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot in Duck winds around the Village and in the best tradition of the town, it’s like their 4th of July Parade–lots of costumes, lots of crazies, lots of fun. Eight a.m. at Scarborough Lane is the start time.
The Outer Banks Gobbler 5k & Fun Run in Nags Head, sponsored by the Outer Banks Running Club is a little more formal, but still lots of fun. Registration is required for this one, so show up early and see if you can get in the race.
Somethings are mainstays that can’t–or maybe shouldn’t–be changed. 
The day after Thanksgiving . . . the infamous Black Friday . . . is is pretty much the same on the Outer Banks as it is anywhere else–except the crowds aren’t quite as insane and for most of the retail stores up and down the beach, this is the last best chance to move merchandise until April or May. Markdowns and prices reflect that.
Of course that “fat jolly old elf” manages to make simultaneous appearances in infinite locations, so many places that we couldn’t possibly list them all here.
Then, there all those things that are unique to the Outer Banks and make a visit during the holidays memorable. Christmas in Corolla actually started last week and runs through Christmas. The Whalehead Club has been sponsoring this for a number of years, but the 2013 version looks to be the most spectacular candlelight tour yet.
On Saturday, November 30, there are two events that truly seem to be unique to the Outer Banks. The Kitty Hawk Kites Kites with Lights fills the night sky over Jockey’s Ridge State Park with lights dancing above the sand dunes held aloft by dozens of kites.
Earlier in the day on the mainland in Jarvisburg at the Cotton Gin, Sanctuary Vineyards is celebrating the Big Curri-shuck from 12-4 p.m. All-you-can eat local steamed oysters and crabs from I Got Your Crabs restaurant down in Kitty Hawk, wines from Sanctuary Vineyards–that’s the winery on the Cotton Gin property–and live music.
Finally, the 3rd Annual Redfish Fishing Tournament at Jennette’s Pier is also on Saturday. 
Thanksgiving weekend seems to be getting more popular every year on the Outer Banks–probably that strong sense of tradition with just a little tweak of different that makes it all so great.