After a banner summer season and a fall filled with activity and festivals, things seem to revert to our heritage. At heart, the Outer Banks is one village strung along 100 miles or so of barrier island.

It is one of our favorite parts of living here–this sense that with our friends and neighbors and we’re in this together. Which may be why there is so much to do on the Outer Banks in December.
There is no way to cover everything, but here are a few highlights.
The Whalehead Club is featuring a series of holiday Sunday Concerts in conjunction with their weekend Christmas in Corolla candlelight tour. Traditional music, homemade goodies and hot chocolate–that should get just about everyone in the mood.
The Outer Banks Hotline 25th Annual Festival of Trees will begin this Thursday at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head and run through the weekend. Santa Claus will visit and a benefit auction for the trees on Sunday are some of the highlights.
The Manteo tree lighting is Friday 12/6–a magical night of community spirit. High school choirs singing, hot food from a local church–hard not to be in the Christmas spirit after that.
On Saturday Duck’s Yuletide Event includes a crab pot Christmas tree, a visit from what may be the best Santa any child has encountered and live music from Emme St. James and Her Jazz Gentlemen.
And that’s just one weekend.